All The Pan of Hamgee wants is a quiet life.
So why did he have to fall in love with a woman living a different version of reality, upset a murderous tyrant and then run out of places to hide?
Now all he has to do is face his inner demons, rescue everything he holds dear and save the world, or die trying.
Oh yes, and he's an abject coward.
Great. No pressure then.
Written in British English.
Suggested cinema rating PG
Q – So, tell us about the K’Barthan Series. What made you write it? What makes it special?
A – K’Barth hasn’t always been called ‘K’Barth’ but it’s been with me since I can remember. My brain has always been off with the fairies and I suppose it was only a matter of time before I began to write about where it went. Once I started, the response to the characters, from readers really kept me going. The Pan of Hamgee is a very reluctant hero; someone who is aware of the risks he is taking and human – ie scared – about being brave. A lot of teenage boys like him and he has as many fans among the girls, and their mums. In Ruth I wanted to create someone pragmatic, sensible and grounded. She’s not going to lose a shoe and fall over, so the hero has to go back and help her, and they both get caught by the monster. She’s a strong female protagonist who is a bit more of a hero than The Pan, frankly – to start with at any rate. I think he catches her up as the story unfolds.
Q – What will readers enjoy most about The K'Barthan Series?
A – Hopefully, the same things as I do: the laughs, the clean romance – where it appears – the fast pace and the action – especially the flying car chases – and I hope they will like its deeper side.
Q – What is your favourite kind of Book? Would The K'Barthan Series fit on the list?
A – Oh yes. I wrote it entirely for me. If anyone else likes it, that’s gravy. I love British humour, especially satire in fantasy and sci fi: people like Pratchett and Adams. They make me laugh out loud but think as well. There’s so much texture and depth in their work. I think, if you're funny you can be harder hitting and setting it all in a parallel reality helps.
Q – Do you have a target reader?
A – Officially it’s young adults and teenagers. Now that it’s complete the series is certainly proving popular with teens and young adults and I had my teenage nephew in mind when I wrote them. However, I firmly believe that all the best books for teenagers appeal equally to their parents, so I also wrote it for me. Thus far – if the people who contact me are anything to go by – it appeals to a certain type of person across the board. The oldest fan of the series I know of is in his 90s and the youngest is 10.
Q – Thanks for giving our readers a look inside The K'Barthan Series.
A – Thank you!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I fell in love with this series from the first book. It took me a few chapters to get caught up in the story and this new world but I'm glad I stuck with it. There is a cast of quirky characters throughout the books. If you like snarky British humor then this is definitely a series you need to read. These are not standalone books and, except for the last book, all end in cliffhangers. So you need to read these books in the order they were written. This series revolves around a character called The Pan of Hamgee. And yes, he even calls himself The Pan. He lives on K'Barth which is a parallel Earth but with a different version of reality. Events can switch between "this Earth" (as I've come to think of it since it contains familiar landmarks from London) and K'Barth. The Pan has been on his own and on the run since he was 16. Due to an unfortunate incident with a police sergeant, which happened entirely by accident, he has been blacklisted and on the run. One thing he is good at is getting away, both on foot and in a snurd (type of car). To survive he ends up being the getaway driver for a group of bank robbers and the story takes off from there. The Pan and the few allies he has are trying to stop Lord Vernon (who was the Police Sergeant who blacklisted him way back when) and his evil plans for world domination. There are plenty of challenges along the way which will keep you reading to the end of book four.