Gods of Opar: Tales of Lost Khokarsa by Philip José Farmer and Christopher Paul Carey collects for the first time anywhere all three novels of the epic Khokarsa cycle, including the never-before-published conclusion to the trilogy, The Song of Kwasin.
12,000 years ago the vast empire of Khokarsa stretched along the shores of ancient Africa's two great inland seas. When an evil tyrant bent on attaining immortality overturns the beneficent rule of the priestesses of Kho, the young hero Hadon and his mad giant cousin Kwasin find themselves caught up in a struggle between the very gods themselves.
"Fans...will find the entire collection an accessible and enjoyable throwback." —Publishers Weekly
"[The Song of Kwasin] possesses and organic, unified feel, and a high level of storytelling craft. The legacy of the Khokarsa cycle is continued in honorable and entertaining fashion." —Locus Online!doctype>
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Khokarsa Series Checklist
I should also note upfront that several of the stories below overlap one another. The Song of Kwasin and "Kwasin and the Bear God" begin just after the events of Hadon of Ancient Opar, and The Song of Kwasin runs synchronously with (and beyond) the events of Flight to Opar. Further, "A Kick in the Side" begins just after Chapter 19 of Flight to Opar, and "Kwasin and the Bear God" is set between Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 of The Song of Kwasin. Sounds complicated, but if you read all the stories, it's all clear and makes sense. I've also included Time's Last Gift, a prelude to the main series, to the list. And for the compulsively obsessed chronologists, I've included the year or years when each story tales place, designated in both B.C. (Before Christ) and A.T. (After Temple, i.e., after the founding of the Temple of Kho at Khokarsa; see Farmer's Chronology of Khokarsa). Follow the linked titles to where you can purchase each story (note: the three novels of the Khokarsa trilogy are due out in a few short weeks in the omnibus Gods of Opar: Tales of Lost Khokarsa, which can be read and enjoyed either with or without reference to the other works in the series).
Khokarsa series suggested reading order:
Time’s Last Gift (novel): 12,000 B.C.–2073 A.D.
Exiles of Kho (novella): 10,812 B.C.–10,810 B.C. (788 A.T.–790 A.T.)
Hadon of Ancient Opar (novel): 10,011 B.C.–10,009 B.C. (1589 A.T.–1591 A.T)
Flight to Opar (novel): 10,009 B.C.–10,008 B.C. (1591 A.T–1592 A.T.)
“A Kick in the Side” (short story): 10,009 B.C. (1591 A.T.)
“Kwasin and the Bear God” (novella): 10,009 B.C. (1591 A.T.)
The Song of Kwasin (novel): 10,009 B.C.–10,004 B.C. (1591 A.T.–1596 A.T.)