Sunday, September 7, 2008

“Knight’s Fork” by Rowena Cherry

The Queen Consort of the Volnoth needs a sperm donor, and only one green-eyed god has the right stuff. Little does she know she has pinned all her hopes on the crown jewels of the fabled Royal Saurian Djinn. Not only is he the son of her greatest enemy, but he has taken a vow of chastity.

The Saurian Knight is caught between a problem father who has all the moral integrity of a Mafia Don, and a married Princess who would stop at nothing to have his seed in her belly. No matter which way he turns, he’s “forked.”

Taking the wrong lover…in the wrong place, at the wrong time…is dangerous. And when the High and Mighty intervene, it can be fatal. Can true love and a pure White Knight’s virtue triumph, when society loves a right royal scandal?
Knights Fork is billed as a futuristic romance and is the third book in the Gods of Tigron trilogy after Forced Mate and Insufficient Mating Material. I knew as soon as the prologue opened with a principal character issuing the statement Carpe Scrotum (seize life by the testicles) that I was in for an unusual read.

This novel is many things; a story of political intrigue, a quest, and a comedy of manners. Not having read the previous volumes, I initially had some difficulty understanding the various familial relationships integral to the story. Fortunately there is a family tree chart provided. To fully appreciate and comprehend some of the back story, I suspect reading the earlier books might be beneficial.

Set in contemporary times, the action takes place variously on a pleasure moon, assorted Royal spacecraft and even England on Earth. All of the key players are in one manner or another, important members of royalty, or the ruling class of one galactic faction or another.

Cherry’s humour is eclectic. Frankly I have never read a novel so packed with entendres (single, double or triple), euphemisms, sexual innuendos (“crown jewels”, he’s “forked”), and “pun”ishing pop culture references. Here are a few samples -
She’d exhaled in a breathy ejaculation of premature triumph. Her flighty hand alighted on his leg again. “Thank you.”

“Of all the Djinn groins…in all the all the Communicating Worlds…” An insolent drawl cut the silence.
Everything is played for the sly smile and silent chuckle (or groan), so all you can do is go along for the ride. Obviously Ms. Cherry constructed this series with tongue firmly in cheek. The opening chapters of the story begin slowly with “drawing room” style conversations laying down the various characters and their motivations with the action picking up midway through. However the other implied “action” never actually materializes until the final HEA chapters. Characters discuss, dream and plot sex but never actually have any. In a sense this is one long tease, so if you are looking for an erotica quotient, this is not your ticket. There is a romance at the heart of the story between Electra and ‘Rhett, however unusual it may seem.

Knight’s Fork is not quite science fiction, nor is it paranormal romance. I can only quote Monty Python when I say – “and now for something completely different…

Read an excerpt from the Prologue.

View the trailer from Insufficient Mating Material.


  1. Thank you very much for your review, SciFiGuy!

    A Monty-Pythonesque comedy of manners is an intriguing comparison. Not that that is exactly what you said.

    As I recall, when the Monty Python's Flying Circus' master of irony, John Cleese announced, "And now for something completely different..." more of the same would often follow.

    And when they promised that the next skit would be "in the best possible taste" it often wasn't.

    Thank you for choosing to quote the twisted Casablanca quote (Of all the gin-joints...) instead of the Dirty Harry one!

    Best wishes,
    Rowena Cherry

  2. LOL! I love her Earth-born characters' senses of humor. The mistakes those not born on Earth make are almost as funny. You might be able to guess from the Casablanca joke that Rhett is Earth-born and raised.

    There is something of a dry wit about many of the characters (not surprising with the UK backdrop), and a very vicious sense of humor that delights.

    If you haven't read the earlier books, you might well miss some of the in-jokes and nuances, but having read all three PLUS the earlier novella from the world (THE MATING NET), I can tell you that I devour these, because Rowena balances the serious world issues with superbly-crafted sarcasm and wit.

    BTW, the amount of sex in the books varies. Rowena does tend more to sensual than erotic, but KNIGHT'S FORK is, by far, the least sexual of the series.


  3. Rowena,
    And of course Python right out of the gate was always light years ahead of what other skit comedians were attempting. I noticed there were several Casablanca references, but that was the one that tickled the funny bone the most.

    Cheers, Doug Knipe

  4. Hi Brenna
    I could see that many of the characters from Knight's Fork had Earth origins from their dialogue and was intrigued at what must have transpired previous to events in Knight's Fork. I have sooooo much reading on my TBR pile, I may not get to those earlier books for awhile.

    Cheers, Doug

  5. The Lumberjack Song... inspired a generation. Although it might have gone a bar too far.

    I wonder how many of the truly virile and heterosexual sportsmen of the day, under its influence, wrong in their college yearbooks that they liked to press wild flowers and have been misunderstood ever since.

    The Dead Parrot, IMHO, started out so brilliantly because we were shown a highly articulate complainant using every synonym in his extensive vocabulary to convince the shopkeeper to give him his money back!

  6. Knight's Fork by Rowena Cherry sounds fascinating! I can't wait to read it!
    Thank you, Doug, for the enlightening review!!!


  7. One thing we always know we'll get with a book by Rowena Cherry is some excellent dry wit. When I read Forced Mate, I thought I was laughing in all the wrong places, and I kept thinking, "This is almost a spoof." Well, yeah. Really enjoyed that book, and Insufficient Mating Material was even funnier--or maybe I was prepared to laugh by then.

    I'm currently reading Knight's Fork and thoroughly enjoying it. Nothing like cerebral humor mixed in with a little bathroom humor to brighten one's day. :) And hey, it's romantic, too.


  8. That was a great review of Knight's Fork SciFiGuy! I'm half finished with the book, but was searching for other titles and can't wait to read Forced Mate and Insufficient Mating Material. Thanks!


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