The Privilege of the Sword

The Privilege of the Sword

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 mistake is thinking that they apply. For Katherine's host and uncle, Alec Campion, aka the Mad Duke Tremontaine, is in charge here?a Welcome to Riverside, where the aristocratic and the ambitious battle for power in the city's ballroom, brothels and bo...

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Title:The Privilege of the Sword
Author:Ellen Kushner
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Genres:Fantasy
ISBN:The Privilege of the Sword
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:378 pages pages

The Privilege of the Sword Reviews

  • Res
    Jul 10, 2007
    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 areas. Katherine is adorable, and her reactions rang very true to me; I especially liked ho...
  • Wealhtheow
    Jul 30, 2007
    The book is set a dozen or so years after Swordspoint, one of my very favorite fantasy stories. Alec Campion, the Mad Duke of Tremontaine, summons his young niece to the city. He promises to alleviate her family?s financial situation if she?ll obey his one command?she must dress ...
  • Bee
    Jul 29, 2012
    This is one of the oddest sequels I've ever read - so much time has passed, and all the characters have changed so much, but their development in the intervening decades makes perfect sense - it's like we've tossed a ball high in the air, ran a few feet with eyes closed, and caught the...
  • Maija
    Jun 26, 2016
    I was into this book as much as Artemisia and Katherine were into The Swordsman Whose Name Was Not Death. The ending was a bit abrupt, but not out of character. I would've wanted a more intricate ending and a few more chapters. But I'm completely willing to forgive this considering ...
  • Sean
    Apr 25, 2008
    There are some things I liked very much about this book. The moment of the main character's first sexual awakening is both hilarious and yet also believable; there are moments of brilliant wit and biting sarcasm; there are scenes of such vicious depravity and cruelty that one's breath ...
  • Sherwood Smith
    Oct 18, 2008
    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 ...
  • Darlene
    Aug 15, 2007
    The main character of The Privilege of the Sword (which my husband insisted on calling the Privilege of the Phallus) was a delight. Katherine was fascinating, multilayered, complex. I really liked her. She grew from an independent, loyal and sensitive girl into a fiercely independent, ...
  • Jamie Collins
    Aug 14, 2011
    4.5 stars. I really enjoyed this strange little "fantasy of manners". This is a sequel of sorts to Kushner's novel Swordspoint, but I liked this one better. It's about a country girl who comes to town to live with her mad, debauched uncle who insists that she dress like a man and le...
  • Juushika
    Aug 19, 2017
    The mad Duke Tremontaine promises to relieve his family's debt if he may train his niece in swordplay. Perhaps recycling an antagonist from Swordspoint is lazy; certainly there's some trailing subplots here, and it takes time for the headhopping and politicking to coalesce into a narra...
  • Sarah
    Feb 01, 2008
    Like Swordspoint, which I also loved, this novel is an extremely entertaining read that manages to provoke far more thought than I would have expected from a book that's such pure fun. I think what I loved so much about The Privilege of the Sword is that it manages to grant the reader ...
  • Alaya
    Sep 11, 2008
    One of my favorite books of all time, though I just read it a few months ago. Everything about it is astonishingly well done. It's the sort of book that one day, I hope I might be able to write. Not the particulars, of course, but the sense of painful, yet joyful, longing it invokes. T...
  • Laura
    Jan 09, 2009
    I really liked Ellen Kushner's other novels in this world, but this one was very hum-drum. Of course, I previously read the other novels about 10+ years ago, and I have changed a lot since then. Essentially this novel is about a crazy rich man who buys his niece from his sister in o...
  • seb smith
    Oct 05, 2017
    y'all... i love this book ...
  • Ashley
    Jun 13, 2019
    I feel bad for this book because I chose to read it at a time where I wanted something else completely tonally different, so I'm not actually sure what to rate it. Full review and rating later. ...
  • Scott Marlowe
    Aug 22, 2010
