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The Traitor Baru Cormorant has one of the best protagonists in fantasy | Grimdark Magazine
Sweet literary gods, I’ve just been in the mind of a genius–and I’m not just talking about Seth Dickinson’s imagination. The Traitor Baru Cormorant is one of the best books I’ve read this year. It’s engaging, enveloping, all-encompassing, and this is in no small way due to it’s magnificent protagonist Baru Cormorant. The story has a kind of Romans-conquering-the-world feel to it, with a young Baru having her seaside of world of Taranoke turned upside down by the Falcresti. The Falcresti have integrated themselves, set up schools, introduced sanitation, introduced paper money as legal tender, taught magnificent things that feed Baru’s hungry and eager young mind. They are everything that could drive Baru to be so much more than just a hunter, or fisher, or warrior. But there is another side to them, a side that wants to make sure their creed and way of life is the only one in the known world–and that means Baru’s small life on Taranoke is about to change. The story of Baru’s change from small Taranoke girl being inquisitive with the foreign merchant, to the young woman charged with bringing the far off and unruly Aurdwynn under the firm grip of The Empire of...