“A binge-ready fantasy of manners, packed with swordplay, witty banter and chocolate.”


Welcome to Tremontaine, the prequel to Ellen Kushner’s beloved Riverside series that began with Swordspoint

A duchess’s beauty matched only by her cunning; her husband’s dangerous affair with a handsome scholar; a foreigner in a playground of swordplay and secrets; and a mathematical genius on the brink of revolution­. Suddenly long-buried lies threaten to come to light and betrayal and treachery run rampant in this story of sparkling wit and political intrigue. 

Written serially by six critically acclaimed authors, Tremontaine is a tale of intrigue, manners, treachery, and cleverness that will delight readers.

Written by: Ellen Kushner, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Malinda Lo, Joel Derfner, Racheline Maltese, Patty Bryant, Paul Witcover (guest author)

  • Finalist for the 2017 Locus Awards (Anthology)



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"A binge-ready fantasy of manners, packed with swordplay, witty banter and chocolate." — NPR

"Well-paced, excellently written, delighting in the opportunity to fully indulge in its drama of manners (and swords), it's one of the most accomplished and purely enjoyable things I've read in a while. I recommend it highly." — Locus Magazine

"Strong and charming … Kushner is joined by six peers, and the talented authors do a great job of juggling a large cast. Series fans will welcome the addition of racial diversity to a series that was already notable for its spotlighting of queer people and women. … the overall tale is excellent." — Publishers Weekly

Tremontaine is an adventure, and at least two love stories, too — but it’s also a savvy commentary on the economics and ethics of cultural exchange. … It’s not just an entertaining series; it’s an incisive cultural critique.” — Heather Hogan, Autostraddle

"In keeping with the episodic format, Kushner ups the ante by not writing this on her own, but has gotten several authors to collaborate with her in writing the story. The result is a cup of dark chocolate, rich and deep and intertwined with complex flavors. ... Tremontaine is notable for its queer romance. The book contrasts the fast, hot passion of Rafe and the Duke with the slow, romantic build of Kaab and Tess, the red-haired forger (oh, the chocolate making scene . . . so decadent). ... At times, I forgot that the story was written by different authors. The ending was deliciously satisfying." — Lightspeed Magazine

"Ellen Kushner has returned to Riverside this time with an army: Alaya Dawn Johnson, Malinda Lo, Joel Derfner, Patty Bryant, Racheline Maltese, and Paul Witcover have joined Kushner to create a prequel to Swordspoint more dazzling and provocative than you can imagine. ... And, as dependably as the earth revolving around the sun, Riverside remains one of the queerest fantasy series on the market." — Tor.com

“Sharp blades and even sharper wits abound! Delicious new adventures await fans in this welcome return to the world of Swordspoint.” — Jacqueline Carey, New York Times Bestselling author of the Kushiel’s Legacy series

“Lovely! Beneath a froth of silk and lace Tremontaine is finely muscled, rippling with skill and promise.” — Nicola Griffith, author of Hild

“More Tremontaine stories? YESPLEASE. Tremontaine stories by some of my favorite, excellent writers? HELLA YESPLEASE. I can’t wait to read them all! ” — N. K. Jemisin, author of The Fifth Kingdom

“A pure delight full of sparkling characters that match equally dazzling wits and swords. If you've visited the world of Swordspoint before, you'll be delighted to return; if it's your first time, you'll be welcomed in style. I can't wait to read more myself!” — Naomi Novik, author of the Nebula Award-winning Uprooted and the New York Times bestselling Temeraire series




Published as a digital serial by Serial Box (2015-16)

Published in hardcover and trade paperback by Saga Press (2017)