Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel 2007. World Fantasy Award nominee 2007, Nebula Award nominee 2006.
In a labyrinthine city full of intrigue, secrets, and scoundrels, in the Riverside district where society’s rules only loosely apply, Katherine, the niece of Alec Campion, Duke Tremontaine, dreams of a life of ladylike privilege. But Katherine's uncle is not known as the Mad Duke for nothing. Her dreams crash down to earth when she discovers that her uncle wants an entirely different life for her.
The Mad Duke wants to turn her into something unique, something the city has never seen before: a woman who can fight her own battles, a swordswoman.
However, even the Mad Duke doesn't realize what giving that power to a young girl will mean.
Set between Kushner’s previous novel, Swordspoint, and her collaboration with Delia Sherman, The Fall of the Kings, The Privilege of the Sword is an marvelous tale of love, betrayal, scandal, and secrets which crackles with energy, wit, and wonders.
Ellen Kushner is a novelist, performer, and public radio personality. She is a member of Terri Windling’s Endicott Studio for Mythic Arts and co-founder of the Interstitial Arts Foundation. She lives in New York City and travels a lot, giving shows and readings, lecturing and teaching.
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