It’s time also for me to talk about one of the notable fantasy book of 2015: The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson.
If you are interested in this topic I invite you to read Gardy at gerundiopresente and her interview to the author.
The Traitor Baru Cormorant
The worldbuild of the novel is excellent: an economic empire grows by removing local small economies, and small states are slowly annexed to the growing empire. The functionaries wear masks to symbolize dedication and personal detachment to what they do.
Baru lives with her mother and her two fathers in one of these small countries: the empire comes sly, bringing new illnesses and the vaccines for the ones compliant to the new rules, a different culture and schools to teach it to the young people, and a new govern hold by an economic accountant and by the Jurispotence, who empowers the police, the judge and the executioner.
Baru has to balance the love for her old culture and what she is learning in the empire; being smart at school she soon is appointed to a relevant position in a country divided by the internal wars among the six duchies. Baru’s aim is to sedate the rebellion and allow an easy annexation of the country to the Empire of Masks.
The Traitor Baru Cormorant is a very well-built fantasy novel. It’s not an easy read, since it is based on economics and political mechanisms, so on friendship, alliances and words said the right time in the right place.
I expected it to be a stand alone novel, instead it is the first of a series, and now I’m waiting for the following book, because a lot was left hidden despite the some plot twist (a few quite foreseeable, but it was the author’s purpose).
* The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson ★★★★☆
*I read this book in English