Published by Serial Box on June 1st 2016
Genres: Family & Relationships, Fiction, Historical, Sagas
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 introducers 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.
This series is weirdly addicting. I have never read anything quite like this before.
The first episode (what I would call a chapter) starts out with Diane, the Duchess of Tremontaine and her struggles to keep the family finances and placement in society intact. It sets the scene for the next two episodes to build on by subtly explaining the importance of chocolate and the trade that goes into obtaining it.
Which brings you quite nicely to the people who actually do the trading and introduces you to Ixkaab Balam, a teen that is sent away from her chocolate trading family and wants to be a knight in shining armor full of thoughts of right and wrong with cunning sword abilities. That introduces us to Micah who has amazing skills in math and playing cards but can’t finesse her way around social details. Ixkaab seems to plot and maneuver those who can hurt or help her.
And then Rafe, who seems the mastermind behind some plot to make money and explore all of the human possibilities of life. He recruits Micah to help meet his end. I have only read the third installment and this one ended with a bit of cliffhanger, so I will have to finish this soon. One thing about these books is that they seem perfect to read on a cell phone. You can easily pick up and read a few sentences while waiting in line and then pick up quickly where you left off. FYI – there are some sexual situations.
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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