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The Monster Baru Cormorant

(The Masquerade #2)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  314 Ratings  ·  73 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 is currently reading it
If you think this cover is scary, wait what happens when you read the pages of the book.
Pardon my Latin but Baru is scaring the shit out of me and this happens rarely. In comparison with her, Jorg was like a rescued shelter puppy.

Where it begins:

The Traitor Baru Cormorant ★★★★☆
Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
Mar 05, 2018 marked it as to-read
I just noticed this terrifyingly beautiful cover 😭 can't wait for this!
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
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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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
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...
Thomas Stacey
Jan 07, 2018 marked it as will-read-eventually
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
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
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
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
Patrick Lights
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.)
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, grimdark, lgbtq
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.
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
*pets Baru*
*Baru hisses and runs away*

Both thrilling and sad, with an ending as horrifying - albeit in an entirely different, significantly grosser way - as TRAITOR. Cannot wait for the third!
Benjamin Appleby-Dean
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, lgbt
Seth Dickinson subverts expectations with his second book. Although Baru's ambitions are even grander, her powers vastly increased and her worldview magnified, the actual page-to-page action of her story has shrunk: gone are the countrywide rebellions and dozens of political players in favour of a more intimate and altogether stranger voyage. The stakes are higher (war between empires; the possible fall of civilisation itself), but Baru's own mission is reduced to a couple of island economies, a ...more
Jessica Strider
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Pros: political intrigue, interesting characters, fantastic worldbuilding


Baru Cormorant’s actions on Aurdwynn have numerous consequences. She is now Agonist, a cryptarch, one of the secret lords of the Imperial Throne of the Imperial Republic of Falcrest. She has also made a lot of enemies, one of whom is a navy admiral, who decides to mutiny in order to bring Baru to a form of justice.

Baru believes she’s one step further towards destroying Falcrest and freeing her homeland, but cryptarch
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 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, lgbtq, fantasy
You didn't get much mail. I suppose because you've murdered or estranged everyone who's no longer useful to you. Ha ha. That's like a joke, in that we'll both have to pretend we think it's a joke so we can work together civilly. That's my favorite kind of joke. - Apparitor

The Monster Baru Cormorant picks up exactly where Traitor left off and, man, the stakes are set against our favourite savant accountant. But that's just what happens when you've betrayed an entire country, Baru has paid a price
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
Andrew Clough
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Did not give me the same gutstab feels as the first book but I cared about the characters, the plotting was well done, and the world was interesting if not entirely within my ability to suspend disbelief at times.
Oct 01, 2018 marked it as arc-tbr
The Traitor Baru Cormorant (#1): 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

The notification that I was approved for this ARC was the perfect thing to receive on a Monday. I am SO STOKED for this, y'all.

J.A. Ironside
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The highest peak of world-building but so firmly planted in the characters. Forget Monster, this is Angel of My Heart Baru.
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well worth waiting a few years to be severely emotionally compromised by Baru once more. 5/5 stars from Team Let Baru Take a Nap.
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