As part of the Wyrd and Wonder reading month, Lisa is running a readalong for The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison. Since it’s one of my favourite books, I’ve been wanting to reread it for a while and this is the perfect opportunity. Each week Lisa will be posing questions regarding the chapters we’ve read and I’m going to (try to) post my responses.
SPOILER NOTE: This is a reread for me so while there are definitely spoilers for the weeks chapters, there might also be some for the rest of the book too.
Week 1: Wednesday 6th May, Chapters 1 through 9
Week 2: Wednesday 13th May, Chapters 10 through 17 (end of part 2)
Week 3: Wednesday 20th May, Chapters 18 through 26 (part 3)
Week 4: Wednesday 27th May, Chapters 27 to End (part 4 & 5)
Questions for Chapters 27 through the End
Let’s start with Maia’s grandfather! What do you think of the Avar, and his budding relationship with Maia?
I really like their relationship. It gives me all sorts of gruff, manly ‘we don’t talk about our feelings, we play ball games and clap each other on the back’ feels.
If I was Maia, I think I’d struggle to be as forgiving about how the Avar basically abandoned his mother to the Emperor’s mistreatment, but I sort of see where Maia’s coming from in that he understands that they’re rulers as so should stick to the rules. I do think it’s a nice touch to see the Avar’s other daughters, the illegitimate ones, receiving official recognition and approval, even if they’ve made unconventional choices. To me, it feels like the Avar has learned from, or regrets, what happened to Chenelo.
Another plot against Maia is foiled… Were you surprised by the reveal of Tethimar as the one behind the late emperor’s murder? And what are your thoughts on this reveal, in light of the way this part of the story played out?
I did, but it was one of the few things I really clearly remembered. I’m not sure I saw it coming the first time I read it, I don’t think I paid much attention to Tethimar after the marriage arrangements were set aside.
I thought it was very sweet how everyone wants to look after Beshelar when he’s injured, until they eventually bully the stickler into submission.
For impact, I felt the interviews with the bomb makers felt more shocking and upsetting.
For all of the enmity that’s shown to him, our emperor has a much more hopeful nickname by the end… Looking back, are you satisfied with/pleased by the way Maia handled all of these situations in which he had to make or break relationships? Was there anything you were left questioning or that you feel should have gone differently?
I loved were Maia ends up — with his personal relationship and his politics — but I’m desperate for Addison to continue his story.
I’d love to see how the goblins’ situation in elvish society changes now they have a mixed-race Emperor and (potentially) invigorated political alliances. I want to see how Maia more feminist outlook impacts women. What if Maia and Csethiro had a daughter? Would she inherit? What happens to Idra, Ino and Mirean?