The privilege of the sword tpots is set in the same riverside world as kushners more popular swordspoint which it follows chronologically and which provides a great deal of character and plot background. The privilege of the sword follows katherine a poor noblewoman who is invited to her uncles home in the city she arrives expecting a season of balls and parties and hoping to find a good match and secure her familys future but her uncle the unconventional mad duke tremontaine has other ideas. The privilege of the sword is a fantasy novel by american author ellen kushner first published in 2006 by bantam spectra 1 the novel won the 2007 locus award 2 and was nominated for both the nebula award 3 for best novel and the gaylactic spectrum award 4 in 2007. The privilege of the sword the privilege of the sword the world of riverside excerpt reviews awards interviews art gallery errata in translation audiobook buy the book welcome to riverside where the aristocratic and the ambitious battle for power in the citys ballroom brothels and boudoirs into this world walks katherine a well bred . the privilege of the sword is a fantastic sword and society thriller that uses no magic to portray a medieval like realm in which swordspoint wielders become critical defenders of relationships teaching manners to their foes
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