The classic forerunner to The Fall of the Kings now with three bonus stories.Hailed by critics as “a bravura performance” (Locus) and “witty, sharp-eyed, [and] full of interesting people” (Newsday), this classic melodrama of manners, filled with remarkable plot twists and unexpected humor, takes... show more
The classic forerunner to The Fall of the Kings now with three bonus stories.Hailed by critics as “a bravura performance” (Locus) and “witty, sharp-eyed, [and] full of interesting people” (Newsday), this classic melodrama of manners, filled with remarkable plot twists and unexpected humor, takes fantasy to an unprecedented level of elegant writing and scintillating wit. Award-winning author Ellen Kushner has created a world of unforgettable characters whose political ambitions, passionate love affairs, and age-old rivalries collide with deadly results.SwordspointOn the treacherous streets of Riverside, a man lives and dies by the sword. Even the nobles on the Hill turn to duels to settle their disputes. Within this elite, dangerous world, Richard St. Vier is the undisputed master, as skilled as he is ruthless--until a death by the sword is met with outrage instead of awe, and the city discovers that the line between hero and villain can be altered in the blink of an eye.
Format: mass market paperback
Publish date: February 2003
Pages no: 329
Edition language: English
Series: Riverside Series (#1)
Swordspoint is something I’ve thought about rereading now and then, but never did – till I found its sequel, The Privilege of the Sword, at Books & Co., happily, and ordered the third book, written with Delia Sherman: The Fall of the Kings. This first book tells the tale of Richard St. Vier, who is ...
Authors are often told to write a story, than cut the first few chapters. The advice is meant to put the reader closer to the action and shear away the backstory. Such advice would have served Kushner well. Once you've trudged through the first eighty pages, Swordspoint casts you into a story full...
It doesn't really feel like fantasy but it's not a bad read, something like 1610.
The fact that this is classified as speculative fiction kind of worries me...And "Riverside" always makes me think of "UC."Perils of growing up in California, I suppose...The non-blurb makes me unhappy. If I wanted to know what other people though, I would look up reviews. Stahp. I don't care what "...
Swordspoint is an enjoyable book, if you enjoy the sorts of books where people scheme at garden parties. It’s fantasy in name only: set in an imagined world, but without magic or mythological beasts or supernatural elements of any sort. There’s a bit of dueling, but the crux of the plot depends on p...