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Swords and Scimitars: A Fantasy Short Story (Alaia Chronicles: Legends, #1) by [Rowan, Cate]
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"Short but sweet, it delivers wrenching emotion. Kismet is a magnificent hero who hides his wounds behind his power. As usual, Cate Rowan delivers a beautiful tale!" 
--Amazon Review

"Rowan is definitely an author to watch!"
--Alyssa Day, New York Times bestselling author

About the Author

Cate Rowan has washed laundry in a crocodile-infested African lake, parasailed over Cabo, had monkeys poop in her hair, and swum with dolphins, but her best adventures are her story worlds. Her lush fantasy romances about magic, danger and passion in faraway realms have won more than thirty awards.

Product Details

  • File Size: 6980 KB
  • Print Length: 43 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Enchanting Ink (February 6, 2012)
  • Publication Date: February 6, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0076F1HD6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #941,157 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Jennette M. Heikes on March 17, 2012
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This short story is a delightful prequel to Kismet's Kiss, giving the reader a bit of background information on how that world was shaped. It follows the young god Kismet as he challenges his competitive twin brother, and the disastrous results thereof, then takes the reader on a fanciful journey where we get to see how some of the culture developed in the land of Kad while also seeing the very human frailties of an immortal being. Swords and Scimitars is a fairy-tale-like adventure that will entertain even readers new to the series. Another worthy installment from an author who's become an auto-buy for this reader!
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By Ihrtaudbks on February 14, 2012
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I can see why this author finaled in the Golden Heart. Now I want to read more about this world. Cate Rowan really brings her world to life even in this short book. What a great intro to her other books.
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I love Cate Rowan's books, so I immediately snatched up this story when she first published it. What a beautiful and touching beginning set up of the world Cate developed in Kismet's Kiss. I can't wait to read more of Cate Rowan's work!
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"Swords and Scimitars" is a romance influenced fantasy short story by author Cate Rowan. It's the prequel to "Kismet's Kiss" which is the first book in the "Alaia Chronicles." The tale follows the beginnings of two immortal twin brothers and the tragedy that befalls them. Elder brother Kismet is a brash and headstrong warrior. His slightly younger brother Taso strives to be a knowledgeable scholar. When the two happen upon a powerful and cursed magic blade, Kismet accidently inflicts a dire wound on Taso, draining his very life essence. In an effort to escape his shame, Kismet exiles himself to the land of mortal men where he hopes to right his wrongs. Here are my thoughts on Swords and Scimitars;

Pros

+ Quick and easy read.

+ Accomplished writing style.

+ Author does a nice job at conveying the troubles immortals must face when living amongst and loving mortals.

Cons

- A few of the metaphorical descriptions felt a tad over exaggerated and could be confusing. Examples include "jabbing an ice spear through the gut" or "answer knifed him through the gut." In a fantasy setting where knives and spears are prevalent I found myself doing a double take when reading these passages to verify what was actually happening.

- Title is a bit redundant as a scimitar is a sword.

"Swords and Scimitars" was a well written fantasy short with a dash or romance thrown in. I will admit that I'm slightly embarrassed for reading this (I have a weak spot for Arabian fantasy) as I didn't realize it was geared more towards the romantasy reader. That being said, I can certainly understand the appeal to the other reviewers here. Kismet's tale of grief and redemption was intriguing and well thought out giving readers an in-depth look at the various hardships of immortality.
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I'm writing this review not only because I thoroughly enjoyed this quick read but also because the author asked me to! Not directly, per se, but at the end of the book (but not part of the Swords and Scimitars story, of course) her humor shows through in her request to give a review - and as she is an independent writer, word of mouth goes a long way - and I also want to let her know if she's reading this (hi, Cate!) that I'm your newest fan as of this writing :)

This story was good because it encapsulated a whole world (or a part of it, anyway) in such a palatable chunk that can easily be read in an hour - less if you read all the time.

The author does a fantastic job breathing life and emotion into her characters. I also liked the character the story follows most, Kismet, because towards the latter half of the story he did/said/felt the same things I would have as I vicariously lived through him for the short period the story went on. Rowan (the author) makes you want to keep reading despite the fact that said main character does something quite unforgivable at the beginning of the book - the hallmark of a good writer, I think.

Since this is a short story you won't find lengthy descriptions of battles - but where this story shines is through its characters. Think of it as an adult version of a "once upon a time..." story where you get the main bits - the parts that count. You'll notice when she skips over things for the sake of brevity - we don't REALLY need an extra 45 pages to go into Kismet's children, and their children, and then their children - she cuts to the chase when it needs cutting and expertly lingers on during the parts you want to read about.

I look forward to her other works.
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Twin brothers born to immortality only to have their lives--and much of what they believe--destroyed in a single moment of youthful foolishness. In this prequel to Cate Rowan's two full-length novels, Kismet's Kiss & The Source of Magic, the groundwork is laid with a deft hand for the fabulous fantasy world she's created. I have only one complaint with this story; IT'S TOO SHORT!!! I hated to have it end. Kudos!
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I'm already an avid fan of Cate Rowan's Teganne and Kad, so it was especially gratifying to read Kismet's story, the hero from which the world of Kad springs. Short but sweet, it delivers wrenching emotion and handles the topic of multiple wives with great care, so that even the most die-hard romance reader will understand the love between Kismet and his wives. Kismet is a magnificent hero who hides his wounds behind his power. As usual, Cate Rowan delivers a beautiful tale, and I can't wait to read his brother Taso's story!
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