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The Fall of The Kings de Ellen Kushner
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The Fall of The Kings (edição: 2002)

de Ellen Kushner (Autor)

Séries: Riverside (3)

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Fantasy. Fiction. "Immensely appealing, intelligent, and great fun.". "Embraces the age-old struggle between scholars and mystics...to bridge the gulf that separates history from mystery.". "One of the bawdiest and most intellectually stimulating novels of the year!". "Richly textured...authentic...A fantasy novel that won't insult your intelligence.". "Gorgeous prose and a galloping story, with...a deep understanding of a true scholar's passion for his subject.". HTML:"Stunning...If Oscar Wilde were writing high fantasy, he'd want to write The Fall of the Kings.". "Attractive characters, realistically enmeshed in social, political, and personal concerns... realized with a robust depth and realism.". "Kushner and Sherman don't spin fables or knit fancies: they are world-forgers, working in a language of iron and air.". HTML:"The Fall of the Kings is, if possible, even better [than Swordspoint]--twistier and deeper.". "Splendid....one of my favorite books this year!". "This is how fantasy should be written!...sweeps you in and lets you live the story with the characters.". "A delicious read . . . dark, sexy, and wickedly funny by turns. I loved it. You'll love it too.". HTML:

This stunning follow-up to Ellen Kushner's cult-classic novel, Swordspoint, is set in the same world of labyrinthine intrigue, where sharp swords and even sharper wits rule. Against a rich tapestry of artists and aristocrats, students, strumpets, and spies, a gentleman and a scholar will find themselves playing out an ancient drama destined to explode their society's smug view of itself--and reveal that sometimes the best price of uncovering history is being forced to repeat it....

The Fall of the Kings

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, a young nobleman of royal lineage, 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 a passion for the ancient kings. Of course, everyone now knows that the wizards were charlatans and the kings their dupes and puppets. Only Basil ins not convinced--nor is he convinced that the city has seen its last king...

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Título:The Fall of The Kings
Autores:Ellen Kushner (Autor)
Informação:Bantam (2002), Edition: First Soft Cover Edition, 496 pages
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si fa leggere ma.. è tutto una forzatura e quello che non lo è.. è annacquatura
in soldoni: la trama è una serie ininterrotta di cazzate e il libro in generale è una serie ininterrotta di ripetizioni

TRAMA E SPOILER:
la nipotina del Duca è ora una duchessa 60enne contrariata dal nuovo rampollo di famiglia che invece di andare alle feste, frequentare balli e partite a carte della buona società come dovrebbe, ha il cattivo gusto di frequentare l'università; a peggiorare queste sue pessime maniere si aggiunge il fatto che dopo più di 200 anni di assenza ingiustificata la magia si ripresenta e lo sceglie come suo rappresentante ( )
  LLonaVahine | May 22, 2024 |
Reread, and adjusting the rating a bit. This novel reads like contemporary urban fantasy set in Kushner's Riverside setting. It does a lot to expand the world of Riverside, giving it folk customs and ancient history and a lively academic scene, and I definitely had fun rereading it. But as a narrative it didn't totally gel for me, especially the second time round.

The Fall of the Kings follows the messy romance of a young nobleman who hasn't quite figured himself out and a young scholar who is really, really bad at departmental politics. Their attempts to realize their destinies get tangled up in ancient magic. I liked Theron and Basil an awful lot, but their lack of self-awareness (and self-preservation!) is frustrating. They are both such earnest, clueless guys and as a result they become passive characters, swept along by magic and the engine of the story. I have a notion that Kushner and Sherman didn't have an ending in mind when they started writing, and the plot, while pleasingly organic, lacks the intensity of the other Riverside novels.

That said, after a muddy middle, there was a lot to enjoy in the third act. Theron's swashbuckling art dealer/pirate half-sister Jessica is a delightful character who absolutely works despite showing up late in the game. I found Theron's resolution satisfying as well, even if it's a bit out of left field.

