The Goblin Emperor

The Goblin Emperor

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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 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, c2014
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9780765326997
076532699X
Branch Call Number: SF/Fantasy Add
Characteristics: 446 pages ; 22 cm

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May 30, 2017

Deemed "forgettable" due to his half-goblin ancestry and relegated to spending his life in a remote outpost at the command of his estranged father, the Emperor of the Elflands, 18-year-old Maia is unexpectedly thrust into the unanticipated role of emperor when his father and brothers perish in an airship disaster. Though inadequately educated and woefully unprepared for this new role, Maia claims the throne and begins the colossal undertaking of assembling advisers, familiarizing himself with palace protocol, gaining and understanding of his lands and peoples and their concerns, and becoming acquainted with his newfound relations, many of whom are less than pleased at his presence -- all while trying not to make a fool of himself.

Although this book is categorized as fantasy, don't let mentions of elves and goblins deter you -- in this tale they could just as easily be played by any two human ethnicities. 'The Goblin Emperor' is much more about court intrigue, coming of age, and proving oneself.

SaraLovesBooks Sep 07, 2016

This is one of the best epic fantasy books I have read in a long time! I loved that it had a half-goblin hero (there are not enough goblins in my life.) I also loved the murky political situation and court intrigues.

Maia is a bewildered hero, and as he learns everything about surviving in the court, the reader learns too. It has adventure, comedy, some romance, and drama. It has a little bit of everything.

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dihuda
Jul 22, 2016

loved the story, and wish i was still reading it but... i got lost and confused over and over with the complicated names of the many many characters, and the strange words. the appendix didn''t help at all. it made reading this book much heavier than it needed to be.

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svs801
Jun 03, 2016

What an unexpectedly beautiful and powerful tale! This one goes in my "instant classic" file, and also my "must read again" VERY short list (b/c there are so many NEW things to read!).

I was initially put off when the summary indicated lots of court intrigue. But seeing it through the immensely likable hero's eyes made it achingly real and relate-able.

This book is a true hero's journey with danger, comedy, a dash of romance, and some profound inspiration that ultimately uplifts the reader. It's a tale you'll ponder long after you finish the last page!

I struggled with trying to figure out what this book was- a mystery centered around the search for the killer of the last emperor? Not really, although that's a part. A twitsty tale of scandal and court intrigue? It's in there, but nah. No, what this really is is a tale of a sweet 18 year old boy who's been neglected, abused, and forgotten. It's a "what if" kind of coming of age story- what if this darling, abused little cinnamon roll unexpectedly became emperor? How EXACTLY would he navigate court politics, find his place, decide that he is a worthy human being? What would his gradual growth into a compassionate ruler look like? While it plods steadily along, it is remarkably UNboring. Overall I really enjoyed it!

CMLibrary_akeller Jan 07, 2016

I was surprised by how much I loved this book. It focuses a lot on developing the characters which made them feel real to me. The only downside was that it was hard to keep track of the names and who was who (there is a handy glossary in the back). Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who loves fantasy, character development, and political intrigue.

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Derfred
Dec 25, 2015

This is a really good book. There is a confusion of similar names but the story is very well told and holds your interest quite well.

luinealaNVCL Dec 21, 2015

I really liked, and really wanted to love, this book - it's unusual for a fantasy title in that it has next to no action and is completely focused on character development. It's completely a coming of age story, centered on Maia learning to navigate a life that he wasn't prepared for, while trying to reconcile his present responsibilities with his traumatic past.

The only reason I haven't given this five stars is because character name / title conventions were exceedingly difficult to get a handle on, and it distracted me from the story. While I respect the effort that Addison put into the language, the names and titles were all so similar that I had a hard time telling remembering which character was which.

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diananock
Jul 13, 2015

For a book with very little action, The Goblin Emperor is tense and exciting. Maia is a very sympathetic character, and you spend the whole book rooting for him and worrying about him. It has great worldbuilding, too!

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sybilance
Jul 16, 2014

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!

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DALHIA
Jul 14, 2014

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

JCLJaredH May 28, 2014

“ '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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