About the Book:
Author: Ellen Kushner, Joel Derfner, Karen Lord, Delia Sherman, Racheline Maltese, Paul Witcover, Tessa Gratton, and Liz duffy Adams.
Pub. Date: October 11, 2017
Publisher: Serial Box
Formats: eBook & audiobook
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Since launching last year, serial fiction startup Serial Box has been featured from coast to coast including stories on NPR, Wired, BuzzFeed and i09. Serial Box was called “a godsend for a niche market of readers” by The Chicago Tribune.
As one of the flagship serials from Serial Box with tens of thousands of readers across multiple platforms, Tremontaine has made waves in the serial, LGBTQ, and fan fiction community.
Tremontaine introduces readers to a world where ambition, love affairs, and rivalries dance with deadly results. In this serial, Ellen Kushner and a team of writers return readers to the world of scandal and swordplay introduced in her cult-classic novel Swordspoint. Readers familiar with the series will find a welcome homecoming while new fans will learn what makes Riverside a place they will want to visit again and again. Tremontaine follows Diane, Duchess Tremontaine, whose beauty is matched only by her cunning; Rafe Fenton, a handsome young scholar with more passion than sense; Ixkaab Balam, a tradeswoman from afar with skill for swords and secrets; and Micah, a gentle genius whose discoveries herald revolution. Sparks fly as these four lives intersect in a world where politics is everything, and outcasts are the tastemakers.
Team-written by some of today’s most exciting authors, Tremontaine season 3 is brought to you by Ellen Kushner, Joel Derfner, Karen Lord, Delia Sherman, Racheline Maltese, Paul Witcover, Tessa Gratton, and Liz duffy Adams.
About Seral Box:
A new kind of publishing company for a new age.
While technology has rapidly evolved, the way publishers and writers bring books to readers really hasn’t. Storytelling in TV has become more sophisticated and multilayered, podcasts have risen to mainstream media status—but ebooks are just books on digital devices, not easier, more fun, or more social than they were before.
Serial Box is here to change all of that: artfully blending together the best of series television and the convenience of ebooks and audiobooks to bring readers a new form of story telling. Releasing fiction serials over the course of 10-16 week seasons, Serial Box is about delivering addictive episodes straight to the user’s digital device to be read or listened to anytime, anywhere.
Taking a few pages from the world of television, Serial Box hires a team of a talented and award-winning writers to collaborate on each serial, pulling the best ideas to develop great characters and craft a narrative that captivates readers over the course of the season. A new ensemble of writers works on each series, so each will vary in genre and length, but they’ll always be entertaining page-turners that keep you wondering what will happen in next week’s episode.
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This is the prequel to Ellen Kushner’s Swordpoint and given to readers in a most new age and unique way. It is given through Serial Box, a service talked about above. The “episodes” are written stories that come across in a manner like TV shows. Ingenious. I am reviewing the entire Season One so bear with me as there are thirteen stories/episodes involved.
Short recap: Several characters are involved and their lives intersect in the most peculiar ways. Duchess Termontaine is on the verge of ruin in all ways she can be ruined. She invested in a ship that went down at sea and she is set to lose everything – both financially and socially. At the same time, Rafe is at the University questioning everything and the young country girl, Micha, might be the mathematical genius Rafe needs to help him solve some very tough questions. Let’s not forget about Ixkaab, a new arrival to Riverside who is seeking adventure.
There is no doubt this is a fantasy story, or collection of stories. There is heavy political matter so if that is not your cup of tea, pass on this one. As for me, I didn’t mind it as it helped push the story along. The delivery of the stories is what kept my interest the most. I was not lost or confused when the “episodes” switched between writers, but I could tell when there was a new one. Some of the style changes were very obvious but it did work. I just had not “read” a book this way so it took some getting used to. Being able to watch the entire Season One at once probably helped. If I had to wait for each episode, I’m not sure I would have enjoyed it as much.
I do recommend this to everyone, at least give it a chance. Termontaine is a great place to start this series so please give it a try.
3 winners will receive season 1 of TREMONTAINE, International.
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