Thara Celehar can speak to the recently dead. A reserved man haunted by his own ghosts, he asks the dead questions to confirm burial rites and inheritances, and to ease the hearts and minds of the living. But sometimes the dead have dark secrets. When a woman is murdered, Thara is determined to do right by her – whatever the cost.
A state visit by the forcefully impressive Great Avar is the cue for social events, family gossip and alcohol-fuelled discussions that could have international ramifications. But as the hunt for the former Emperor’s murderers narrows in on the culprits, how to talk to goblins at parties may be the least of Maia’s worries…
As winter deepens in Cetho, Maia fumbles through social engagements and retreats from matters of government, beset by feelings of inadequacy. There are hints the people behind the titles are less daunting than they seem, but the lonely Emperor needs friends as much as allies…
The newly-crowned emperor must bury his family and face his court. Surrounded by spite and self-interest, it sometimes seems that Maia can’t do anything right: but surely someone will appreciate his compassionate heart?
Until yesterday, Maia Drazhar was the youngest, least-loved, half-banished hobgoblin son of the Emperor of the Elflands. Today, everything will change. But are the Elflands ready for a goblin emperor?
Young, sheltered and abused, Maia is the Emperor’s least-loved son, the only offspring of a poorly-judged political match. When a terrible accident kills his father and brothers, Maia is recalled from exile and proclaimed Emperor – upsetting every apple cart in the empire. Can he hold on to the throne?