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

By Ellen Kushner

Welcome to Riverside, the place the aristocratic and the formidable conflict for energy within the city's ballroom, brothels and boudoirs. Into this appealing global walks Katherine, a well-bred nation lady versed within the ideas of traditional society. Her mistake is pondering that they follow. For Katherine's host and uncle, Alec Campion, aka the Mad Duke Tremontaine, is responsible here—and to him, principles are made to be damaged. while Alec makes a decision it'd be extra a laugh for his niece to profit swordplay than to keep on with the standard route to marriage, her global adjustments perpetually. Blade in hand, it really is as much as Katherine to navigate a maze of secrets and techniques and scoundrels and to realize the self-discovery that involves those that grasp: the privilege of the sword.

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Lydia blushed. “Hardly mine. yet i wouldn't care have been Armand as terrible as a goatherd. i feel i'll reside with him anyplace, if i may simply consider his powerful arm round me, and inspect his eyes and be aware of he loves me. ” “There. ” Artemisia sighed. “That is right love. i think it has made a girl of you already, Lydia, certainly I do. Your eyes—yes, there's a grave good looks in them that was once by no means there prior to. ” She took her friend’s face in her arms. “How I envy you! ” “Oh, dearest Mi. ” woman Artemisia’s maid interrupted those girlish confidences with the inside track that her father required her rapid presence within the morning room. And so the chums have been pressured to half, with mutual insurance of destiny consultations. THE MORNING ROOM CONTAINED either FITZ-LEVI mom and dad. Artemisia made her curtseys, and puzzled frantically what she may have performed fallacious this time. they can now not probably have discovered concerning the parrot. in the event that they had, she’d kill her maid, really she may. “Daughter,” her papa stated, “there’s first-class information for you. ” no longer the parrot, then. possibly her costume invoice were below she idea, or the shoemaker had misplaced her receipts. “Anthony Deverin, Lord Ferris, Crescent Chancellor of the Council of Lords, has requested our permission to pay his addresses to you, and in case you agree, we’ll start the object immediately. ” Artemisia felt the room develop highly sizzling, and the subsequent factor she knew, she used to be sitting at the sofa, smelling spirits of hartshorne. “There, Fitz,” her mom acknowledged, “I knew you’d make a botch of it. ” woman Fitz-Levi took her hand. “Listen, baby, essentially the most very important nobles within the urban desires to make you the mummy of his heirs and mistress of his institution. There’s now not a lady on the town yet should be unwell with envy. (Nor a mom, neither, I’ll warrant! ) You enable him pay his courtroom to you, and we’ll determine Lord Ferris makes a truly respectable payment and allowance on you: the entire clothes you will want, footwear, jewels, gloves—and the homes, in fact, supplied for your liking. Your dowry is not anything to sneeze at, and we suggest you to dwell accurately. You’ll be one of many first women of the town, correct after woman Godwin, what do you're thinking that of that? ” Artemisia controlled to grin. “Lording it even over your buddy Lydia and the remainder of that kinfolk, how’s that, then? ” Artemisia drew in what felt like her first complete breath of air. “Yes, Mama. thanks, Mama. ” Her father leaned over the again of the sofa. “How a couple of kiss to your expensive papa, then? lovely chit, I don’t understand how he may well face up to you—Of direction, he couldn’t, may possibly he? Ha ha! ” Her father smelt of whiskey and barber’s smell. Lord Ferris, she concept, was once potentially even older. yet opposite to her father’s comfortable sloppiness, Ferris used to be lean and fastidious; based, even. He was once regularly dressed to the style, and knew precisely what to assert. Her mom picked up a flat field from the sideboard and brandished it in entrance of her. “He left you a present, leave out, and never purely vegetation this time. ” Artemisia took the field and opened it. A necklace nestled within the velvet folds: a fragile collar, designed the best option for a tender girl’s day-by-day put on, within the very most up-to-date sort.

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