The Privilege of the Sword
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The Privilege of the Sword

by Ellen Kushner
Release date: July 2006
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: fantasy
Tags: locus award

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.

(updated 2017-01-16)

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