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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Spectra; paperback / softback edition (25 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553382683
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553382686
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 118,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"It's beautifully written, breezy, quick, hysterically funny, poignant and bloody and world-weary and heartrendingly naive by turns. This is a fantastic book, a coming-of-age story, and I love it with a quite deep and unreasonable love."--Elizabeth Bear, author of Worldwired "Winning high fantasy ... a welcome return to the romantic Riverside world Kushner introduced in Swordspoint."""--"Publishers Weekly" "One of the most gorgeous books I've ever read: it's witty and wonderful, with characters that will provoke, charm and delight."--Holly Black, author of "Tithe" and "Valiant" "A magical mixture of Dumas and Georgette Heyer. The dialogue dazzles and so does the swordplay."--Kelly Link, author of "Magic For Beginners" "A swashbuckler for women--splendid!"--Tamora Pierce "Unholy fun, and wholly fun...an elegant "riposte," dazzlingly executed." - Gregory Maguire, NYT bestselling author of "Wicked" --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Ellen Kushner is a novelist, performer, and public radio personality. Her work includes the weekly national public radio series PRI's Sound & Spirit with Ellen Kushner, the recording The Golden Dreydl: A Klezmer 'Nutcracker' for Chanukah (Rykodisc CD) and a live performance piece, Esther: The Feast of Masks. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Sept. 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
a fantasy novel from writer ellen kushner, which is set in the same world as an earlier book called Swordspoint: A Melodrama of Manners and features some of the same characters. I'd not actually read that but I had no trouble getting into this anyhow, as all the back story was very easy to follow.

Set in a feudal world ruled by nobles, it runs for roughly 459 pages and is divided into four parts each containing a varying number of chapters. It's the tale of katherine, a fifteen and a bit year old girl who is forced by family squabbles into moving from the country where she lives with her mother and brothers on a farm and coming to the big city to stay with her uncle, who intends to make a swordswoman of her.

her uncle 'the mad duke' seems to live up to his name at first, with his attention flitting from moment to moment. especially when handsome men are around. But Katherine slowly gets used to her new life and the way of the sword. swordplay in the city is not as honourable as it used to be. and when a friend of hers is badly treated by a man, honour must be satisfied..

most of this is told in the first person with katherine as the narrator, although there are the occasional scenes involving other characters when she isn't present which are told in the third person. This is a coming of age story, the tale of a girl without strong purpose finding what she wants to make of her life, and it's well written and engaging in that respect. It's not a book of action, as there are only occasional swordfights and they're formal things that are over quickly, and it's more a tale of character than plot.
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By LyraSilvertongue on 11 Jan. 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Few books make me want to start reading them again as soon as I've finished them. This one did. Of course I finish a lot of books which I've enjoyed immensely but I don't feel the need to turn to page one again, once they're over. With this one, I simply wanted to go over it again, to write down everything I wanted to say about it, all the quotes I wanted to single out, all the exclamation marks I wanted to add.
But if you had asked me ten or even twenty pages in, I would have laughed. The writing style is certainly not the first thing I would praise about this book. Maybe I don't read enough popular fiction to be accustomed to this kind of unpolished writing, but at first I was shocked, and also slightly amused, at the bluntly lack of elegance in the prose. The best side of it is that it's not even remotely trying to be a well-written book. It wants to be a hugely fun and entertaining read, and it certainly succeeds at that. The writing style is the only negative comment you're going to read about it here. There rest is all going to be like "asdfasdfghgfdssasdsa OMG ALL THE FEELS YOU HAVE TO READ THIS sdfgdsasdfds omg". So now you're warned, we can keep going.

Where do I even start?
The characters. So lovable and funny and well rounded, I really didn't want to leave them. Especially Katherine. What a character development she's had. I never thought I would love her so much at first. But she slowly turns into one of my favourite literary heroes ever. She's just like who I wanted to be when I was little, when I pretended I was Wonder Woman, saving the unfortunate and defeating the villains. She's definitely earned a place in the my Olympus of female heroes.
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By LydiaNormal on 16 Jun. 2014
Format: Paperback
I can't actually remember how I found this book but I am so glad that I did. It started off a little slow but I chugged through the first three chapters, giving it a chance. And then I was hooked. The story grabbed me, I desperately wanted to see Katherine develop in her role as a swordsman and my wish was granted. I thoroughly enjoyed the sexual exploration of both the young girl and her uncle - I wasn't at all expecting anything like that in a book about a girl learning the sword! Five stars because it exceeded my expectations. I hope the first book is as good.
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I have. The first time I read it I read one book and the second time another. I'm going to leave it a couple of years and see if I can find a third book hidden in that same set of pages. If you read it you might find a story I didn't see. I'm starting to wonder if it's valid to review a book I've only read once. It's not quite as good as Swordspoint but very few books are.
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