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by Ellen Kushner, Delia Sherman

Genre: Fantasy, General Fantasy

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Centuries ago, a Northern king and his retinue of wizards and companions traveled south to marry a queen and cement a treaty. The Northerners had magic and the Southerners eventually took the magic away in Ellen Kushner & Delia Sherman's THE FALL OF THE KINGS. But Southern descendants of the king and wizards are again finding magic.

A doctor of history, Basil St. Cloud loves old things but surprisingly, falls in love with a student of Rhetoric, the sweet, young, noble Theron Campion, distant heir to the Northern and Southern thrones. As Theron dreams of Northern kings and Basil dreams of wizards and Theron, the Northerners are beginning to rebel against their non-magical lives.

A collaboration evocative of Jane Austen or Georgette Heyer, Kushner and Sherman deliver their "comedy of academic manners" with panache. Witty and somber in turn, their characters travel toward a fate that will change their history and their future. (Nov., 496 pp., $13.95)

Reviewed By: Kelly Rae Cooper

Publisher: Bantam Spectra

Published: November 2002

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