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An impulsive word can start a war.A timely word can stop one.A simple act of friendship can change the course of history.Cliopher Mdang is the personal secretary of the Last Emperor of Astandalas, the Lord of Rising Stars, the Lord Magus of Zunidh, the Sun-on-Earth, the god.He has spent more time with the Emperor of Astandalas than any other person.He has never once touched his lord.He has never called him by name.He has never initiated a conversation.One day Cliopher invites the Sun-on-Earth home to the proverbially remote Vangavaye-ve for a holiday.The mere invitation could have seen Cliopher executed for blasphemy.The acceptance upends the world.This is not quite what he expected when he first contemplated the prospect of retirement.… (mais)
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I’m feeling a little sad to have to leave Kip and the emperor already. This is supposed to be a doorstopper (hard to judge with ebooks, and anyway I would NEVER stop a door with my Kobo!) but I didn’t really notice, I read it in a few days.

It’s not perfect but it really worked for me. The not perfect aspects are the slightly too perfect(!) characters (especially the villains), and the political reforms sound maybe a bit to easy, but then this is an unrealistic setting (talk about an enlightened despot!). I love the world building and how the larger history is hinted at with many blanks to fill (room for more books!) while giving a very lifelike picture. ( )
  FlorenceArt | Jul 20, 2024 |
Although Cliopher Mdang, the Secretary in Chief of the Offices of the Lords of State, knows it's close to blasphemy for him to do this, he decides one day to suggest that his Radiancy, the Sun-on-Earth, take a vacation. His Radiancy agrees, and it sets in motion changes and shifts in attitude that Cliopher never dared to expect.

I can't remember how this made it onto my radar. The sheer size of it (an 899-page hardcover) was daunting, but eventually I decided I was in the mood to tackle it.

Despite reassurances on the author's own website, I was initially worried that this wasn't a good starting point for a newbie to the series like me. There were a lot of characters I didn't know, and lots of references to events I knew nothing about. I couldn't seem to get a handle on anything - it took me longer than it maybe should have to realize that his Radiancy was literally viewed as a god on Earth, and that the rules governing how he could interact with others and vice versa existed because touching him or even looking into his eyes too long could do actual harm to the mere mortals around him.

Luckily, I liked the characters and enjoyed reading about them and their world, or this would have been a chore to get through. The first part describes his Radiancy's vacation, while the next part deals with Cliopher's promotion, the multi-year work required to prepare for his Radiancy's eventual quest for his successor (and Cliopher's plans for his own retirement), and Cliopher's efforts to grapple with the feeling that his life's work has resulted in him not quite belonging anywhere.

Cliopher comes from a region that is seen, by those in the capital, as a backwater place filled with barbarians. Various nobles may be willing to admit that he isn't a barbarian, but to them he's the exception that proves the rule, an example of someone who successfully assimilated into proper society. Meanwhile, back at home none of his many relatives seem to recognize or care about his various accomplishments. Even though they still clearly care about him as a person and member of the family, they don't understand him. Cliopher's story will likely resonate most with First Gen and/or immigrant readers (First Generation college student here, with an immigrant parent - certain scenes gave me flashbacks to moments in my own past, even though my overall background is very different from Cliopher's).

There are many, many scenes, both in the capital and on his home island, in which people make assumptions about Cliopher and how he'll behave and are shocked to find themselves thoroughly corrected. Islanders who don't know him look at his clothing and assume he's a foreigner, only to find out he's related to a horde of well-connected Mdangs. Nobles talk about barbaric islanders, assuming he'll agree with them, only to learn that he's related to the "barbarians" they're talking about (I was honestly surprised that this wasn't common knowledge, considering his position in the government).

As much as I generally enjoyed spending time with Cliopher and his various friends, coworkers, and family members, I don't disagree with reviewers who've said that a good chunk of this book could've been edited out. For sure, I'd have appreciated if certain scenes had been dropped. There were times when Goddard seemed to think that readers would be amused by scenes in which Cliopher or his Radiancy put pompous people in their place. Instead, some instances horrified me. In one example, his Radiancy turned a noble who'd insulted Cliopher into a table. There was no mention, that I could recall, of the person ever being turned back into a human.

