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.
This is the best Fantasy book that I have “read” in a long time. I have a very long work commute so I love to listen to novels. The Goblin King was the perfect audiobook, giving me hours of listening pleasure. It grabbed me tight and didn’t let me go until it finished. The gist of this novel is that the youngest son of the Emperor who grew up in exile discovers that he is heir to the throne. The story develops as begins the quest to take his rightful place as head of the Kingdom. It is full of intrigue, adventure, and suspense. I highly recommend it.
~Reviewed by Dave H.