Swords and Scimitars: A Fantasy Short Story (Alaia Chronicles: Legends, #1) Kindle Edition
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+ 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.
- 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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A charming story well developed and with engaging characters. A world to revisit.Published 9 months ago by P
I was disappointed with how short the story was. It read to fast but it was a good read. I wish there had been more details, it was like the entire middle of the story was missing.Published 14 months ago by Kayla Warren
Four stars. Interesting premise well developed and well written. I enjoyed the concept of a divinity suffering remorse and developing a sense of responsibility. Read morePublished on June 12, 2014 by Kathleen
Ms. Rowan certainly packed her short story, "Swords and Scimitars" with more insight than I could have imagined. Read morePublished on May 16, 2014 by Donald Ewing
A great beginning to a great fantasy series. I hope Cate Rowan continues this enjoyable tale. Looking forward to reading them all!Published on September 9, 2013 by Carissa D Barthelemy
In this prequel to the fantasy series, we have excellent mythos building. This very much has the tone and feeling of an origin story from any culture. Read morePublished on August 30, 2013 by Cat's Romance Novel Themepark
I liked her other short stories better. This one was a bit too slow for me, so I found it rather dullPublished on April 9, 2013 by Tricia Landefeld
WHAT A WONDERFUL WAY TO TELL US THE STORY OF KISMET. I AM VERY PLEASED TO KNOW WHAT WAS INVOLVED IN GIVING US THE SAVING"IT'S KISMET". Read morePublished on March 27, 2013 by Mary Danner
Well worth the time to read this tale. It's got me wondering what's next for the characters, where does the story go once it's left our mortal world? Read morePublished on February 25, 2013 by C. Weedon
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