The Grief of Stones (The Cemeteries of Amalo #2) (Hardcover)
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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...
As a Witness for the Dead, Thara Celehar can speak to the recently departed: see the last thing they saw, know the last thought they had, experience the last thing they felt. It is his duty to use that ability to ascertain the intent of the dead and to find the killers of the murdered. Celehar’s time in the city of Amalo has brought him both friends and enemies—and no little notoriety. Now, when solving the murder of a marquise raises more questions than it answers, he finds himself exploring Amalo’s dark underside.
His investigations lead him to the Cemchelarna School for Foundling Girls, where all is not as it seems. Discovering the truth about its headmistress will lead Celehar deep into the city’s history—and into the shattering depths of the loss he fears the most.
Within THE CHRONICLES OF OSRETH
The Goblin Emperor
The Cemeteries of Amalo trilogy
The Witness for the Dead
The Grief of Stones
The Tomb of Dragons
“A delightful story that will satisfy readers of both fantasy and mystery.”—Library Journal, starred review
"Intriguing and well-plotted fantasy mystery. The author’s fans will welcome the chance to continue exploring Amalo alongside this mild-mannered but tenacious detective." — Booklist, starred review
"Despite the high-stakes plotting, these short yet immersive fantasy detective novels are pleasantly quiet and optimistic." —Buzzfeed News
"Katherine Addison’s The Grief of Stones is a novel I scarcely feel capable of reviewing as it deserves. . . . Intimately operatic. . . . It is very seldom that a fantasy mystery novel manages to create this richness and depth and wholeness to their worlds . . . but Addison does it in The Cemeteries of Amalo with a seeming effortlessness that can only be the product of a prodigious amount of skill and work. Amalo – and its extended world – feels real in everything from the corners of its cemeteries to its urban and religious politics, its rooming houses and eateries and (occasionally) cash-poor nobility, to its opera houses, prostitutes, and pornographers. It’s rich in a way that extends beyond the page, an imagined city that feels as though it has as many layers as Oxford or New Orleans, London or Mumbai. . . . It’s a novel I loved, and one I’ll be revisiting to linger over again. Addison has striking command of language, a precision of phrase that’s a delight to read and a pleasure to read again. If you enjoy atmospheric, thoughtful, well-characterised mysteries with compelling characters and a competent, kind, and modest protagonist, I recommend The Grief of Stones highly. Hell, even if you don’t think you like such things, try this one (or its predecessor). It’s a great book."—Locus
"The Grief of Stones shows us how a single person builds a family of choice, and what that family means to him in a crisis. . . . Celehar's pursuit of truth and justice, with the obstacles and monsters he faces, is a more than sufficient reason to read The Grief of Stones. Addison's world-building is also terrific, with each page etching the image of a incredibly old society (and one difficult to traverse, both physically and socially). " — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Our titular Witness begins forging more relationships among the living, yet is still compelled to exhume one of the city’s most gruesome secrets.... The Goblin Emperor hit the very niche spot of cozy fantasy while still having very dark underpinnings... Addison... has kept that note of death and how it affects the living."— Lithub
“Excellent series. I hope there will be more.”—Philadelphia Science Fiction Society
“An excellent third entry in an absolutely wonderful series. Katherine Addison has built a world that could easily fuel more and more of these – let’s hope it does.”—Mystery & Suspense Magazine
Praise for The Cemeteries of Amalo series
"I've been wanting to return to the world of 'The Goblin Emperor' from the moment I finished that book, and 'The Witness For the Dead' does not disappoint. At once intimate and literally operatic, it's everything I love about Katherine Addison's writing, in ways I didn't know to expect. I loved it." — John Scalzi
"The follow-up to the acclaimed The Goblin Emperor brings back a favorite character and expands the elaborate world Addison has created. Fans of the first book—and new readers—will find this novel delightful and immersive." — Library Journal