The Fall of The Kings (Riverside)

By Ellen Kushner

This attractive follow-up to Ellen Kushner’s cult-classic novel, Swordspoint, is decided within the related global 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 pupil will locate themselves enjoying out an old drama destined to blow up their society’s boastful view of itself–and display that typically the simplest cost of uncovering historical past is being pressured 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 facet. however the blood of the kings runs deep within the land and its humans, expecting the arriving jointly of 2 strange males, Theron Campion, a tender nobleman of royal lineage, is inheritor to an historic residence and a contemporary scandal. affected by his dual tasks to his kin and his personal shiny spirit, he seeks solace within the collage. There he meets Basil St. Cloud, a super and charismatic instructor governed through a keenness for knowledge–and a fondness for the traditional kings. after all, all people now is aware that the wizards have been charlatans and the kings their dupes and puppets. in basic terms Basil ins no longer convinced–nor is he confident that the town has noticeable its final king…

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Hullo, Campion. Lord Theron, I suggest. i used to be simply telling Seb concerning the problem. ” “Wonderful stuff,” Hemmynge raved. “I may need to modify to historical past! not anything this attention-grabbing ever occurs in geography! are you able to get me a superb seat for the controversy, Theron? ” “I quite don't have any idea,” he stated stiffly, and grew to become away. I CAN’T think YOU DIDN’T inform ME. ” THERON HAD sought for Basil on the Blackbird’s Nest, yet came across him hunched over his books on Minchin road in an environment of airborne dirt and dust and ink and musty paper. “You problem Roger Crabbe to a tutorial duel, it’s the controversy of the taverns, and that i discover from bloody Sebastian Hemmynge! Who discovered from child Godwin, and in basic terms simply because they either occurred to be on the related birthday celebration. ” “Well, you recognize now,” Basil acknowledged mildly. Theron stormed on. “I am no longer conversant in getting my collage gossip at third-hand at the Hill, Basil. you're a lot responsible. ” “Because i don't provide you with gossip, my lord? ” Theron stopped as though he were slapped. “That used to be now not referred to as for. ” Basil observed with shock that Theron’s face had long past fairly light. Stubble stood out darkish at the younger man’s cheeks, and his eyes have been large with harm. Wearily, Basil driven his chair again from his worktable. “I am sorry. It simply by no means happened to me—I don’t give some thought to collage politics while I’m with you. ” Theron sat at the fringe of the mattress. “Because you like me. you're keen on me quite a bit you don’t trouble to inform me whatever very important. extraordinary. ” “You continually item whilst i attempt to inform you approximately background. ” “This isn’t historical past, this can be genuine. ” He stuck himself. “I don’t suggest historical past isn’t genuine, but—don’t you notice there’s an enormous distinction among telling me approximately useless kings and wizards, and telling me anything you may have determined you are going to do? ” “They are either actual to me,” Basil stated quietly. “I recognize. i do know they're. ” Theron got here and positioned his arms on Basil’s shoulders, and nuzzled his hair—a peace delivering. “What are you learning? It feels like a laundry checklist. ” “It’s garments, truly. The paper was once used because the lining for a cookery publication, yet i feel it’s a listing of garments for the royal compound, and I’m hoping—wondering, fairly, if it could no longer be—well, anything approximately wizards. ” “Wizards? In a cookery publication? ” Theron kissed the head of his head. “Basil, you're outstanding. I’ll depart you to it, then. ” He paused a second, and Basil stated, “No, don’t cross. It’s no longer vital, simply attention-grabbing. glance: ‘Ten gowns of brown wool, with cloaks of fur, in line with their natures. ’ And this: ‘Bear Dress—Master WG. ’ that may suggest grasp Wizard G. . . . Don’t cross, Theron. ” “I need to go,” Theron stated mournfully. “Why? ” “Because I’ll by no means get these kinds of buttons undone and performed up back! ” Basil stated huskily, “I’ll do this. Lie down, my love, and I’ll do all of it. ” whilst THERON lower back TO RIVERSIDE the next day to come, woman Sophia confirmed him an envelope. “Who are those Randall humans? ” she requested him. “The girl Randall invitations us to a musical night jointly to their condo. you recognize I loathe musical evenings.

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