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The Monster Baru Cormorant

The Masquerade, Book 2
Narrated by: Christine Marshall
Series: The Masquerade, Book 2
Length: 18 hrs and 17 mins
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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.

©2018 Seth Dickinson (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

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  • Bryce Dayton
  • 06-11-18

Dickinson does it again

For fans of the first book, there's a lot to love here. There's also some growing pains as it's a second book in a series and spends a fair amount of time building for the rest of the series.

Baru is brought down to earth somewhat as she becomes more reactive than proactive and her schemes don't seem to succeed quite like they did in book one. But, overall, this is a great book and I'm super excited to see the next one very soon.

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  • John Brosnan
  • 15-02-19

A partial story...

The first book was great. It built well, had wonderful surprises and had a well developed character in Baru.

This sequel sort of tossed all of that away. All the unease and paranoia of the first book, that Baru's secret love would be unveiled, were essentially all for nothing. In this book, her "secret" is common knowledge and nobody seems to care. All Baru's planning and intelligence and her savant-like abilities are all swept aside and she is wimpy and unsure. Maybe there is another twist out there, but it never happens in this book.

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  • Calix Martinez
  • 31-10-18

༼ つ ಥ_ಥ ༽つ My soul is in agony ༼ つ ಥ_ಥ ༽つ

This is the best book I've ever read. I don't even know what's real anymore.

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  • gorillagorillagorilla
  • 20-02-20

The Rabbit Hole Goes Waaay Down

Rides the line between lyric brilliance and bat-sh** crazy gibberish. Its universe is carefully realized but sometimes obsessive in its minor details. Frequently compelling however.

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  • Brine
  • 03-11-18

A dissapointing sequal

The plot steps away from it's essence to chase after a poor imortality gambit; dissapointing.

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  • Research C Evaluation
  • 03-11-18

Disappointing

Kept waiting for the book to become interesting or that something happen at least. Nothing. The sexual parts seemed out of place and forced. The narrator was good.

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  • Chris
  • 21-06-19

Misleading title

Baru isn’t much of a monster in this. Part of the fun of the first book was seeing her outsmart everyone. In this one she’s everyone’s punching bag with no payoff. It’s no fun.