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The Traitor Baru Cormorant

(2015)
(The Traitor)
(The first book in the Masquerade series)
A novel by

 
 
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.

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Genre: Fantasy

Praise for this book

"Brutal, relentless and with the heartbreaking beauty of the best tragedies. The Traitor is a haunting book that asks hard questions about revolution, change, and what it means to keep faith." - Aliette de Bodard

"Amazing and inventive." - Tobias S Buckell

"A new fantasy world as rich and complex as our own . . . Baru Cormorant is brilliant, bold, and very, very dangerous." - Sebastien De Castell

"A beautiful, perfectly formed crystal of a novel borne out of a tight plot mated with elegant language." - John Chu

"Dickinson has written a poet's Dune, a brutal tale of empire, rebellion, fealty, and high finance that moves like a rocket and burns twice as hot. [The Traitor] is a mic drop for epic fantasy." - Max Gladstone

"Smart. Brutal. Gut-wrenching. You'll be captivated from the very first page. Dickinson is a sly, masterful writer who pulls no punches. Get ready to have your heart ripped out through your throat. Highly recommended." - Kameron Hurley

"An extraordinary debut--powerful, complex, and passionate. I was blown away by it." - Kij Johnson

"Stunning! There are moments that take my breath away." - Ellen Kushner

"Seth Dickinson skillfully combines intrigue, action, and philosophical musings to create a suspenseful and deeply satisfying read. An intelligent and accomplished first novel reminiscent of Le Guin in its reflections on imperialism, colonialism, and the attractions and corruptions of power." - Una McCormack

"Not many books have me literally flailing with delight. [The Traitor...] did. Fascinating characters, a world imagined with wonderful depth, and storytelling that succeeds on both an epic and a powerfully intimate scale. This is really something special." - Sunny Moraine


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Used availability for Seth Dickinson's The Traitor Baru Cormorant

Hardback Editions

September 2015 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Traitor (Masquerade)
Author(s): Seth Dickinson
ISBN: 1-4472-8113-6 / 978-1-4472-8113-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Tor
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


September 2015 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Traitor Baru Cormorant (The Masquerade, 1)
Author(s): Seth Dickinson
ISBN: 0-7653-8072-2 / 978-0-7653-8072-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

November 2016 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Traitor Baru Cormorant (The Masquerade, 1)
Author(s): Seth Dickinson
ISBN: 0-7653-8073-0 / 978-0-7653-8073-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


1949 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Traitor (Masquerade)
Author(s): Seth Dickinson
ISBN: 1-4472-8118-7 / 978-1-4472-8118-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Tor
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


September 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Traitor (Masquerade)
Author(s): Seth Dickinson
ISBN: 1-4472-8114-4 / 978-1-4472-8114-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Tor
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

September 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Traitor Baru Cormorant
Author(s): Seth Dickinson
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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September 2015 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Traitor Baru Cormorant
Author(s): Seth Dickinson
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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September 2015 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Traitor Baru Cormorant
Author(s): Seth Dickinson
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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September 2015 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Traitor Baru Cormorant
Author(s): Seth Dickinson
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

September 2015 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Traitor (Masquerade)
Author(s): Seth Dickinson
Publisher: Tor
Availability: Amazon UK   


September 2015 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Traitor Baru Cormorant (The Masquerade Book 1)
Author(s): Seth Dickinson
Publisher: Tor Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA