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The Tyrant Baru Cormorant

By Seth Dickinson
The Tyrant Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson digital book - Fable

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Seth Dickinson's epic fantasy series which began with the “literally breathtaking” (NPR) The Traitor Baru Cormorant, returns with the third book, The Tyrant Baru Cormorant.

The hunt is over. After fifteen years of lies and sacrifice, Baru Cormorant has the power to destroy the Imperial Republic of Falcrest that she pretends to serve. The secret society called the Cancrioth is real, and Baru is among them.

But the Cancrioth's weapon cannot distinguish the guilty from the innocent. If it escapes quarantine, the ancient hemorrhagic plague called the Kettling will kill hundreds of millions...not just in Falcrest, but all across the world. History will end in a black bloodstain.

Is that justice? Is this really what Tain Hu hoped for when she sacrificed herself?

Baru's enemies close in from all sides. Baru's own mind teeters on the edge of madness or shattering revelation. Now she must choose between genocidal revenge and a far more difficult path—a conspiracy of judges, kings, spies and immortals, puppeteering the world's riches and two great wars in a gambit for the ultimate prize.

If Baru had absolute power over the Imperial Republic, she could force Falcrest to abandon its colonies and make right its crimes.

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“HBO you better get this series its own show I'm so fucking serious. This is for sure the new Game of Thrones. Before I begin this review, I have also reviewed https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/6076099773 and https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/6131055142 "It gives me special delight to invent things which probably could happen on Earth, had things gone a different, stranger way." - Seth Dickinson in the Acknowledgments. This one quote sums up The Masquerade series in its entirety. The science, the described disabilities, the economics, the politics, all depicted realistically, with even the methods of punishment against anybody who doesn't meet Falcrest's idea of 'hygiene' being things that have or might have actually happened in our own history. I mean, look at the way the author described pi in this fantasy world: " a circle with a long line beneath it, divided into three large parts and a tiny fraction-the ratio of the circle's circumference to its diameter, three point one four. A number representing the portions of the body, the philosopher Iri anEnna had said. One part of water, one of air, one of flesh, and a little fraction of mystery. " If I had half the creativity Seth Dickinson possesses... the man's a marvel. I've rarely seen a plot so unique. The political warfare, colonialism, ethnic cleansing, et cetera, all touched upon carefully but at the same time without holding back any punches. The various threats of Falcrest's retaliation had me glued to the pages (it would almost seem silly how easily a lobotomy is prescribed for the smallest of things if I didn't know for a fact that we used to lobotomize women for talking back to their husbands) and I love the concept of the Cancrioth, their immortata (I'm still not really sure if they're actually practicing magic or just clinically insane, but I’m leaning towards the former). The Oriati mbo is as interesting as ever and I might be starting to believe in the concept of trim (I've caught myself thinking something's bad for my trim numerous times the past few days I've been reading this book). The characters feel real and fleshed out to the point I felt confident in my little game of 'Guess Who?' when Iscend mimicked various characters' body movements and facial expressions without ever actually disclosing whose antics she was imitating (though Baru's reactions made me feel certain I was winning), which come on that's a fucking crazy level of characterization. Speaking of, the interactions between characters (although especially between Baru and her lovers) had me crying and cursing people out on one page and giggling and kicking my feet the next. Iscend had no business being as adorable as she was when she was not being a ruthless and terrifying killing machine, and I loved reading A STORY ABOUT ASH and getting to know Tau-Indi and their unwavering belief in trim. And don't get me started on (auntie) Yawa, this woman's snark is truly unparalleled. Aminata was definitely my favorite character by far. Her bravery and loyalty made her stand out from all the cunning characters around her. Her love for Baru (as a friend?) was really sweet and her journey had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. Her grapples with her own Oriati heritage, her knowledge of the way