Swordspoint (Riverside, #1)

by Ellen Kushner

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The cult classic fantasy of manners, now with three bonus stories
Swordspoint has an unforgettable opening and just gets better from there.”—George R. R. Martin
Hailed by critics as “a bravura performance” (Locus) and “witty, sharp-eyed, [and] full of interesting people” (Newsday), this acclaimed novel, filled with remarkable plot twists and unexpected humor, takes fantasy to an unprecedented level of elegant writing and scintillating wit. Award-winning author Ellen Kushner has created a world of unforgettable characters whose political ambitions, passionate love affairs, and age-old rivalries collide with deadly results.
On the treacherous streets of Riverside, a man lives and dies by the sword. Even the nobles on the Hill turn to duels to settle their disputes. Within this elite, dangerous world, Richard St. Vier is the undisputed master, as skilled as he is ruthless—until a death by the sword is met with outrage instead of awe, and the city discovers that the line between hero and villain can be altered in the blink of an eye.

  • ISBN10 0812517717
  • ISBN13 9780812517712
  • Publish Date 15 November 1991 (first published 24 February 1987)
  • Publish Status Out of Stock
  • Out of Print 7 November 2008
  • Publish Country US
  • Imprint Tor Books
  • Format Paperback (US Mass Market)
  • Pages 288
  • Language English