The Grief of Stones

(The Cemeteries of Amalo #2)

Hardcover, 240 pages

English language

Published May 22, 2022 by Tor Books.


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5 stars (2 reviews)

In The Grief of Stones, Katherine Addison returns to the world of The Goblin Emperor with a direct sequel to The Witness For The Dead...

Celehar’s life as the Witness for the Dead of Amalo grows less isolated as his circle of friends grows larger. He has been given an apprentice to teach, and he has stumbled over a scandal of the city—the foundling girls. Orphans with no family to claim them and no funds to buy an apprenticeship. Foundling boys go to the Prelacies; foundling girls are sold into service, or worse.

At once touching and shattering, Celehar’s witnessing for one of these girls will lead him into the depths of his own losses. The love of his friends will lead him out again.

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Mixed Feelings

5 stars

Goblin Emperor and Witness for the Dead are comfort books for me, and I suspect this book will be one too; there’s something about the writing, the worldbuilding, and the way the characters interact with each other that I really like.

However, Witness for the Dead and Grief of Stones are both really clearly detective novels, and the main character has some attitudes around his work that I find distressing. (Note that I don’t think they are necessarily shared by the author, though I don’t know for certain.)

In any case, I found Grief of Stones more stressful than the previous two books.

CW: suicide, rape mention, stillbirth mention, violence

I’m going to reply to this with another CW that’s a bit more spoilery.

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4 stars