As for Basil, this time round I realized this is a novel about dealing with the legacy of problematic intellectual pioneers, who are brilliant one moment and weighed down with scandal and junk theories the next. I think this is one of the strongest themes in the book and would have liked to see it more in the forefront.

At the end of the day, The Fall of the Kings is a book as messy and fascinating as Basil St. Cloud's scholarship. I wouldn't recommend it to those who haven't read Kushner and Sherman's other works, but it's certainly a must-read for Riverside completists. ( )
  raschneid | Dec 19, 2023 |
Bienvenidos a una ciudad sin nombre dividida entre la Colina, sede de suntuosas mansiones, y la Ribera, hogar de carteristas y prostitutas, donde los nobles encuentran a los expertos espadachines que, sin nada que perder, se baten en duelo por ellos. El poder está en manos del Consejo de los Lores desde hace dos siglos, cuando la aristocracia se enfrentó a la monarquía y el duque de Tremontaine, el Regicida, retó y mató al último rey. Pero ahora algo se mueve en las provincias del norte, fuente de una magia cuya sola mención está prohibida, y su infuencia se deja sentir en la ciudad. Basil de Cloud, doctor en Historia, desafía los principios de la academia al proponer la tesis de la realidad de la magia, que puede demostrar al poseer el único ejemplar existente del Libro del brujo del rey. Y desafía las normas de la sociedad al tomar como amante a Theron Campion, heredero de Tremontaine, por cuyas venas corre la sangre de los reyes. Su encuentro no es casual: cada rey debe tener un brujo como compañero y consejero... y las antiguas tradiciones están a punto de cobrar nueva vida.
  Natt90 | Dec 13, 2022 |
This book has been on my to-read list for ages and ages, long enough for me to forget pretty much everything about Swordspoint. But that didn't matter. I wasn't quite sure what I was expecting from this book, but throughout, I kept finding it surprising in its imagination, its vision, and how it carried the story forward. ( )
  mari_reads | Apr 14, 2022 |
I could barely finish this. Characters were introduced with a list of their distinguishing characteristics. One chapter started with what appeared to be the notes for that chapter. Random druid-like stuff happens. The ending doesn't make anyone happy, especially me.

Skip this, assume it was nice, and go read a different book. ( )
  wunder | Feb 3, 2022 |
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Fantasy. Fiction. "Immensely appealing, intelligent, and great fun.". "Embraces the age-old struggle between scholars and mystics...to bridge the gulf that separates history from mystery.". "One of the bawdiest and most intellectually stimulating novels of the year!". "Richly textured...authentic...A fantasy novel that won't insult your intelligence.". "Gorgeous prose and a galloping story, with...a deep understanding of a true scholar's passion for his subject.". HTML:"Stunning...If Oscar Wilde were writing high fantasy, he'd want to write The Fall of the Kings.". "Attractive characters, realistically enmeshed in social, political, and personal concerns... realized with a robust depth and realism.". "Kushner and Sherman don't spin fables or knit fancies: they are world-forgers, working in a language of iron and air.". HTML:"The Fall of the Kings is, if possible, even better [than Swordspoint]--twistier and deeper.". "Splendid....one of my favorite books this year!". "This is how fantasy should be written!...sweeps you in and lets you live the story with the characters.". "A delicious read . . . dark, sexy, and wickedly funny by turns. I loved it. You'll love it too.". HTML:

This stunning follow-up to Ellen Kushner's cult-classic novel, Swordspoint, is set in the same world of labyrinthine intrigue, where sharp swords and even sharper wits rule. Against a rich tapestry of artists and aristocrats, students, strumpets, and spies, a gentleman and a scholar will find themselves playing out an ancient drama destined to explode their society's smug view of itself--and reveal that sometimes the best price of uncovering history is being forced to repeat it....

The Fall of the Kings

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, a young nobleman of royal lineage, 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 a passion for the ancient kings. Of course, everyone now knows that the wizards were charlatans and the kings their dupes and puppets. Only Basil ins not convinced--nor is he convinced that the city has seen its last king...

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