tasing my keepers: the swithin chronicles

The Swithin Chronicles by Sharon Maria Bidwell

The Blurb of the First Book, Uly’s Comet:

Markis Shavar, the Swithin Prince, controls the power of the Comet. His power may be the only thing that can stop a war between two vast monarchies. A war that could devastate the world. If that weren’t pressure enough, he may also have to rescue a princess and face a marriage of convenience. And it sure as hell doesn’t help that Markis can barely control the power when he calls it forth. Traditional methods – including celibacy, aren’t working and he is running out of time.

His personal guard and best friend, Ryanac, insists that Markis should embrace love, both emotionally and physically, to control the Comet. He’d really like for Markis to embrace him. It’s entirely possibly Ryanac is correct…but if he’s wrong, it could destroy them.

When Markis leaves the palace one night to indulge in the luxury of a little solitude, he captures Uly, a would-be thief. Out of boredom, he decides to play a little game with the street rat, but Uly has other ideas. He plans to teach the prince a lesson in desire … and love.

If a street thief can teach a prince to gain control by losing it, love may truly conquer all.

Why I bought it:

It was last year some time and a gazillion books ago. Having said that, I think one of the reasons it interested me was because it was fantasy which is one of my fave genres.

Dislike/like (ending on a high note):

Dislike~ The first book has m/f and m/f/m/m in it. There are only a few scenes and they are relevant to the plot. Stick with it as the other books in the series focus on the developing m/m/m relationship between Markis, Ryanac and Uly, with any m/f action generally happening off page.

Like~ Re-reading the blurb makes the story sound a little, well, cheesy, which I can assure you it’s not – and it’s not Eliza Doolittle-ish either. I think Uly is a very engaging character with whom the reader falls more in like/love as the story and the series progresses. He is both innocent and worldly, shy yet affectionate and passionate, uneducated but intelligent. A wonderful protag.

Dislike~ I did get pissed off at Markis, especially in the second book, because he wasn’t open with Uly at times – very protective and treats him like a child which was frustrating all round – and didn’t seem totally honest about his relationship with Ryanac. The way the m/m/m developed was convincing however, and not all rainbows and fairy dust as some authors would have ménages to be.

Like~ Magic, power, political intrigue, danger, romance, and a prince, a pauper and a knight. What the heck else do you want in a fantasy?? Possibly only excellent world building, terrific writing and great character development?? Look no further. It’s all here! *g*

So, what I think:

A very good m/m/m fantasy series. It’s one of my keepers.

‘Tasting’ is my version of a mini-review where I talk a (very) little about what I liked and disliked about a book as well as who I think the story will appeal to. Oh, and I’ve added a bit about why I picked up the book in the first place – sometimes this can be interesting to know.

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15 Responses to tasing my keepers: the swithin chronicles

  1. Tam says:

    That sounds kind of fun. Might be worth checking out for me at some point. You know me and fantasy, not real close friends. 🙂

  2. Kris says:

    Tis good Tam. It doesn’t have the overwhelming worldbuilding that some fantasy has. Think more along the lines of M L Rhodes crafting in the Dragaen Lords. Plus it’s m/m/m. C’mon. What’s not to like. 🙂

  3. Tam says:

    Oh I’m all for the m/m/m which is why I’d even consider it. LOL Is it a real book or and e-book?

  4. Jenre says:

    Ok, so what you’re really saying here is that I have to plough through all the girl cooties before I get to the hot m/m/m menage.Hmmmm…is it worth it though?

  5. Kris says:

    *snort* Superficial much, Tam?? I was expecting that from Jen.And what the heck do you mean ‘is it a real book’?? It’s a real book that just happens to be in digital format. *g* It’s long too so it will take you a while to gobble. 🙂

  6. Kris says:

    Jen sweetie, I’m not recommending a happily married Mum of four to plough through anything. It’s just wrong.However, the girl cooties are minimal so you can probably wade through them. :)This menage felt more like a realistic exploration of a relationship to me which is why I liked it… and, of course, there IS the hotness factor.

  7. Jenre says:

    I may have mentioned that I’m planning a post at some point on m/m/m menage, so I have to get as much research material read as possible.It’s for purely academic reasons. Honestly.

  8. Kris says:

    Well as long as it’s for a noble cause and everything, Jen. And here I thought you were just becoming a perve. My humblest apologies for doubting you.

  9. Tracy says:

    Jen sweetie, I’m not recommending a happily married Mum of four to plough through anything. It’s just wrong.omg this made me laugh – hard. You’re so funny!Ok – can I really buy the street thief and prince thing? Does it work? Really? Cuz I have an aversion to that.

  10. Tam says:

    Yeah yeah, “real” as in can I touch it. LOL But digital works better for me. Long huh. I have an 11 hour train ride to NYC coming up, might be able to swing some long books then if my battery holds up or I can charge it on the train. And I’m as superficial as the next single girl with no prospects. LOL

  11. Kris says:

    Tracy, it does work in this instance because the author takes the time to develop the relationship between the two men and the reader begins to see that there is a kind of a balance in the power they each have over the other.I’m glad I’m not the only one laughing with me otherwise that would be a bit sad.

  12. Kris says:

    So what you’re saying Tam is that we should create a club with the motto ‘m/m/m for the reader who lives vicariously’?? Works for me. LOL.

  13. orannia says:

    Plus it’s m/m/m. C’mon. What’s not to like :)Good point *grin*And I like realistic explorations of relationships. I can only read eBooks on my computer (and I have no idea how long it would take to download one), but I think I need to give it a shot. I only discovered m/m just over 6 months ago…so many books I need to read 🙂 Thank you Kris!

  14. Tam says:

    Oriana: It just takes a second to download (using wifi anyway). They are not that big and really fast. I read on my little netbook computer or on our regular desk top at home. So unless you have a super slow dial-up e-books are speedy and easy to read. Although because of the way my netbook is set up I sometimes get a sore finger from how I hold my hand while pressing the scroll button. Gee, my life is tough. LOL

  15. Kris says:

    Orannia, when I discovered m/m over a year ago now I was thrilled to find new authors writing some of my fave genres. Like you, I’m still loving the experience. :)As Tam said it shouldn’t take you too long to download a book. I don’t recall getting any above 2MB. They’re usually about 1MB range so even on dialup it should be okay. I used to read them on my laptop before I got an ereader. I became an expert at exactly what size font and where to put the cursor so all I had to do was hit enter to turn the page when I was reading. The things we do. lol

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