Prise De Fer

Review of: Prise De Fer

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On August 10, 2015
Last modified:August 10, 2015


Prise-De-FerTitle: Prise De Fer
Author: Ellen Kushner
Genre: Ghost story

This is the part of my 100 Short Stories in 2015 challenge.

Opening sentence:

“You’re not deceiving anyone, you know.”

Ellen Kushner writes so well that though the story didn’t really interest me I still devoured it in one sitting and enjoyed it.

The story is about a young competitive american swords women in the 60’s France learning fencing at a summer school. She runs into a mysterious man fencing one night. To say any more about the plot and I would have to find the spoiler tag.

The girl seemed rather isolated and sheltered and I am not quite sure why it was set in the 60’s?

I read this book after reading Swordspoint (Riverside, #1) & The Privilege of the Sword (Riverside, #2) by Ellen Kushner which I really enjoyed – I realised that one of her short stories was in one of the collections I owned, so my expectations were rather high.

The stats

Published: 2014 part of Games Creatures Play
Read: August 4th
Length: Novelette
Format: Free online fiction

The author: white, female, USA
The protagonist: female, teenager, able bodied

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