A review by elizafiedler
The Goblin Emperor, by Katherine Addison

4.0

This book is mainly political intrigue through the eyes of a young emperor who never expected to be one and has lived his life in exile up to this point.

I really wish this novel involved more characterization of the elves and goblins as nonhuman species. Yes, there's the differences in skin, hair, and eye coloring, the ear thing (descriptions of body language involving ear movement), and one single death spell, but not much else. Does it even matter that these are elves and goblins and not humans? It doesn't seem like it.

There's more steampunk, in fact, but even then it's mainly just the existence of airships and one very cool model of a steam powered clockwork bridge.