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The Witness for the Dead

(2021)
(The second book in the Goblin Emperor series)
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"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


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.

Now Celehar’s skills 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.

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Genre: Fantasy

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Hardback Editions

June 2021 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Witness for the Dead
Author(s): Katherine Addison
ISBN: 0-7653-8742-5 / 978-0-7653-8742-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Books
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Paperback Editions

July 2021 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Witness for the Dead
Author(s): Katherine Addison
ISBN: 1-78108-951-5 / 978-1-78108-951-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Solaris
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Audio Editions

June 2021 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Witness for the Dead
Author(s): Katherine Addison
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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June 2021 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Witness for the Dead
Author(s): Katherine Addison
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

June 2021 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Witness for the Dead
Author(s): Katherine Addison
Publisher: Tor Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA