The Monster Baru Cormorant (The Masquerade #2) by Seth Dickinson - Book Review 07, May



'The Traitor Baru Cormorant’ remains one of my favourite books to this day. The intricacy of the characters, the war of motivations, the ruthless machinations of assimilating cultures into an empire, the spectacular writing and, perhaps, the most gut-wrenching end to a fantasy book I’ve ever read. 

The Monster Baru Cormorant’ does not pack the same punch. It is a welterweight son trying to compete with a heavyweight father. A bloated, lethargic, somewhat confused welterweight at that.

The Traitor Baru Cormorant (The Masquerade #1) by Seth Dickinson - Book Review 30, Apr



"My lady, command me."

Allow me, if I may, to share my journey with Baru Cormorant. Around about 40% of the way through this book, I was struggling and thinking that it might just scrape a 3-star rating. Fast forward to the finish and I have decided on an easy 4.5 stars (though 5 stars on paper - because we were always told to round up during Maths. . .)

The Monster Baru Cormorant (The Masquerade #2) 11, Nov

Seth Dickinson won over a life-long follower with the release of his excellent tale of economic war and betrayal, 2015’s The Traitor Baru Cormorant. Three years I’ve been forced to wait, three bloody years, until finally the time came to plunge back into the Masquerade’s intrigue and follow along on the latest task of one of my favourite fantasy protagonists ever! And what a sequel it is; welcome, then, dear reader, to my review of The Monster Baru Cormorant.