Tuesday, July 28, 2015

CLIPPED WINGS by Shiloh Saddler

Publisher: Torquere Press
Date published: 05/13/15
PRINT ISBN: 978-1-61040-911-7
MM, Fantasy
Reviewed by Helen
Weblink: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=96&products_id=4401
Obtained via publisher
Rating: 3.5

Christopher is a naive young swan shapeshifter. He makes the mistake of swimming in human form, leaving his feathers on the bank of the pond while he swims. Along comes a Missouri plantation owner who takes the robe and enslaves Christopher. Christopher can’t escape without his feathers.

This is one of the stories in Torquere’s “Mythologically Torqued” anthology. I enjoyed the concept of a male/male romance coming from the basis of a captured swan. So many shapeshifters are big, fierce, alpha animals, the idea of a sweet, gentle swan finding love is appealing. Also Christopher might be young, sweet, and na├»ve, but he knows what he wants and is ready to make an effort to go and get it.
Fortunately for him, Stephen, one of the landowner’s other slaves, is very willing indeed to help Christopher. The two men have instant chemistry.

Because this is a short story in an anthology, there aren’t a lot of words available for backstory, scene setting and character description, but there is a mild sex scene included, and enough story for the reader to see the connection between the two men has good potential for the future.

Despite the very short length there was a dangling modifier and another grammatical error, but basically the story was a clean and entertaining read, with bonus points for being different from the pack and the characters being so right for each other.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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