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The Goblin Emperor by [Addison, Katherine]
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4.3 out of 5 stars 59 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

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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
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 59 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #31,927 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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This book took me a little by surprise. It has definite flaws; slightly glib characterisation, enemies of the protagonist mostly having bad traits while the more accepting of him are just better people, instantly forgettable character names (through complexity rather than banality) success through niceness etc. However, after promising myself that I'd give it at least the first 50 pages, I found myself finishing it in under a day.

The style is eminently readable (other than those darn character names - I wish I'd realised earlier that there's a dramatis personae for reference purposes at the end - and the interplay of characters and politics interesting enough to keep me reading quite some time after I'd intended to go to bed. The world-building is elegant and thorough, with enough breathing room to cover the odd point that doesn't really directly to the main plot.

Then there's a certain conversation towards the end with a third prisoner - apologies for the circumlocution but I'm trying to avoid spoilers - which strikes a very neat note of "Hmm, yes, that's both fair and clever."

I also found its fascination with linguistic considerations and occasional reminders to the reader that the characters aren't speaking English both entertaining and endearing. All in all, a quietly but thoroughly enjoyable book.
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I really did love this book. The main character was a lovely kind, good character and I really love it when people centre their media on kindness and goodness as a theme; the world needs more of that. The politics were all interesting and all of the other characters were engaging if a bit unexplored. Csevet's unswerving loyalty was perhaps unreasonable and two dimensional, but I loved him anyway.
I really liked the ending and the main characters thoughts all the way through the book were interesting. The culture was different enough and reminded me of N.K.Jemison's Dreamblood writing. The court felt quite Eqyptian in origin.
There were also some interesting allusions to being of two different races and the racism/bigotry that comes with that.
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I really enjoyed this book. It's true that the storyline is quite straight-forward, but I'm tired of self conscious, overly complicated plots that are still easy to foresee. The dialogue is believable and interesting. The storyline is thoughtful. There is no unnecessary descriptive padding or unnecessary suspense. My only grouch is that all the names were unfamiliar and difficult for me to remember as I have dyslexia and ADHD!
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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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