The youngest, half-goblin son of the Emperor has lived his entire life in exile, distant from the Imperial Court and the deadly intrigue that suffuses it. But when his father and three sons in line for the throne are killed in an "accident," he has no choice but to take his place as the only surviving rightful heir. Entirely unschooled in the art of court politics, he has no friends, no advisors, and the sure knowledge that whoever assassinated his father and brothers could make an attempt on his life at any moment.
Surrounded by sycophants eager to curry favor with the naIve new emperor, and overwhelmed by the burdens of his new life, he can trust nobody. Amid the swirl of plots to depose him, offers of arranged marriages, and the specter of the unknown conspirators who lurk in the shadows, he must quickly adjust to life as the Goblin Emperor. All the while, he is alone, and trying to find even a single friend...and hoping for the possibility of romance, yet also vigilant against the unseen enemies that threaten him, lest he lose his throne-or his life.
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by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
by Tim Akers
by Jeff Strand
by Andrew Mayne
"Narrator Kyle McCarley vividly portrays the fast-paced education of Maia, the young half-goblin son of the Emperor, who is thrust from exile to the throne when his father and his three favored brothers are killed. As Maia becomes acclimated to the intrigue of the court, McCarley reflects the changes in him and in those around him. The many sycophants at court give McCarley an opportunity to draw on a deep store of voices from many classes and backgrounds. He handles the complicated names and titles with ease and creates an atmosphere that draws the listener into this compelling tale. J.E.M. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"
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