The Witness for the Dead

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Publisher Description

"At once intimate and literally operatic, it's everything I love about Katherine Addison's writing, in ways I didn't know to expect. I loved it." —John Scalzi

Katherine Addison returns to the glittering world she created for her beloved novel, The Goblin Emperor, in this stand-alone sequel


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When the young half-goblin emperor Maia sought to learn who had set the bombs that killed his father and half-brothers, he turned to an obscure resident of his father’s 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. He lost his place as a retainer of his cousin the former Empress, and made far too many enemies among the many factions vying for power in the new Court. The favor of the Emperor is a dangerous coin.

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. As a Witness for the Dead, he can, sometimes, speak to the recently dead: see the last thing they saw, know the last thought they had, experience the last thing they felt. It is his duty use that ability to resolve disputes, to ascertain the intent of the dead, to find the killers of the murdered.

Celehar’s skills now lead him out of the quiet and into a morass of treachery, murder, and injustice. No matter his own background with the imperial house, Celehar will stand with the commoners, and possibly find a light in the darkness.

Katherine Addison has created a fantastic world for these books – wide and deep and true.

Within THE CHRONICLES OF OSRETH

The Goblin Emperor

The Cemeteries of Amalo trilogy
The Witness for the Dead
The Grief of Stones
The Tomb of Dragons

At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

GENRE
Sci-Fi & Fantasy
RELEASED
2021
June 22
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
208
Pages
PUBLISHER
Tor Publishing Group
SELLER
Macmillan
SIZE
7
MB

Customer Reviews

Nerdy728 ,

Thara Celehar’s world

A day in the life of Thara Celehar, told from the viewpoint of a petitioner. The shorter the story, the more I want it to go on.

aleks❤️cats ,

Stunning.

This stand alone sequel to The Goblin Emperor, told from the perspective of Thara Kellahar, gives you a beautiful view of Amalo and Kellahar’s work.

I highly recommend this book for fantasy lovers and the people that have read The Goblin Emperor.

Archangel Beth ,

Murder mystery

Our narrator can get the last impressions of the recently dead, ask them simple questions, and lay ghouls to rest. He's investigating two murders, solving issues of wills, and dealing with a ghoul in his "copious spare time." Of the threads in his life, a couple are connected, but it would be spoilers to say which ones.

It's a lovely re-visiting of the world, despite the necessarily grim aspects of following a Witness (something like a lawyer and an investigator and a priest) for the Dead around.

I direly want more tea; the tea shop descriptions make me jealous.

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