|Fall of the Kings, the (2002) [Novel]|
by Ellen Kushner Delia Sherman
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In an ancient city full of dreams, no king rules anymore, and some think that is for the best...
Generations ago the last king fell, taking with him the final truths about a race of wizards who ruled at his side. But the blood of the kings runs deep in the land and its people, waiting for the coming together of two unusual men:
Heir to an ancient house and a modern scandal, Theron Campion—a young nobleman of royal lineage—chooses his love with reckless abandon. Tormented by his twin duties to his family and his own bright spirit, he seeks solace in the University. But no one can live in two worlds forever.
A brilliant and charismatic teacher ruled by a passion for knowledge, Basil St. Cloud is in love with the ancient kings. Of course, everyone now knows that the wizards were charlatans and the kings their dupes and puppets. Only Basil is not convinced.
Against a rich tapestry of artists and aristocrats, students and strumpets, scheming spies and renegade loyalists, Basil and Theron will find themselves playing out an ancient drama destined to blow open their society's smug vision of itself—and reveal that sometimes the price of uncovering history is being forced to repeat it....
Original title: The Fall of the Kings
Genre: Fiction→ Fantasy→ Secondary Worlds→ Political