In The Grief of Stones, Katherine Addison returns to the world of The Goblin Emperor with a direct sequel to The Witness for the Dead...
As a Witness for the Dead, Thara Celehar can speak to the recently departed: see the last thing they saw, know the last thought they had, experience the last thing they felt. It is his duty to use that ability to ascertain the intent of the dead and to find the killers of the murdered. Celehar’s time in the city of Amalo has brought him both friends and enemies—and no little notoriety. Now, when solving the murder of a marquise raises more questions than it answers, he finds himself exploring Amalo’s dark underside.
His investigations lead him to the Cemchelarna School for Foundling Girls, where all is not as it seems. Discovering the truth about its headmistress will lead Celehar deep into the city’s history—and into the shattering depths of the loss he fears the most.
At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
Thara Celehar's adventures serving the provincial city of Amalo continue in Addison's immersive sequel to The Witness for the Dead. Having finally grown accustomed in his role as a Witness for the Dead, communing with the deceased to solve their murders, Celehar is surprised when his employers suddenly send him an apprentice, a widow named Velhiro Tomasaran, and force him into a teaching role. Meanwhile, the Marquess Ulzhavel believes his late wife was murdered and requests that Celehar look into her death. But the investigation takes a turn when Celehar and Velhiro discover an unexpected connection to a murdered student at a girls' foundling school and uncover a scandal that leaves Celehar questioning his life's purpose. Though the ending feels rather anticlimactic, the ride there is thoroughly entertaining. The plot masterfully blurs the line between fantasy and mystery, and Addison turns her brilliant character building to the common folk of Amalo, fleshing out the citizens with heart-wrenching backstories and addressing and ameliorating the world's societal ills. New readers won't want to jump in with this one, but series fans are sure to be pleased.