My plan was to use Weekend Reads for my bookshelf tour BUT I’m participating in the Wyrd & Wonder readalong for The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison and am enjoying the book too much to not answer the readalong questions for the chapters, so… Weekend Reads will be used for that instead. 😀
So far, The Goblin Emperor is a fantasy book that seems to be about a young man who suddenly, and unexpectedly, becomes emperor of his realm. I get the impression that the story will be only about political intrigues and that this world is filled with only goblins and elves since only those two types are mentioned in the first 9 chapters.
These questions and answers will most likely contain SPOILERS so if you’re interested in what else I’m currently reading, skip to that section below.
Goblin Emperor Readalong Questions for Chapters 1-9:
The first thing that struck me about this book is the formality in the way the characters speak. What do you think of this style? Do you enjoy it?
I don’t like this style at all. It’s one of the things that annoyed me as soon as I started reading. It’s why I dislike reading some versions of the Bible and can’t bother with Shakespeare. All that thee and thou and hast and stuff drive me crazy, so I change it to you and your, etc., while reading.
The names of places and titles also throw me off because I can’t pronounce them. They make me look forward to listening to the audiobook. (Yep, I’m only 9 chapters in and am already planning to reread. Lol!) And there are SO many character names that I sometimes get confused. The glossary isn’t very helpful either because the names I look up aren’t there. I guess it’s because those characters appear/are mentioned often in the story, but right now the many characters and difficult names are hard to keep track of.
And speaking of language, I find it interesting that the pronoun for the royals is “we.” I wonder why that is. What does the royal “we” comprise?
The reader, much like Maia in his newfound role, is given very little time to get comfortable before being thrown in at the deep end. How do you feel about this approach to the story? Does it help you to empathise with the newly ascended Emperor?
I love it! I like it when the character starts out in a relative stage of innocence or lacks the knowledge they need. The learning/training stage in a story, frustrating as it is sometimes, is one of my favorite parts to read. I like seeing how a character reacts to certain knowledge/experiences gained at that stage and how that reaction affects their response later when they need to apply the particular knowledge/experience gained.
It does help me to empathize with the character more, especially if the character struggles a bit during this stage. With Maia, it seems that he quickly adapts to the role thrust upon him, so I was a little skeptical of him at first and even suspected him of the emperor’s death, lol.
Okay, yea, that suspicion is still at the back of my mind. (I mean, dude went from not knowing what to do and asking Setheris for advice to maneuvering people pretty damn quickly.) I even wonder if he’s an unreliable character hiding this bit of info from the reader. (It’s a very small part of me that thinks this. I like Maia. But I do wonder.)
Too many cooks spoil the political broth, or so it seems. Are there any characters in particular who stand out to you as being the most potentially troublesome? And on the other hand, who catches your attention as being unusually (potentially) helpful?
Yes!! That Setheris dude. I don’t trust him a bit. I think he’ll cause trouble for Maia later on. I don’t think he’ll be content with anything Maia gives him. I think he’ll assume/want Maia to give him a high governmental position, like chancellor or something. Also, he makes me think of Severus Snape.
Csevet is surprisingly helpful. Since he used to work with Chavar and it’s Chavar who assigned him to Maia, I don’t entirely trust him. I don’t entirely trust anyone. I suspect everyone in this book! Except Cala. I like Cala.
So the late emperor was killed deliberately and now Chavar effectively has control of the investigation. I have to know: Do you suspect him at all of being involved in the incident?
YES!! He’s so guilty! But I know I think that because I don’t like the character and because he’s the antagonist right now. I also suspect Maia (my reasons are under question 2 above) and the Barizhan emperor. I even wonder if the emperor faked his death (I have no reason to think this, but I do). I suspect everybody right now, lol!
What are your other thoughts/feelings/first impressions?
Umm… well I’m really enjoying the story and was surprised at how quickly I flew through these first chapters (despite the archaic language I hate).
Maia quickly appealed to me and I especially like how polite he is and how many rules he’s breaking by being considerate and kind. I wonder how these “blunders,” intentional or not, will later affect his reign and elves and goblins’ impression of him.
I do find it interesting that skin color is mentioned — the elves’ light skin and the goblins’ dark skin — so I wonder what role it will play in the story. From the observations made, mostly to point out the differences between elves and goblins and that goblins are seen as an inferior race, it seems to be a major factor.
Are humans in the story? Is this all about just goblins and elves? I keep wondering this as I read.
What I’m currently reading:
I’m currently reading many books, more than these 4, but I want to focus on these this weekend.
- Of course, I want to continue with The Goblin Emperor to see what happens next.
- I’m buddy-reading The Inheritance with Emily from Embuhleeliest to wrap up everything Hobb.
- Brass Carriages and Glass Hearts is an ARC that I’m looking forward to.
- And I REALLY want to make some progress in Dragon Reborn. I don’t know why the book has suddenly become difficult to read. Also, I keep making fun of Jordan’s overwriting and silly characters as I read, which is very distracting. I feel as if I complete a page every 2 hours.