“A Human Stain” by Kelly Robson is a disturbing horror novelette about a British expatriate at loose ends who is hired by her friend to temporarily care for his young, orphaned nephew in a remote castle-like structure in Germany.
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Welcome to Tremontaine, where social advantage is best achieved through duels of wit and steel. A Duchess whose beauty is matched only by her cunning; a handsome young scholar with more passion than sense; a foreigner in a playground of swordplay and secrets; and a mathematical genius whose discoveries herald revolution—when games of politics begin, no one is safe. Mind your manners and enjoy the chocolate in a dance of sparkling intrigue that returns readers to Ellen Kushner’s beloved Riverside series, where sexuality is fluid, politics is everything, and outcasts are the tastemakers.
Team-written by some of today’s most exciting authors, Tremontaine Season Two unfolds across 13 episodes beginning October 19th, with a new installment releasing every Wednesday until the season finale on January 18, 2017. Season One is currently available in full at SerialBox.com, in our iOS app, and wherever eBooks are sold. Below, read “The Eye of the Swan,” a stand-alone tie-in story by Kelly Robson—found exclusively here on Tor.com.
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