This is a very fun and and thoughtful iteration of the "decent person trying to maintain their integrity in trying circumstances" trope. The world Addison builds is a treat too: dense and tricky court politics, airships, and conspiracies are thick on the ground. You don't need to be wary of the 'beautiful pale elves' cliche (often just a thin, tired veil for prejudice) here. The Goblin Emperor begins with disruption and carries on that way, with a really likable main character emerging out of the dust. — From Christina
A vividly imagined debut fantasy of court intrigue in a steampunk-inflected magical world from 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 older sons in line for the throne are killed in an "accident," he has no choice but to take his place on the Untheileneise Throne.
The Goblin Emperor, set against the pageantry and color of a fascinating, unique world, is a memorable debut for a great new talent.