The Monster Baru Cormorant
A breathtaking geopolitical fantasy as fraught as Game of Thrones, The Monster Baru Cormorant is the long-anticipated sequel to Seth Dickinson gut-wrenching debut, The Traitor Baru Cormorant.
Baru Cormormant's world was shattered by the Empire of Masks. To exact her revenge, she has clawed her way up razor-edged rungs of betrayal, sacrifice, and compromise, becoming the ve...more
The promiscuous book-lover that I am, I fall in love with new series quickly and you can find my passionate and awed reviews that sing this love without abandon. However, once the initial infatuation fades away, it takes a lot to keep my love going, lest I move on to some new book-love of my life. If you remember my review for Traitor Baru, you know that I was truly smitten. Sadly, it was a one-book stand. Nothing that could deve ...more
That sense of horror and disgust and shock and the feeling that everything was NOT going to be all right ever again?
That's how I feel now, having read Monster Baru Cormorant.
Sure, sure, I kinda felt that way at the end of Traitor Baru Cormorant, too, but this is the real deal. The Game is set up and all the pieces are on the board. No side trusts her and yet, no one KNOWS, and yet she still manages to keep everyone doubting. Is Baru with them? Against? Is sh ...more
The Monster Baru Cormorant was one of my most anticipated sequels and *happy sigh* it was fucking brilliant.
The sequel picks up exactly where the first book finished, giving us anot ...more
Plot: Monster starts right where Traitor ends, and we get another glimpse of That Scene with more insight. From there on, Baru begins to learn her new powers as a cryptarch ...more
If you read Traitor and Monster back-to-back (which I did), you’ll find the shift ...more
Baru Cormorant has succeeded in her bid for power. She is now ...more
I struggled with remembering who was who from book one, though I loved the music of all the names. That said, I still enjoyed this fairly long explorati ...more
So, I binge-read this as soon as it came out. (As in, yesterday.)
My original rating still stands, though a more level ratinwig would probably be closer to a 4.5/5. There's just a little something that this book is missing that makes it as good as The Traitor Baru Cormorant, its predecessor. I think what Traitor had was a bit more naïveté and thrilling joy of the idea of turning the Masquerade inside out. Though Traitor tackled serious themes and ended on a very somber ...more
For me, this has been one of the most anticipated releases of 2018. I couldn’t wait to return to the world and see where the story takes Baru next, I pre-ordered in case I wouldn’t get the ARC, and when I did, I was almost wary of reading it, anticipating the emotional punch. The enthusiasm from bloggers who got it earlier was contagious. Sadly, while it was good, it ...more
I don’t know if it was the hype and the long wait for a follow-up or it was all of the, if ...more
Or maybe I just read it in an uninspiring environment.
When you have nothing to do at your sterile, completely silent, slightly oppressive work place... Maybe picking up Baru Cormorant isn't the BEST idea you could have. But still.
I expected to be transported. Awed. Horrified. Reluctantly impressed.
Instead I was just bogged down by political manoeuvres that were so dense and so baselessly convoluted that I couldn't be brought to care about them. (view spoiler)[ Suddenly imm ...more
There are few things to keep in mind when diving into Monster.
One: this isn't a book that you can power through in one or two sittings. It's a dense, slow-paced story stuffed to the brim with intricate character work and social sciences.
Two: this is an entirely different beast to the first book. Traitor Baru Cormorant was very much an ...more
Unfortunately, the story telling is as bad as the first book. The main plot moves along purely by happenstance. Others act, Baru is surprised and things work out for her. In between the action, every character talks about their feelings a ...more
The only fault I can find with this book is that the next book I pick up will feel totally inadequate in comparison.
Oh, and I might actually go mad waiting for the continuation of Baru's story. So please, Mr Dickinson, write with all haste.
Sorta convoluted and not much happened except to set up plot points for the next book. Still, despite the fact that this was just one long ship ride, I found it really entertaining. Dickinson really knows how to introduce new characters and make you care out them.
I liked the addition of the prince but I didn’t care for Xate Yawa’s first person pov. Why is she the only one with a first person pov and not anyone else, including the main character?
The first person threw me off and the ...more
For me, there were far too many characters, especially as they are all intertwined and many of them spend the whole book trying to manipulate and betray each other.
Then we have flashbacks from anoth ...more
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She is unmastered.
The sailors are rude with her. So be it. Etiquitte is the domain of those whose power is conditional upon the respect of others, and Shir is unconditional. If she drifted alone in the void beyond the moon or if she walked among the monarchs of the ancient Cheetah Palaces she would not be altered in her capabilities or her intentions, for not one truth of her resides within a relationship to any other thing.”