The Goblin Emperor

Addison, Katherine

Book - 2014
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Goblin Emperor
"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 favor with the naîve 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 specter of the unknown conspirators who lurk in the shadows, he must quickly adjust to life as the Goblin Emperor. All the while, he is alone, and trying to find even a single friend . . . and hoping for the possibility of romance, yet also vigilant against the unseen enemies that threaten him, lest he lose his throne--or his life" -- from author's web page.

Publisher: New York :, Tor,, 2014
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9780765326997
Branch Call Number: FICTION ADDISON 2014
Characteristics: 446 pages ;,22 cm


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For fantasy lovers who want a fun but immersive read. An unschooled and gentle young man is thrust into the role of Emperor when his father and brothers are assassinated . A story that gets you rooting for the underdog.
- Heidi

Maia is the last and least loved son of the elven emperor. He’s also a half breed with a goblin mother who has lived his life in lonely exile. His father and all his brothers are slain in an airship explosion and Maia must survive the court and his ascension to the imperial throne.

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Jul 16, 2014
  • sybilance rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Absolutely fabulous, one of the best things I've read by Sarah Monette (one of them's a pseudonym, but I can't remember which). I really hope she writes more in this world!

Jul 14, 2014
  • DALHIA rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Fresh and exciting - can't wait to read more

Jun 05, 2014
  • ValleyViewLibrarians rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Kudos to Katherine Addison for bringing a fresh perspective to the world of goblins and elves in this character-driven novel featuring plenty of politics, court intrigue, and a bit of mystery. While there isn't much action to be found, readers interested in pondering the finer points of ethical and moral decisions will find plenty of fodder. Unusual and meticulously crafted, this is recommended for its lush world-building and intriguing characters.

May 28, 2014
  • JCLJaredH rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is not your standard fantasy. There is no epic quest to right wrong here, no end of the world prophecy to fulfill, no climatic battles of good and evil. This book is all about character development. It is simply the story of a young man, hated most of his life, trying to be a good man in a situation for which he was never prepared. Don't let that stop you from reading this, though. There are intense moments as Maia navigates the political waters of the throne. The writing is a beautiful and often poignant. You will find a little magic, a little steampunk, and a great deal of growth. One of my favorites of 2014. A lighter version for fans of The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin.

May 19, 2014
  • babywitch rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Enjoyable, although slow moving read. The story is complex, but the content is not too graphic. I enjoyed the political complexity, but wished that some of the characters were more memorable.

May 05, 2014

Very character driven story. I liked it better than anything else I've read so far in 2014. A rather gentle story even though there's mention of assassination and a few other adult topics. Would be fairly appropriate for a squeamish reader or a younger reader.


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Jul 14, 2014
  • DALHIA rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

We consider it cruel,' Maia said. 'And we do not think that cruelty is ever just.' ”

May 28, 2014
  • JCLJaredH rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“ 'In our inmost and secret heart, which you ask us to bare to you, we wish to banish them as we were banished, to a cold and lonely house, in the charge of a man who hated us. And we wish them trapped there as we were trapped.'

'You consider that unjust, Serenity?'

'We consider it cruel,' Maia said. 'And we do not think that cruelty is ever just.' ”


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