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This is not a book you should trust. Baru is a genuis who will fool you -- and maybe even herself -- on her mission to decimate an evil empire from the inside. Can you truly fight an oppressive system without losing yourself?
The Traitor Baru Cormorant is a game of political chess. It's a rags-to-riches story (sort of.) It's a tale of revenge. It's an economic thriller with one of my favorite characters from anything, ever. It's an examination of the stories society tells, and how those stories are used to shape and destroy us. This book is so many things, and they're all good. If you have even a minor interest in court intrigue or in reading about A BRILLIANT MATHEMATICIAN WOMAN TEARING DOWN AN OPPRESSIVE CULTURE FROM THE INSIDE, then like, oh my god, where have you been, this is your book. (I wouldn't call it feel-good, though, so be warned.)
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.
About the Author
SETH DICKINSON's short fiction has appeared in "Analog," "Asimov's," "Clarkesworld," "Lightspeed," "Strange Horizons," "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.
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