Book Reviews

A Man's Sword by W.M. Kirkland at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Time Travel / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 25-August-2012

Book Blurb

When Gabriel Woodweiss brought home an ancient sword to display as his latest antique treasure, he didn’t imagine that its original owner would show up in his basement to claim his property. One moment Marius was praying to his god to save him from servitude in the gladiator ring; the next he’s in a room where the only familiar object is his sword. The fact that a handsome man claims ownership of Marius’s beloved weapon—and knowledge of the strange and wonderful world in which he now finds himself—is proof to Marius’s mind that sometimes the gods do answer the faithful. Now Marius just has to convince Gabriel that keeping the sword is fair and just—as long as he keeps the man who comes with it.

Book Review

If there is such a thing as a straightforward, easy-to-understand time travel story – this is it. The mechanics consist of a Roman God magically making it happen, and they are unimportant; what we have here is the short, very hot and somewhat amusing start to what promises to be a promising relationship. For once there are no complications or temporal anomalies, and the author focuses on Marius finding a new position in the world, and Gabriel getting to have the hottest sex of his life.


Marius, a Roman gladiator from AD 116, follows his sword into the future and, being used to \"deal with anything\" adapts amazingly easily to the fact that he is now in a different time. His descriptions of what he at first suspects to be the senator\'s house were funny, and his determination to make Gabriel his was very hot.


Gabriel collects old swords, but when he finds a gladiator has come with his newest acquisition, he is suspicious at first. Once he is sure it isn\'t a friend setting him up, he dives into the \'getting to know Marius\' project with great relish. He knows there are more difficulties to come (like ID for Marius), but he decides not to worry about it for now.


The Romans were pretty advanced, and the \"translation\" of such ancient Roman features as air circulation under the floors and along the walls into a vent , and the recognition of a couch (comparable to the klinai they reclined on when eating) is entirely possible. Some of the other ones (like bound books which weren\'t around until late antiquity) are less likely, but that did not reduce my enjoyment of the story. If you like gladiators but want to see one in today\'s world, if you enjoy short, hot stories where the main characters are immediately attracted to each other, and if you\'re ready for a smile and a chuckle as Marius discovers the conveniences of the modern world, you will probably like this short story.



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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 26 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 01-June-2012
Price $1.49 ebook
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