The Traitor v Warehouse Pale Ale

  • Book: The Traitor (‘The Traitor Baru Cormorant’ in the US)
  • Author: Seth Dickinson
  • Publisher: Tor
  • Published: 2015

If you are a fan of politics in your fantasy fiction this book takes that to its peak.

Baru is a naturally gifted young woman who, when her home is conquered and culture steamrollered she commits to a long-term campaign to bring down the oppressive ‘Maskerade’. To do this she enrols in the empire’s civil service named is fast-tracked into a position in far flung Aurdwynn. At first she thinks it’s a punishment, a way to keep her out of the way, but she soon realises that she has the perfect opportunity to begin putting her plans into action by toeing a tightrope of Machiavellian political manoeuvring. She has to balance helping to foment rebellion with appearing to be securing the Maskerade’s hold of the province.

Twist and turns aplenty.

  • Beer: Warehouse Pale Ale
  • Brewery: Williams Bros Brewing co. (For Aldi)
  • Style: Pale Ale
  • Strength: 4.8%

There is always a risk of snobbery associated with a Supermarket own brand product, but that would be thoroughly undeserved here. This is extremely drinkable. Not a mind-blowing taste explosion but nice. Very much passes the ‘would I be happy drinking several of these’ test.

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