Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
|Print List Price:||£6.99|
Save £2.03 (29%)
The Goblin Emperor Kindle Edition
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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!
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved this book, a well crafted world, great characters and one of the best fantasy novels I have read for years, don't be put off by the fact it includes elves and goblins they... Read morePublished 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
An excellent involved story dealing with the rise of a minor,ignored, noble. The plot has a definite oriental feel, machiavallian plot twists and the loneliness of rule. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mr Happy Douglas
I was recommending this book to friends before I'd got halfway through, and despite its having over 800 pages I finished it mostly in two dedicated chunks of time spent reading,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Beq
A fascinating read. A deep mixture of court intrigue, steam punk fantasy, hope, failure, pride, passion and, most of all, humility. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Samuel Hills
The main character and his world are compelling, but the other characters bar one are somewhat wooden and I was confused by there being too many to remember, with unmemorable... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mary-Rose
Very complicated with all the made-up names and places and families etc. Pretty good anyway, but sometimes feels over the top. Read morePublished 4 months ago by ethics_gradient