I heard of this book through r/fantasy, because that’s where I learn about most new books these days. Everyone spoke well about The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson, so I figured, why not try it out? And so I bought it. It was money well spent.
The Empire of Masks has landed on the shores of peaceful Taranoke, and with them it brings new rules, new ways of thinking, and thoughts on what is, and isn’t, proper. They take the Taranoke children and set them up in a school, to learn of the wonders of the Empire, and to groom them for positions in their ranks. Baru Cormorant is one such a child. And she’s especially gifted at numbers. When she gets appointed the title of Imperial Accountant in a distant land called Aurdwynn, she is both apprehensive and excited. Because she has never forgotten her one true goal: learn everything she could to empower herself, and bring the Empire of Masks down from the inside. For her beloved Taranoke.