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The Traitor Baru Cormorant
The Traitor Baru Cormorant | Seth Dickinson
80 posts | 57 read | 61 to read
"The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms" meets "Guns, Germs, and Steel" A young woman from a conquered people tries to transform an empire in this richly imagined geopolitical fantasy
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shanaqui
Pickpick

Finished my reread and am ready for the second book! Except I am totally not, because this book destroys me. Gaaaaah.

I can only hope that in the second book we get to see some revenge.

#WyrdandWonder

Squidapus The ending hurt so bad, Squidapus longs for catharsis 6mo
shanaqui @Squidapus And the second book starts up right where it left off! I do hope we see some payoff in The Monster... 6mo
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Addison_Reads
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Pickpick

It took me a few chapters to get accustomed to the unique language and names for this world, but once I did this was an epic journey. The world building was great, the characters were complex, and moral dilemmas and political scheming made me think of GoT.

I can't wait to read the next in this series. 💚

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shanaqui

Rereading this, and even though it's a reread and I know what's going to happen, I nearly missed a meeting reading “just a few pages“ and getting sucked in... #WyrdandWonder

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TracyReadsBooks
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Mehso-so

Oh, so much to like about this book—a compelling protagonist, a finely crafted plot in which accounting, yes accounting, plays an important & even exciting role, & an intriguing world—but it all adds up, unfortunately to a good but not great read for me. Lots of potential but somehow, it just didn‘t quite come together. That being said, it is well-written & has some good twists. In fairness, this might well be an “it‘s me not the book” situation.

suzisteffen The reviews on this have been deeply mixed from before the time it came out. I feel like someday I should maybe read it? Or ... not. There are a lot of good books out there. 6mo
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TracyReadsBooks
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Going with science fiction for my next book.

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imyril
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Pickpick

This is hands down one of the best fantasies I‘ve ever read (and I don‘t say that lightly). It‘s outrageously accomplished for a debut - I don‘t begrudge Dickinson the three years it‘s taken to craft a sequel! - with a devastatingly good plot and gorgeous, elegant prose. I can‘t believe this didn‘t win loads of awards. I‘ll be on a mission to recommend it to everyone!

jpmcwisemorgan I‘m adding it to the impossibly long list, I think I‘m going to have to cut it down to a more manageable size. 8mo
imyril @jpmcwisemorgan It‘s worth saving this one a spot if you love political/espionage fantasy thrillers :) 8mo
jpmcwisemorgan It sounds like something I might like. 8mo
Squidapus It's so good but gosh darn if it also isn't a punch in the gut or four 8mo
imyril @Squidapus completely! Between this and Tiamat‘s Wrath I feel like a punch bag 8mo
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imyril
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Blanket nest day with Baru Cormorant. I have such a crush on Tain Hu 😍

I really should‘ve read this years ago!

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imyril
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Why yes, I do have an unhealthy fascination with seeing professional services and bureaucracies depicted in fantasy worlds, why do you ask?

Squidapus Get ready for quite the ride 8mo
imyril @Squidapus I‘m loving it so far :) 8mo
shanaqui Man, I want to reread this. 8mo
imyril @shanaqui IT‘S SO GOOD 😍💔 8mo
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businessmermaid
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Pickpick

This is not a nice book. But it is an excellent one. Intricate and stark, The Traitor Baru Cormorant has a fascinating protagonist in its title character. Witnessing her development was thrilling. Brilliant and cunning, she uses the weapon of economics to try to manipulate the Empire that stole her home from within. But ooh boy, the Masquerade Empire is a bad, bad terrifying villain. Highly recommend this dark, compelling book.

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businessmermaid
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The only perk of being sick is the reading time. Starting this one now.

