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The Privilege of the Sword

By Ellen Kushner
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Publisher Description

From the award-winning author of Swordspoint comes a witty, wicked coming-of-age story that is both edgy and timeless. . . . 

Welcome to Riverside, where the aristocratic and the ambitious battle for power and prestige in the city’s labyrinth of streets and ballrooms, theatres and brothels, boudoirs and salons. Into this alluring and alarming world walks a bright young woman ready to take it on and make her fortune. A well-bred country girl, Katherine knows all the rules of conventional society. Her biggest mistake is thinking they apply.

Katherine’s host and uncle, Alec Campion, the capricious and decadent Mad Duke Tremontaine, is in charge here—and to him, rules are made to be broken. When he decides it would be far more amusing for his niece to learn swordplay than to follow the usual path to ballroom and husband, her world changes forever. And there’s no going back. Blade in hand, it’s up to Katherine to find her own way through a maze of secrets and betrayals, nobles and scoundrels—and to gain the power, respect, and self-discovery that come to those who master. . . .

“Unholy fun, and wholly fun . . . an elegant riposte, dazzlingly executed.”—Gregory Maguire, New York Times bestselling author of Wicked

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“What a lovely story of truly decent, caring if unconventional people. The focus of the book is Katherine, the 15 year old niece of the Duke of Tremaine. The Duke forces his niece Katherine to come to his home for 6 months to learn sword fighting. Not typical in that time, but the Duke is known to be outrageous. Katherine is a young and conventional 15. She has many romantic notions but learns the sword fighting trade and makes friends. The author writes affectionately and wryly about teenagers and their woes. There is a fair amount of debauchery at the Duke’s homes but the Duke is adorable. He has a very strong sense of morality. It just doesn’t match with the mores of his time. His relationship with St. Vier is so romantic. And I love how the Duke causes chaos. It’s delicious how he gives the finger to so-called polite society. Katherine ultimately shows herself to be a worthy heir. Just wonderful!”

About Ellen Kushner

ELLEN KUSHNER grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, attended Bryn Mawr and Barnard Colleges, and has an A.B. from Columbia University. She started out after college working as a sf/f editor in New York City for Ace and then Pocket Books, but in 1987 found her way to public radio on WGBH 89.7fm in Boston. In April 1996, PRI launched her new national, public radio series, Sound & Spirit, which explores the musical connections between myth and magic, folklore and literature, anthropology and history. She resides in New York City.

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