I have been a fan of both Elizabeth Bear’s and Katherine Addison’s / Sara Monette’s individual works for a long time, and also loved the Fantasy trilogy they have written together, so of course when I read they had collaborated on another novel, getting that was a no-brainer.(more…)
The author of this novel used to publish as Sarah Monette, and under that name wrote one of my all-time favourite Fantasy series, The Doctrine of Labyrinths. So I came to The Goblin Emperor with very high expectations and some trepidations as to whether the book would live up to the author’s previous ones.
This is the second volume of the virtual TV show, consisting of three episodes/novellas with a sprinkling of shorter pieces from Season 1. Focus here is mainly on the individual cases, with some character development thrown in, and a few hints towards the bigger picture. The middle story by Emma Bull failed to grab me for some reason, but the other two are nail-bitingly, edge-of-your-seat-sittingly intense. Characterization deserves a special mention, not only the way the individual characters are drawn with just a few significant strokes, but also how their relationships are mapped out – it is a joy to watch them interact with each other.
Sometimes, what is planned as a short entry into my book diary turns into a longer one – blame not having much to do at work. So here is something closer to my non-reviews again.