The privilege of the sword falls between the short stories the swordsman whose name was not death which is the title of a novel and as it happens i have to go back to a very basic definition of fantasy to make that statement since kushners universe shares no characteristics with traditional fantasy save that she made it up and . The privilege of the sword follows katherine a poor noblewoman who is invited to her uncles home in the city she arrives expecting a season of balls and parties and hoping to find a good match and secure her familys future but her uncle the unconventional mad duke tremontaine has other ideas. The privilege of the sword is a fantasy novel by american author ellen kushner first published in 2006 by bantam spectra the novel won the 2007 locus award and was nominated for both the nebula award for best novel and the gaylactic spectrum award in 2007 although part of a series the book also serves as a stand alone. Set about fifteen years after swordspoint the privilege of the sword also stands alone as an elegant riposte dazzlingly executed gregory maguire and its all somehow bound up in a little book called the swordsman whose name was not death its not trash her daughter said. The privilege of the sword a sequel to swordspoint has just joined this very select company a quote on the back cover of my edition calls it a magical mixture of dumas and georgette heyer which is precisely the right way to describe this gloriously bubbly swashbuckling adventure stuffed with duels romance and intrigue it also has
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