Also from tor.com, a sweepstakes giveaway for THE GOBLIN EMPEROR by Katherine Addison (Sarah Monette).
Which means that now I know a little bit more about this book — more than a) Sarah Monette wrote it, and b) Sherwood Smith really loved it.
Sounds pretty good, and almost certainly not as dark as MELUSINE.
Here’s what tor.com says:
Out on April 1st from Tor Books, The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison tells the story of the youngest, half-goblin son of the Emperor, who has lived his entire life in exile. But when his father and three sons in line for the thrones are killed in an “accident,” he has no choice to take his place as the only surviving rightful heir, though he has no friends, no advisors, and countless threats against his life and reign.
I was so impressed by The Shadow Unit stories that I’m pretty likely to pick this one up.