"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"
About the Author
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.