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''Swordspoint'' is a cult classic fantasy of manners (with elements of urban fantasy and heroic fantasy) written by Ellen Kushner in 1987. Later on, it saw two sequels: ''The Fall of the Kings'' (which was co-written with Delia Sherman) and ''The Privilege of the Sword''. All three were critically acclaimed and are often held up as examples of a peculiar type of novel, with the basic setting of high fantasy but none of the magic.

''Swordspoint'' tells the story of Richard, a swordsman in Riverside, and Alec, a university student (possibly from the Hill) who lives with him. When Richard kills two men in a duel in an aristocrat's garden, he finds himself embroiled in a rather unpleasant business. There are few he can turn to for help (which he likely wouldn't do anyway) because, every day, swordsmen become less and less respectable.

''The Privilege of the Sword'' is set a generation after ''Swordspoint'', and ''The Fall of the Kings'' is set a generation (give or take) after that.
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!!This book contains examples of:
* ActionGirl: ''The Privilege of the Sword'' is, to some extent, about Katherine learning to become one of these. In ''The Fall of the Kings'' her cousin Jessica turns out to be one as well.
* AllMythsAreTrue: Toyed with in ''The Fall of the Kings''.
* TheApprentice: Michael Godwin to Richard at times.
* ButtMonkey
* CityOfAdventure: The setting (it's never named).
* ComedicSociopathy
* DeadpanSnarker: Alec, most of the time.
* EveryoneIsBi: Not ''everyone'', strictly speaking, but certainly a large majority of the characters.
* GambitPileup: Lord Ferris is clearly on top of the pile, mind you.
** Well, he thinks he is. But when [[spoiler: Diane]] is the local MagnificentBastard, don't bet on Lord Ferris.
* HitmanWithAHeart
* JadeColoredGlasses
* JerkassWoobie: Alec. He does some pretty awful things (like picking fights with other swordsmen so he can watch Richard kill them) and he's regularly sarcastic, bitter, and cruel, even to people he loves--but once you've gotten a sense of just ''how'' screwed up he is and why, it's hard not to feel sorry for him in spite of his behavior.
* LandOfOneCity: Noticeably averted.
* LoveHurts
* LoveMakesYouCrazy: Richard and Jessamyn.
* LoveRedeems
* LoversLedge
* TheMagicComesBack
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: The not-Shakespeare play.
* NoCommunitiesWereHarmed: Riverside has a fair amount in common with the Southwark of Shakespeare's day (which was and is on the banks of the River Thames).
* ProfessionalKiller
* RapeAsDrama: ''The Privilege of the Sword'' has an example which deals very respectfully with the subject.
** Implied in ''Swordspoint'' as well.
* TitleDrop
* UrbanFantasy
* UrbanSegregation: The nobles live on the hill, the poor in Riverside.
* YouBastard
* YourCheatingHeart

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''Swordspoint'' is a cult classic fantasy of manners (with elements of urban fantasy and heroic fantasy) written by Ellen Kushner in 1987. Later on, it saw two sequels: ''The Fall of the Kings'' (which was co-written with Delia Sherman) and ''The Privilege of the Sword''. All three were critically acclaimed and are often held up as examples of a peculiar type of novel, with the basic setting of high fantasy but none of the magic.

''Swordspoint'' tells the story of Richard, a swordsman in Riverside, and Alec, a university student (possibly from the Hill) who lives with him. When Richard kills two men in a duel in an aristocrat's garden, he finds himself embroiled in a rather unpleasant business. There are few he can turn to for help (which he likely wouldn't do anyway) because, every day, swordsmen become less and less respectable.

''The Privilege of the Sword'' is set a generation after ''Swordspoint'', and ''The Fall of the Kings'' is set a generation (give or take) after that.
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!!This book contains examples of:
* ActionGirl: ''The Privilege of the Sword'' is, to some extent, about Katherine learning to become one of these. In ''The Fall of the Kings'' her cousin Jessica turns out to be one as well.
* AllMythsAreTrue: Toyed with in ''The Fall of the Kings''.
* TheApprentice: Michael Godwin to Richard at times.
* ButtMonkey
* CityOfAdventure: The setting (it's never named).
* ComedicSociopathy
* DeadpanSnarker: Alec, most of the time.
* EveryoneIsBi: Not ''everyone'', strictly speaking, but certainly a large majority of the characters.
* GambitPileup: Lord Ferris is clearly on top of the pile, mind you.
** Well, he thinks he is. But when [[spoiler: Diane]] is the local MagnificentBastard, don't bet on Lord Ferris.
* HitmanWithAHeart
* JadeColoredGlasses
* JerkassWoobie: Alec. He does some pretty awful things (like picking fights with other swordsmen so he can watch Richard kill them) and he's regularly sarcastic, bitter, and cruel, even to people he loves--but once you've gotten a sense of just ''how'' screwed up he is and why, it's hard not to feel sorry for him in spite of his behavior.
* LandOfOneCity: Noticeably averted.
* LoveHurts
* LoveMakesYouCrazy: Richard and Jessamyn.
* LoveRedeems
* LoversLedge
* TheMagicComesBack
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: The not-Shakespeare play.
* NoCommunitiesWereHarmed: Riverside has a fair amount in common with the Southwark of Shakespeare's day (which was and is on the banks of the River Thames).
* ProfessionalKiller
* RapeAsDrama: ''The Privilege of the Sword'' has an example which deals very respectfully with the subject.
** Implied in ''Swordspoint'' as well.
* TitleDrop
* UrbanFantasy
* UrbanSegregation: The nobles live on the hill, the poor in Riverside.
* YouBastard
* YourCheatingHeart
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11th Nov '12 8:24:17 PM Aiguille
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* CareerKillers


