The Fall of the Kings
This stunning follow-up to Ellen Kushner’s cult-classic novel, Swordspoint, is set in the same world of labyrinthine intrigue, where sharp swords and even sharper wits rule. Against a rich tapestry of artists and aristocrats, students, strumpets, and spies, a gentleman and a scholar will find... show more
This stunning follow-up to Ellen Kushner’s cult-classic novel, Swordspoint, is set in the same world of labyrinthine intrigue, where sharp swords and even sharper wits rule. Against a rich tapestry of artists and aristocrats, students, strumpets, and spies, a gentleman and a scholar will find themselves playing out an ancient drama destined to explode their society’s smug view of itself–and reveal that sometimes the best price of uncovering history is being forced to repeat it….The Fall of the KingsGenerations ago the last king fell, taking with him the final truths about a race of wizards who ruled at his side. But the blood of the kings runs deep in the land and its people, waiting for the coming together of two unusual men, Theron Campion, a young nobleman of royal lineage, is heir to an ancient house and a modern scandal. Tormented by his twin duties to his family and his own bright spirit, he seeks solace in the University. There he meets Basil St. Cloud, a brilliant and charismatic teacher ruled by a passion for knowledge–and a passion for the ancient kings. Of course, everyone now knows that the wizards were charlatans and the kings their dupes and puppets. Only Basil ins not convinced–nor is he convinced that the city has seen its last king…From the Trade Paperback edition.
Format: mass market paperback
Publish date: September 30th 2003
Pages no: 510
Edition language: English
, Science Fiction Fantasy
, Urban Fantasy
, Speculative Fiction
, M M Romance
, Fantasy Of Manners
Series: Riverside Series (#3)
A very different beast to the other Riverside novels, this has plenty to recommend it (prose, characters, world building) but is much harder to read (and to like). My favourite characters are peripheral, and while I developed a sort of horrified empathy for Theron, it was difficult to maintain at ti...
Well, that was … different? Sort of like [b:Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell|14201|Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell|Susanna Clarke|http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/410A553CR8L._SL75_.jpg|3921305] lite, with fewer footnotes but more sex?
A dissolute young nobleman has unwise affairs and become entangled in ancient cultic ritual practices.I am positive that Kushner was inspired to write this by The Golden Bough or From Ritual to Romance.