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  • The Privilege of the Sword
  • Ellen Kushner
  • English
  • 03 June 2019
  • 9780553382686

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characters The Privilege of the Sword 107 Mistake is thinking that they apply For Katherine's host and uncle Alec Campion aka the Mad Duke Tremontaine is in charge here and to him rules are made to be broken When Alec decides it would be amusing for his niece to learn swordplay. The one where Mad Duke Alec brings his 15 year old niece Katherine to the city to make a swordsman of her Very fine when it comes to Katherine s personal life less successful in other areasKatherine is adorable and her reactions rang very true to me I especially liked how it felt for her to put on men s clothes for the first time and how she gradually gained enthusiasm for her fate Her sexual awakening was done very well too I enjoyed seeing the dark side of sex and marriage I have a feeling that the Regency romances you ve read and enjoyed the chilling it is to see the other side But the book has a complex view of sexuality and fantasy repeatedly it shows the same act with radically different meanings for the participants It was nice to have a tiny bit of backstory on Alec and nice to see that the author is aware that he s insane sometimes I ve wondered I m still not clear though on what he was doing by making a swordsman of Katherine was it only to fit her for the family role or was there some larger purposeI don t know what Flavia was doing there for all the long term significance she has she might as well have been left out And I object to Rose s plot being dropped at such a critical point though of course that s setting up for a seuelAnd the Ferris plot To have it resolved in so blunt and hasty a fashion was a real letdown for me and I also don t believe that Alec would have been able to walk away from such a thing with so few conseuences to himself and his family The ending was hasty in general I felt that two or three chapters had been left out but maybe that s because the book was Katherine s but the climax was Alec s so we never really got a climax for Katherine s story2007 Locus poll 1 fantasy

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characters The Privilege of the Sword 107 Welcome to Riverside where the aristocratic and the ambitious battle for power in the city's ballroom brothels and boudoirs Into this alluring world walks Katherine a well bred country girl versed in the rules of conventional society Her. readers who have not encountered the previous books set in Kushner s Riverside could read this one first with no confusion or diminishment of pleasure One doesn t need to know the characters back or forward history as Katherine encounters them we do too through her descriptions both trenchant and humane Though it must be said certain lines and situations inevitably will resonate with readers familiar with the previous Riverside storiesKushner begins with sixteen year old Katherine whose uncle the Mad Duke Tremontaine offers out of nowhere to cancel all debts and even to help the family out of poverty if Katherine consents to live with him for six months and train with the sword Of course she s going to take the offer despite the fact that young ladies do not have anything to do with swords Here are a couple of lines from the opening graf and what swashbuckler among us can resist This was before I had ever been to the city I had never been in a duel or held a sword myself I had never kissed anyone or had anyone try to kill me or worn a velvet cloakAnd then for the readers who know the story that graf finishes I had certainly never met my uncle the Mad Duke Once I met him much was explained pause for guffaw from those who know what that meansKatherine does indeed learn to handle a sword But you absolutely cannot predict what is going to happen while she goes about it Meanwhile Katherine s first person storyline interweaves with other points of view to make a delightful whole that covers a surprising spectrum of situations and emotions There just isn t a note wrong anywhere the characters are vivid the humor a splash of light amid plenty of tense moments introspective ones sad ones and some with exuisite poignanceTwo observations of things that particularly impressed me one the true to life secret lives of school girls who are mostly shut away from the world for their own good These girls read and reread romantic novels in order to decode the world novels chosen in hopes that the glorious landscape passionate heroes especially heroic villains and noble emotions found there will indeed prove to be what the girls encounter when at last given the chance to take their place in the world Their language is a private language the characters in the romances so well known so endlessly discussed they prance alongside the realtime story as dream shades This so resonated with my own teen experience when encountering others who adored Man from UNCLE and Lord of the Rings and Georgette Heyer and Star Trek what s this phenomenon resonates right back through literary letters and fiction clear to Charlotte Lennox who in the 1750s gave us The Female uixote about a girl who raised herself on romance As well as Jane Austen s far fun iteration of the same plot in Northanger AbbeyThe second thing that impressed me was how as the young people encountered the worst aspects of the world and indeed did not always escape them they could observe comprehend and still retain their own integrity How very refreshing and how rare unfortunately in far too much fiction

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characters The Privilege of the Sword 107 Than to follow the usual path to marriage her world changes forever Blade in hand it's up to Katherine to navigate a maze of secrets and scoundrels and to gain the self discovery that comes to those who master the privilege of the sword. Following the resounding success of my Locus uest I faced a dilemma which reading list to follow it up with Variety is the spice of life so I ve decided to diversify and pursue six different lists simultaneously This book falls into my LOCUS FANTASY listAs the Locus Sci Fi Award winners list treated me so kindly I figure I ll trust those same good folk to pick me some stars in their sister list the Locus Fantasy Award winnersWhile I was working my way through the list of Locus Sci Fi Award winners I decided to dip a toe into the sister list for Locus Fantasy winners I ordered a trio of books from authors I d never read before Lavinia Paladin of Souls and The Privilege of the Sword and this came second out of the three At heart it s a traditional coming of age tale for our teenage heroine Katherine a sweet and romantic girl who dreams of getting dolled up in pretty gown and snaring a handsome gentleman at a fancy ball She s forced to put her own desires aside in the name of familial duty when her rich mad uncle the Duke comes a calling His fairly arbitrary offer is this she comes with him to the city dresses only in men s clothes and learns to be a swordsman and in return he will save her family s financesBased on this premise I was expecting some pretty cheesy clich d shenanigans and a bit of sledgehammer subtle feminism I was pleasantly surprisedIt s a lot grounded and convincing than cheeseball The mad Duke keeps things unpredictable and sometimes pretty funny Katherine is a very likeable lass and as she s slowly won over by the honour and excitement of swordplay it s hard not to feel a little of her elation The blind sword master was pretty cool as was his unconventional relationship with the Duke The overall tone and spin on the regency style was lively refreshing and funThis is the second in a trilogy but I read it as a stand alone and it holds up perfectly well I understand the first book is set nearly twenty years earlier so while it fleshes out the world and the duke s early life it s not essential reading My main complaint with this book was the ending I don t want to give too much away but it s abrupt carries no emotional punch and wraps things up far too conveniently for the next book feel true The Privilege of the Sword scores a very comfortable three star rating from me I read it I enjoyed every minute of it and look back on our time together with fondness but it didn t rock my world and I didn t feel compelled to check out the preuel or seuel The Privilege of the Sword won the 2007 Locus Fantasy Award The Locus Sci Fi award that year went to Rainbow s End which I didn t enjoy and the Locus Y A Award went to Wintesmith which is my favourite of the three but not top drawer Pratchett Conclusion 2007 wasn t the finest vintage for Locus award winnersHaving said that The Lies of Locke Lamora was nominated that year and finished 22nd in the rankings I wonder how that would fare if the award were given retrospectively Might be a fun little project one day or perhaps I have enough lists already