Point of Knives: A Novella of Astreiant

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A welcome return to the vividly realized city of Astreiant with its intricate magics and deadly politics, Point of Knives takes place in the interval between the widely praised earlier novels Point of Hopes and Point of Dreams. A fantastical mystery and a rousing adventure, Point of Knives also reveals the beginning of the romance between Adjunct Point Nicolas Rathe and Leaguer Philip Eslingen. More

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Published by Lethe Press, Inc.
Words: 44,200
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452482569
About Melissa Scott

Melissa Scott studied history at Harvard College and Brandeis University, and earned her PhD. in comparative history. She published her first novel in 1984, and has since written some two dozen science fiction and fantasy works, including three co-authored with her partner, Lisa A. Barnett.
Scott’s work is known for the elaborate and well-constructed settings. While many of her protagonists are gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender, this is perfectly integrated into the rest of the story and is rarely a major focus of the story. Shadow Man, alone among Scott’s works, focuses explicitly on issues of sexuality and gender.
She won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in Science Fiction in 1986, and has won several Lambda Literary Awards.
In addition to writing, Scott also teaches writing, offering classes via her website and publishing a writing guide.
Scott lived with her partner, author Lisa A. Barnett, in Portsmouth, New Hampshire for 27 years, until the latter’s death of breast cancer on May 2, 2006.

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Review by: annmarwalk on July 29, 2012 :
When I began reading this, one of my first thoughts was, "Oh no! I've been Kushnered!", remembering how in Swordspoint Richard and Alec are presented to us a couple, denying us the delights of the earliest days of their relationship. Point of Knives does almost the same thing - several instances of "Nico and Philip had gone to bed a few times", and "Nico and Philip had had a brief affair..." I wanted details, dammit!

But it all turns out just fine. In Point of Knives Nico and Philip think they are going to engage in a brief affair while they are investigating a crime together. As soon as they have things sorted out, they'll end it, no problem, they are both very mature and man-of-the-world about it. Their love scenes are delicious, full of warmth and humor and a bittersweet tang. (The theme of "Autumn" the end of things, is interwoven very well.)

The world-building is just as rich and detailed here as it was in Point of Hopes. What a gorgeous world, and a fascinating one! The intricacies of the matriarchal society were particularly interesting . I was touched by the plight of the "motherless boys", abandoned by their mothers to be raised solely by their fathers, and how Philip holds that feeling of abandonment even as an adult. .

I'm so glad that Lethe Press is reprinting these books; I'm looking forward to rereading Point of Dreams, and sincerely hope that Melissa Scott will continue the series. I've fallen in love.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)

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