It bothered me that everything Cliopher and his Radiancy said and did were presented as automatically good and correct. Cliopher was the genius who pretty much single-handedly overhauled the previously corrupt government, using his own people's teachings and way of life as his guiding principles. He instituted universal basic income and somehow thought of all possible things that could go wrong and had preparations in place for all those possibilities. He was incorruptible and the perfect government official (and yet also extremely humble). None of which stopped me from worrying about the immense amount of power both he and his Radiancy wielded, and how easily they'd be able to steamroll over any opposition. Again, his Radiancy casually turned a man into a table and left him there with no apparent fallout I could see.

Overall, I enjoyed this despite my issues with it, and I at least plan to read several of the short prequels. I'd like to read the next book, At the Feet of the Sun, but it's just as long as this one, and the author's website recommends reading yet another work, The Return of Fitzroy Angursell (which is only 370 pages), beforehand. I don't want to devote a good chunk of my year to one series, so it may be a while before I find out how his Radiancy's quest went and whether Cliopher manages to gather all of his friends together upon his retirement.

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.) ( )
  Familiar_Diversions | Jun 30, 2024 |
Oh my.
Despite the fact that I can see that this is not flawless, this is an unequivocal 5 stars for me.
I absolutely loved it. It has such heart, such compassion, such respect for people and the environment.
So yeah, it was long, but I would have loved to see it longer. Towards the end, some things were repetitive, but I didn't mind seeing it repeated. Perhaps Kip achieved a bit too much (we're going to have to put it down to weird time differences, because I don't see how he could have done all of that in a lifetime), but I adored the stories of his successes. I thought perhaps his Palace friends could have used a bit more page time and personality, but Kip was so magnificent, the Emperor was lovely and his family came through loud and clear. The Vangavaye-ve (I still have no clue how to pronounce that; helpfully, it is mentioned several times how it is pronounced in the wrong way) and its culture positively dripped off the pages.
And I just really loved Kip. His determination, his fire, his uncompromising honour, all wrapped up in an unassuming package.

If you want something fast-paced and action-packed, look elsewhere.
But if you want something immersive, with superb world-building, great heart and wonderful characters, take this! Come and take this. I would give it more than 5 stars if I could. ( )
  zjakkelien | Jan 2, 2024 |
“The world changes one person and one decision at a time. None of us know what decision, precisely, is the telling one.”

I have found a new author to love. How is this book even possible, and how does Victoria Goddard make it work?
Welcome to one thousand pages of…

- Humanity and hope, yet this is not a naïve book (not AT ALL).
- People who did not know they were friends, finding out that they are.
- People being very good at what they do, slowly changing a tyrannical system from within.
- Cliopher being himself, and I love this so much.
- Gorgeous details, from everyday simplicity to imperial spendour.
- Hints and tales of darker things, of a larger world, of catastrophes and deadly politics.
- Gentle humour.
- Assumptions we make about other people, the roles we stick them and ourselves in, family dynamics with love and resentment and old hurts so intertwined that there is not much distinction between them.
- Scenes and dialogues so emotionally intense I had to stop reading to recover.
- Meeting prejudice, bigotry and trying to reconcile the cultures you belong to.
- Not compromising with your dreams.
- A fantasy novel that seriously talks about universal income and ecology.
- The reader wanting to know even more about everything and everyone.
- Vangavaye-ve, which is beautiful, beautiful, beautiful - in every way imaginable.
- Coming home.

Am I doing the book justice? I have no idea, but at least I tried.

P.S. Don’t be put off by the page count. I mean it. It took me a week and a half to finish this (yes, I am a fast reader, but still…) and I thought the book was over much too quickly ( )
  Alexandra_book_life | Dec 15, 2023 |
A cozy epic with Goblin Emporer-y vibes. I laughed, I cried, and thought about what it means to be the one who leaves home. ( )
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An impulsive word can start a war.A timely word can stop one.A simple act of friendship can change the course of history.Cliopher Mdang is the personal secretary of the Last Emperor of Astandalas, the Lord of Rising Stars, the Lord Magus of Zunidh, the Sun-on-Earth, the god.He has spent more time with the Emperor of Astandalas than any other person.He has never once touched his lord.He has never called him by name.He has never initiated a conversation.One day Cliopher invites the Sun-on-Earth home to the proverbially remote Vangavaye-ve for a holiday.The mere invitation could have seen Cliopher executed for blasphemy.The acceptance upends the world.This is not quite what he expected when he first contemplated the prospect of retirement.

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