The Fall of the Kings
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The Fall of the Kings

by Ellen Kushner, Delia Sherman
Release date: 2002
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: fantasy

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature: Best Novel nominee (2003).

Generations ago the last king fell, taking with him the final truths about a race of wizards who ruled at his side. But the blood of the kings runs deep in the land and its people, waiting for the coming together of two unusual men, Theron Campion, a young nobleman of royal lineage, is heir to an ancient house and a modern scandal. Tormented by his twin duties to his family and his own bright spirit, he seeks solace in the University. There he meets Basil St. Cloud, a brilliant and charismatic teacher ruled by a passion for knowledge – and a passion for the ancient kings. Of course, everyone now knows that the wizards were charlatans and the kings their dupes and puppets. Only Basil ins not convinced – nor is he convinced that the city has seen its last king…

This stunning follow-up to Ellen Kushner’s cult-classic novel, Swordspoint, is set in the same world of labyrinthine intrigue, where sharp swords and even sharper wits rule. Against a rich tapestry of artists and aristocrats, students, strumpets, and spies, a gentleman and a scholar will find themselves playing out an ancient drama destined to explode their society’s smug view of itself – and reveal that sometimes the best price of uncovering history is being forced to repeat it…

(updated 2010-09-07)

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