The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

The Goblin Emperor is a sweet story of an ignored young mixed race (elvish and goblin) son suddenly becoming emperor due to the death of his father and all of his brothers. Because he was basically banished all his life, he must learn how to live at court and be a leader. Many aren’t thrilled with him being emperor and so he must also learn what it means to have friends and how to carve out his own path even if it’s different from his father’s. It’s a very enjoyable book with one huge exception. There are many, many characters and so many of the names are practically the same. Sometimes I had no idea what was going on because I couldn’t recall which characters it was talking about were which. The author created a very intricate language for referring to elves, goblins, and places. It’s actually impressive how intricate, but for a single book, it was quite annoying. Pronunciations were impossible in many cases and would pull me out of the story so I quit even trying to pronounce them as I read. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy.

4 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2021: 6
Pages Read in 2021: 1755

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