The Privilege of the Sword

Ellen Kushner, Author . Bantam Spectra $14 (378p) ISBN 978-0-553-38268-6

Kushner's winning high fantasy with its sophisticated swordplay marks a welcome return to the romantic Riverside world she introduced in Swordspoint (1987). Coming-of-age gets complicated for winsome Lady Katherine Samantha Campion Talbert after she's shipped off to her uncle, the Mad Duke of Tremontaine (aka David Alexander "Alec" Tielman Campion), who reigns over a decadent world of erotic and political intrigue. At first Kate's frightened of becoming a swashbuckler, but after training with the duke's favorite lover, the dashing Richard St. Vier, and becoming friends with Marcus, Alec's devoted young assistant, she finds she's more than up for the task. Her skills are tested in her effort to avenge the rape of her best friend, Lady Artemesia Fitz-Levy, by one of her uncle's foes, Anthony Deverin (aka Lord Ferris, Crescent Chancellor of the Council of Lords). Kate's discovery that "Fear is enemy to the sword" and love is the key to triumph leads to surprising consequences. (Aug.)

Reviewed on: 05/29/2006
Release date: 07/01/2006
Genre: Fiction
Mass Market Paperbound - 462 pages - 978-0-553-58696-1
Open Ebook - 313 pages - 978-0-553-90283-9
Hardcover - 376 pages - 978-1-931520-20-1
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