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The Witness for the Dead (The Cemeteries of Amalo Book 1) Kindle Edition
"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.
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.
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"I've been wanting to return to the world of 'The Goblin Emperor' from the moment I finished that book, and 'The Witness For the Dead' does not disappoint. 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
"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" ― Library Journal
About the Author
- ASIN : B08GJRR14T
- Publisher : Tor Books (June 22, 2021)
- Publication date : June 22, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 3908 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 238 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #41,600 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I have been a fan of Addison’s work for ages, and WITNESS FOR THE DEAD justifies that appreciation in stellar fashion. A gem-like combination of intriguing murder mystery and fascinating world building, WITNESS is a rewarding book on many levels.
Othala Celehar is a Witness for the dead, a priest of the god of dreams, moonlight, and death, whose purpose is to bring peace to the unquiet dead, whether by laying hungry ghouls to rest, by passing on last messages to their heirs, or by discovering their murderers and bringing them to justice. He is also a deeply wounded man, still recovering from being forced by his own sense of justice to bear witness against the man he loved for murder, and condemning him to death. He wants nothing more than to perform his calling, to speak for those who can no longer speak for themselves.
In this book, he finds himself entangled in webs of murder, blackmail, and political intrigue, guided through the maze only by his keen wits, priestly skills, and unfailing kindness and compassion. It’s rare to find a protagonist these days whose defining characteristic is decency and compassion, and even rarer to find a tale that allows them to persevere and triumph specifically BECAUSE of that decency and compassion. And that is one of the things I come to Katherine Addison’s Goblin Emperor books for and am never disappointed in, the idea that someone can win by being a good person, that kindness is not weakness, and that it is possible to do the right thing and not be beaten down by a world designed to allow only the cruel and hard to thrive.
I really need to hear that, lately, and I think a lot of folks do. Enjoy.
This is a mystery novel with several mysteries, all of which are interesting. They are followed in a calm, low-key manner that makes the book rather peaceful to read.
I did have couple of problems with the book. One is that the solutions to the mysteries appear very late in the game, and they end rather abruptly, as if they were never the point and an afterthought. The other is that the characters names and titles caused endless confusion for me. I could only keep two of them straight from a cast of dozens. A glossary would have really helped. I still don't understand the titles.
But the characterization was so great, even with secondary characters, that if they were on the page I recognized them. I didn't have to rely upon the names thank goodness, because they were so very distinct.
This is a story well worth reading I think, for that alone. This one is all about the journey.
The other big issue is the made up titles, after reading her two books set in the world I still have no idea who is ranked above who. Characters have multiple names, but the made up naming conventions and similarities makes it hard to keep track of who is who. Also the characters randomly drop into archaic “thee, thou” even though they speak “plain English” the rest of the time, with no reasoning to explain why. It feels like people putting on airs, but the writing doesnt support this.
There are Elves and goblins… but that has nothing to do with this story, has no affect, changes nothing and adds nothing.
These are just odd choices I am surprised an editor didn’t help the author resolve.
I enjoyed this story over all and will probably buy the next book set in this world and will be annoyed at the price.
If you read this Ms. Addison, please, I beg you, keep writing about this world. It deserves to be thoroughly explored. And thank you, for 2 wonderful novels.
Top reviews from other countries
Celehar's city of Amalo is the flip side of the magnificent courtly world of the Goblin Emperor, with its fantastic costumes and jewellery. Like many of the city-dwellers he meets, Celehar is living carefully on a small income, economising on tram fares and wearing mended clothes (clothes seem to be particularly expensive). The world-building is impressive and very atmospheric - elves and goblins meet trams and airships, opera and tea-houses; and religion is pervasive in everyday life.
While it's true that there is often a somewhat melancholy atmosphere - as well as his sad personal history, Celehar's investigations inevitably mean he spends a lot of time both with the dead and with clerics, the bereaved and so on - there's also plenty of humour here, particularly in Celehar's encounters with the opera house community and his visits to outlandishly-named tea-houses.
Celehar's investigations are ingeniously worked out (though the opera house case is perhaps too abruptly resolved). If I could, I would deduct half a star for Gratuitous Use of Difficult Names, but it's certainly much less of an issue than in the Goblin Emperor.
I do hope there will be more books set in this world and I would love to read more featuring Celehar.
i would like a pleasant, fun, charming visit back in this enchanting world, but with less tragedy...this was too melancholy...
One thing to emphasise is the beauty of the language and particularly the created elven/goblin language - the care that’s gone into creating it is breathtaking and the result is well worth it: I love that the masculine endings are ‘a’ and the feminine ‘o’… though it took me a while to catch up with that.
In all - this is an engaging crime story within a beautifully realised world, with a central character you can’t fail to fall in love with, for all his absolutely crippling self deprecation. I hope he finds happiness…