Synopses & Reviews
“Unholy fun, and wholly fun . . . an elegant riposte, dazzlingly executed.”—Gregory Maguire
“Spiced with humor and spot-on period detail.”—Library Journal (starred review)
Sent to live with her uncle, Katherine imagines a rich and luxurious life. Her dreams evaporate when she discovers her uncle wants her to be something never before seen: a swordswoman.
Ellen Kushner is the author of Swordspoint.
Welcome to Riverside, where the aristocratic and the ambitious battle for power in the city's ballrooms, brothels and boudoirs. Into this alluring world walks a well-bred country girl versed in the rules of conventional society. When her uncle decides it would be more amusing for his niece to learn swordplay than to follow the usual path to marriage, her world changes forever. 400 pp. 17,500 print.
Torn from the life she knew, honed as a weapon, she's lost all her privileges except one.
About the Author
Ellen Kushner is a novelist, performer, and public radio personality. Her work includes the weekly national public radio series PRI's Sound and Spirit with Ellen Kushner, the recording The Golden Dreydl: A Klezmer 'Nutcracker' for Chanukah (Rykodisc CD) and a live performance piece, Esther: The Feast of Masks.