Naj I've also been sick since the past two days and all I've been doing is reading and sleeping. Hope you feel better soon. 10mo
businessmermaid @Naj Thank you and hope you feel better too! 10mo
DaveGreen7777 Sorry to hear you‘re sick! 🤢 Hope you feel much better soon! 10mo
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businessmermaid @DaveGreen7777 Thank you! Hopefully, the worst of it is over. 10mo
BookwormAHN Welcome to Litsy 😺 10mo
businessmermaid @BookwormAHN Thank you 😊 10mo
DivineDiana Feel better! Glad you are joining us! 👏🏻📚👏🏻 (edited) 10mo
businessmermaid @DivineDiana Thanks!!! ☺️ 10mo
ju.ca.no Get well soon and enjoy your reading time until then🤗 10mo
businessmermaid @ju.ca.no Thanks! Unfortunately it‘s a bad case of the flu, so I‘m still sick 😞 9mo
ju.ca.no @businessmermaid oh no :( hopefully it will pass soon!! 9mo
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Squidapus
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Pickpick

A very well written book where til the end you're not sure how everything will wrap up. Squidapus found the political maneuvering and mind games very entertaining to read; Baru's perfectly calculated indoctrination by the Empire clashes with her desire to attain power to free her homeland. He's still thinking about the ending and how he feels about it as the pieces for it were right in your face all along. A very entertaining and tense read.

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Squidapus
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Well, suffice to say Squidapus and I are enjoying this book way more than our last one. This book is very good at portraying it's complicated political machinations which is something Squidapus never really saw as interesting. Essentially the book is about a girl who's home is taken over by an Empire, who trains in their school to gain power to save her home and becomes accountant of a land the Empire is trying to conquer to sniff out a rebellion.

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Squidapus
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Oh man this holiday season was so busy for Squidapus and me, we barely had any time to read (or post and like people's posts!) but maybe this next book will draw him in and get him back in the reading mood!

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SarahSaysRead
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Panpan

Some very interesting plot details, but so unnecessarily dry and long. Probably not going to bother reading the next ones.

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Squidapus
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Oh man! A lot of people have started following Squidapus lately and so I figured I'd thank the whole lot of them and get a post up here since we haven't been posting a ton lately. Gosh life has been busy, and finding time to read has been a lot of work. But that hasn't stopped me from buying more books! Hahaha...aw man...

To be fair I've been meaning to get Baru Cormorant for a while and finally found a used Bennett book.

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brilliantglow
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Currently reading: just started this last night but I was so tired after work I only made it through 7 pages. However, so far it seems really well written and Baru seems like a very interesting character.

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Cptn_Dr
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Time to reread my favourite sad gay fantasy novel

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Kamisha
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Forgot to post my completed prompts for July-September #booked2018!
Blame It on Litsy- Sky in the Deep⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Diverse Nonfiction- Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Set at School- A School for Unusual Girls⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
LGBTQIA+MC- The Traitor Baru Cormorant ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Japanese Thriller- The Thief⭐️⭐️⭐️
Beach Read- The Book of Essie⭐️⭐️⭐️

A great month! The Traitor Baru Cormorant was one of the best books I‘ve ever read!

Cinfhen Oh wow!! So many 4 & 5 stars - I‘ve just stacked a few ❤️ 13mo
Kamisha Yes, it was a great reading month! Hope you like whichever ones you end up reading! @Cinfhen (edited) 13mo
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Kamisha
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“I am a part of this, but I do not have to love it. I only have to play my role. Survive long enough to gather power. Gather enough power to make a difference.”

Getting some major GoT vibes with this read!
#currentlyreading

MoniqueReads305 Stacked 1y
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tomcat
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Pickpick

This book was gifted to me by my longest term friend, with the comment that he figured I had time to read during my surgery recovery.
Some of the turns here were unexpected. I found it a stark example of what power and control does to society in general and people in particular.

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Anton
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Can't recommend this book enough, and it's on sale TODAY ONLY so if you've been thinking about buy it now is the time!

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balrogboogie
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Pickpick

wow, I know I'm way late to the party when it comes to this book, but just: wow

BekahB I just finished this today and was blown away by it! That ending! So excited for the sequel in October. 1y
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AlaMich
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My library #bookhaul today. The last 4-5 weeks have been rough for a number of reasons and I haven‘t really been reading anything. So I brought these home to make my decision. Any recommendations?

#readingslump

DivineDiana Glad you‘re back to reading! Haven‘t read any of these...yet..😉 2y
AlaMich @DivineDiana Me too (glad, that is). I hadn‘t even heard of the bottom two til today when I was meandering around the webz. 2y
BeckyK Great haul! 2y
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2BR02B I'll be interested to see your take on Baru Cormorant. It seems to be a pretty polarizing read. 2y
AlaMich @2BR02B I didn‘t know that. You mean, in a “some people love it, some hate it” way or because of the subject matter? 2y
cobwebmoth Sorry that the last few weeks have been rough. Hopefully things will look up from here. *hugs* 2y
AlaMich @cobwebmoth Thank you! They are getting better 😊 2y
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offbeatfantasy
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I wish, Baru thought, that they would all just shut up and do as I say.

