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Fangs of K'aath: A Tale of Aku-Mashad Hardcover – Apr 1 2000


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: United Publications (April 1 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0953784703
  • ISBN-13: 978-0953784707
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.6 x 2.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 581 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #225,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Another sterling work by Kidd! June 1 2000
By Joe Seddon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Fangs of K'aath is another fine work by Paul Kidd. (The last one I reviewed was the highly-recommended "A Whisper of Wings".) While this story is much simpler than that of Whisper, it is nonetheless a thoroughly enjoyable read; once again, I found myself devouring nearly the entire book in one sitting, only taking a break when my neck began to get sore!
Above all else, this book is a romance, about the love between Sandhri, a storytelling beggar, and Raschid, scholar and heir to the Shah. Their love is, of course, unheard of; how could a noble possibly be seen with a filthy street beggar, let alone profess his love as loudly and thoroughly as Raschid?
Sandhri is more than a match for the young prince, though. Her fast tongue and quick mind weave stories for all who will listen, perhaps allowing her to say more than is proper. Her days in the street have given her talents that prove surprisingly effective when dealing with the haughty nobility and corrupt merchants that Raschid must face. She's not "merely" a love interest; she's a lead, and a strong one at that.
Through this central theme weave other stories; Sandhri's childhood, and why she lives on the streets. An expidition to create peace between the kingdom of Osra and the nomadic desert folk, who have been raiding the city's caravans. And a mysterious rival, who apparently wants either Raschid, or Sandhri, or possibly both of them, dead. These and many other threads run through the story, changing it from a simple fairy tale to a richly-detailed tapestry.
Paul is an excellent writer; I've heard some poor reviews of the material he's written for companies such as TSR, but I, personally, have never had a single complaint about any of his original material. The hardest part of reading this book, initially, is puzzling through Raschid's cultured "thees" and "thous", and Sandhri's thick accent. Once you get into the book, though, they simply make this a richer read, adding to the setting and flavor, and making the characters come alive. Once more, Paul has managed to avoid writing a book. Rather, it's an experience.
It takes a spectacular book, these days, for me to read nonstop without simply tiring of reading. This definitely did it. I gladly put this book high on my list of recommendations, along with Whisper. My only regret is that it weren't longer; I could have gone on reading about these colorful, lively, and utterly REAL characters for quite some time!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Positively riveting, a must-own for any furry fan... June 2 2000
By Nicholas Brown - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is one of those books that draws you in piece by piece, until you're sitting up at the wee hours of the morning, saying 'One more page, one more page...' Absolutely adorable characters, very believeable plotline as well. A story I'll read again and again. Be warned, though: there is a fair bit of violence and suggestive themes. Nothing compared to what one would find on prime-time TV, but don't expect a kiddie, toned-down Arabian Nights setting; it's all presented just as it would be. All in all, a sheer blast to read, and an A+ to Mr. Kidd.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
One major rewrite away from super quality Dec 15 2011
By John Cleary III - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The story is nice. Flawed but nice. Let me take some examples, and warn that these will be spoilers.

Spoiler warning!

Spoiler Alert!

Though I will try to keep the spoilage down to where you will recognize the points when you encounter them in the story without trying to give away *many* major plot points.

Lack of sufficient foreshadowing on: Disney Style Love conquers all, Magic being introduced late in the show, Some but too small foreshadowing on K'aath and corruption (I wish that the villains were more trope aware).
The existence of the mixed species groups without the logical mutt mongrel mix of many species in one critter, and the following logical end of most of the lower class being the love children of mixed species to the nth degree. Similar not quite thought out stuff, rare but there.

This is a nice story to pick up writing tips from, both what to do and what to never do. I may just be too old for this, I can see through some stories that I loved as a teen, and I do not read them anymore.

Nitpicks:
Using Heinlein titles as dialog, even once. Other dialog thrown in as reference joke, even once.
Artist did not pay attention to heroine's religious preference changes. Or to her hairstyle changes, IIRC.
This also suffers from 'all critters are really just alike', no species differentiation problem other than appearance. Just about the only major species difference is our heroine's speech problem. No other species has anything like that, including others from her general area. There is more difference between the princes than there is between the various species.
The cover gives quite a bit of the first half of the story away.

Positives and yes buts:
Art enhanced the story the way that Leetah's shocked face on an ElfQuest cover accented the insides.
Really good art facial expressions.
Basic story is not bad once you get past the above problems. It does need a rewrite to put the above to rest, but it is possible that a complete rewrite would dissolve the story once more inconsistencies are taken care of.
A good Genesis story, but without the background for positive good magic.
Occasional very vivid and quality descriptions, especially of emotional states.
No Kevin and Kell morality: intelligent people do not eat people, or I did not notice if they did.

It may be that this is the best that the furry writers can do. I hope not, and hope for better elsewhere.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
One of his best yet! April 11 2002
By "mashteh" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Paul Kidd has done himself PROUD with this work of his. The characters are believeable, and the entire world is one spun to where you can find yourself falling into easily, with an ending that will most likely suprise you. Paul Kidd I still rank with the likes of Jaques, Tolkein and Lackey. Even if you're not into the idea of 'furries', at least give this book a try, you won't be sorry.
Great Book. Feb. 18 2014
By Winterbeast - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
If you like stories, this one is for you. A Beggar to Queen story with some characters that just won't quit. A real good example of why you should always be polite and friendly to everyone you meet. You never know to whom you may be talking.

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