I love every Brandon's book and all his new ideas - so just because I'm biased i was compelled to give it 5 stars but then after rethinking a bit i decided 3 is more closer what i felt after finishing it .
It is a good story with a great new kind of magic but overall i had the feeling that the writer rushed it to much to finish it.
Everything is happening to fast,nothing is developed enough and to many coincidences that favorite the success of the main character didn't work enough to be believable.
If you like to know more about the story you can read the underlying description which is a Goodreads copy.
"A heretic thief is the empire’s only hope in this fascinating tale that inhabits the same world as the popular novel, Elantris.
Shai is a Forger, a foreigner who can flawlessly copy and re-create any item by rewriting its history with skillful magic. Condemned to death after trying to steal the emperor’s scepter, she is given one opportunity to save herself. Though her skill as a Forger is considered an abomination by her captors, Shai will attempt to create a new soul for the emperor, who is almost dead.
Probing deeply into his life, she discovers Emperor Ashravan’s truest nature—and the opportunity to exploit it. Her only possible ally is one who is truly loyal to the emperor, but councilor Gaotona must overcome his prejudices to understand that Shai’s forgery is as much artistry as it is deception.
Brimming with magic and political intrigue, this deftly woven fantasy delves into the essence of a living spirit"