people view her body (eg., " I am constantly thinking about how to hide myself. How to deny the assumption that I'm a slut. "), her retaliation by the usage of sex workers (eg., " This was why she used whores: that way she saw the man the same way he saw her. ") and finally connecting that vision to Incrastic conditioning instead of accepting it at face value, all so beautifully done. She was good and she kept Baru in check. "The brain survives. I see men shot through the head live long enough to die of fever. I see children with nothing but water in their skulls grow up to be mathematicians. I see brains pierced by arrows, fishing hooks, mine shrapnel: all of them healed in time. I meet you, Baru, struck in the head but perfectly clever. Poison the brain, and sometimes you just ... change it. Does destroying Falcrest really destroy its empire?" I imagine it's incredibly hard to write about a savant. Do you yourself have to be a genius? Do you dumb down the rest of the characters to make that genius appear smarter? I have no idea, but the author definitely does. I am wholeheartedly convinced Baru's intelligence is (mostly) unmatched. Her plans keep hitting me like an unexpected jab in the face (though I'm proud to say I deduced her final plan before she executed it and felt like a little bit of a savant myself) and it keeps the story so very fresh. The rest of the characters don't feel dumbed down at all, they're actually all so clever in their own way. The people that despise Baru hate her for her morally ambiguous(?) ways of accomplishing her goals, not because they don't understand them, and as a reader you understand that they're completely valid in feeling the way they do, which is so very frustrating when Baru finally genuinely means well and people still squint at her to see the hidden meaning behind her actions. "I do not like pineapple!" Baru snapped, because she was so bemused at being called a slut. "YOU DO!" Tau screamed, and the blood rushed into their eye like poured wine. "I ASKED YOUR PARENTS WHAT FOOD YOU LIKED! AND THEY SAID PINEAPPLE!" Another thing I loved: the humor. This book has a way of describing things (eg., " and so burnt the underdangle of his tangle. ") that manages to keep you engaged with the book at all times, even when it's a POV you might not have been waiting for. Baru's sad moping when nobody asks her to the ball literal hours after having been through the most traumatizing shit most people wouldn’t have encountered in one lifetime (Baru there's people that are dying), Yawa finding a link between penile myiasis and literal genocide (eg., " The thought of maggots in a cock bothers us more than ten thousand dead innocents. So I thought I would evoke the necessary revulsion. "), Faham Execarne's drugged slurring about subjectivity and existence. Truly entertaining, all of it. "Your science has explained some things, so you believe that science must explain all things. You can't understand what they did to me. So you say nothing was done to me at all." This series has handled the topic of sexuality, gender and its role in society very well. Baru even manages to have a scientific breakthrough about homosexuality and its evolutionary purpose using only economics (why do women fuck women? To help raise their sister's children, of course). Her refusal to bed a man never falters, even when it would have helped her tremendously in her plans, which was pleasantly surprising. The description of lamen and Tau-Indi's eternal patience in explaining their own existence to Cosgrad (eg., "I thought there must be a way for the parents to know if their child was a laman"--"Why would the parents need to know? I've heard from griots that some people are born that way, and it is a wonder and a difficulty. But genitals have nothing to do with choosing to be a laman." ). I need the next book like yesterday. A fat 6/5 for sure. Song on loop: Black Widow - Martin Phipps”
Surprised Face with Open Mouth“When I first started reading this series I asked my husband (who'd just finished it) "Is there magic?" And his response was "Uh, depends on your definition of magic." I wasn't very satisfied with that answer. Well, now I have to suck up my pride and admit I'm satisfied with that answer. This book makes me want to write. It makes me believe in trim. I cannot wait for the final book. But Seth did something so few authors do, which is let the story rest. Give us a breather. I'm so so content with the end of The Tyrant. I'm excited for the next book. But I'm not acutely dying for it. Maybe Baru &co won't get a break (we'll find out!) But we get one, and Seth gets one.”
Characters change and growDiverse charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenOriginal writingAddictiveSuspensefulDark settingDarkBigotry

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