Swordspoint (Riverside Series #1)
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. Aw
Richard St. Vier is as dashing and gallant as Basil Rathbo...more
Please enjoy it if it's to your taste as fiction.. It...more
On one level,...more
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 crea...more
Well, quite a lot, as it turns out. If the blurb by...more
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...more
The writing is wonderful, really evocative of a place and time that is part Regency England, part fantasy. Allegedly young adult, but great for adults as well. Both books dealt with gay relationships matter-of-factly and without comment.
Not going to be a favorite I come back to, but highly recommende...more
Don't you believe it.
Clearly, someone cranked the hyperbole machine to 11 for this blurb, so I hope that massive gains of salt were in abundance for anyone reading it. Someone was pushing Kushner *hard,* as is apparent from the gushing dust-jacket comments of the likes of Gene Wolfe...more
Riverside is magical. Shakespeare's London, Dumas's Paris, and echoes of 1980s New York all layered on each other to create a city you can't forget. I have fallen asleep and dreamed dreams set in Riverside.
And the characters. I have loved Richard and Alec from the moment I picked it up, but the others -- young Michael Godwin, and the scheming Lord Ferris, and the inimitable Duchess of Tremontaine, and the dissolute Lord Horn... and Bertra...more
No magic, just a world rather like medieval/renaissance Europe, where society is divided into nobles and the common people. Professional swordsmen from among the common people are hired by the nobles to challenge each other in duels of honor, and sometimes to perform assassinations (cloaked within this honor code.) In the city in which the story is set, nobles live on the Hill, while criminals and swordsmen live in Riverside, a neigh...more
The main character is a poor scholar who is in a relationship with a famous swordsman in the run down and shady part of the town. The scholar is an unbelievable witty and sarcastic young adult who has an astonishing amount of pride, and the swordsman is very calm and collected-- he only gets into things when he has to :) I think they make a fairly good couple :3
*Spoiler alert*: This boo...more
Now for me, I wanted to tear my hair out and gouge out my...more
"Swordspoint" is driven by highly-amplified social nuance. The dialogue often has two or more meanings, and seemingly offhanded words or sentences create ripples that later become waves. I'm telling you this now because I think having this expectation will help you...more
The story follows Richard De Vier who makes his living as a swordsman for hire to noblemen or women who need satisfaction for a slight or problem. He lives in the very dangerous Riverside with his obviously higher born lover, Alec. During the story Richard is offered two jobs and he accepts one and rejects the other, leading to unforeseen cons...more
But Swordspoint also has a rare quality. It is very seldom that novels set in the most dangerous slums of a rich and sinful city, that feature bandits, assassins and prostitute,...more
I don't mean that in a negative sense, really, but the character types (bratty whiny angsty dud...more
The main character of the book is such a swordsmen: Richard St Vier. He is extraordinarily talented: th...more
Reason for Reading? As I said before, it's all Sarah Monette's fault. There's a bit more to it than what I suggested last time, though. Yes, Alec as a 'relation' to Felix Harrowgate was a draw, as was the fact that this was a story that did not rely on hetero-normativity. Also, however, was the fact that this was a book of some importance to at least one of my favourite authors (Monette) and that it was read and enjoyed by several other authors that I like....more
On the other hand, listening to it rather than seeing the names of things made it h...more
The nobles of this city hire swordsmen to work out their differences, without getting their own hands dirty. The story follows the current swordsman of the moment, the one everyone wants to fight for them. He has strict guidelines, he won't fight for just anyone, e...more
I can't say this book leaves me looking forward to seeing the Bordertown book.
The story starts off great. But the plot quickly disappears and you find yourself wandering from scene to scene. I got 116 pages into the hardback edition, which is just under halfway, when I realized I had gained quite a dislike...more
She lives in New York City with her wife and sometime collaborator, Delia Sherman. Her first novel, Swordspoint (1987), and its sequel (co-authored by Sherman) The Fall of the Kings (2002), are mannerpunk novels set in a nameless imaginary capital city, and its raffish...more