Quickie Review: Swords and Scimitars by Cate Rowan ★★★

Swords and Scimitars by Cate Rowan
Genre: Fantasy (Short Story)
Series: Alaia Chronicles #0.5
Publication Date: June 25th 2013
ISBN: 9781452456713
Page Count: 27
Rating: ★★★
Review Copy: ARC
Reviewed by: Lynsey
Synopsis: Immortal twin brothers. One enchanted sword. A tragedy that propels them into legend.

The lives of well-born twins Kismet and Taso are easy and carefree—endless days of bedding women and fighting battles among the gods—until sorcery drives a wedge between them that slices deeper than flesh. Kismet has striven to be the ultimate warrior, but a mistake costs him his brother, his family, and his homeland.

He carves out a new life in the desert, rising to the command of a realm and an army, yet can't escape his past. When two women beg for his aid against tyranny, he must sacrifice his freedom and his long-scarred heart to help them.

"Swords and Scimitars" is a 7,000-word short story (approximately 25 pages) about the immortal founders of verdant Teganne and desert Kad, two rival realms divided by magic—yet bound by blood, mistrust, and love. The chronicle continues in the award-winning fantasy romance novels Kismet's Kiss and The Source of Magic

 REVIEW


Short Sword

This short story is, I believe, intended simply to set up the worldbuilding of the Alaia Chronicles, and also to offer a small sample of the writing. It's very brief - just 27 little pages - and didn't really work for me as a stand alone book, but if it was perhaps offered for free, it would make a very good "taster" book, or perhaps as extra background for those who were already enjoying the series.

The story chronicles the life of immortal twins after a tragedy strikes. It seems to be a world where having multiple wives is acceptable, and indeed, the first full-length novel, Kismet's Kiss, also mentions the hero having a harem. I'm not sure how I feel about that, but I see some of my friends have read and enjoyed it so I'll reserve judgement for now.

3 Stars ★★★
ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

2 comments:

  1. Are you going to try the first full-length book? I'm curious about this one, but I think I'll wait to see what you think to officially add it to my tbr.

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  2. I'm not sure, you know...I mean, a harem? Really? lol

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