The Witness for the Dead

Tor. (The Goblin Emperor, Bk. 2). Jun. 2021. 240p. ISBN 9780765387424. $25.99. FANTASY
Thara Celehar is a Witness for the Dead. Able to glean some information from those who have died, Celehar was essential in helping half-goblin emperor Maia discover the truth behind the deaths of his father and half-brothers. Now assigned to the city of Amalo, Celehar serves the people with his skills, attempting to keep a quiet life while navigating the religious hierarchy where he is an outsider. Yet it is Celehar’s skills and decency that 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. Multiple well-paced plotlines weave together in a delightful story, and Celehar’s personal insights and issues bring a contemplative tone that further supports the work.
VERDICT The follow-up to the acclaimed The Goblin Emperor brings back a favorite character and expands the elaborate world Addison has created. Fans of the first book—and new readers—will find this novel delightful and immersive

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