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Lylah
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Just set up my far-from-perfect little tree—on top of a bookshelf, of course.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So cute!!! 🎄😊 2y
Laura317 Sweet! 2y
Eyelit Adorable! 2y
Bookzombie Cute! 2y
RebelReader I love it !!!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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Rudis
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Pickpick

Despite a sudden twist near the ending, this book maintains a Pick status. It wasn't quite what I was expecting but I still really enjoyed it.

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Anton
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Today I learned that the sequel to The Traitor Baru Cormorant (coming in 2018) will be called The Monster Baru Cormorant.

vivastory I loved Traitor Baru Cormorant 2y
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nanoauthor
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"She stood, so that she could move her voce lower. 'Cattlson told me that they needed the dukes afraid of the people, and the people afraid of the Masquerade. But now you are afraid of me, and the people are tired of fear.'"
I have a lot of feelings/opinions about this book, anyone else?

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nanoauthor
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Some train reading today on the way back from visiting a school friend. Just a few weeks before I'm back on campus!

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2BR02B
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I'm a mood reader, so I'm expecting my #AugustTBR to mutate a bit over the course of the month. Nonetheless, I'm really looking forward to reading everything in this stack. I'm discussing the tagged book with my book club next week, so I'll be starting it tonight.

#mostanticipated #backtoreading @JoeStalksBeck @Tiffy_Reads

Pruzy 🍻To mood reading! 2y
JoeStalksBeck ❤️👏👏👏👏👏‼️ 2y
ohyeahthatgirl I only plan one book at a time. If I feel like I have to read something, I end up resenting it. I am a petulant child, haha. Also, what a cute furry photobomb! 2y
2BR02B @ohyeahthatgirl yeah, I find I have to be careful about overcommitting to reading, or I get seriously burned out and end up avoiding it altogether and going into a slump. But I also enjoy the anticipation of a book almost as much as the reading of it, so I like to keep a TBR stack around where I can see the books and get excited about reading them. 2y
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nanoauthor
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Started this at lunch today. I'm really enjoying it already and there was a great map in the front

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vivastory
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Pickpick

A fantasy novel full of political machinations & palace intrigue. While a child, Baru Cormorant's island home is colonized. Society is ostensibly reshaped as a meritocracy, albeit one with reprehensible beliefs in eugenics & moral hygiene. A swords & sandal tale (more House of Cards than Game of Thrones) with a great protagonist. I loved this. I will be keeping a close eye on Dickinson's future publications.

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vivastory
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Only 40 pages in, but hooked.

Billypar I love the cover...so creepy. 2y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk This is one of those I haven't read, but I've read a lot of articles about. 2y
vivastory @TobeyTheScavengerMonk I've read about 75 pages & I really love it. Are you enjoying Goblin Emperor? 2y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk Since I'm not driving as much during the summer I'm only a little way in, but the narrator is great. 2y
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MotherOfGriffins
Pickpick

This book is truly unique. The writing style is elegant and intelligent, and the characters are well developed. Baru Cormorant is an amazing heroine. She's fiercely intelligent, and sacrifices everything attempting to gain the power she needs to save her homeland. I can see myself reading this again and again. I must say, I didn't see the twist at the end coming.

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Booksy007
The Traitor | Seth Dickinson
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Pickpick

Still reading but I really like this book it has really grabbed my attention

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brilliantglow
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brilliantglow
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#readjanuary #titlewithapropername I haven't read this one yet but I've only heard good things about it.

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Anton
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That. Ending. I was already set to call The Traitor Baru Cormorant one of the best books I read this year, but the closing chapters really put it over the top. Brutal in a way George R.R. Martin wishes he could be, the end comes simultaneously as a surprise and a foregone conclusion. Despite being a little tired of series and trilogies, I'm desperate for a follow up because Baru's story is far from over. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Anton

Baru always forgets: there are other players.

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Anton

My favourite thing about this book is that the empire Baru is fighting against is called the Masquerade. What an awesome name.

