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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.
©2014 Katherine Addison (P)2014 Tantor
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"A spellbinding and genuinely affecting drama. Unreservedly recommended." ( Kirkus Starred Review)
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By Nuclear Sandbox on 11-13-15

Wonderful Performance

Story was exquisite and detailed. Plot was engaging and believable. Narration was superb. Office politics will never seem to be the same for any reader after this.

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By Mike on 07-30-15

Unexpectedly Great

This book is oddly, strangely, weirdly great. It's a fantasy only in that the characters are Goblins and Elves. It's more like a political intrigue story. Think of it as a cross between The Three Musketeers (without swords), The West Wing (light), and the part of Don Quixote where-SPOILERS- Sancho finally gets his Insula.

I don't think everyone will like this book as much as I did, but if you like the two books and the show mentioned above, you will.

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