The opening chapters drew me immediately into the life of a young girl’s struggle to understand the world around her. The small agrarian country in which she lives is being overtaken economically, culturally and militarily by the forces of a dominant empire. The family that has nurtured her through childhood, a family with a mother and two fathers, is about to dissolve under the strictures imposed by new rulers. She learns not only how to survive but to prosper, but her rise to power comes with difficult ethical dilemmas as she seeks to exact the ultimate price from those who destroyed her family and her country. With a cast of characters to rival the Game of Thrones, this well-written tale is well worth reading. A BuzzFeed best of 2015 pick.— Bob
Tomorrow, on the beach, Baru Cormorant will look up and see red sails on the horizon.
The Empire of Masks is coming, armed with coin and ink, doctrine and compass, soap and lies. They will conquer Baru's island, rewrite her culture, criminalize her customs, and dispose of one of her fathers. But Baru is patient. She'll swallow her hate, join the Masquerade, and claw her way high enough up the rungs of power to set her people free.
To test her loyalty, the Masquerade will send Baru to bring order to distant Aurdwynn, a snakepit of rebels, informants, and seditious dukes. But Baru is a savant in games of power, as ruthless in her tactics as she is fixated on her goals. In the calculus of her schemes, all ledgers must be balanced, and the price of liberation paid in full.
The Traitor Baru Cormorant is the critically-acclaimed debut novel from Seth Dickinson, one of the rising new stars in fantasy.
About the Author
SETH DICKINSON's short fiction has appeared in Analog, Asimov's, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies, among others. He is an instructor at the Alpha Workshop for Young Writers, winner of the 2011 Dell Magazines Award, and a lapsed student of social neuroscience. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. The Traitor Baru Cormorant is his first novel.