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The Goblin Emperor

por 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 naive 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.… (mais)
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A fantasy novel light on the action, heavy on the character development, and completely absorbing. It is a startlingly compelling read, despite a confusing collection of similar-sounding names, unfamiliar nouns, and claustrophobic interior settings. The main character, a bi-racial, poorly-educated, unconfident fish-out-of-water, is a brilliant creation, seldom knowing the proper thing to do, but somehow always doing the right thing, with a remarkable kindness and quiet bravery. A thoroughly engaging read! ( )
  RandyRasa | Jun 2, 2021 |
Short version: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, only with steampunk elves and goblins. Quite enjoyable, but with an irritating number of long Elvish words and names and complicated title and naming systems. Hint: read the "Travellers' Notes" in the back as soon as all that starts to trip you up.

Longer version: There's something a little unsettling about the book. Maia, a disregarded, half-goblin fourth heir is suddenly and unexpectedly elevated to the imperial throne of the Elflands. He's sort of the quiet, still center about which everything moves. He's humble, kind, naive, young, and sometimes overwhelmed but consistently determined to do the right thing and surprisingly able to suss out what the right thing is, given his lack of preparation and political experience. And the imperial government is huge, and there's always this feeling that he's not seeing or touching half of what's going on. Which is kind of the point, but the fact that he manages to make it all work is a little hard to buy -- the plots against him fall down in a bit of a deus-ex-machina sort of way. I also think he's eventually get it in the teeth for his leniency with the conspirators (I don't know whether there's a sequel in the works or not). I enjoyed this a lot, and will read whatever Addison puts out next, but there is this kind of unbalancedness about it all. ( )
  AmphipodGirl | May 23, 2021 |
(Warning: some spoilers ahead)

This is the story about a half-goblin teenager (18 years old), Maia, who was never accepted as son or member of the royal family. He was not like his brothers, his father was a severe ruler and had married a few times in his life. Maia was sent away from the Imperial Court, far away, with his cousin Setheris. Setheris sort of brought him up, but always mocking and insulting him, considering a low-life. This had a major impact on Maia's life, on his behaviour, his view on life and other people. In addition, he had barely known his own mother (Chenelo Drazharan), yet was allowed to attend her funeral. He was very fond of her and when he was going to be crowned and had to choose a coat of arms, he chose his mother's.

When at some point his father, the current emperor, Varenechibel IV, and his three half-brothers are killed in an accident with the airship Wisdom of Choharo, Maia Drazharan is the only heir to the throne. Once he's taken back to the Imperial Court, he has to undergo a crash-course in governing. Obviously, there are several "epic fail" moments, since he is, to put it like this, a n00b. Luckily, he gets assistance from people who do know what an emperor is, what he can and may (not) do, and so on.

Maia has guards, courtiers, a personal secretary, caretakers, etc. Many people make sure he gets the right clothes, eats the right food, gets his mail, has a perfectly organised schedule to receive people, to have meetings, and so on and so forth.

Maia himself is so unlike your classic emperor or ruler. He is very friendly, very naive sometimes, but succeeds in maintaining his cool. He has to learn in a very short time that one does not have proper friends at the court, that his people are diverse in classes and wealth (or poverty), that not everyone approves of his being the new emperor.

Having undergone a lot of mockery during his upbringing, it has also caused him to be vigilant, especially when he found out what truly happened with his father and half-brothers. There are conspiracies (from within and without) to get him out of the way, either to let someone else ascend the throne or because one has different political and selfish visions.

So, Maia learns to govern, learns to rely on his assistants and allies. Little by little, he gets into the game, so to speak. He has decided for himself to not rule like his father and those before him. His rule is very unlike his father's; kindness is the key to build and maintain relations, so that everyone does not have to suffer or live in dire circumstances. He also takes control of the situation when having to decide the fate of those who sought to dethrone or kill him. He even thought of a more or less just solution to get rid of his bullying cousin, Setheris. Maia definitely does not want to be considered a harsh, cold-hearted ruler, but sometimes the law must be obeyed. An emperor is not above the law.

Life at the Imperial Court knows a radical turn with Maia's way of treating other people: with kindness, with humility, with gratitude.

All's well that ends well, of course, or what would you have expected? ;-) But it's more than that, obviously.

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I don't know why I waited so long to read this book. The writing is very lush, of high quality, and very sophisticated. You can't have your characters talk like it's 2018, so when an author invests her time in giving the characters an own voice and making the story more lively by adapting the way they speak... bonus points. A welcome change compared to your regular coming-of-age/royal Fantasy novel.

This is a (stand-alone!) story that's written in such a way, that it's hard to not feel for the main character, Maia. His upbringing was never a joyous period, life at court would surely not be one. Unless you stood up for yourself, for your own rights and desires. It's a lonely life at the top, without the smallest doubt. Jealousy, conspiracies, conflicts, many things to keep in mind and take into account, ... But thanks to loyal servants, advisors, and assistants, also because he treats them with the greatest respect, Maia installs a new kind of regime, one based on peace, respect, kindness, ...

Two remarks, though:
1) Difficult names and titles, more than you can keep track of in your head. You will have to regularly check out the list at the back of the book to know who's who, because you will lose track at some point. Or you trust your memory. ;-)
2) There is a short explanation on the titles of emperors, empresses, and so on, and a bit on the language used in this world of the goblin emperor.

Long story short: Heavily recommended! Seriously! ( )
  TechThing | Jan 22, 2021 |
nice to read fantasy which doesn't involve the protagonist going around killing people with super-skills ( )
  mjhunt | Jan 22, 2021 |
Maia, fourth and least-favorite son of the Emperor, never thought he would see the throne -- he'd been exiled to a household far from the capitol, with a surly, abusive cousin overseeing what passed for his education. When an airship carrying the king and his heirs crashes, Maia is brought to the palace and crowned Emperor -- but how long will he last, when he's had no training to deal with the intrigues and back-stabbing of the royal court?

This character-driven fantasy showcases a benevolent but inexperienced ruler. It's an ultimately hopeful story, though there is plenty of conflict along the way. The setting is beautifully realized. Fantasy fans, if you missed this one, it's not too late to pick it up! ( )
  foggidawn | Jan 11, 2021 |
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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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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 naive 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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