Ellen Kushner (1955- ) Ellen Kushner is the author of World Fantasy Award-winner Thomas the Rhymer, and 'Swords of Riverside' comprising the interconnected novels Swordspoint, The Privilege of the Sword, and The Fall of the Kings (with Delia Sherman). She narrated these as audiobooks for Neil Gaiman Presents, winning an Audie Award for Swordspoint. She has taught creative writing at Clarion, the Odyssey Workshop, and is an instructor at Hollins University's Children's Literature M.F.A. program. She lives in New York City with Delia Sherman and far too many books.
It's beautifully written, breezy, quick, hysterically funny, poignant and bloody and world-weary and heartrendingly naive by turns. This is a fantastic book, a coming-of-age story, and I love it with a quite deep and unreasonable love - Elizabeth Bear One of the most gorgeous books I've ever read: it's witty and wonderful, with characters that will provoke, charm and delight - Holly Black A magical mixture of Dumas and Georgette Heyer. The dialogue dazzles and so does the swordplay - Kelly Link Unholy fun, and wholly fun . . . an elegant riposte, dazzlingly executed - Gregory Maguire