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The Goblin Emperor by [Addison, Katherine]
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4.4 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews

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Challenging, invigorating, and unique. If courtly intrigue is your wine of choice, The Goblin Emperor is the headiest vintage I've come across in years. "Scott Lynch, bestselling author of The Lies of Locke Lamora" I enjoyed "The Goblin Emperor" a great deal. I was sucked right into her world of goblins, elves, and airships, and was anxious to the very end to find out how Maia, the unwanted halfblood son of the Emperor, who finds himself unexpectedly on the throne, learns to navigagte the intrigues and danger of the imperial court. An engrossing read! "Kristen Britain, New York Times bestselling author of Blackveil""

About the Author

KATHERINE ADDISON's short fiction has been selected by The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror and The Year's Best Science Fiction. She lives near Madison, Wisconsin.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1714 KB
  • Print Length: 447 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (1 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FO6NPIO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #42,573 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 25 Nov. 2014
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I picked this book up quite by chance, but I’m very glad I did, as it was one of the best fantasy novels I have read in a very long time. It seems that this is the author’s first full-length novel, and I am totally impressed by her skill not only in the narrative of the story, which is utterly compelling, but in the world-building, including all aspects of language, culture and history of Ethuverazhin and the surrounding territories.

The story starts with the disaster of the crash of an airship, killing the Emperor and his three eldest sons. His fourth son, Maia has been living in exile since the death of his mother, an unloved and unwanted wife of the Emperor Varenechibel the Fourth. Maia’s heritage is further complicated by the fact that his mother was a goblin, in a court of elves, where the Elflands have been ruled by the family Drazh for more than two thousand years. At eighteen years of age, Maia must assume the office of Emperor, unwanted by many, unloved by any, and to do that he must first survive.

This is an utterly compelling and enthralling read; I couldn’t put it down from the time I read the first page, and was completely glued to the book from start to finish. The narrative focuses on Maia’s elevation to the Emperor-ship, the struggles he has both personally and politically to make his stand as Emperor in an Empire hidebound by protocol and tradition, and where anyone in his Court or outside it could be a deadly enemy. The author has built a world which stands complete and populated right from the start; we are taken seamlessly into a culture and a history and a way of life that is thought through from beginning to end. The story itself completely takes you into it, and takes you on a journey unlike any other.
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Well, we have to say that we enjoyed the Goblin Emperor very much, so much so that we are still thinking of and describing ourself in the plural! Seriously, though this is a well written account of the early days of the reign of a young emperor who, not being trained for the role, has to discover his own path amid the complexities and conspiracies of court life. The fantastical elements in the story are, in one sense, incidental as Maia could just as easily have been emperor in old China or feudal Japan; his problems would have been practically the same. However, Ms Addison has constructed her world well, blending in the fairytale and steampunk elements so lightly that they don't dominate the tale - the principal interest lies in the characters themselves whether they are human, goblin or elf.
The only reason I don't give this 5 stars is because the appendix explaining honorifics, pronunciations, etc. was at the BACK of the book- it would have been so much better to have it at the front before starting the story proper. As it was, I did find myself distracted at times from the tale trying to work this out. A minor gripe, though - I would still recommend this as an excellent read.
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The main character of the book is a *good* man, I think that's what stuck with me most. He tries to do the best he can in a twisty, politically challenging and alien environment, and reacts in a very realistic manner. There is an honest, hopeful and good-hearted tilt overall, which I thoroughly enjoyed as a contrast to the piles of DARK GRITTY ANTI-HEROES that are striding grimly about lately. The world building was fantastic, I would love to read more novels set in this world and the details about the different cultures were intriguing. It was good fun working out the bits of the elvish language from context as well. Absolutely loved all the political machinations, rather like Game of Thrones but with much less rape and death...
Overall this is the first book in ages that I've put down and felt really satisfied with, much less moved to write a review. Really enjoyed it!
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I came across this novel via its Hugo shortlisting and multiple recommendations from Charles Stross' blog. At first I feared I would suffer from Awards-itus - disliking books others highly rate - as the first chapter grated with its Thee's and Thou's. Fortunately this turned out to be fairly transitory and they only rear their head a few times in the rest of the book - as they are only used in the most informal of occasions amongst friends and family. Indeed the protagonists attempts to reconcile his newly exalted position with the ability to form friendships is a recurring theme within the book,

I am somewhat at a loss on how to rate this book, whilst its been living in my head since I put it down a few hours ago I cannot wholehearted recommend it. Aside from the Thee's and Thou's it has an interesting feel and tone somewhere between that of Jack Vance, Gene Wolfe and CJ Cherryh. Like those authors - especially the first two - the book has a slightly haunting air to it. Had I not known differently I would have said it was from a much earlier decade than the Tweenies.

There are some strong parallels with CJ Cherryh's Fortress In the Eye of Time - itself depicting the coming of age of a relative innocent, into a complex world they dont quite understand, but doesn't quite require the fierce concentration needed to pick out every last piece of the world building, as much more is delivered on a plate.

My chief complaint and what makes me call it a little light, is that during the most dangerous scenes in the book there is no real sense that the Protagonist feels threatened, they seem created to make a point rather than put the protagonist in real danger, lacking tension and any significant action.
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