Coming Soon: A Swordspoint group read!

So! With the first season of Tremontaine at an end (as of now my review of the final episode is still in progress), there’s about to be a Riverside-shaped hole in my life for a while.

But not that long! Because I have given in to the weight of temptation and decided to start on the Riverside novels, beginning with Swordspoint, while I wait for the serial to return later this year. In fact, in the spirit of my Tremontaine reviews, which a few people seem to enjoy, I’ll be setting up my first read of the novel as a sort of group activity. See below for the details!


For those who might not know of it, here’s the book’s synopsis:

Hailed by critics as “a bravura performance” (Locus) and “witty, sharp-eyed, [and] full of interesting people” (Newsday), this classic melodrama of manners, filled with remarkable plot twists and unexpected humor, takes fantasy to an unprecedented level of elegant writing and scintillating wit. Award-winning author Ellen Kushner has created a world of unforgettable characters whose political ambitions, passionate love affairs, and age-old rivalries collide with deadly results…


On the treacherous streets of Riverside, a man lives and dies by the sword. Even the nobles on the Hill turn to duels to settle their disputes. Within this elite, dangerous world, Richard St Vier is the undisputed master, as skilled as he is ruthless – until a death by the sword is met with outrage instead of awe, and the city discovers that the line between hero and villain can be altered in the blink of an eye…

*Excited squirming*

And here’s the breakdown of intended weekly reading segments, which I will write about every Tuesday until the book is complete. (My thanks to Dvorah for providing the chapter splits!)

Chapter 1-5 – Tuesday 9th February
Chapter 6-9 – 16th February
Chapter 10-13 – 23rd February
Chapter 14-18 – 1st March
Chapter 15-17 – 15th March
Chapter 18-21 – 22nd March
Chapter 22-25 – 29th March
Chapter 26-end – 5th April

… I’m not sure if I’m a glutton for self-punishment here, or if I should just be downright excited. Let’s go with excited.


So! There it is. If you’d like to join me while I continue to flail in shameless fangirl delight over this fictional world and everyone in it, the fun starts one week from Wednesday.

There will also be much livetweeting of my reading as well, so if that’s more your speed you can find me there on Sunday nights – @EffingRainbow – and follow the #SwordspointSunday hashtag. So that will begin on February 7th.

( A note concerning timezones: I will aim to be reading at around 10pm GMT to avoid excluding non-UK folks, but don’t worry if you miss anything; I’m excited enough about this that I’ll be Storifying each livetweet. Because Swordspoint fans are awesome fans.)

Let’s do this!

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