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First Impression Friday: The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

It’s time for another First Impression Friday post! For those who are unfamiliar, FIF is a weekly meme created by J.W. Martin. The goal is to talk about a book you recently started reading. Share you impressions, predict what you think will happen, say whether you think you’ll enjoy it, etc.


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.

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.

I started this one earlier this week, after having it stare back at me from my shelf for the better part of a year. Having known nothing about this book when I purchased it, I really didn’t know what to expect. (If I am remembering correctly, I think I was drawn to it because I have very few books with goblins in them.)

Thus far, I am enjoying this one. It’s heavy on the political side, but it’s told from the unique perspective of Maia, who is far too humble for his role as Emperor. For this reason, I really like Maia. I hope he doesn’t get wrapped up in the complicated court life and become just another self-absorbed ruler. His innocence and politeness is so sweet.

I don’t know a lot about Maia’s background yet or what makes him different, given his goblin heritage. The world he’s apart of seems to be a diverse one where humans and goblins live and work alongside each other. I am very curious to learn more about this world and what everyone’s role is.

I feel like there’s going to a be a lot of huge changes ahead for Maia and some dark plot twists. (There are some real shady mother-effers roaming about the palace.)

I predict at least 4 out of 5 stars.



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