The third of Ellen Kushner's swashbuckling novels: elegant tales of influence, intrigue, betrayal and blade work, in a city where the only thing harder than gaining power is holding on to it.
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 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 for the ancient kings.
Around these two are gathering those who believe the land still cries out for a king - and those who would do anything to stop them returning.
Swordspoint was the best fantasy novel of 1989. The Fall of Kings is better - 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
A wonderful book, beautifully written with marvellous magical moments - Jo Walton
Ellen Kushner (1955- )
Ellen Kushner is the author of World Fantasy Award-winner Thomas the Rhymer, and 'Swords of Riverside' comprising the interconnected novels Swordspoint, The Privilege of the Sword, and The Fall of the Kings (with Delia Sherman). She narrated these as audiobooks for Neil Gaiman Presents, winning an Audie Award for Swordspoint. She has taught creative writing at Clarion, the Odyssey Workshop, and is an instructor at Hollins University's Children's Literature M.F.A. program. She lives in New York City with Delia Sherman and far too many books.