Katherine Addison has delivered a very unique book that could find itself having a following that makes it a very important genre-defining novel in the future. With that said, let me tell you that The Goblin Emperor did not deliver the level of excitement and plot driven story that I expect and want when I pick up a fantasy novel. This book was much more of a character defining story mixed with equal parts world-building. She cleverly twisted into the traditional high-fantasy story of goblins, elves and magic elements of science and how science is also shaping that world, giving the book a fun blend of steam-punk with zeppelins and giant clockwork bridges. The main driving forces of the book are the politics and racism. And while all of this is very interesting, the plot of the story really doesn’t emerge until the last eighth of the book, and every bit of dramatic tension is resolved within a paragraph. Katherine Addison has created a wonderful world and some really fun characters. Now I would like to see her do something more with them.