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

Joel Derfner on writing Tremontaine Ep 3: “Heavenly Bodies”

The amount of money I’ve paid my therapist because of my involvement in Tremontaine has probably sent him to the Bahamas eight times, unless he’s saving it up to go to Mars with Elon Musk.

A Bowl of Questions

Never a dull moment with Joel Derfner

Once somebody wrote me a fan email about one of my books and mentioned that he’d never read Pride and Prejudice and I told him I couldn’t answer his email until he had.

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New Episode! Tremontaine Episode 3: “Heavenly Bodies”

Rafe’s academic troubles grow worse, but he finds comfort in surprising places.

From The Writers' Room

Alaya Dawn Johnson on writing Tremontaine Ep 2: “The North Side of the Sun”

A few months before Tremontaine was a real thing that had writers and characters and a plot, it was some nebulous notion that Ellen put to me over her kitchen table one afternoon while I was visiting.

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New Episode! Tremontaine Episode 2: “The North Side Of The Sun”

The dance begins as paths cross in surprising ways.

From The Writers' Room

Patty Bryant and Racheline Maltese on writing Tremontaine Ep 6: “A Fair Hand”

Ultimately, we hope the Riverside and the City as we bring it to you in “A Fair Hand” feels familiar – to Ellen’s world, to a now largely lost New York, and to any world you have ever tried to navigate as a thousand different versions of yourself with whatever stray tools happened to be at hand.

From The Writers' Room

Ellen Kushner on writing Tremontaine Ep 1: “Arrivals”

When I first met the Duchess Tremontaine, she was visiting a friend on the Hill, that elegant and exclusive portion of the city where the nobility lives, with its broad streets and gorgeous town-houses whose back gardens slope down to the river – as far away as possible from the ancient Riverside quarter, though it is not that long a walk if you cut through the Middle City.

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Serial Launch! Tremontaine Episode 1: “Arrivals”

In a city that never was, sex, scandal, and swordplay combine in a melodrama of manners that returns readers to the beloved world of Ellen Kushner’s Swordspoint!

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Introducing Tremontaine

Swordplay, scandal, sex...and chocolate.

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