As Basil is torn between his regret and his complex ambitions, an unexpected visitor arrives in Riverside. But Theron is teetering on the edge of madness. Will his half-sister Jessica intervene to help him – or will her own bitterness with Tremontaine tempt her to ruin him completely?
Basil believes he is shining a light on the past and exposing its secrets.The Serpent Chancellor knows that shining a light on a secret robs it of its power. But neither he nor Basil truly believe in the power of magic. As spring approaches, it may become impossible for anyone – least of all Theron – to deny the magic of the Land.
Theron loves Basil. Basil has doubts, but can’t deny his passion for his young lover. But one has the blood of kings – and kingslayers – in his veins, and the other is reading ancient books of magic at midnight. How much longer can they remain oblivious to the political riptides swirling around them?
A new generation dominates Riverside and the Hill. But old allegiances are coming to the fore. Kings and wizards have long been studied at the University, but as Northerners cry out for the return of the King, Basil St Cloud and his students may find their studies more political than historical. And the Hill has a history of solving political differences with swords…
Lady Artemisia has realised what kind of man she’s betrothed to (and what he will expect of her). Lady Katherine has learnt how to kill a man, and knows which one she’d like to kill. And Alec? Alec may just be inordinately proud of his niece after all.
In which many illusions are shattered as matters take a turn for the decidedly darker, and our heroine learns that she not only has the skill to kill a man with a sword, but the motivation too. While we all cheer her on, too.
Lady Katherine is settling into her trousers and starting to take pride in her swordcraft, but she’s a long way from ready for the master who awaits her at Highcombe. And so am I, frankly. Welcome to #TPOTS week 2.
15 years have passed since Swordspoint. The Duchess is long dead (*sniff*). The Hill is little changed. And the Mad Duke will drop his lawsuits against his sister if she sends her daughter to Tremontaine House to learn the sword. Welcome to the second Riverside Read-along.
It’s the penultimate week of the Swordspoint read-along, and that kitten appears to have become a cat already. Other characters too are making giant leaps, some of them in inadvisable directions. It’s getting messy.
It’s week 3 of the Swordspoint read-along, and the politics on the Hill are getting as sharp as the swords in Riverside. Who is Alec? What is Lord Ferris up to? Will Richard’s overconfidence be his undoing? Why did someone give him a kitten?
It’s week 2 of the Swordspoint read-along, so the important question has to be: how’s that Dangerous Liaisons comparison doing? I’m delighted to say that it holds as a note on setting and tone, and that other questions are bubbling up as the water gets warmer.
Ellen Kushner’s Swordspoint gets regular mention as one of the classic modern fantasies that I should have read by now. But why oh why did nobody ever say ‘it’s fantasy Dangerous Liaisons with gay fencing’?
Seriously, if that doesn’t do it for you…