Katherine Addison 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 naïve 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. (Quelle:'E-Buch Text/01.04.2014')

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    The Goblin Emperor
    JuliaO

    JuliaO

    28. April 2015 um 21:12

    This year I decided to simply buy all Nebula Award nominees in the category  Novel, without even looking at the blurb, so I would read books I would not otherwise have picked up. Goblin Emperor is the first one of those I've read - and I was not disappointed! It's the story of a half Goblin, half Elf, who is thrown into court life completely without any advanced warning, when his father - the emperor - and all his sons die unexpectedly.  I started to like the main character very fast. He always tries to do right, but he does not always succeed. He is a very normal person, who is completely overwhelmed with his new duties at first - so we get to learn with him. George R. R. Martin said, that he thinks readers who like his books, would probably like this too, since it's also a lot about politics and the court. But I don't really see a lot of similarities. I'd compare it more to Guy Gavriel Kay's books. Because unlike Game of thrones the action and fighting scenes are rare here. It really is mostly about politics, about how people behave at court, how one wrong word can matter in such circumstances, and how you can be almost almighty, and because of that may be the one with the least possibility to live as you like. I've really enjoyed it for the world, and the story and the insight into this culture Addison has created! It's more of a slower paced fantasy, that focusses on society and civilisation. One star short of perfect, because the very end was way, way to fast for me. It felt like the story was simply cut off! That was not helped by the fact, that there were lots of pages left - with more infos about the book and the characters, and the pronunciation of things and so on. So you do think there's quite some story left - and then it simply ends in a few paragraphs. Also the names were too difficult for me. Very long, very similar to each other and extremely hard to memorize. It sometimes took me quite a while to figure out who's in the story at one point, and I read lots of fantasy, so I'm used to strange names - but this was really a bit much. Otherwise a really good read, that I can really recommend!

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