Mar 29, 2020
Swordspoint
Posted by Ellen Kushner

Get what a man cares for in your power, and you have him at swordspoint.In a nameless city with the elegance of Regency London, the decadence of eighteenth century Paris, and the hard edge of modern New York, an array of glittering characters weave intrigues that will capture them all in a net of love and death, wit and treachery.In Riverside, a violent district of twistedGet what a man cares for in your power, and you have him at swordspoint.In a nameless city with the elegance of Regency London, the decadence of eighteenth century Paris, and the hard edge of modern New York, an array of glittering characters weave intrigues that will capture them all in a net of love and death, wit and treachery.In Riverside, a violent district of twisted streets and ruined houses inhabited by the criminal elite, there are men who must earn their living by fighting to the death Most last only a season or two before they die Even Richard St Vier, the finest swordsman in the city, lives his life at swordspoint.On the Hill, the elite of the city the beautiful Diane, Duchess of Tremontaine Lord Horn, a languid, aging libertine the dangerous Lord Ferris, one eyed Dragon Chancellor of the Council of Lords and the young rake Michael Godwin throw sumptuous barge parties, attend the theatre, plot and scheme, slip in and out of romantic liaisons But there is a plot afoot to gain control of the city, and the chosen instrument is Richard St Vier.And if St Vier does not wish to be used, they will force him, even if it tears the fabric of the city apart

  • Title: Swordspoint
  • Author: Ellen Kushner
  • ISBN: 9780877959236
  • Page: 142
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Swordspoint Riverside Jun , Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner was a book recommendation from a friend whose opinion I trust, and the story was every bit as lush as I had hoped Granted, if you re looking for something straightforward in terms of narrative, this may not be your novel That being said, if you re in the market for a work where an author handles omniscient third Swordspoint Riverside, by Ellen Kushner Swordspoint is a fantasy novel set in an unnamed city that is roughly divided into two parts the Hill, where the nobility live, and Riverside, home to the less fortunate inhabitants of the town The city is governed by a council of nobles, and those nobles have a tendency to fight among themselves however, they don t pick up swords themselves Swordspoint Literature Swordspoint TV Tropes Swordspoint is a cult classic fantasy of manners with elements of urban fantasy and heroic fantasy written by Ellen Kushner in Later on, it saw two sequels The Fall of the Kings which was co written with Delia Sherman and The Privilege of the Sword. Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner, Paperback Barnes Noble Feb , 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 On 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. Swordspoint The World of Riverside Book Jun , Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner was a book recommendation from a friend whose opinion I trust, and the story was every bit as lush as I had hoped Granted, if you re looking for something straightforward in terms of narrative, this may not be your novel. Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner 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 On the treacherous streets of Riverside, a man lives and dies by the sword Even the World of Swordspoint EllenKushner The setting is an unnamed city, the capital of an unnamed city state currently ruled by a Council of Lords which overthrew the monarchy long ago Some readers call the city Riverside, but that s just the name of the little island in the river in the middle of the city where Swordspoint s protagonists live. Ellen Kushner Ellen Kushner leads a team of award winning writers, including Alaya Dawn Johnson, Malinda Lo and Joel Derfner in a sexy, subversive prequel to her classic book Swordspoint If you ve visited the world of Swordspoint before, you ll be Ellen Kushner Ellen Kushner born October , is an American writer of fantasy novels From until , she was the host of the radio program Sound Spirit, produced by WGBH in Boston and distributed by Public Radio International Background and personal life Writing career

    Swordspoint Get what a man cares for in your power and you have him at swordspoint In a nameless city with the elegance of Regency London the decadence of eighteenth century Paris and the hard edge of modern N

    Mike (the Paladin)

    I read very little of this book While it is well written I say this in respect to those who like it greatly it is not a book I care to get involved in The world while well crafted is one that creeps toward debauchery and cynicism on an almost monumental scale There are actually so far as I can see no heroes here, very little that is redeeming It s claim to fame is a drama in a world of those who see themselves as sly sophisticates Please enjoy it if it s to your taste as fiction It isn t mine an [...]


    Bradley

    First, I should point out that the audiobook of this novel is a fantastic treat, including multiple voices including the author, herself, but also ambient sounds such as background conversations and even a cat Music, too But don t let that dissuade you, either, because it s all low key enough to let us focus mainly on the tale at hand.So what is this Is it really fantasy Honestly, I don t think there s much fantasy at all, but if you like swords and high 18th century culture on a slight steroid [...]


    Julio Genao

    my goodness, but this was fun the time I started worrying that the twisty subterfuge would drain the story of momentum I looked up and realized I d practically inhaled this badboy to the 70 percent mark and then some shit went down and my heart was pounding in my throatanwhile, this edition has a trio of follow up stories at the end, so 70 percent turned out to be 90 percent bravo a lush, layered, ingeniously taut melange of gripping skullduggery, sword fights, bisexual escapades, and even a per [...]


