Literature: The Fangs Of Kaath
Yes, she's a Bat and why she doesn't have wings is one of her stories.The Fangs of K'aath
is a furry
novel series written by Paul Kidd and is one of the most hailed books of its specific genre.
The series takes place in the metropolitan Islamic kingdom of Osra where a young bat named Sandhri lives a marginal living as a street storyteller after her homelands and family were destroyed by the Shah's forces.
She meets and falls in love with the bookish scholar Raschid and has several adventures with him in the capital city of Sath. Later to her outrage, he turns out to be Prince Raschid Al Dinaq, second son to the Shah himself, and rejects him. Despite secret forces determined to keep them apart, Sandhri later forgives the heartbroken Prince and, with a little help of Itbit the clever mouse harem servant girl, finagles her way into the royal court to become his concubine although the Shah refuses to allow them to marry. Meanwhile, a mouse slave dancer named Yariim struggles to keep her virtue in the royal harem even as the Prince and storyteller hope to help her.
However, the Prince is assigned to deal with nomadic raiders in the desert and Sandhri insists on accompanying him, expertly helping him organize the expedition to that end. On that excursion is danger and betrayal as the heroes find enemies and friends they never expected and return in well earned triumph. However, Sandhri, Raschid and Yariim unlocked the final puzzle for a far more diabolical scheme that holds the world the balance.
The second book is Guardians of Light
with the heroes now undisputed ruler of the reformed Osra, as a softspoken buddist Panda scholar, Tsau-yi Meng, comes to find himself joining the court. Together, Raschid's court is put to the ultimate test as a sinister warlord named Tsu-Khan threatens the land and Osra must rise to meet this challenge.
The books are now primarily available as Kindle books at Amazon (Original
, and ''Guardians of Light''
). There is also a shortlived comics adaptation and with an erotic one-shot adaptation of one of Sandhri's racier stories, called Princess Karanam and the Djinn of the Green Jug
, both published by MU Press.
- Anti-Antichrist: Raschid, who was raised by his mother to be the consort of the demon goddess K'aath. However, his whole nature grew up to become utterly determined to defy this fate.
- Arabian Nights Days: This series is written with a more knowledgeable feel of the Islamic lands with it pointed out that Osra has a very liberal attitude to the religion's strictures and the nomads largely take a harder line.
- Babies Ever After: The second book.
- Badass Bookworm: Raschid
- Cain and Abel: Abbas and Raschid, respectively.
- Court Mage: Hassan the (senile and half-deaf) sorcerer.
- Creation Myth: Most believe in the story presented in Genesis, though in the first book Sandhri reveals a different story passed down orally by storytellers. After Adam and Eve were banished and made lords of the world the bats who remained in Eden though they should eat the Fruit as well and convinced many other beasts to do the same. God banished the beasts who ate the Fruit to an Alternate Universe formerly populated by demons (which he destroyed, except for K'aath) and took the bats' wings.
- Deadly Decadent Court: Accomodation and genocide are equally valid tactics for its policies. The twist is that even the good guys of the story, Raschid and Sandhri, even while it is repelled by its brutalities, will readily admit that the court can be a fun place be in when it is a peaceful mood.
- Depraved Bisexual: Abbas, who brutalizes harem girls and sleeps with the captain of the guard. And Fatima and a few of the other girls in the upper ranks of the harem. On the other hand, most of the harem girls and Sandhri and Yarim are bisexual but not depraved.
- Forgot I Could Change the Rules: Justified early in the story with Raschid pondering all the reforms he could do by arbitrary fiat if he were Shah and then ruefully reminding himself that he would be assassinated by the nobility and/or the bureaucracy within a day if he tried.
- Four-Fingered Hands: When Raschid tries to teach Sandhri how to write it's shown that their numerical system uses base eight.
- Furry Fandom: Proudly a part of that fandom.
- The Good Chancellor: The Grand Viser
- I Have Your Wife: Tsu-Khan's main tactic to bring Raschid to heel, it doesn't work.
- Never Learned to Read: Sandhri.
- Not With Them For The Money: Sandhri
- Our Liches Are Different: Tsu-Khan is an immortal necromancer who can only be killed by destroying his heart of stone. And he's actually a human sorceror from an alternate universe who took over an arctic fox's body.
- Our Werebeasts Are Different: Shifters transform into hulking feral beasts that can only be harmed by silver, fire, or magic.
- Potty Emergency: As if Raschid didn't have enough trouble dodging the amorous and sexy Harem Matron coming on to him, he also had to drain his bladder and privies seemed utterly inaccessible.
- Power of Love: A critical factor in the first book. And the second.
- Royal Harem
- She Cleans Up Nicely: Sandhri is really impressed at what a good bath and talented tailors can do for her.
- Sorcerous Overlord: Tsu-Khan, the Necromancer type. Sandhri's tales claim that thousands of years ago four sorcerors from Earth came to their world when Earth lost its magic and conquered it. Three were killed in the inevitable revolt, the fourth became the Tsu-Khan.
- The Storyteller: Sandhri.
- Succession Crisis: Abbas is the shah's first-born son but his mother is only second wife, while Raschid is the first wife's son, both have claims and multiple factions backing them, most of them aren't above assassination. Once the shah dies it's mere hours before Raschid is the last member of the royal family left alive.
- Triang Relations: Type 8 with Raschid, Sandhri and Yarim.
- In Book 2 Itbit is involved in a type 3 with Meng and Tulu-Behg and a type 6 with Raschid Sandhri and Yarim.
- The Wise Prince: Raschid