    Rating Review *** This review originally appeared on Out of this World Reviews. *** The short of Ellen Kushner's The Privilege of the Sword: I liked it. Though I have to say I'm split. But, first, a brief summary: Lady Katherine Talbert goes to live with her Uncle, the ...
  • Rachel
    Jun 08, 2017
    This is the second of the Riverside books that I've read, and I think I've figured out what is peculiar about them - they feel like fan fiction without a source text. Even Swordspoint, the first book, which sets up the world of Riverside and the couple, Alec and Richard, who are the cl...
  • Lightreads
    Dec 29, 2008
    About fifteen years after Swordspoint, young Katherine is sent from the country to her uncle the mad Duke, who has a nefarious but possibly brilliant plan to turn her into the first swordswoman. Okay, so, it went something like this: First 100 pages: Restless twitching, sighing, ...
  • Joseph
    Jul 29, 2015
    It is full of great and noble truths of the heart. And swordfights. ...
  • Rambles On
    Jul 26, 2011
    Ellen Kushner?s Swordspoint has the distinction of being among the most intelligent and stylish fantasy novels I?ve ever read. As it happens, I have to go back to a very basic definition of ?fantasy? to make that statement, since Kushner?s universe shares no characteristics w...
  • Therese Arkenberg
    Oct 16, 2013
    Alec Campion, the ?Mad Duke? Tremontain, is jaded and disgusted with the behavior of his fellow nobility. Their facade of elegance and respectability is a sham, while they abuse their wealth, power, and privileges?including the privilege to sic trained swordsmen on anyone they di...
  • Clouds
    May 14, 2012
    Following the resounding success of my Locus Quest, 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 list. As the Locus Sc...
  • Desinka
    Aug 18, 2013
    This was a more enjoyable read that Swordspoint. The characters were likable and the story was unusual though nothing you couldn't find in Jane Austen but with some sword fights, sex, drugs and m/m/f/f romance thrown in. The narration was even worse than the one of Swordspoint desp...
  • Hobbes
    Feb 12, 2016
    The Melodrama of Manners continues a generation after Swordspoint closes. Katherine Campion Talbert is delivered to her notorious uncle Alec Campion's Tremontaine estate with youthful romantic notions of coming-out into society at balls and finding the handsome suitor of her dreams. ...
  • Joanka
    Feb 04, 2019
    I remember reading Swordspoint quite a few years ago and the feeling of awe mixed with the sense of lacking, of some insufficiency, of some potential not fully used. The same kind of feeling accompanied me when I finished The Privilege of the Sword. On the one hand there was so much I ...
  • Heather Jones
    Oct 12, 2015
    The Privilege of the Sword (TPOTS) is set in the same ?Riverside? world as Kushner?s more popular Swordspoint, which it follows chronologically and which provides a great deal of character and plot background. In fact, I?d be willing to venture that much of the politics and soc...
  • Susanna Sturgis
    Oct 29, 2015
    Coming surprisingly late to this one, because I love Swordspoint and have read it several times. The women of Swordspoint were vivid but usually peripheral. Here the female characters, and the role of women in this unnamed city, are in the foreground. Alec, now the Duke Tremontaine, su...
  • A.R. Hellbender
    Jun 15, 2017
    3.5 stars. This book had a lot of things I loved about it. Everyone of significance was bisexual, it had some great conflicts, and the f/f romance was the best I've ever read, even if the 2 don't actually hook up during the story. However, I felt a complete lack of world building, a...
  • caravaggion
    Dec 11, 2017
    i liked this book a lot better than the first one tbh, in my opinion the characters made much more sense and again, the diversity is a+++++ ...
  • Cornelia Karlslund
    May 15, 2019
    This book could actually easily have gotten five stars from me, because the world is interesting, the characters are complex, and the themes compelling. I didn't read the first book of the series because this one had a more interesting concept - who doesn't like a woman with a sword? I...
  • Kes
    Jan 14, 2018
    This is a significant improvement on the previous book. In contrast to the previous book, this is female-centric. It revolves around Katherine, whose uncle asks her to come to the city. In return, her uncle, the Mad Duke Tremontaine (Alec from the previous book) will drop a long-run...