    Siria

    I picked this up for a couple of euro in one of my favourite second hand bookshops because I d heard it recommended numerous times on my flist Cheesy fantasy novel cover aside as a side note, exactly why must the covers of 99% of fantasy books be so fantastically appalling , the descriptions I d heard of it made it seem as if the book was tailor made to appeal to me A well written, slashy, historical fantasy of manners what s not to like Well, quite a lot, as it turns out If the blurb by Neil Ga [...]


    The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears

    Ellen Kushner s first novel sets the standard for what a polite fantasy of manners and romance should be Like Jane Austen, Ms Kushner s language sparkles with wit and verve She creates a world both familiar and yet not like anyplace we ve ever been and inhabits it with characters who cease to be imaginary Like Rafael Sabatini, the swordfight scenes keep one on the edge of their seat, though are elegantly restrained yet sharply honed Richard St Vier is as dashing and gallant as Basil Rathbone and [...]


    Miss

    Hahahahaha wow Man I don t even know what to say about this Okay basic run down this book s got two primary narrators Richard St Vier and Michael Godwin Everyone wants a piece of St Vier because he s the most badass swordsman ever to exist and apparently stabbing people is an acceptable way to resolve conflicts in this world so long as you outsource the job Michael Godwin is a doof with a talent for ruining his own life Lucky for him he is rich good looking doof who catches the eye of one of the [...]


    Lau

    Nunca m s le hago caso a una recomendaci n de George R.R Martin.Esta es la historia de Richard de Vier, una suerte de mercenario que trabaja de batirse a duelo con espadas en nombre de la persona que lo contrata No tiene escr pulos en matar a su contrincante si la situaci n lo amerita, y suele ser contratado por los nobles que viven en la Colina, la parte de la ciudad donde la ley a n existe bastante.El libro ir alternando la historia de Richard con las historias de varios nobles, en una curiosa [...]


    [Name Redacted]

    Tiresome Tedious Repetitive Populated with interchangeable, unlikable cardboard cut out characters The dialogue is endlessly crammed with discussions of fashion and parties and clothes and status seeking The action sequences either occur off stage or crawl by at a snail s pace, and despite its name there s next to no sword fighting in the actual narrative I have no idea how this became considered a new classic nor even how it managed to become identified as fantasy It s like an alternate histor [...]


    Josh

    Gorgeous and memorable book There s not a lot that I can add that hasn t been said I read it about the time I was discovering LGBTQ characters in spec fiction, and I remember wishing that everything could be like this.


    Sean

    I read this book years ago when I was an impressionable Mormon closet case, and I remember being intrigued and disturbed at the time by Kushner s depiction of lust, bisexuality and homosexual relationships When I reread it today I rediscovered its brilliance, intricacy and poignancy The relationship between the swordsman St Vier and his young gentleman, the University student had a glittering, frenzied, self destructive beauty I associate with Matt Damon s Mr Ripley, while finding an eventual re [...]


    Sarah Anne

    4.5 Stars This book was a whole lot of fun Humor and swordplay and romance all rolled into one I m usually not a big fan of the Fantasy of Manners subgenre but this one was very close to absolute perfection.I listened to the multi cast audio with the illuminated bits, which were basically sound effects every now and then If people were running you would hear footsteps, there was sound for sword play, the babble of voices in a crowded area, doors creaking open, and a few other things It really ju [...]


    Joseph

    I read this book first many years agoSeduced by Canty s gorgeous cover orReviews in Locus, honestly, I don tRecall or think it matters at this point.The point is You should buy and read this book.St Vier and Alec, star crossed lovers, ifThe stars were feeling just a bit perverse St Vier the swordsman, best in RiversideAnd Alec, clad in ragged student s robes but is his past mysterious of course Are caught in nobles intrigues labyrinthine for swordsmen are to nobles but a tool,used as honor dicta [...]


    Lulu

    It s hard to be happy about the fact you spent a day vomiting your guts up But, when, a couple of days later, being too ill still to leave the house allows you to stay home and listen to the audiobook instead of going to see a show, it certainly makes you a little grateful for sickness That s how much I enjoyed this.I can only describe this book as being a total delight For someone who isn t a fan of Austen, a fantasy of manners is often hit and miss for me This was all hits The characters were [...]


    D

    I do not like fantasy books at all particularly those that deal with magic and monsters and the like I was initially skeptical of how well I would like this book since it is in the fantasy genre, but very quickly I found that I could not put this book down I have recently re read it and found it to still be high on my list of favorite books What did it for me was that this book was not about the things one usually thinks of upon hearing the word fantasy There was no magic or mythical creatures o [...]


    Caravaggion

    i started reading this because the description reminded me of Captive Prince and promised high fantasy lgbt diversity and at least in that point i have not been alltogether disappointedthe thing is, this book isn t BAD or anything, and i did enjoy reading it, and i m deffinitley going to read the sequels too, but did it really impress me nope sadly notbut you still gotta give this book some credit, it was published in 1987, and it has diversity than most books written these days THINGS I LIKED [...]


    KatHooper

    Originally posted at FanLit fantasyliterature reviSet in a fictional Georgian era type society, Swordspoint A Melodrama of Manners is a fantasy of manners or mannerpunk novel In contrast to epic fantasy, where the characters are fighting with swords and the fate of the universe is often at stake, mannerpunk novels are usually set in a hierarchical class based society where the characters battle with words and wit There may or may not be magic or sorcery involved and, in many ways, this subgenre [...]


