The Traitor Baru Cormorant is the critically-acclaimed debut novel from Seth Dickinson, one of the rising new stars in fantasy.
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.
“We’re all constantly translating ourselves to the world—we all are trying to take the inevitable stuff that happens in our psyche, our fears, and hopes and desires and dreams and trying to communicate that with others. And some of us are more successful at it than others.” A group of four friends find themselves at […]
Here are some facts about Baru Cormorant: she is usually the smartest person in the room. She’s not great at personal relationships. The daughter of a conquered people, she is singled out for her unusual gifts at an early age by a powerful, mysterious mentor (of sorts) with an agenda of his own. She’s an “untraditional […]
If Seth Dickinson’s debut The Traitor Baru Cormorant proves anything, it’s that he knows from world-building. He joins us to talk about the essential elements needed to construct a credible fantasy world (hint: follow the money). Gondor is under siege. The orcs are smashing down the gates of Minas Tirith, Middle-Earth is about to fall […]
Seth Dickinson and Kameron Hurley are the respective authors of The Traitor Baru Cormorant and Empire Ascendant, two of the biggest fantasy releases of the fall, and certainly two of the most fearless when it comes to challenging the tropes of “traditional epic fantasy.” Protagonists of color, explorations of gender, a wide range of sexualities…these are not your dad’s […]