The Aphorisms of Kherishdar

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Alien wisdom tales about the power of community, love, and a fair society.

For the Ai-Naidar, caste and tradition are not the shackles that imprison the spirit but the silences that make sense of the music of their lives. The Aphorisms of Kherishdar collects 25 short tales about what it is to have an Ai-Naidari soul: to find comfort in tradition, law and structure; to revere interdependence over individualism; to know one’s place… to always have one.

A gem for lovers of constructed languages, and a provocative read: come meditate on values rarely celebrated in fantasy and science fiction.

Can be read as a standalone or as a prequel to Black Blossom.

Genre (setting): low fantasy/implied science fiction (Kherishdar)
Tags: flash fiction, meditations, poetry, linguistics, conlangs, aliens, virtues
Rating: PG for emotional situations

 


The Admonishments of Kherishdar

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In Kherishdar, when a person commits a crime, they become their sin…. Suicide. Rape. Child Abuse. Addiction. Twenty-five crimes. Twenty-five stories. Twenty-five narrators… and one minister over them all, to judge, convict and Correct the faulty: the priest who serves Shame.

This companion volume to The Aphorisms of Kherishdar explores the wayward and their journey back to society, offering another glimpse into the Ai-Naidari culture. A darker, more difficult glimpse—

Without Shame, there is no Civilization.

Recommended, but not necessary, as a prequel to Black Blossom.

Genre (setting): low fantasy/implied science fiction (Kherishdar)
Tags: flash fiction, crime, punishment, linguistics, conlangs, aliens
Rating: R for violence, rape, abuse, and other difficult emotional situations

 


Black Blossom

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The high priest of Shame in Kherishdar is shattering—

—and the only thing between him and his ruin is the gentle Calligrapher, Farren Nai’Sheviet-osulkedi. When they are dispatched by the god of Civilization to Qenain, the House of Flowers, they find it in disorder, having fallen prey to a mysterious influence… an alien influence… a human one. Can one man heal Shame in time to save him and Qenain both? Or will they both fail? And what will happen in—and to—the House of Flowers?

Black Blossom is a genteel, conversational fantasy of society, culture… and the perversions that threaten them.

Can be read as a standalone novel, though The Aphorisms of Kherishdar and The Admonishments of Kherishdar make good background for its events and setting.

Genre (setting): low fantasy/implied science fiction (Kherishdar)
Tags: conlangs, linguistics, aliens, first contact, slow pacing, immersive, found family, bisexual, asexual relationships
Rating: PG for emotional situations