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The Monster Baru Cormorant (The Masquerade Book 2) (2018 original; edició 2018)

de Seth Dickinson (Autor)

Sèrie: The Masquerade (2)

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A breathtaking geopolitical epic fantasy, The Monster Baru Cormorant is the sequel to Seth Dickinson's "fascinating tale" (The Washington Post), The Traitor Baru Cormorant. Her world was shattered by the Empire of Masks. For the power to shatter the Masquerade, She betrayed everyone she loved. The traitor Baru Cormorant is now the cryptarch Agonist--a secret lord of the empire she's vowed to destroy. Hunted by a mutinous admiral, haunted by the wound which has split her mind in two, Baru leads her dearest foes on an expedition for the secret of immortality. It's her chance to trigger a war that will consume the Masquerade. But Baru's heart is broken, and she fears she can no longer tell justice from revenge...or her own desires from the will of the man who remade her.… (més)
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Títol:The Monster Baru Cormorant (The Masquerade Book 2)
Autors:Seth Dickinson (Autor)
Informació:Tor Books (2018), 449 pages
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The Monster Baru Cormorant de Seth Dickinson (2018)

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Sadly very much a mid-series book and nowhere near as good as the previous episode. It's not just that the plot drags through much of the opening half, but the single pov from Baru has been substituted for head-hopping into various characters none of whom we care about much, and given their various names for the same person, can be hard to tell apart. It was much better, tauter and more impressive when they acted off-stage and Baru focused on her tasks.

Baru has been elevated to the inner circle behind the throne, having passed all the tests set for her (mostly unaware) during the previous book culminating by executing the traitor Tain-Hu, formerly her lover, and friend, whom she betrayed for the betterment of the Empire. This book is all set to expand on the consequences of that and her previous actions. The circle is of course a pyramid with the two key influencers Farrier and Heystadt vying for the favour of the Revanant who leads them, they both believe that ensuring Baru follows their doctrine will lead to their ultimate success - it's not clear how much either really cares for the Empire, and of course Baru herself is trying to bring the whole thing crashing down from within in order to save her home country before it's culture is irredeemably compromised. There are also other apprentices from the circle hoping to earn favour and redemption, with whom Baru crossed paths last book. For now she's been tasked with preventing a war between the Empire and the neighbouring vast populace of the Mbo - the empire's technological superiority would win the battles but lose too much to remain stable. She believe that a mysterious cult have the opposite intention and that she can trace their fingers through the finance of the pirates who failed to attack the Empire's navy. All this leads Baru and all of the above plus the somewhat mad sister of Tain Hu into a long journey south to the borders of the empire. Along the way Baru loses many of her former sureties but retains the dis-orientation of her head-wound, although the author did appear to forget about it from time to time.

It's all a bit too much I think, without enough action to carry it through. Baru is a passenger for much of the book which doesn't help. Her counterpoint the honest and upstanding Aminata does feature but only in passing. It remains very imaginative and embracing of cultures not our own which is good to see - although one notable contradiction is that the empire is incredibly intolerant of any signs of homo-sexuality but all it's agents turn a blind eye to Baru and many of the others because they're on the inside, which doesn't make a lot of sense. The Mbo's sense of 'trim' proper connections between people is lovely and a beautifully executed piece of writing to contrast the various political machinations of the other parties. As in the previous book there's room for a lot of interpretations of the title, and many of the characters could wear it, which again is clever writing. But in the end I didn't care for any of the bit-players we were forced to accompany and not enough happened until very late in the book.

I'm still going to read the next one, and hope it reverts to something close to the brilliance of the first. ( )
  reading_fox | Apr 7, 2021 |
For every reason I loved the first one I was disappointed by this one. Others have said it already. These aren't the same characters and the storytelling style is vastly different and disappointing. The POVs really don't help and cut away the mystique.

And frankly, not very much happens.

The book says it itself near the end. "But what had she achieved, really? Compared to her time in Aurdwynn, where she had ruined currencies and ordered massacres and torn down an entire aristocracy?" The book then lists the major events of this book, and the comparison is sadly lacking.

2 stars because I'm carrying one over from the last book, which was THAT good. ( )
1 vota tedyang | Oct 28, 2020 |
I liked the side characters in the first book better, but still fascinated by Baru and this world. ( )
  askannakarenina | Sep 16, 2020 |
This is not not going to CRUSH you like that last one did, but you are going to finish it hungry for Book 3. ( )
  3j0hn | Jun 17, 2020 |
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 she fighting and scheming against the Masquerade? For it?

Even she doesn't know. She's betrayed so many people, thinks of herself as a monster, and yet she is still having an issue between wearing a mask for doing the right thing or just doing the right thing because it's right, with no calculation.

It's obviously a journey novel, but she knows all the islands in this fantasy realm. She's the one gaining ever more power. But pushing aside the deeply dark bits, it's more about identity. Being a lesbian, being feared, finding real connections with others, and making absolutely impossible decisions... regularly.

The novel juggles all of it brilliantly, and more. The islands and cultures are amazing. The depth of worldbuilding is as good or better than almost any Fantasy novel I've read. And the author doesn't stint when it comes to economics, politics, science, medicine, and even the mythological ramifications of a world rich with uranium (and how it poisons the people here).

Every character is smart. Almost everyone wears a mask between official beliefs and keeping an open mind, between faith and mistrust. But best of all, the journey Hits Hard. *shiver*

Well worth the wait. ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
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A breathtaking geopolitical epic fantasy, The Monster Baru Cormorant is the sequel to Seth Dickinson's "fascinating tale" (The Washington Post), The Traitor Baru Cormorant. Her world was shattered by the Empire of Masks. For the power to shatter the Masquerade, She betrayed everyone she loved. The traitor Baru Cormorant is now the cryptarch Agonist--a secret lord of the empire she's vowed to destroy. Hunted by a mutinous admiral, haunted by the wound which has split her mind in two, Baru leads her dearest foes on an expedition for the secret of immortality. It's her chance to trigger a war that will consume the Masquerade. But Baru's heart is broken, and she fears she can no longer tell justice from revenge...or her own desires from the will of the man who remade her.

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