Reviews by Emil Luft
are: Swordspoint, The Privilege of the Sword and The Fall
of the Kings. The first two are written by Ellen Kushner and the last
one is by Ellen and Della Sherman.
Swordspoint is a tale of intrigue and danger, of
romance and power, of nobles, students and pickpockets in a city that
settles disputes by the sword. The romance and some love scenes are between
males, so it may not be for everyone. I would give it an R rating. I believe
it won some book awards
The Privilege of the Sword (what a great title!) was the first book I
read and I re-read it again after I read Swordspoint. It is a witty
and wonderful book with great characters. It introduces Katherine, a
well-bred country girl versed in the rules of conventional society into
Riverside where the aristocratic and ambitious battle for power in the
city's ball rooms, brothels and boudoirs. Katherine's uncle Alec Campion,
a.k.a. the Mad Duke Tremontaine, to whom rules do not apply, decides it
would be more amusing for his niece to learn swordplay than
to follow the usual path to marriage and her world changes forever. Blade in
hand it is up to Katherine to navigate a maze of secrets and scoundrels and
to gain the self-discovery that comes to those who master The Privilege
of the Sword.
The Fall of the Kings is the follow-up. It is about
Theron Campion the heir to an ancient house. It is set in the same world of
intrigue against a rich tapestry of artists, scholars, students, strumpets
Normally there is no PG-14 or R rating on books. I think
these 3 books should be rated R, but maybe I am too conservative.
Presentation by Tre and Maji
Club members Maji
and Tre Billingsley gave a presentation at their church for Black History
Month on February 26, 2012.
Maji spoke about St.
George de Chevalier, also known as the “Black Mozart.” Born Christmas Day
in 1745, he was educated in France where he became known as a composer and
performer of classical music. He was an officer in Napoleon’s Army as the
commander of 800 men of color in the “Black Legion.” Gifted in all
endeavors, he was perhaps most famous as a swordsman and fencer.
Tre spoke about Peter Westbrook who won a
bronze medal in the 1984 Olympics in Sabre.. He established the Peter
Westbrook Foundation in New York City where he continues to teach fencing
and promote the importance of education to inner city children. Tre also
profiled 2 of Westbrook’s students, siblings Keeth and Erinn Smart. Both
won silver team medals in the 2008 Olympics – Keeth on the Men’s Sabre team
and Erinn on the Women’s Foil team.
Maji discussed the
uniform and mask while Tre talked about etiquette on the strip. They ended
with a 5 touch demonstration of fencing.
The Parry by Chad Scales:
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Huntsville Fencing; Always a flurry of activity!
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