Swordspoint: A Melodrama of Manners
The World of Riverside: Book One
Gay male protagonists. Dark fantasy.
Swordspoint starts out very slowly and Ms. Kushner seems to be trying far too hard to be literary. Pages of description and complex political machinations abound, especially in the beginning. I also question this book being labeled a "fantasy", because I saw no sign of magic anywhere in it, just sword-fighting in a quasi-medieval society that's quite well-drawn.
These complaints aside, I did enjoy the novel quite a bit, once I got into it. The action doesn't truly pick up until a third of the way into the book or later but once it does, I found it very hard to put the book down. The main characters, Richard St. Vier and Alec, are compellingly drawn and their relationship is very interesting. I would have enjoyed a little more background on how they met and fell in love but it was still quite well-done.
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