The Goblin Emperor

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Tom Doherty Associates, Apr 1, 2014 - Fiction - 448 pages
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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 naÔve 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.
Katherine Addison's The Goblin Emperor is an exciting fantasy novel, set against the pageantry and color of a fascinating, unique world, is a memorable debut for a great new talent.

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I loved this book (5 stars from me is a rarity, not a rubber stamp of approval on a decent read). Did you read The Princess Bride? Do you remember the bits that got cut out because they were ... Read full review

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Maia is the youngest, half-goblin son of the Emperor of the Elflands, and he's lived his entire life in exile from the imperial court. He has visited the imperial court just once, when he was eight ... Read full review

Selected pages


News Comes to Edonomee
TheReportof the Witnesses for the Wisdom of Choharo
TheWitness for theDead 11 TheFuneral and theWake
The Problem of Setheris
News from Barizhan
Dinner with the Goblin Ambassador
The Revethvoran
Mattersofthe Aftermath 26 The Clocksmiths and the Corazhas
The Great Avar Arrives
A Letter from Mer Celehar
A Ball and aDeathbed
TheNineteenth Birthday of Edrehasivar VII and the WinternightBall 31 AConspiracy Unearthed 32 Shulivar Bralchenar and Narchanezhen
TheGreat Avar Departs

Varenechibels Legacies 19 Thara Celehars Grief 20 The Proposal of the Clocksmiths of ZhaŲ
Mer Celehar Goes North
TheBridge over the Upazhera
TheOpposition of the Court
Building Bridges
The Bridgeover the Istandašrtha

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About the author (2014)

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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