The Traitor Baru Cormorant

The Traitor Baru Cormorant

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"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."--
Publisher: New York :, Tor,, 2016
Edition: First trade paperback edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780765380739
Branch Call Number: FICTION DIC
Characteristics: 399 pages : map ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Staff picks


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The Empire of Masks has taken over much of the world, imposing its culture and rule alike. Baru Cormorant, a young woman from a conquered island, is found to have extraordinary abilities as an accountant, and she is sent to distant Aurdwynn to bring order as a test of her loyalty. But Baru is as ... Read More »

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Feb 14, 2021

Lesbian yearning as shown via economics. There are several battles and much intrigue.

Feb 13, 2020

A real stunner of a book. For those who love political intrigue and a story about outwitting your opponents (like Dune), definitely would recommend.

Hillsboro_RobP Aug 14, 2019

Outstandingly beautiful, painful, fascinating and clever. Cunning politics, inspired rebellions, murky ethics and uncomfortable moral questions abound. Baru produces some of the most incredible scenes I've ever read in fantasy fiction and easily the most memorable. If you're interested in watching a young math and economics prodigy make her mark on a vicious world, this is for you.
It should come with a warning though: This book is dense, complex (but not insanely complex), and I don't think anyone would ever describe it as "fun." Still, it's an instant big deal in fantasy fiction and a 5-star masterpiece so long as the second book delivers what Baru promises.

SPPL_Gardner Mar 26, 2019

This book was brilliant, and it was painful. I picked it up on a recommendation from a friend, but had no real idea of what I was getting into. For all you readers who come after me, I would advise reading it once for the story, then once to fully appreciate the burrowing nest the book makes into the mind of Baru Cormorant. It's psychological. It's political. It's personal. It's absolutely painful.
I advise you to read this, if you like empires, rebellions, politics, accountancy, and romance. Read it if you like tightly coiled psychological thrillers. Read it if, like me, you wonder who Baru Cormorant is, and what - or who - it is they are betraying.

JCLCourtneyS Sep 09, 2017

How much would you sacrifice to attain your goals? The posing of that question was the best thing about this book for me, which is great, because it gave me something to think about during the political machinations and battle scenes, which were lovely and well done but nonetheless not my favorite things in a story. If you like those things as well, then you will love this book.

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