Friday, September 26, 2014

TG Fantasy Fiction: The Misadventures of Ka-Ron the Knight

The fantasy genre gives ample room for the exploration of cross-gender fantasies, and some authors have done so in the most fascinating ways.
Donald Allen Kirch lives in Kansas City, Missouri. He is an avid reader of history, Sherlock Holmes Mysteries, and the paranormal. He has a degree in Radio and Television Arts. He has written several books, some of them touching upon magic and the paranormal.

And yes, he has written a series of four fantasy books about Ka-Ron, the manly knight, who due to an untimely curse is doomed to spend much time as a buxom female.

He has created a rich and imaginative universe, where traditional fantasy elements meet steam punk  machinery.

Traditional fantasy figures are turned into something unusual and interesting. The dwarves are, for instance, in no way what you would expect them to be. Nor are the elves or the vampires.

The transformation element is essential to the books. Still, that does not mean that they can be reduced to TG fiction. The Nown World Chronicles are much more than that, richer and -- in many ways -- darker. The books can at time be very violent, and there are no easy ways out for our protagonists.

This is not a political drama in the Game of Throne sense. Nor do the books present the existential depth found in the books of Robin Hobbs. This is action-filled entertainment -- nothing more and nothing less.

Kirch says he is working on a new trilogy on Ka-ron. Those books, however, are to be prequels to the Nown World Chronicles, so it is unclear whether they will include gender bending of the sort found here.

You can download chapter 1 of book 1 here!

  1. The Misadventures of Ka-Ron the Knight
  2. The Return Of Ka-Ron the Knight
  3. The Lurker War 

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