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The Goblin Emperor Kindle Edition
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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.
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.
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.
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 ›
Most recent customer reviews
This was a really lovely book. The world was very well defined as were the characters. The titles and protocol were a little difficult to follow and it would have been nice to have... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Nothing happens in this book that couldn't have been done in three chapters. The main character is likeable if a bit saccharine, the rest ate pantomime characters. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Simbosan
Excellent! Comprehensive world building, everything carefully cohesive and worked extremely well to be complete. Read morePublished 6 months ago by D. Pugh
Bought this book by chance, could not put it back until it was utterly and completely finished. Recalling some of the problems encountered by characters of Jack Vance - but far... Read morePublished 8 months ago by joggle.com
Maia is the despised half-goblin son of the emperor, destined to live out his life in exile with a retainer who hates him. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Susan Stepney
Good fantasy is wonderful, bad fantasy like this written in cod-English, with a clunking inheritance plot is an embarrassment.Published 10 months ago by Amanda Craig
This book is like a huge, warm hug. It’s so infused with kindness and goodness and quiet joy. The worldbuilding is so detailed and thorough that it’s dizzying, I’d love to read an... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Starship Library
great to find a stand alone fantasy. to find one which subverts the usual magic-centric journey to find a mcguffin is even better. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Cath Tomlinson
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 13 months ago by Amazon Customer