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The Traitor Baru Cormorant

By Seth Dickinson
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Publisher Description

In Seth Dickinson's highly-anticipated debut The Traitor Baru Cormorant, a young woman from a conquered people tries to transform an empire in this richly imagined geopolitical fantasy.

Baru Cormorant believes any price is worth paying to liberate her people-even her soul.

When the Empire of Masks conquers her island home, overwrites her culture, criminalizes her customs, and murders one of her fathers, Baru vows to swallow her hate, join the Empire's civil service, and claw her way high enough to set her people free.

Sent as an Imperial agent to distant Aurdwynn, another conquered country, Baru discovers it's on the brink of rebellion. Drawn by the intriguing duchess Tain Hu into a circle of seditious dukes, Baru may be able to use her position to help. As she pursues a precarious balance between the rebels and a shadowy cabal within the Empire, she orchestrates a do-or-die gambit with freedom as the prize.

But the cost of winning the long game of saving her people may be far greater than Baru imagines.

At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

219 Reviews

3.5
Thumbs Up“While the ending had me shook, the road to get there was a little too dull for me. Usually I can handle a slow build up, but it was a lot of events being told to us rather than shown.”
Characters change and growMulti-layered charactersOriginal writingTwistyUnpredictableDark settingComing of ageDarkThought-provokingViolence
Thinking Face“DNF. I gave up during the tax ships fight. I couldn't take more geopolitical bs, when what I wanted was more baru and muire lo and tain hu... I get that this was pretty overt in its inspiration drawn from colonialism but idk. The tone of some of the naming of things made me feel like they were intentionally meant to actually hurt us poc queers reading the book.”
“5/5 RTC.”

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