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The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
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it was amazing
Read 2 times. Last read April 2, 2019 to April 5, 2019.

From the first page, this book captivated my attention--which doesn't often happen. The writing is tight and vivid. Addison is clearly a wordsmith who cultivates each word and sentence into a rich tapestry of character, setting, and plot development. This book is what I would call political intrigue fantasy at its finest. While there are some adrenaline-inducing scenes, the tension in this book is, for the most part, relational and personal in nature.

Maia, the exiled and unwanted fourth son of the emperor, expected to live out his days under the harsh tyranny of his cousin in a tiny, backwater estate. Instead, an explosion on an airship has left him to inherit the throne. Maia must navigate an intrigue-filled court he visited only once before and that doesn't want him, all while trying to be a better emperor than his father.

The book has a nice theme of overcoming abuse; Maia's cousin was emotionally (and occasionally physically) abusive for the many years they were exiled together before the book starts. Now as emperor, Maia has the power to exact revenge--but as an essentially good person, he doesn't want to be cruel. Watching him grapple with how to treat his cousin and how not to become like his cousin was fascinating.

The characters are rich and nuanced, the plot is deeply satisfying, and the pacing keeps you turning the pages to find out what will happen next. I highly recommend!
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April 2, 2019 – Started Reading
April 5, 2019 – Finished Reading
April 11, 2019 – Shelved

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