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* ProfessionalKiller
5th Jan '12 11:31:16 AM Firebert
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* GambitPileup: Lord Ferris is clearly on top of the pile, mind you.
** Well, he thinks he is. But when [[spoiler: Diane]] is the local MagnificentBastard, don't bet on Lord Ferris.



* ThirtyGambitPileup: Lord Ferris is clearly on top of the pile, mind you.
** Well, he thinks he is. But when [[spoiler: Diane]] is the local MagnificentBastard, don't bet on Lord Ferris.



* YourCheatingHeart

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* YourCheatingHeart
30th Nov '11 2:02:43 PM Miriam
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** Implied in ''Swordspoint'' as well.
28th Jun '11 8:05:35 AM Cal
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* ThirtyGambitPileup: Lord Ferris is clearly on top of the pile, mind you.

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* ThirtyGambitPileup: Lord Ferris is clearly on top of the pile, mind you.
** Well, he thinks he is. But when [[spoiler: Diane]] is the local MagnificentBastard, don't bet on Lord Ferris.
1st Jun '11 12:02:41 PM troacctid
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* SorcerersApprentice
3rd Apr '11 8:17:02 AM Falco
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* TheApprentice: Michael Godwin to Richard at times.



* TheMagicComesBack



* TheApprentice: Michael Godwin to Richard at times.
* TheMagicComesBack


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* TitleDrop
2nd Apr '11 2:51:37 AM Routerie
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* ThirtyXanatosPileup: Lord Ferris is clearly on top of the pile, mind you.

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* ThirtyXanatosPileup: ThirtyGambitPileup: Lord Ferris is clearly on top of the pile, mind you.
24th Aug '10 2:20:03 PM DomaDoma
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* ThirtyXanatosPileup: Lord Ferris is clearly on top of the pile, mind you.
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* AllMythsAreTrue - toyed with in ''The Fall of the Kings''

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* AllMythsAreTrue - toyed ActionGirl: ''The Privilege of the Sword'' is, to some extent, about Katherine learning to become one of these. In ''The Fall of the Kings'' her cousin Jessica turns out to be one as well.
* AllMythsAreTrue: Toyed
with in ''The Fall of the Kings''Kings''.



* CityOfAdventure - the setting (it's never named)

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* CityOfAdventure - the CityOfAdventure: The setting (it's never named)named).



* EveryoneIsBi - Not ''everyone'', strictly speaking, but certainly a large majority of the characters.

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* EveryoneIsBi - DeadpanSnarker: Alec, most of the time.
* EveryoneIsBi:
Not ''everyone'', strictly speaking, but certainly a large majority of the characters.



* LandOfOneCity - noticably averted

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* LandOfOneCity - noticably avertedJerkassWoobie: Alec. He does some pretty awful things (like picking fights with other swordsmen so he can watch Richard kill them) and he's regularly sarcastic, bitter, and cruel, even to people he loves--but once you've gotten a sense of just ''how'' screwed up he is and why, it's hard not to feel sorry for him in spite of his behavior.
* LandOfOneCity: Noticeably averted.



* LoveMakesYouCrazy - Richard and Jessamyn

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* LoveMakesYouCrazy - LoveMakesYouCrazy: Richard and JessamynJessamyn.



* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed - the not-Shakespeare play
* NoCommunitiesWereHarmed - Riverside has a fair amount in common with the Southwark of Shakespeare's day (which was and is on the banks of the River Thames).

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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed - the NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: The not-Shakespeare play
play.
* NoCommunitiesWereHarmed - NoCommunitiesWereHarmed: Riverside has a fair amount in common with the Southwark of Shakespeare's day (which was and is on the banks of the River Thames).Thames).
* RapeAsDrama: ''The Privilege of the Sword'' has an example which deals very respectfully with the subject.



* TheApprentice - Michael Godwin to Richard at times

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* TheApprentice - TheApprentice: Michael Godwin to Richard at timestimes.



* UrbanSegregation - the nobles live on the hill, the poor in Riverside

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* UrbanSegregation - the UrbanSegregation: The nobles live on the hill, the poor in RiversideRiverside.
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