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FoxySocks
The Traitor | Seth Dickinson

Such an interesting read so far. Trying to cram as much in before work tomorrow...

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Anton
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Trying to wrap this one up before New Year's Eve so I can start fresh with new books as soon as 2017 begins.

RealLifeReading How is it? 3y
Anton @RealLifeReading Very good! It started to drag a bit after a really strong opening, but now it's back on track. 3y
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Anton

This is the truth. You will know because it hurts.

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Anton
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After my vacation beach reads, I was ready for something a little more weighty and this one has been on my list for a while. Just two chapters in, but I'm already enjoying it.

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WordWaller
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My morning. Still working my through this gem. It's one of those rare books that demands all my attention despite being in the middle of so many other books! I also had to renew it at the library though, so the pressure is on!

RanaElizabeth Amazing book. 3y
HardcoverHearts I have the ARC and am just waiting for some time to take it all in. 3y
ohbthr This one's been on my TBR for awhile, glad to hear it's so good! 3y
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WordWaller
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My ADD and hyper active anxiety have been taking a toll on my reading goals lately, so tonight my husband had to take my phone away and take on shut-up-the-cat duty for me to get back into the game (HELLO, my cat literally cries whenever I pick up a book 😤🐈🐈). Finally passed page 100 in this book and am loving it. Now watch me not be able to put it down! 😂

josie281 Good for you and making self care important! 3y
DebinHawaii Glad you were able to get some reading done and enjoy it! 📚👍 3y
LeahBergen Oh, good! 👍🏼 3y
Notafraidofwords I just want to say, I can relate. And it also helps to be alone when I'm starting a book. 3y
Eyelit 💚💚💚 3y
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WordWaller
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Ya'll. You need this picture today. I finally met Tabby, my in-laws' kitten, and she looooooooves books n' forts! 😻😹😻 With all of you in solidarity and I hope this cheers anyone up who's having anything similar to the holiday I am!

Kirstin Oh! The sweetness! 🤗😻😻 3y
LiteraryinLititz Sorry your holiday has been a struggle. Hang in there and thanks for the kitten picture! 3y
BookishMarginalia What a gorgeous kitty! And a hug for you 💙 3y
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LauraBeth If it makes you feel any better, my 12 year old called her nana a racist today...sorry about your day but that is a gorgeous kitty 😻 3y
Eyelit 💜💜💜 3y
DebinHawaii She is sweet! Keep your thoughts about the kitty. 🐱❤️ Sorry about your day. 3y
Branwen Sorry you're having a bad day :( Hang in there and use those happy kitty and book thoughts to keep yourself buoyed 3y
Faibka Sending good wishes and hoping your weekend goes better! 💜📚📚 3y
ReadingOver50 Adorable kitten 🐱 3y
Suet624 @LauraBeth, that's a riot. Starting early on being a rabble rouser. 3y
Bookzombie 💕🐱 3y
moranadatter So cute! 😻😻😻 3y
Texreader @LauraBeth I have a feeling something like that is coming in my future. Ugh. 3y
rubyslippersreads Kitties make everything better. 😺😺😺 3y
kspenmoll Wise kitty! 😺😺 3y
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WordWaller
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Lazy Sunday as you can see! Starting this one because I've heard nothing but good things and I need to read some fiction. Good ol' escapism to balance out all the social justice reading I'm doing 🙃 #catsofLitsy

Hooked_on_books Lazy Sundays are the best! 3y
elkeo_TheBookDragon Love all those sleepy #catsoflitsy in the background 😺 3y
WordWaller @elkeo yeah they're bummed they can't go outside anymore now that it snowed! So that's their favorite sleeping spot (: 3y
elkeo_TheBookDragon Looks like they are managing their depression just fine 😉 3y
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TheDigressiveApproach

That old sick joy, her first and favourite drug. Control.

war.ali.khan For that quote alone, I wish to read it! 3y
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TheDigressiveApproach
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Pickpick

Very well-written. Excellent characterization and several heartbreaking scenes. What I love most about this book is how realistically it portrays a rebellion. Many books have tried and failed to do the same but this one is very well done. Ruthless characters and although this book is readable as a standalone, the ending makes you want the next book like no tomorrow. Would recommend to anyone looking for freshness in the fantasy genre!