This is a wonerful series! I read Elantris and loved it so I thought I would give Brandon another try! The first book is amazing - moving on to the second one!!! Need to read: brandon sanderson's mistborn
"The Emperor's Soul" tells the story of a woman named Shai, a thief and a Forger—a person capable of rewriting the pasts of objects in order to change their present. She starts off in prison, but instead of being executed, she is offered an opportunity. The emperor has been wounded in the head by assassins, and has become a vegetable. His attendants have hidden this from the empire and will trade Shai her life in exchange for creating a Forgery of the emperor's soul.
Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey. There are 9 books (three sets of three) in the "Kushiel's Legacy" series. Each dealing with a different character and set in Carey's beautiful land of Terre d'Ange. They blend romance, erotica, and action seamlessly.