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The Goblin Emperor

de Katherine Addison

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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 nav?e 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.… (més)
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Maia is infinitely lovable. This book has plenty of pitfalls but all of them are forgivable in light of that fact. ( )
  capincus | Jul 13, 2024 |
It's about a gentle, mixed-race prince who is rather far from the throne in the succession line but because of unexpected circumstances is made emperor. I found it a nice change of pace from "grimdark" fantasy, although it's maybe a bit bland.

I enjoyed how it emphasized building things rather than wars (not that I have anything against wars, as long as they are fictional, but as I say I liked the change of pace), but I felt that perhaps things always came too easy for Maia. He doesn't know much about governing but it doesn't matter, because with his gentle, calm style he always makes the right decision. He doesn't know much about political intrigues but it doesn't matter because his enemies are incompetent... It's just a bit bland. ( )
  jcm790 | May 26, 2024 |
This book is a soft DNF. On a day when I couldn’t find an audiobook that fit this one did. This is an extremely long audiobook over 20 hours, and I did listen to approximately three. This story is about the offspring of a king, who has no chance of ever sitting on the throne and has been in isolation on the outskirts of the kingdom. They receive news that their father and all the older brothers have died which means they are now the monarch. All of that was very interesting and kept my attention. However, in listening to this audiobook the number of times they repeat the word “serenity” is annoying. I gather that this is a greeting both in welcoming and in leaving kind of like aloha, but it’s just odd. I can’t tell if this is a mistake, or purposeful. It is done so often it could almost become a drinking game. I was at the stage of the story when the main character is told they must take a wife to keep their nephews and younger siblings from killing them to take over the throne, that I stopped the audiobook and never went back. I was thoroughly enjoying this book, that I will probably read it in print because the story was good, but the narration was annoying. ( )
  LibrarianRyan | Apr 16, 2024 |
3-1/2 stars. I really liked this book, and would have given it four, but the last part of the book felt a little rushed, with a bunch of storylines wrapping up positively, when there were so many conflicts throughout the story. Overall an enjoyable read, and I'll definitely be getting the next one. ( )
  ledonnelly | Mar 11, 2024 |
A reread for my book club ;)

...and what a delightful one it was! The book hit me much harder emotionally than the first time – then I was busy following the plot, figuring out the world-building and the details (the names, the names!). This time, I was there for each emotional turmoil, each trauma, each unexpected kindness and moment of happiness.

One of my favourite tropes in books is characters that are out of their depth and must develop and grow with the challenge (is that because I love learning new things myself? ;) ). And don’t you just love Maia all at once? He has been neglected, unloved, abused since he was eight. He also has pride, dignity, curiosity, kindness, honour, the desire to do the right thing. It’s just so incredibly nice to follow Maia’ journey, watch how he treats other people, grows with each conversation, discovers things he is good at, builds relationships and friendships.

“… you must try living for ten years with a man who hates you and whom you hate, and see what is does to sharpen your wits.”

“But he did not forget, and told himself he would not forget, that it was possible for people to be kind without ulterior motive, that sometimes bargaining was not necessary.”

I also think that Csethiro Ceredin is awesome! Somehow, there was less of her in the book than I remembered. This is probably because she makes sure to steal every scene she is in. I would dearly love to have a novella with her POV – preferably involving a duel with somebody who’s been mean to Maia. (Pretty please?) Isn’t Csevet (who suddenly becomes the emperor’ secretary) Cliopher’s distant cousin, by the way? (I am thinking about The Hands of the Emperor, of course.) I am convinced that he is. His POV novella would not be unwelcome either (hint, hint, nudge, nudge).

It was interesting to read about Thara Celehar again, knowing what I know from “his” novels in the series. It was a strange mixture of heartbreak and delight.
“ ‘Mer Celehar’s notions of obedience are most individual,’ Maia said wryly.”

I am so reluctant to leave this universe now… It’s nice to know I can reread Thara Celehar’s books too :) ( )
  Alexandra_book_life | Jan 28, 2024 |
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While properly billed as a fantasy, Katherine Addison's"The Goblin Emperor" is also a satisfying psychological novel about a young man thrust into the most difficult job in his world, uncertain if he has either the shoulders or the stomach for it. ... And while it is a novel for adults, I wouldn't hesitate to give "The Goblin Emperor" to the kind of teen reader inclined to ponder what true friendship is and what compassion means.
 

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Balbusso, AnnaAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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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 nav?e 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.

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