I'm halfway through The Traitor Baru Cormorant and I can't recommend it so far. It follows a trend with a lot of recent sci-fi (and not just in books) of trying to jump-start a trilogy or even franchise rather than construct a solid, single story. (Cf. also the Ancillary Trilogy.)
These aren't bad or terrible books by any means, but the sheer amount of narrative padding can be ridiculous. (Repeating an idea isn't the same as exploring one.)
Anyhow, here's hoping the second half manages to pick up some steam. So far it feels like a chore.