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The Traitor - Seth Dickinson
The Traitor
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THE TRAITOR BARU CORMORANT is an epic geopolitical fantasy about one woman's mission to tear down an empire by learning how to rule it. Tomorrow, on the beach, Baru Cormorant will look up from the sand of her home and see red sails on the horizon. The Empire of Masks is coming, armed with coin... show more
THE TRAITOR BARU CORMORANT is an epic geopolitical fantasy about one woman's mission to tear down an empire by learning how to rule it.

Tomorrow, on the beach, Baru Cormorant will look up from the sand of her home 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'll 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, prove her talent, and join the Masquerade. She will learn the secrets of empire. She’ll be exactly what they need. And she'll claw her way high enough up the rungs of power to set her people free.

In a final test of her loyalty, the Masquerade will send Baru to bring order to distant Aurdwynn, a snakepit of rebels, informants, and seditious dukes. Aurdwynn kills everyone who tries to rule it. To survive, Baru will need to untangle this land’s intricate web of treachery - and conceal her attraction to the dangerously fascinating Duchess Tain Hu.

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.
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781447281139 (1447281136)
Publisher: Tor
Pages no: 400
Edition language: English
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drallapaul
drallapaul rated it
2.5 Fantasy novel about power politics, betrayal and manipulation – quite good
This fantasy novel takes place in a made-up world and that's as far as the fantasy element goes. Apart from that, this could be a novel about politics, power. Manipulation and betrayal (thus the title). Baru decides to get her revenge on the Masquerade by infiltration and manipulation from within wi...
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4.0 The Traitor - Seth Dickinson
I have to say, I was immensely glad to see that when the UK version of this book was due out, the cover was different from the US one - that not only has a slightly different title (The Traitor Baru Cormorant) but features a porcelain mask shaped like a human face. And while masks do play an importa...
Alissa
Alissa rated it
5.0 The Traitor
"...we are not free. Not even when we march beside them, nor even when we lead them. Freedom granted by your rulers is just a chain with a little slack."
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