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The Monster Baru Cormorant

(The Masquerade #2)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  950 ratings  ·  154 reviews

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

Kindle Edition, 464 pages
Published October 30th 2018 by Tor Books
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Mayim de Vries
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
Make enough death, and like any other currency it loses its value.”

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
Aug 28, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: adult, dark, fantasy, lgbtqiap

1.) The Traitor Baru Cormorant ★★★★★

BRB, still crying forever.

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Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Remember the Red Wedding scene in GoT?

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
Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
Mar 05, 2018 marked it as to-read
I just noticed this terrifyingly beautiful cover 😭 can't wait for this!
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a review of book #2 in the Masquerade Series, so there's spoilers for the first book. If you’re thinking of getting into the series, check out my review of book #1, The Traitor Baru Cormorant ! I received an ARC of this book from the publishing company Tor in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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
This book has certainly been one of my most hyped of 2018. Has it lived up to the hype? For me, absolutely. However, I can see some people being disappointed by it. Since this book won’t be out for a while, I don’t want to reveal too much. As such, the format of this review will be a little different than what I usually write.

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
Greg R
Nov 05, 2018 rated it did not like it
The Traitor Baru Cormorant was one of my favorite books ever. Too bad it’s not going to have a sequel. Because although Monster continues the plot, it seems to hare off in a totally different direction. Goodbye intrigue, hello adventure stories. Imagine you were reading Song of Ice and Fire and Tyrion Lanister suddenly decided to drop all this scheming nonsene and go in search of the legendary panjandrums of Ashai.

If you read Traitor and Monster back-to-back (which I did), you’ll find the shift
Dec 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, lgbt
Before you read this book you should read this: Seth Dickinson's notes on what you need to know from the first book before reading this one. The first book came out several years ago and was extremely dense. The second picks up straight afterwards and is at least as dense, and not only assumes you remember the first in high detail, but that you've identified the things that the author wants to carry forward in this novel as important.

Baru Cormorant has succeeded in her bid for power. She is now
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Oct 01, 2018 marked it as to-read
I was just approved for this book on NetGalley, YAY! But I haven't read the first book yet, oops. It's been sitting on my bookshelf for about a year now. This sequel is being published at the end of October, so I guess I'd better get going on The Traitor Baru Cormorant...
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I confess, I wasn't particularly clear on the geography of Baru's world or the political system in Aurdwynn in book 1, and it turns out I kind of needed to be for this book. The repercussions of Baru's stint on Aurdwynn are explored in this book, as well as the geopolitical situation of the lands under the Masquerade and others still independent.
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
Thomas Stacey
Jan 07, 2018 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
We have a release date! 30 October 2018. I’ve been waiting nearly 3 years for this. Get preordering folks.
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq
10/31/18: IT HAS BEEN READ.

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
Jon Adams
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The only thing wrong with this book is that it's over.
Abi (The Knights Who Say Book)
The Traitor Baru Cormorant murdered me so uh. i guess i'll just let Seth Dickinson do it again with this one
wanderer (Para)
Thanks to Tor and Netgalley for providing the ARC in exchange for an honest review. Quotes provided may change in the final vesion.

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
Dec 09, 2018 rated it liked it
“The Never-ending frustrating failures of Baru Cormorant” , that’s what this sequel should have been named but it wouldn’t have been as catchy. It took me a little over 3 weeks to complete this book, phew! I am emotionally exhausted and a tad relieved that that task is over with, trust me…the will power it took for me to pick it up after I had set it down for less frustrating and bleak material was huge.

I don’t know if it was the hype and the long wait for a follow-up or it was all of the, if
Jessy (OCD Anonymous) Smith
This book sucked. Wow.

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)
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, lgbtq
Absolutely riveting. The sequel to the fabulous Traitor Baru Cormorant is different in many ways. Baru has achieved the power she desired, and must now figure out how to achieve her goals of overthrowing the Empire of Masks. However, she has stacked against her the other Cryptarchs with their own agenda, the possibility that she's actually brainwashed by her mentor, people seeking vengeance for what she did in Aurdwynn, and her own guilt, trauma, and physical disabilities. All this without the p ...more
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
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As the long-awaited sequel to Traitor Baru Cormorant, Monster was one of my two most anticipated releases of 2018 and I can safely say that it did not disappoint.

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
Nov 30, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: arc, etbr
I have not read the first book but of course I requested (and got. I love Tor!) an ARC

I'm hesitantly hopeful?
Bruno Marques
Nov 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
There is a big disconnect between the title and the titular characters actions in the book. She is no monster. She is in fact, wholly honest and naive. She tells everyone what she intends, but none believe her. She is a monster only in the imagination of others.

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
Sean Kelley
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books. One that will not let you rest. It will challenge you, it will seduce you, it will ensnare you, it will break you... and you're going to love every second of agony it brings you.

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.
A Albeirakdar
Jan 07, 2018 marked it as to-read

Guys seriously, I’ve read The Traitor Baru two years ago and I still can’t get over it. READ IT *____*
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The first and only book to make me teary via paragraph justification.

(I'll have more things to say about this one at some point, but I need sleep and I don't want to write anything too spoiler-y.)
Amanda Leon
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
3 1/2 stars

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
Tim Hicks
Dec 26, 2018 rated it liked it
I admire the effort Dickinson put into this. There's a LOT of worldbuilding, maybe too much. There's a lot of social effort, with lesbian and othergendered people, maybe too many of them. Societies with women in many key roles for an explained reason. Societies that have made very different choices.
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
Woody Chichester
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The twists and turns of the second book of the Masquerade trilogy make the first book seem tame in comparison! I get the comparisons to GoT, I truly do but this series is so well written and bursting with intrigue, plus it's so queer and bucks the typical heteronormative stuff right out of the system, while still acknowledging gender and sex stuff. So many diabolical characters and no one knows who to trust! My word what a book! and what a cliffhanger to leave us on!
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Since his 2012 debut, Seth's fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, Analog, and nearly every other major science fiction and fantasy market.

He's a lapsed student of social neuroscience, where he studied the role of racial bias in police shootings, and the writer of much of the lore and fictional flavor for Bungie Studios' smash hit Destiny. In his spare time he works on the collaborati

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