Ellen Kushner
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I guess I'm not much of a fan of a melodrama of manners. I found this book to be quite boring. There's not much action even though it's about a swordsman in a land where nobles hire such people to duel for them. The plot is more about the fine line between killing during a duel and out and out murder. Richard St Viers is the swordsman. He's the best there is and is very difficult to hire. A noble kidnaps St Viers' lover to blackmail him into dueling for him. St Viers does not put up with this and thus we have our melodrama.

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