The Witness for the Dead
Tor, 2021 (2021)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
he Witness for the Dead
is the sequel to Katherine Addison's
The Goblin Emperor
, and stars Thara Celehar, Prelate of Ulis and
Witness for the Dead
(he can sometimes share the very last experiences of the departed). After the events of the first episode, he moved from Court life to the city of Amalo.
he premise of Celehar's role is a new and intriguing one, and this episode is essentially a murder mystery. In fact, our unassuming hero solves several murders, including one by a ghoul. In Amalo, Celehar spends mornings in a small, cramped office, hearing petitioners for his services. One man believes that his pregnant sister was murdered - that turns out to be true but there's a lot more to the case than one simple killing.
elehar is asked for a judgment in a family inheritance, that gets him into political trouble. Another case centers on the body of a young elven woman, pulled out of a canal in a seedy part of town. She turns out to be an opera singer with many admirers and quite a temper. She was also a troublemaker, a thief, and a gambler who liked to collect other folks' secrets. Celehar gets to the bottom of this case too - and makes more than one new friend in the process.
he only small drawback to my enjoyment of the story was some confusion over the rather complicated character names and titles. That aside, I enjoyed Celehar's company and look forward to more of it.
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