Welcome to Tremontaine, the prequel to Ellen Kushner’s beloved Riverside series that began with Swordspoint! A Duchess whose beauty is matched only by her cunning; her husband’s affair with a handsome scholar; a foreigner in a playground of swordplay and secrets; and a mathematical genius on the brink of revolution—when long-buried lies threaten to come to light, betrayal and treachery know no bounds with stakes this high. Mind your manners and enjoy the chocolate in a dance of sparkling wit and political intrigue.

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New Episode: Tremontaine S3E6 “My Life For Your Life”

As Kaab and Diane continue their alliance, the swordswoman tracks down a recalcitrant spy who may have information she needs.

From The Writers' Room

The Creative Forces of “The Boys in the Basement”

When I look back over the posts I’ve written on my previous visits to the Writer’s Room, I see that I’ve written about the intersections, some intentional, some unexpected, of my Tremontaine episodes with the real world—especially in terms of politics. So though I’m writing this two days after off-term elections that saw a repudiation of the Trump agenda, I’m going to resist the temptation of drawing any parallels to my episode, “Every Face a Forgery.” By the way, isn’t that a killer title? I owe it to my brilliant colleague Tessa Gratton, who came to my aid when, despairing, I whined to the writing team on our Slack channel that I was at a total loss for an episode title. Tessa, like the awesome writer and editor she is, rummaged around in my manuscript draft, and guess what? The title I was desperately searching for was already there, written into a scene with Riverside’s favorite forger, Tess. All I...Read More >

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New Episode: Tremontaine S3E5 “Every Face a Forgery”

As Kaab takes over her aunt’s role, Diane deals with the aftermath of the burglary at Tremontaine House.

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New Episode: Tremontaine S3E4 “Night of the Flames”

As the city celebrates, Micah witnesses as a crime.

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When Having Trouble with a Scene

I want to take this opportunity to apologize to my collaborators for the terror I regularly put them through. Tessa, Karen, Paul, and Racheline are deeply, deeply responsible writers and would no sooner think of turning in an unfinished draft than they would, I don’t know, eat a baby. I, on the other hand, think babies are delicious, especially medium-well. Which means that I turn in unfinished drafts far more often than I know I wish I did, and far more often than I’m quite certain they wish I did. Part of the problem is that, when I’m having trouble with a scene, I end up just leaving a lot of place markers in the text—essentially, my drafts are filled with “WRITE THIS PART LATER.” Mostly, I do this when I know that a sentence or paragraph calls for something that will be difficult for me to think of, and rather than stop in my tracks for ten minutes to...Read More >

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In Praise of Minor Characters

I write dialogue by eavesdropping on my characters. When you know a character, you can hear their voice in your head...

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New Episode: Tremontaine S3E3 “The Bridge”

Kaab realizes Saabim was murdered, but finding the culprit will take time.

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Ellen Kushner Joins the Reader-Side of Riverside

Suffice it to say that, after the Tremontaine writing team’s usual intense weekend Season Brainstorm last winter, I wrote my Episode 1 and then bowed out...

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New Episode: Tremontaine S3E2 “The Siege of Riverside”

When Riverside comes under siege, Tess is forced into a leadership role, working to keep the truth about Vincent from Reza as he helps her deal with the crisis.

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New Episode: Tremontaine S3E1 “Ambition”

Duchess Diane Tremontaine, the crowning gem of her city’s high class, sits in her manor’s window on The Hill and looks over her domain with eyes that cut and a mind that schemes.

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Karen A. R. Lord shares her Philosophy of the Sword

Being a writer is like being a director with a crowd of characters demanding ‘So, what’s my motivation?’

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