Media Alert: Tremontaine. A New Serial Fiction Series by Serial box.
Welcome to Tremontaine, the long awaited return to Ellen Kushner’s beloved Riverside series and the prequel to the cult-classic Swordspoint.
“A Vanity Fair of aristocrats, rogues, orphans, and heroes…”
- Neil Gaiman on Swordspoint
This “Fantasy of Manners” follows the lives and intrigues of four very different characters as they maneuver the cobblestone streets and glittering ballrooms of a city that never was. Nameless, but inspired by Elizabethan London, 18th century Paris, New York in the 1980s, the setting of Tremontaine comes alive behind the colorful figures of Micah the genius; Rafe Fenton, a man of many passions; the mysterious foreign swordswoman, Ixkaab Balam; and of course: Diane, Duchess Tremontaine, a character well-met in the original series, but whose history has remained a mystery until now.
When Ellen Kushner’s Swordspoint was originally released in 1987, it quickly became a beacon of queer-friendly fantasy for a generation of LGBT readers, and all those interested in something a bit different from the status quo of knights, wizards, and heteronormative fiction. Tremontaine continues these themes and promises all the heat, romance, and wit fans have come to love.
The Tremontaine writers room brings together Swordspoint fanfiction authors and known super-fans of the original series handpicked by Ellen Kushner and Julian Yap of Serial Box. Ellen is the series creator and the team includes Alaya Dawn Johnson (The Summer Prince), Malinda Lo (Ash), Joel Derfner (Swish), Racheline Maltese, and Patty Bryant.
Tremontaine will be released as weekly episodes in digital and audio starting October 28th, 2015, via SerialBox.com, the Serial Box Publishing iOS app, and wherever ebooks and audiobooks are sold. Preorder here.
Episode 1: Arrivals
A new sun rises on the lives and fates of four players in this game of wit and intrigue.
Diane, Duchess Tremontaine, the crowning gem of her city’s high class, sits in her manor’s window on The Hill and looks over her domain with eyes that cut and a mind that schemes. From below, and far away from the glitz of wealth, a poor country farm girl named Micah looks only towards her family, the harvest, and the complex web of math that entrances her. At the Docks, Ixkaab Balam surveys that same city from the deck of her family’s merchant vessel and sees a land to manipulate for fortune and fun. And at the University, a passionate scholar named Rafe bristles at the classism that dictates his world and harbors revolution in his blood.
Serial Box is a new publisher here to bring everything that’s awesome about TV (easily digestible episodes, team written, new content every week) to what was already cool about books (well-crafted stories, talented authors, enjoyable anywhere).
Praise for Tremontaine
“Sharp blades and even sharper wits abound!
Delicious new adventures await fans in this welcome return
to the world of Swordspoint.”
New York Times Bestselling author of the Kushiel’s Legacy series
“Lovely! Beneath a froth of silk and lace
Tremontaine is finely muscled,
rippling with skill and promise.”
– Nicola Griffith, author of Hild
“More Tremontaine stories?
Tremontaine stories by some of my favorite, excellent writers?
I can't wait to read them all! ”
– N. K. Jemisin, author of The Fifth Kingdom