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The Privilege of the Sword (Swords of Riverside, Book 2) (edição: 2006)

de Ellen Kushner

Séries: Riverside (2)

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From the award-winning author of Swordspoint comes a witty, wicked coming-of-age story that is both edgy and timeless. . . .  Welcome to Riverside, where the aristocratic and the ambitious battle for power and prestige in the city's labyrinth of streets and ballrooms, theatres and brothels, boudoirs and salons. Into this alluring and alarming world walks a bright young woman ready to take it on and make her fortune. A well-bred country girl, Katherine knows all the rules of conventional society. Her biggest mistake is thinking they apply. Katherine's host and uncle, Alec Campion, the capricious and decadent Mad Duke Tremontaine, is in charge here--and to him, rules are made to be broken. When he decides it would be far more amusing for his niece to learn swordplay than to follow the usual path to ballroom and husband, her world changes forever. And there's no going back. Blade in hand, it's up to Katherine to find her own way through a maze of secrets and betrayals, nobles and scoundrels--and to gain the power, respect, and self-discovery that come to those who master. . . . "Unholy fun, and wholly fun . . . an elegant riposte, dazzlingly executed."--Gregory Maguire, New York Times bestselling author of Wicked… (mais)
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Título:The Privilege of the Sword (Swords of Riverside, Book 2)
Autores:Ellen Kushner
Informação:Spectra (2006), Paperback, 400 pages
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I wish I'd realized this was the second in a series before beginning. Reads like a romance, but the plot is more complex. Fantasy elements seem limited to the setting being not quite actual 18th century Europe, but close enough. ( )
  libraryhead | Oct 19, 2020 |
Katherine was cute. I like the idea of a lady turning into a swordsman instead of the other way around. The fact that she was forced into it (which is usually the opposite of the story so that's a nice twist on convention) made me really interested in seeing how she would resolve her new role. I'm glad that she came to like it and became good at it.

I thought a bit more was going to happen in the book. It ended being a bit boring for me coming down in the last third. I mean, it was nice and I enjoyed it but it felt lacking somehow. I would still recommend it though. ( )
  Isana | Jul 7, 2020 |
I have a list of what I call ‘comfort books’: novels which, in times of stress or sadness, I can curl up with and be reminded that the world is a wonderful place (Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day is one; These Old Shades is another). The Privilege of the Sword, a sequel to Swordspoint, has just joined this very select company. A quote on the back cover of my edition calls it ‘A magical mixture of Dumas and Georgette Heyer‘, which is precisely the right way to describe this gloriously bubbly swashbuckling adventure. Stuffed with duels, romance and intrigue, it also has the kind of feisty, independent heroine I would have adored as a sixteen-year-old. And I adore her even more now: in the intervening twelve years I’ve read enough books to know what a rare kind of heroine she is...

For the full review, please see my blog:
https://theidlewoman.net/2013/07/13/the-privilege-of-the-sword-ellen-kushner/ ( )
3 vote TheIdleWoman | Feb 17, 2020 |
Not quite as good as the first one, and I wish the resolution at the end had been a bit more satisfying, but a good read nonetheless. ( )
  jonvoigt21 | Jan 7, 2020 |
This is the 2nd book chronologically (but the 3rd published).

We meet Alec, now Duke of Tremontaine following his grandmother's death. Called the Mad Duke, he brings his impoverished 15-year old niece Katherine to the city and dresses her as a boy and trains her as a swordsman. Much intrigue follows, especially as Lord Ferris has returned to Tremontaine from his exile at the end of Swordspoint. Entwined in the plot is the story of Artemisia Fitz-Levy, who ends up betrothed to Lord Ferris and her dealings with Katherine.

Suffice to say that Katherine ends up as Duchess.

Enjoyable.
1 vote Maddz | Aug 31, 2019 |
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Day, FeliciaNarradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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Small pow'r the word has,
And can afford us
Not half so much privilege as
The Sword does.
—Anon., "The Dominion of The Sword" (1658)
If the old fantastical Duke of dark corners
had been at home, he had lived...
The Duke yet would have dark deeds darkly answered.
—Shakespeare, Measure for Measure, IV.iii; III.ii
All the same, he had no manners then, and he has no manners now, and he never will have any manners.
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What a gruesome way to treat one's niece.
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Het woord heeft weinig macht
En is half zoveel waard
Als het privilege van het zwaard.

Anoniem, - De Heerschappij van het Zaard (1658)
Als die oude dwaas van een hertog thuis was gebleven in plaats van
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De hertog daarentegen zou verdachte zaken niet
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Al met al, hij had toen geen manieren, hij heeft nu geen manieren, en
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From the award-winning author of Swordspoint comes a witty, wicked coming-of-age story that is both edgy and timeless. . . .  Welcome to Riverside, where the aristocratic and the ambitious battle for power and prestige in the city's labyrinth of streets and ballrooms, theatres and brothels, boudoirs and salons. Into this alluring and alarming world walks a bright young woman ready to take it on and make her fortune. A well-bred country girl, Katherine knows all the rules of conventional society. Her biggest mistake is thinking they apply. Katherine's host and uncle, Alec Campion, the capricious and decadent Mad Duke Tremontaine, is in charge here--and to him, rules are made to be broken. When he decides it would be far more amusing for his niece to learn swordplay than to follow the usual path to ballroom and husband, her world changes forever. And there's no going back. Blade in hand, it's up to Katherine to find her own way through a maze of secrets and betrayals, nobles and scoundrels--and to gain the power, respect, and self-discovery that come to those who master. . . . "Unholy fun, and wholly fun . . . an elegant riposte, dazzlingly executed."--Gregory Maguire, New York Times bestselling author of Wicked

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