The Misadventures of Ka-Ron the Knight


A brave knight is wrongfully cursed, turning him into the most beautiful woman on the planet. To reverse this spell, “she” must form a quest to seek out the Wicca Master who cast the spell, hopefully changing her mind. Along the way, the knight falls in love with her squire, battles vampires, helps aid an Elf revolution, and even becomes pregnant. Ultimately, her squire must make the hard choice: does he help his master complete “her” quest, or does he try to keep his one true love?


Classic, pulp, gender-swapped fantasy – “Bending the Bookshelf Review.”
This is the kind of book that takes me back to the classic, pulp fantasy novels that I so fondly remember from my high school years. From the plot, to the characters, to the narrative voice, it reminds me at times of authors like Robert E. Howard, Fritz Leiber, and Michael Moorcock. Whereas the trend over the past decade has been towards sad and painful works of grimdark fantasy, this is a return to old-fashioned sword & sorcery fun.
As you might expect from a book about a legendary warrior cursed to live out his life as a beautiful woman, this is also a story with a fair bit of sex (and sexual innuendo), but it is done in a very clever and amusing way. Yes, Ka-Ron awakes from her transformation as an incredibly beautiful, sexually insatiable woman, but there are magical reasons for it . . . and very real consequences because of it. Aside from the sex, there are also some interesting explorations of gender here. Alternately comic and tragic, Ka-Ron’s efforts to adapt to her new situation reveal a hidden depth of maturity and sophistication that you rarely find in erotica.
Readers who find the initial sexual explorations to be a bit too much are strongly advised to stick with it, as there is a wonderfully exciting fantasy tale to follow. As they battle their way through pirates, hungry sea-dragons, a coven of vampires, an undersea realm, and an insane elven king, our heroes find new companions in the form of a wizard, a dwarf, an elf, a vampire, and a man-child upon whom both the curse and the story eventually turn. Ka-Ron and Jatel are the primary POV characters here, but Keeth, Molly, Rohan, and Dorian (especially Dorian!) round out the story perfectly.
The story does turn from comic to dark in the latter chapters, especially with the threat of an elven civil war, but Donald paces it well, knowing just when a bit of humour or sexual adventure is needed. At the same time, he resists the temptation to spice things up just for the sake of spicing things up, allowing the story to carry us along. By the end, we have formed strong bonds with all the characters, and their parting from us is indeed sweet sorrow . . . although we will see them again.
Six years after its original release, the story still stands up, and it is just as much of a delight as I remember. In the end, Ka-Ron is far more than just a gender-swapped heroine, and her story works on all levels.
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A brilliant ‘Dungeons and Dragonesque” tale of grief, loss, retribution and true love, set against a mythical background of Elfs, Dwarfs, Wizards and others too strange to describe. As the story goes, although only indirectly involved in a tragic incident and not the direct cause, Ka-Ron, the Knight errant has drawn the ire of a powerful enchantress who delivers a curse so diabolical it will make your head spin. And if that’s not bad enough, the sorceress ratchets up the spell to such a level that poor Ka-Ron becomes a virtual puppet on a string, a hapless victim for which one can only feel the deepest pity. But, what is this, Ka-Ron actually begins to loves this predicament? However, Ka-Ron later is shocked to learn that this is a “blood curse” and affects children in generation to come. But, as Ka-Ron comes to understand, in the final analysis, “We have the power within us to forgive.” This writer wonders if this fine novel is a parable for gender dysphoria? – Reader.
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If you like surprises and a little mystery mixed with with some odd magic and a fantastic adventure of the unknown, you will love this book. Dont get me wrong, it’s not for everyone. But if you enjoy reading and a good fantasy novel mixed with magic, dragons, other creatures of the dark along with dwarfs, elves, and interesting personalities, this book is for you. It has plenty of twists and a shocking ending and I was highly surprised and impressed with the author’s unique and different view of the same old stories told time and again (mostly referring to the elves and dwarfs here). I loved the action, the adventure, and the honest-to-goodness real feel of the book. If you want a good story and you’re not turned off by a little odd magic and a spell/curse gone wrong, then I highly recommend you read it!! — Reader.
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Only Kirch could comprehend a tale as convoluted as “The Misadventures of Ka-Ron the Knight” and weave a tapestry of unbelievable, yet absolutely accurate–would it have been true–characters and situations his readers will find entirely irresistible.
I have to admit; I had to first remind myself this was fantasy–fiction–which meant anything could happen. Once I got that, I found I was completely captivated, humored and utterly satiated. From Ka-Ron, the errant-knight of Idoshia and Kym–the woman who loved him–and her mother Kai, who casts a spell on Ka-Ron, this book springs to life in the most unusual way. Then we meet, Jatel, the knight’s, young squire; oh, and I mustn’t forget Ka-Ron’s horse Everheart–whom he can converse with by the way. Whew!
Very quickly En-Ron and Jatel’s lives become intertwined in a way they could never imagine–nor will you–and are joined by a cast of dysfunctional, curious, captivating creatures and various beings. An old warlock, an elf, a dwarf, a child-like dragon named Tork, pirates, a ship dubbed Argo and even vampires–just to name a few–invade their crazy, mixed-up, complicated and absolutely hilarious relationship.
My favorite line in the book: Molly (a vampire) and EnDon (Ka-Ron’s son) are caught making love. Ka-Ron, says, “He is not ready for this! He barely knows his alphabet!” And the dwarf’s comment was comparatively as priceless. If you want to know what all this fuss is about, read this book. You’ll love it! I did and I could not put it down. — John O. Raab, Editor-in-Chief of “Suspense Magazine.”
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