The Witness for the Dead

The Witness for the Dead

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Murder, politics and intrigue.

When the young half-goblin emperor Maia sought to learn who had set the bombs that killed his father and half-brothers, he turned to an obscure resident of his Court, a Prelate of Ulis and a Witness for the Dead.

Thara Celehar found the truth, though it did him no good to discover it. Now he lives in the City of Amalo, far from the Court though not exactly in exile. He has not escaped from politics, but his position gives him the ability to serve the common people of the city, which is his preference.

He lives modestly, but his decency and fundamental honestly will not permit him to live quietly.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 128 x 198 x 20mm | 232g
  • Solaris
  • Nottingham, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1781089515
  • 9781781089514
  • 36,262

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"With its subtle, intricate, fascinating worldbuilding 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. I wish I could read a dozen more books set in the Elflands." - Katherine Arden, bestselling author of The Bear And The Nightingale "Challenging, invigorating, and unique. If courtly intrigue is your wine of choice, The Goblin Emperor is the headiest vintage I've come across in years." ? Scott Lynch, bestselling author of The Lies of Locke Lamora "I enjoyed The Goblin Emperor a great deal. I was sucked right into her world of goblins, elves, and airships, and was anxious to the very end to find out how Maia, the unwanted halfblood son of the Emperor, who finds himself unexpectedly on the throne, learns to navigate the intrigues and danger of the imperial court. An engrossing read!" ? Kristen Britain, New York Times bestselling author of Blackveil "Impressively elaborate worldbuilding underpins this lovely fantasy novel, but I couldn't put it down because of the heart-grippingly sympathetic main character." ? Kate Elliott, bestselling author of the Crossroads series "... remarkably compelling and fascinating" - io9 "The Goblin Emperor is the best fantasy I've read in quite some time. It's certainly my favourite of the last great while, and though it's early days yet, I suspect it may be the best single novel I read this year." - Liz Bourke, "A spellbinding and genuinely affecting drama. Unreservedly recommended." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "Ambitious and meticulously executed worldbuilding brings an animated dazzle to this exceptional assemblage of character

studies and complex encounters, while the expressive evocation of its youthful protagonist's shyness and insecurity adds an affecting authenticity to the steampunk-infused fantasy setting." -- Publisher's Weekly "What a delightful reimagining of the detectives of Baker Street and the London they inhabit. This tale takes flight in ways that are dark and rich and wholly unexpected. Quite simply, I loved it." -- John Scalzi "The Angel of the Crows is an entertaining ride - a compelling fantasy mystery set in an alternate but startlingly familiar Victorian London. You've been here before-not." -- Tim Powers "I liked it. It's a fantasy, 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 "The Witness for the Dead is a pure delight to revel in." -- Aurealis * Aurealis *
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About Katherine Addison

Katherine Addison is the pen name of Sarah Monette. She grew up in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, one of the three secret cities of the Manhattan Project. She got her B.A. from Case Western Reserve University, her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Despite being summa cum laude, none of her degrees is of the slightest use to her in either her day job or her writing, which she feels is an object lesson for us all. She currently lives near Madison, Wisconsin.
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5,521 ratings
4.13 out of 5 stars
5 35% (1,917)
4 46% (2,559)
3 16% (893)
2 2% (130)
1 0% (22)
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