    Lightreads

    Politics, class, sword fighting, and an intense, subtle M M romance This book just made me happy It s clever but not baroque, emotionally resonant, sweet and bitter and tense I get the impression this was Kushner s first published novel, and there are a few missteps most notably a belief that the reader will be as interested in secondary characters as in the protagonists But what protagonists they are subversive, unfitting, sympathetic It s also complex and nuanced, and I suspect when I read it [...]


    Nikki

    Back when I first read Swordspoint, I wasn t totally won over Something about the sting in the romance really didn t work for me I wanted Alec and Richard to be a lot easier to categorise, their love to have less sharp edges But going into it for this reread knowing that s the way it is, I actually enjoyed it all quite a lot the back and forth of banter, the trading of barbs, the politicking and, yeah, the bond between Richard and Alec, and what it will drive them both to Swordspoint does have s [...]


    Nikki

    Ellen Kushner s Swordspoint is a very light and easy to read fantasy novel The book is set in an unnamed city, in a world rather different to ours The main character, Richard, is a swordsman, who earns his living by killing nobles by contract This is basically done as a way to get around blood being on a noble s hands The other main character, Alec, is mysterious and very, very messed up Despite the fact that the cover doesn t breathe a word of it, Richard and Alec are lovers.On one level, I rea [...]


    Mitticus

    Buddy read en E s Tea Party 15 de Febrero 2015


    Sophie

    Swordspoint is a fantasy novel set in an unnamed city that is roughly divided into two parts the Hill, where the nobility live, and Riverside, home to the less fortunate inhabitants of the town The city is governed by a council of nobles, and those nobles have a tendency to fight among themselves however, they don t pick up swords themselves but hire swordsmen to fight their fights for them.The main character of the book is such a swordsmen Richard St Vier He is extraordinarily talented the best [...]


    Dumbledore11214

    If I could give this book ten stars, I would have It is a rare book that will make me care for the society that promotes values so different from my own I could not believe that I actually sympathized with the society that makes murders for hire part of their everyday life Um, they call them swordsmen, but to me, really potato patato.And I so enjoyed the writing, very very beatifully done.I highly recommend this book to everybody who loves politics and intrigue I must warn you though two male ch [...]


    Tracey

    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 a swordsman in a society where the nobles hire swordsmen to fight their duels for them, sometimes to the death In fact, St Vier is the pre eminent swordsman, respected and not a little feared He can be found l [...]


    Jacob Proffitt

    People keep talking this up as a fantasy of manners , but for that to work, you have to have actual wit and snappy dialog and someone to root for I only made it about half way through but to that point, Swordspoint is devoid of anything or anyone likable and the conversations are, at best, desultory The only byplay you get is laboriously highlighted by the narrative voice, all subtlety wiped out by neon like description and color commentary analysis.And the characters are all mean, in a complete [...]


    Punk

    Fiction This is another one of those books beloved of my friends list that I just found impossible to love.It s supposed to be a retelling of a fairy tale, though I never did figure out which one Or, to be honest, care The writing s overwrought and the characters shallow.In this world, the men all seem to be bisexual, but no one s having good sex It s all implied and bizarrely metaphoric, like Hemingway slammed face first into the Victorians and suddenly everything s splendid and mysterious, but [...]


    Jamie Collins

    This is an unusual fantasy novel, a melodrama of manners It has a medieval setting on an invented world, with preening nobility who hire professional swordsmen to fight duels of honor on their behalf There s no magic, but there s a lot of casual bisexuality The focus of the book is an intriguing romance between a renowned swordsman and a caustic, suicidal young man who appears to be a nobleman gone slumming.The writing was quite good, and I enjoyed the romance every scene with Alec and St Vier w [...]


    Desinka

    After a vastly annoying start I grew to enjoy this weird and subdued books that claims to be fantasy but sounds like a version of the Three Musketeers with a Vanity Fair feel to it It lacked the excitement and grandure of fantasy but was witty and pleasant I loved the romance though I found one and a half characters to be likable The audio adaptation was a bit jarring I think the author would have done a great job if she wasn t assisted by the overly enthusiastic cast of supporting actors.


    Julia

    I don t normally read sword fighting adventures, so when I first picked this up I said If it s not gay by the end of the first chapter, I m not going to continue Lo and behold, by the end of chapter one our male hero returns to his room at an inn he shares with his boyfriend return return This book both bucks genre conventions and plays with them in interesting ways The society beauties are male, and that gender flip plays out in different ways than it does with women This book is engaging, inte [...]


    Isabel Bitterblau

    2,5 Promet a m s de lo que es.


    Beth

    I first read Swordspoint almost twenty years ago and fell for it hard It was a revelation, with its high drama and intense romance between two men I m happy to say that the intervening time has been mostly kind to it.The novel s subtitle is A Melodrama of Manners and aside from the overtly melodramatic events like kidnapping and revenge, and duels to the death, there are battles of words with dramatic, high stakes the moving of political chess pieces on the board and a trial with a surprise wit [...]



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