Ahoy there me mateys! I received this fantasy eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . .
Title: the witness for the dead
Author: Katherine Addison
Publication Date: TODAY!! (hardback/e-book)
The first book of this series the goblin emperor is one of me favourite comfort reads. This be a standalone book set in the same world so ye don’t have to read them in order but I do recommend it.
This novel does not have the same feel of scope or political intrigue as its predecessor. What is does still have is a character ye love to root for and find comfort in. Celehar is not a ruler but a dutiful man whose position, a witness for the dead, leaves him on the fringes of society. That fact that he can speak to the dead, unlike the rest of his calling, leaves him even more isolated.
I loved Celehar. Ye follow him in his daily tasks and watch him find answers about the dead. How he solves mysteries is not glamourous or even thrilling. But it his care for those families he helps and his reverence for the dead that makes him so loveable.
The plot is leisurely, the worldbuilding continues to be excellent, and I loved every minute. I certainly would read more books set in this world, however I will continue to reread these books and enjoy them. Arrr!
So lastly . . .
Thank you Macmillian/Tor-Forge!
Goodreads has this to say about the novel:
Katherine Addison returns at last to the world of The Goblin Emperor with this stand-alone sequel.
When the young half-goblin emperor Maia sought to learn who had 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 Celehar 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 honesty will not permit him to live quietly.
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