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In The Grief of Stones, Katherine Addison returns to the world of The Goblin Emperor with a direct sequel to The Witness For The Dead...

Celehar’s life as the Witness for the Dead of Amalo grows less isolated as his circle of friends grows larger. He has been given an apprentice to teach, and he has stumbled over a scandal of the city—the foundling girls. Orphans with no family to claim them and no funds to buy an apprenticeship. Foundling boys go to the Prelacies; foundling girls are sold into service, or worse.

At once touching and shattering, Celehar’s witnessing for one of these girls will lead him into the depths of his own losses.

The love of his friends will lead him out again.

A Macmillan Audio production from Tor Books

©2022 Katherine Addison (P)2022 Macmillan Audio

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Good reminders

As always with Katherine Addision, wonderful world building and characters, and a good mystery. In addition, excellent life lessons about resiliency, the nature of justice, self care, and grief are to be found!

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Wonderful, just Wonderful

I fell in love with the Goblin Emperor and was elated when the next book in the series came out. The third installment does not disappoint.

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Engaging characters

I've really enjoyed all of Katherine Addison's books. Celehar is an endearing and sympathic character, with an unassuming manner. I particularly enjoyed The Grief of Stones due to the development of the characters and their relationships. I also enjoyed the performance very much. Liam Gerrand has the perfect voice for Celehar. He does a very good job of smoothly transitioning between characters, giving the dialog a natural feel and flow. Hopefully we'll see another addition to this series.

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More Thara Celehar, please!

A wonderful follow up to Witness for the Dead. I listened intently through the whole story, and am going to restart it. The character development is lovely, for Thara Celehar as well as his friends and colleagues, Returning to the Hill of Werewolves was fascinating. I hope to enjoy more of Celehar’s adventures in the future. The story is great, and having this narrator return as the voice of Thara Celehar was just perfect.

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if you enjoyed Witness for the Dead, you'll like

I'm looking forward to listening to this many times in the coming months and years. each of Katherine Addisons books only get better the more you listen. very glad I pre-ordered.

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strongly character-focused

Like other books in this series, The Grief Of Stones is strongly focused on the emotional and spiritual journey of the protagonist, and is less concerned with trimming out scenes that are not directly related to the central plot. It thoroughly kept my attention all the way through but some aspects of the book feel like a series of short stories centered on a theme rather than a single story unit. Depending on your reading preferences, this could either be a positive or a negative for you.

That said, the main plot of the story is compelling, Addison's writing is excellent as always, the cast of characters are well-developed and complex, the narration was great, and I highly recommend this book series for folks that like character-driven plots that demonstrate fascinating world building. I do not recommend this novel to my dad, who likes action-filled plot-centric novels and doesn't care as much about the internal emotional journey of the protagonist.

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Thara Celehar at his best and worst!

I will read anything in the world of The Goblin Emperor and had The Grief of Stones on pre-order the day it became available. I personally enjoyed this book even moreso than The Witness for the Dead. It picks up almost exactly where Witness left off, and many of the characters from Witness come back in The Grief of Stones; if you have not recently read The Witness for the Dead, a refresher read would be very helpful. The plot for this one seemed clearer than in Witness, and the some of the "side quest" stories were very funny and lighthearted, which helped to keep the story from becoming too heavy. Katherine Addison (Sarah Monette) is a master of prose, with beautiful descriptions and clever turns of phrase. Liam Gerrard is again excellent as Celehar, and his dry wit works very well with Addison's straight-man humor. His rasp as Celehar is not grating, and while not all of his voices are completely distinguished from one another vocally, his main characters at least are distinct and well-characterized. Celehar has his ups and downs (some of his downs being pretty rock bottom), but he never fails to be a truly marvelous character and diligent detective in his search for the truth. The ending is solid, though set up very well for what I hope will be a third Thara Celehar book. I know I will be eagerly anticipating it!

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kinda perfect

loved this book, beautifully crafted, sharp witted and full of compassion for the grief of stones