Thus: Education can be fun and entertaining sometimes.
"The Emperor's Soul" is set in Sel, the same planet as Elantris (though far apart from where Elantris takes place.) The magic in this world takes the form of elaborate stamps. These stamps can change the history of an object causing it to change it's present state. This is called Forgery. This book follows the captivity of a talented Forger who is faced with an impossible task: Forging the soul of the emperor who is brain-dead by an assassination attempt.
Shai, the Forger, is an interesting character, more admirable than heroic. She's not a victim. She is opportunistic. She is smart. She is honorable in accomplishing the thing she sets out to do.
Gaotona is also intriguing. He is kind. He is a friend and a truth seeker. He's compassionate. I would have liked to have learned more about him. Maybe another book?
This is largely a story of ideas, but it kept me engaged throughout. I loved it. And I HIGHLY recommend it.