The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
WINNER of the 2015 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel
Unbound Worlds 100 Best Fantasy Novels of All Time
Nominated for the 2014 Nebula, 2015 Hugo and 2015 World Fantasy Awards for Best Novel
"It delighted me from beginning to end." - Katherine Arden, bestselling author of The Bear And The Nightingale
The first UK publication of this multiple award winning, critically acclaimed high fantasy US smash hit phenomenon, Katherine Addison's The Goblin Emperor is a vividly imagined fantasy of court intrigue and dark magics.
Maia, 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 favour with the naive 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 spectre of the unknown conspirators who lurk in the shadows, he must quickly adjust to life as the Goblin Emperor.
"A novel of court intrigue [...] those of you who like that aspect of my own work will probably like The Goblin Emperor as well." -- George R. R. Martin, Not a Blog
"With its subtle, intricate, fascinating world building and a hero who succeeds through empathy and patience rather than brawn, The Goblin Emperor is absolutely unique among recent fantasy novels, and it delighted me from beginning to end." - Katherine Arden, bestselling author of The Bear And The Nightingale
"The Goblin Emperor is the best fantasy I've read in quite some time" - Liz Bourke, Tor.com
"Challenging, invigorating, and unique." Scott Lynch, bestselling author of The Lies of Locke Lamora
"Katherine Addison's The Goblin Emperor is a vividly imagined fantasy of court intrigue and dark magics." -- Unbound Worlds 100 Best Fantasy Novels of All Time