By Brandon Sanderson
Whilst Shai is stuck changing the Moon Scepter together with her approximately ideal forgery, she needs to cut price for her lifestyles. An murderer has left the Emperor Ashravan with out cognizance, a condition hid simply via the dying of his spouse. If the emperor doesn't emerge after his hundred-day mourning interval, the rule of thumb of the historical past Faction might be forfeit and the empire will fall into chaos.
Shai is given an most unlikely job: to create—to Forge—a new soul for the emperor in under 100 days. yet her soul-Forgery is taken into account an abomination by way of her captors. She is constrained to a tiny, soiled chamber, guarded via a guy who hates her, spied upon by means of politicians, and trapped at the back of a door sealed in her personal blood. Shai's in simple terms attainable best friend is the emperor's so much dependable counselor, Gaotona, who struggles to appreciate her precise talent.
Time is working out for Shai. Forging, whereas deducing the motivations of her captors, she wishes an ideal plan to escape...
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The terrible Strikers could most likely locate themselves assigned to a few distant outpost of the empire for the remainder of their lives, guarding the passes best right down to the far-off Teoish Peninsula or the like. they'd be quietly brushed lower than the rug to maintain them from revealing, even by chance, whatever of what had occurred right here. “Ask Gaotona a good way to know,” Shai acknowledged softly. “I am now not allowed to claim. ” Shai reverently picked up the seal, then positioned either it and its plate within a field she had ready. The stamp nestled in purple velvet, the plate—shaped like a wide, skinny medallion—in an indentation beneath the lid. She closed the lid, then pulled over a moment, a little better field. inside of lay 5 seals, carved and ready for her upcoming get away. If she controlled it. of them she’d already used. If she may well simply sleep for a couple of hours. quite a few . . . No. I can’t use the mattress besides. Curling up at the flooring sounded incredible, notwithstanding. The door started to open. Shai felt a unexpected, outstanding second of panic. used to be it the Bloodsealer? He used to be imagined to be caught in mattress, having under the influence of alcohol himself to a stupor after being roughed up via the Strikers! For a second, she felt a wierd in charge feel of aid. If the Bloodsealer had come, she wouldn’t have an opportunity to flee this present day. She may perhaps sleep. Had Hurli and Yil no longer thrashed him? Shai were certain that she’d learn them effectively, and . . . . . . and, in her fatigue, she learned she’d been leaping to conclusions. The door opened all of the approach, and a person did input, however it used to be no longer the Bloodsealer. It was once Captain Zu. “Out,” he barked on the guards. They jumped into movement. “In fact,” Zu stated, “you’re relieved for the day. I’ll watch until eventually the shift adjustments. ” the 2 saluted and left. Shai felt like a wounded elk being deserted by means of the herd. The door clicked closed, and Zu slowly, intentionally, grew to become to examine her. “The stamp isn’t prepared yet,” Shai lied. “So you can—” “It doesn’t must be ready,” Zu stated, smiling a large, thick-lipped smile. “I think I promised you anything 3 months in the past, thief. now we have an . . . unsettled debt. ” The room was once dim, her lamp having burned low and morning basically simply breaking. Shai sponsored clear of him, speedy revising her plans. This wasn’t the way it was once presupposed to pass. She couldn’t struggle Zu. Her mouth saved relocating, protecting him distracted but additionally taking part in an element she devised for herself at the fly. “When Frava reveals out you got here here,” Shai stated, “she could be livid. ” Zu drew his sword. “Nights! ” Shai stated, backing as much as her mattress. “Zu, you don’t have to do that. You can’t do that. i've got paintings that should be performed! ” “Another will whole your work,” Zu acknowledged, leering. “Frava has one other Forger. you're thinking that you’re so shrewdpermanent. when you have a few very good get away deliberate for the following day. This time, we’re amazing first. You didn’t expect this, did you, liar? I’m going to take pleasure in killing you. get pleasure from it lots. ” He lunged with the sword, its tip catching her shirt and ripping a line via it at her facet. Shai jumped away, shouting for support.