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Posted April 6, 2014
This book has been getting glowing reviews all over the place an
This book has been getting glowing reviews all over the place and I have to admit, I was afraid it wouldn't live up to those reviews. Fortunately, they all focus on the same thing: the excellence of the world-building, the subtlety of characterization and the sheer likability of the protagonist, Maia, the goblin emperor of the title.
This is a story about the value of simple kindness and the importance of staying true to who you are. The writing is so clean and clear that it's possible not to notice it (and I always notice the writing), and the story itself is so rich that I start re-reading it the day after I finished it. The layers support that; there were things I missed in my original read that I'm noticing now.
I highly recommend this book. It's lovely.
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Posted June 22, 2014
Posted May 13, 2014
This book is an amazing combination of intrigue, steampunk, and
This book is an amazing combination of intrigue, steampunk, and high fantasy if you turn the clock forward on their technology a few centuries. I truly enjoyed it and find myself reading it again and again, and noticing new details each time.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The world-building and characterization are very well done, and the writing itself shows a high degree of skill. At first I thought that I would become tired of the main character, that he would be another almost-perfect good guy with only admirable flaws (you know, like being too generous), but I was really pleased that the author managed to inject the anxiety, awkwardness, and lapses in judgement that I remember from my own teenage years. I find myself really fascinated seeing his first steps into true adulthood.
I just wish there were a sequel! Failing that, I would love to see the story told from the point of view of one of the other major characters.
Posted May 9, 2014
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