The Privilege of the Sword
by Ellen Kushner
Review by Harriet Klausner
Spectra Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 0553382683
Date: 25 July, 2006 List Price $14.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
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Only someone as crazy as Mad Duke of Tremontaine, David Alexander "Alec" Tielman Campion would send for Katherine, a niece he's never met and showed no previous interest in meeting. Katherine's mother who has not seen her sibling Davey in two decades wonders what he wants though the missive says he will turn Katherine into an expert swordswoman. However, the bribe is simple and enticing; he will stop the lawsuits that have placed Katherine and her family in financial trouble. Mother is against sending her daughter because she knows her sibling remains irresponsible, dangerously sneaky and his word is meaningless. She also knows he behaved for awhile when her spouse died when Katherine was eleven. However, her daughter is curious to meet her Uncle the Mad Duke and have a season attending balls and other galas in the big city of Riverside while her sons suggest making it legal so Uncle Dave can not renege on his deal.