The Witness for the Dead by Katherine Addison

book cover artWhen the young half-goblin emperor Maia sought to learn who had killed his father and half-brothers, he turned to an obscure resident of his Court, a Prelate of Ulis and a Witness for the Dead. Thara Celehar found the truth, though it did him no good to discover it. Now Celehar lives in the city of Amalo, far from the Court though not exactly in exile. He has not escaped from politics, but his position gives him the ability to serve the common people of the city, which is his preference. He lives modestly, but his decency and fundamental honesty will not permit him to live quietly.

I loved The Goblin Emperor and although I highly recommend it, it is not necessary to read it first before enjoying The Witness for the Dead. The world of these books is one of goblins and elves, but the political intrigue and the murder mystery aspect will draw in those readers who are not normally fantasy readers. I have much love for this sequel and look forward to yet another book set in this world to be published in 2022!

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