The Khokarsa Series

The time is twelve thousand years ago at the close of the last Ice Age, and the vast civilization of Khokarsa stretches along the shores of Africa's two great inland seas. But now a war between the priestesses of Mother Goddess Kho and the priests of the sun god Resu threaten sunder the empire, and it's up to the heroes and heroines of the land to set things right—or end up martyrs on the sun god's altar.

Dust jacket artwork to Gods of Opar copyright © 2012 by Bob Eggleton.
TIME'S LAST GIFT: A Prelude to the Khokarsa Series (1972)
By Philip José Farmer

A prelude to the Khokarsa series that explains how the time-traveling jungle lord John Gribardsun ends up being regarded as ancient Khoarsan deity known as Sahhindar, the Gray-Eyed Archer God.

Three men and a woman on board a timeship travel from 2070 A.D. to 12,000 B.C.—a journey that could never be repeated. For the passengers, all anthropologists, it was a once-in-a-million-lifetimes expedition... a chance to study primitive man as modern man never could. But none of them was prepared for what they would discover—or for the impact of their travels in a time that had yet to come...

Hadon of Ancient Opar
HADON OF ANCIENT OPAR: Book 1 of the Khokarsa Trilogy (1974)
By Philip José Farmer

The young hero Hadon journeys from his outpost city to the heart of the ancient African empire of Khokarsa, battling in the Great Games for the chance to win the king's crown. But just as Hadon stands upon the precipice of victory, the tyrannical King Minruth usurps the throne and overturns the beneficent, centuries-old rule of the priestesses of Kho. Now Hadon must set out upon a hero's journey unlike any other--to hunt down a living god and return with his bounty.
FLIGHT TO OPAR: Book 2 of the Khokarsa Trilogy (1976)
By Philip José Farmer

Included in the omnibus Gods of Opar: Tales of Lost Khokarsa, which collects all three novels of the Khokarsa series: Hadon of Ancient Opar, Flight to Opar, and The Song of Kwasin.

A decree by the oracle of Khokarsa hurtles Hadon of Opar upon a perilous quest that will determine the fate of the next twelve millennia.
THE SONG OF KWASIN: Book 3 of the Khokarsa Trilogy (2012)
By Philip José Farmer and Christopher Paul Carey

Included in the omnibus Gods of Opar: Tales of Lost Khokarsa, which collects all three novels of the Khokarsa series: Hadon of Ancient Opar, Flight to Opar, and The Song of Kwasin.

The herculean Kwasin of Dythbeth returns to the empire of Khokarsa after long years of exile in the Wild Lands. But soon Kwasin finds that in order to clear his name he will have to take up the cause against the tyrannical King Minruth himself, and stop him before he fulfills his mad quest for immortality high atop the sun god’s bloody ziggurat.
By Christopher Paul Carey

A short story set during the events of Philip José Farmer's novel Flight to Opar.

Hinokly, scribe of the hero Hadon of Opar, matches wits with pirates on the high seas of ancient Khokarsa...
By Philip José Farmer and Christopher Paul Carey

Based on an outline by Philip José Farmer, this 20,000-word novella details a lost adventure of Kwasin that occurs between Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 of The Song of Kwasin.

Returning to the island of Khokarsa after eight long years of exile in the Wild Lands, the giant Kwasin must help a priestess free her village from King Minruth's tyranny...or face the Bear God's wrath.
EXILES OF KHO (2012) Ebook edition now available! (The Signed Limited Edition is now SOLD OUT)
By Christopher Paul Carey

A 30,000-word novella set eight hundred years before the Khokarsa trilogy.

Hundreds of years before the hero Hadon sailed forth from his shining city of gold and jewels upon his legendary adventures, the heroine-priestess Lupoeth set out upon the decree of the oracle to discover a new land upon the untamed shores of ancient Africa’s southern sea. But Lupoeth finds herself little prepared for the trials ahead, as well as those that follow upon her heels—for the jealous  queen who wants her rival banished has appointed a worshiper of the sun god with a criminal past as the expedition’s priest, hoping to undermine the mission and seal its doom.

Now, lost in the deep jungle, Lupoeth must fight to keep her ill-equipped band of followers alive in the face of deadly beasts, savage Neanderthals, and conspiring enemies. Soon she finds the most accursed deity of her people’s faith, exiled from the empire by the Great Goddess Kho Herself, may be her only ally in this wild land. But Sahhindar, the god of Time and bronze, has a mysterious agenda of his own—one that Lupoeth fears might spell doom not only for her expedition, but for the entire world…

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.–10,008 B.C. (1589 A.T.–1593 A.T)

Flight to Opar (novel): 10,008 B.C.–10,007 B.C. (1593 A.T.)

“A Kick in the Side” (short story): 10,008 B.C. (1593 A.T.)

“Kwasin and the Bear God” (novella): 10,008 B.C. (1593 A.T.)

The Song of Kwasin (novel): 10,008 B.C.–10,004 B.C. (1593 A.T.–1597 A.T.)

Hadon, King of Opar (forthcoming novella): circa 9991 B.C. (1609 A.T.)

Blood of Ancient Opar (forthcoming novella): circa 9991 B.C. (1609 A.T)

* Creating a chronology of the Khokarsa series is a challenging task due to the need to sync up the Khokarsan calendar year (which begins on the vernal equinox) with the Gregorian calendar year (which begins on January 1). Please note that I have refined and updated the years listed in this chronology a number of times since it was first posted. Unlike the chronology above, Philip José Farmer's "Chronology of Khokarsa" article, which appears in an addendum in both Hadon of Ancient Opar and Gods of Opar: Tales of Lost Khokarsa, does not take into account the different starting dates of the two calendar systems, but rather "averages" them together as if each Gregorian year and Khokarsan year began and ended on the same date.