K.V. Johansen

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Mostly, I write fantasy (epic fantasy ... character-driven epic fantasy ... with shapeshifters, demons, gods, and ... Moth, around whom even the gods get a bit nervous). These days, I largely write for adults, though I've written many children's and YA fantasy novels and some children's science fiction, as well as picture books, plus I've been known to perpetrate literary criticism.

Gods of the Nabban, set in the world of the caravan road and falling chronologically after The Storyteller, Blackdog, and the two volumes of Marakand, The Leopard and The Lady, is out in September 2016 from Pyr.

My main scholarly interests are ancient and medieval history and languages, and the history of children's fantasy literature. What else can I say? My lif
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K.V. Johansen Thanks for letting me know -- 'hopelessly addicted' makes my day. Yes! The final book in the series is coming out from Pyr in the spring/summer of…moreThanks for letting me know -- 'hopelessly addicted' makes my day. Yes! The final book in the series is coming out from Pyr in the spring/summer of 2019. The working title (and I think that it's been decided to go ahead with that as the real title) is The Last Road. The books together have now got a series title, too -- Gods of the Caravan Road. (That was Tom Lloyd's name for them and once he told me that, it was so obviously right I couldn't think of them any other way.) The Last Road is set quite a while after the end of Gods of Nabban and brings Holla-Sayan, Moth, and Mikki, who were off-stage for GoN, back into the thick of the action, with Ahjvar and Ghu and Yeh-Lin. It was a hard one to write -- for a long time I couldn't find the right way into it and it kept spinning off into whole new cultures and plots that really should have been new worlds of their own, but I got there in the end. (less)
K.V. Johansen Hi! I think the short answer is, no, you don't have to read them in order. The stories are all connected, and chronologically, happen in publication…moreHi! I think the short answer is, no, you don't have to read them in order. The stories are all connected, and chronologically, happen in publication order, with what happens in one having an effect on what follows after, but though Gods of Nabban would certainly be enriched by having read Leopard/Lady first (and Blackdog and even the short story "The Storyteller"), it tells a separate story that I think you could enjoy on its own. What happened to the two main characters of Gods of Nabban before you meet them at the start of GoN to bring them to that point is alluded to where necessary, but I'm pretty sure you can take Ahjvar and Ghu from where they are then without feeling baffled and lost. (That was a not-so-short answer, I fear!) I hope that helps (and that you'll enjoy them all, in time!)(less)
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