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By Ellen Kushner

This gorgeous follow-up to Ellen Kushner’s cult-classic novel, Swordspoint, is decided within the similar international of labyrinthine intrigue, the place sharp swords or even sharper wits rule. opposed to a wealthy tapestry of artists and aristocrats, scholars, strumpets, and spies, a gentleman and a student will locate themselves taking part in out an historical drama destined to blow up their society’s conceited view of itself–and display that usually the simplest expense of uncovering historical past is being compelled to copy it….

The Fall of the Kings

Generations in the past the final king fell, taking with him the ultimate truths a few race of wizards who governed at his part. however the blood of the kings runs deep within the land and its humans, looking ahead to the arriving jointly of 2 strange males, Theron Campion, a tender nobleman of royal lineage, is inheritor to an historical apartment and a latest scandal. plagued by his dual tasks to his kin and his personal vibrant spirit, he seeks solace within the college. There he meets Basil St. Cloud, an excellent and charismatic instructor governed via a keenness for knowledge–and a fondness for the traditional kings. after all, every body now is familiar with that the wizards have been charlatans and the kings their dupes and puppets. merely Basil ins no longer convinced–nor is he confident that town has noticeable its final king…

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With] a strongly plotted tale . . . with becoming threads of motion and intrigue to maintain even the main jaded of readers . ” —Lambda e-book record “The complicated interaction of the characters is a appreciate itself, and the authors have finished the main tough activity in fantasy—they have created a global of magic that feels real. Here’s a myth novel that won’t insult your intelligence, and which nearly calls for rereading to seize the entire nuances you leave out the 1st time. ” —Science Fiction Chronicle “Embraces the age-old fight among students and mystics . . . to bridge the gulf that separates historical past from secret. . . . The interactions among the characters echo the works of Dorothy Dunnett. . . . St Cloud, Campion, and the remainder of the solid stroll in the course of the pages of this novel with type and wit, higher than life—and vigorous. ” —Charles DeLint, journal of fable and technological know-how Fiction “A collaboration evocative of Jane Austen or Georgette Heyer, Kushner and Sherman convey their ‘comedy of educational manners’ with panache. ” —Romantic occasions “The Fall of the Kings is a wonderful re-envisioning of magic and academia—more accurately, of the magic of academia. Ellen Kushner & Delia Sherman reach taking pictures the enchantments of scholarship, these tenuous components that maintain us all, students, authors, essayists, and hobbyists, in prepared thrall to our material. . . . the autumn of the Kings is an extraordinary treasure, a unbroken collaboration. the 2 authors have created a shared fable that's stronger by way of the kinds and concepts of either, with out being crushed by means of both. ” —The manhattan evaluation of technology Fiction “This ebook is attractive. It has all the wealthy fabulous tapestry of Swordspoint, and extra intensity, extra ask yourself and fact and humanity. . . . If Oscar Wilde have been writing excessive myth, he’d are looking to write the autumn of the Kings. ” —Sarah Smith “Gorgeous prose and a galloping tale, with a wickedly humorous appreciation for educational knifefights, and a deep realizing of a real scholar’s ardour for his topic. ” —Mary Doria Russell “Swordspoint was once the easiest delusion novel of 1989. the autumn of the Kings is better—twistier and deeper. ” —Neil Gaiman “If one desires to find the excessive floor of delusion fiction, as this new millennium starts, it's a first-class inspiration to work out the place Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman are. separately, and writing jointly, they honor the style with their paintings. ” —Guy Gavriel Kay “A charmed, witty romp via another history’s heritage , packed with attractive characters and adequate secret to maintain me turning pages . . . a really clever novel, skillfully written through writers from whom I’ve come to anticipate the simplest. ” —Patricia McKillip “Engaging characters, with their sharp discussion and intricate relationships, and a splendidly discovered atmosphere mix right here for considered one of my favorite books this yr. ” —Charles de Lint “Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman mix their skills to fantastic influence, pulling off the massive trick of creating stylish prose appear easy.

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