The Goblin Emperor

paperback, 480 pages

Published March 21, 2019 by REBCA.


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4 stars (5 reviews)

Maia, the youngest, half-goblin son of the Emperor has lived his entire life in exile, distant from the Imperial Court and the deadly intrigue that suffuses it. But when his father and three sons in line for the throne are killed in an "accident," he has no choice but to take his place as the only surviving rightful heir. Entirely unschooled in the art of court politics, he has no friends, no advisors, and the sure knowledge that whoever assassinated his father and brothers could make an attempt on his life at any moment. Surrounded by sycophants eager to curry favour with the naïve new emperor, and overwhelmed by the burdens of his new life, he can trust nobody. Amid the swirl of plots to depose him, offers of arranged marriages, and the spectre of the unknown conspirators who lurk in the shadows, he must quickly adjust to life as …

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Content warning mild spoilies on general theme

reviewed The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

A very soft book

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I can't really describe it another way? The book follows Maia as he gets into his role as emperor. Maia is very smart but not really aware of the social and political dynamics in court, let alone the whole empire. But we follow him through it all, and it's all told in such a calm, peaceful tone - despite some very not calm, not peaceful things happening! Loved it.

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