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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From The Writers' Room

The Wonderful World of Ellen Kushner

Beware the giant vengeful swan pudding!

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New Episode! Tremontaine Episode 12: “A Tale of Two Ladies”

At long last, Kaab and Diane face off in a drawing room duel where the weapon of choice is words.

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Alaya Dawn Johnson on writing Tremontaine ep 11: “Go And Tell The Morning Star”

I think we’re at least as much emotional masochists as literary sadists, forcing ourselves to do cruel and terrible things to our well-loved characters for the sake of a higher pleasure.

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New Episode! Tremontaine Episode 11: “Go And Tell The Morning Star”

New questions arise that can only be answered within the walls of Tremontaine House itself.

A Bowl of Questions

Chatting with the Coffeeshop Hermit, Alaya Dawn Johnson

Alaya Dawn Johnson is a busy woman but between attending graduate school in Mexico City and writing Tremontaine, she sat down with us for an ant egg tamale and some spicy chocolate. We had questions. She had answers.

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Joel Derfner on writing Tremontaine ep 10: “Shadowroot”

I guess what I’m saying is that I have history with the long s.

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New Episode! Tremontaine Episode 10: “Shadowroot”

When Tess finds herself plagued by nightmares of the murdered Ben, Kaab vows to solve the case.

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Paul Witcover on writing Tremontaine Ep 9: “Lies in Our Stars”

Did I mention that I like swords? In high school, my friends and I used to battle with golf clubs standing in for swords. Later, in college, I joined the fencing team. My weapon was the foil. We had a special T-shirt made up that read "Fencers Do It With a Steel Rod." For some reason, the girls on campus seemed unimpressed with our wit.

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New Episode! Tremontaine Episode 9: “Lies In Our Stars”

A moment of staggering inspiration and insight sets events in motion that have the potential to fracture friendships, shatter alliances, and remake the balance of power in the city . . . and the world.

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Malinda Lo on writing Tremontaine Ep 8: “A City Without Chocolate”

One little-known fact about me is that I am not a chocolate lover.

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New Episode! Tremontaine Episode 8: “A City Without Chocolate”

Diane's secret arrangement with the Balam family bears fruit as a strategic withholding of chocolate wreaks havoc on the city's social fabric, from the Hill to Riverside.

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Willie Be Nimble

Willie didn’t have the minnows to lay bets on the lives and swordplay of other men, but even if he did, he’d have kept his predictions to himself. He’d been born with nothing but scruples, and what he’d retained of those was simply this: that he’d make his coin with his two hands because no one else was going to make it for him.

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