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AUTHOR: Seth Dickinson
DATE: 2015
PAGES: 9780765380722
David Gemmell Morningstar Award Nominee for Best Fantasy Newcomer (2016), Reddit r/fantasy Stabby Award for Best Debut Novel (2015)

Publisher’s Description

The Empire of Masks is coming, armed with coin and ink, doctrine and compass, soap and lies. They’ll conquer Baru’s island, rewrite her culture, criminalize her customs, and dispose of one of her fathers. But Baru is patient. She’ll swallow her hate, prove her talent, and join the Masquerade. She will learn the secrets of empire. She’ll be exactly what they need. And she’ll claw her way high enough up the rungs of power to set her people free.

In a final test of her loyalty, the Masquerade will send Baru to bring order to distant Aurdwynn, a snakepit of rebels, informants, and seditious dukes. Aurdwynn kills everyone who tries to rule it. To survive, Baru will need to untangle this land’s intricate web of treachery – and conceal her attraction to the dangerously fascinating Duchess Tain Hu.

But Baru is a savant in games of power, as ruthless in her tactics as she is fixated on her goals. In the calculus of her schemes, all ledgers must be balanced, and the price of liberation paid in full.

Inclusion Criteria

A main character (Baru) is attracted to multiple genders, are are many secondary characters, and in her culture multiple attraction / polamory is the norm.

Library Notes

Paperback. Purchased used by the library with founder’s funds.