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The Fall of the Kings

(The third book in the Swords of Riverside series)
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Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature Best Book
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….

The Fall of the Kings

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…

Genre: Fantasy

Praise for this book

"Ellen Kushner writes like an angel... pellucid, poetically structured prose [and] a gathering sense of tragic reality." - Algis Budrys

"Attractive characters, realistically enmeshed in social, political, and personal concerns... realized with a robust depth and realism." - Suzy McKee Charnas

" of my favorite books this year!" - Charles de Lint

"This is how fantasy should be written!...sweeps you in and lets you live the story with the characters." - Lynn Flewelling

"The Fall of the Kings is, if possible, even better [than Swordspoint]--twistier and deeper." - Neil Gaiman

"Kushner and Sherman don't spin fables or knit fancies: they are world-forgers, working in a language of iron and air." - Gregory Maguire

"Gorgeous prose and a galloping story, with...a deep understanding of a true scholar's passion for his subject." - Mary Doria Russell

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