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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 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 spectre of the unknown conspirators who lurk in the shadows, he must quickly adjust to life as the Goblin Emperor.

©2021 Katherine Addison (P)2021 Penguin Audio and Rebellion Publishing

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"Challenging, invigorating and unique." (Scott Lynch, bestselling author of The Lies of Locke Lamora)

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One of my favourite fantasy novels beautifully narrated. Definitely one to listen to over again and again.

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Glorious

I first read the book several years ago, but revisiting it as an audiobook really was an untrammelled delight. It’s a deeply beloved novel in my circles, with its cinnamon roll protagonist gradually overcoming the bigotry and Macchiavellian schemes of the court which he finds himself suddenly ruling, but I have to say the vocal performance really elevated the story. Cracking character voices and a crisp, engaging narrative voice; I’m horribly fussy about narrators so it is a real joy to find a beloved book so well served by the voice artist.

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Engaging story line.

Enjoyed the story but the character names we're confusing as place names.
Narration was annoying.

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Really good, but…

The faux British accent really takes you out of it, and if you listen to this, do yourself a favour and keep a notebook to keep track of all the names, titles etc.
And last thing is that the Elves really have nothing to distinguish them from Human except in name, and the Goblins are really just a bit foreign instead of being a different race. It’s just a bit of a gimmick.
Otherwise this is a really enjoyable story with a good resolution

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Almost perfect

This is one of my favourite books and was happy to find and audio book of it! The only snag was that part of chapter 30 is missing, one of the better parts at that! Aside from that everything else was great

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Loved it

I very much enjoyed this gentle story and thoughtful world building. The narrator was excellent and I now know how to pronounce some of the names properly.

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Good book slightly flaky production

I love this book, and though in general I found the voice perform good. There were a few issues:

1. There is a section of text missing from the end of chapter 30, I have downloaded a number of times, and it is the same on all the copies. Fortunately I have read the book, so I spotted it. Annoyingly it is one of my favourite passages.
2. The pronunciation (of the English, not the Elvish) is bizarre, and not normal English English or American English, this was jarring at times.

In general, pay no attention to my issues and listen to the book, it is really good.

Jon

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Very good story. Unusual fantasy story.

Good story of a half goblin becoming emperor of the elves. nicely written with a lot of good characterizations. quite a long list of names to remember but well worth it. good to read a fantasy story not overburdened with swordplay and wizardly. would highly recommend