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Swordspoint a melodrama of manners audible audiobook unabridged ellen kushner author narrator dion swordspoint by ellen kushner was a book recommendation from a friend whose opinion i trust and the story was every bit as lush as i had hoped granted if youre looking for something straightforward in terms of narrative this may . Ellen kushners swordspoint is a very light and easy to read fantasy novel the book is set in an unnamed city in a world rather different to ours the main character richard is a swordsman who earns his living by killing nobles by contract this is basically done as a way to get around blood being on a nobles hands. Ellen kushner was almost the creator of a new sub genre of fantasy writing the fantasy of manners and this the first of the riverside series exemplifies such manners fantasies perfectly in fact the books full title is swordspoint a melodrama of manners. Swordspoint a melodrama of manners ellen kushner tom doherty associates llc may 8 1994 fiction 288 pages 32 reviews ellen kushner builds fantasy out of history and romance out of medieval detail creating an unforgettable tale of adventure romance and danger intelligent humorous and dramatic publishers weekly. Even though swordspoint a melodrama of manners has been published for many years now ive still never read anything like it there are hints of les liaisons dangereuses with the social and political intrigue becoming inseparable from each other and the way most characters attempt to manipulate others even those they may care for