#1: Do these books continue? What order should I read them in?
No, the books do not continue. The original series had 130 volumes on FanFic. net, (each about 10 to 30 pages). They were written in whatever order they popped into my head. The new novel length series here on Amazon (each now 100 and up to 300 pages), is a re-write of the old series. Like the 2007 original, each story stands on it's own as a complete story, without any need to read any story before or after it. The volumes are only numbered because Amazon requires a volume number to be added to any books that are in a series or set. So, no, you do not have to read the series in order 1, 2, 3, etc. You can start out with 8 then read 1, then 5, and so on, if you want to.
Each volume looks at a single space in time during Quaraun's life, often the story will span the space of only a few hours of a single day. Quaraun is an Elf, whose brain has been infested by a parasitic Lovecratian jellyfish (a Thullid), that is eating his brain and replacing it with it's own. He is unable to grasp a sense of time or reality and is fighting to remain Quaraun the Elf, refusing to become Quaraun the Thullid, while struggling to deal with the suicide of his lover and fellow wizard, BoomFuzzy, who has regenerated as a Lich Unicorn. Quaraun is fighting a losing battle against the Thullid living in his head, while trying to come to terms with his lover's suicide and subsequent undeath, and has lost touch with reality. The series is written from his very questionable perspective. As such, the stories go backward and forward and have no set chronology. Thus each volume can be read in any order.
However to fully understand the backstory, it is best to read The Night of The Screaming Unicorn and BoomFuzzy, early on, as those 2 volumes contain the original story which the entire rest of the series is based upon.
#2: Is this book/series Erotica?
NO! This series is NOT Erotica. It is Yaoi written as Literary Fiction in the Bizarro/Dark Epic Fantasy genre setting. If you buy this series thinking it's Erotica, you will be VERY disappointed.
However, that does not mean there is no sex in the series. The series is however very sexual in nature, especially the dialogue between the characters, who spend an inordinate amount of time in taverns talking about sex and comparing their sex lives. There is a lot of sexual talk but not much actual on page sex going on.
Do keep in mind that this is Yaoi and Quaraun is an over femed transvestite-twink type of uke, with Unicorn being a very dominate and often violent trickster seme, and this series is not a lot of people's cup of tea. It's not mainstream fiction, nor does it try to be.
#3: Is it true the language is crude?
Yes. Supporting character BoomFuzzy the undead, shape shifting Phooka (evil Unicorn/Faerie Horse) has a very dirty mouth. After being a Lich with an incorporeal body for 300 years and thus unable to have sex with anyone, he has developed an obsession with talking about everyone elses's sex life. He swears constantly, uses the F-word way more often than he needs to using it as an adjective and the F-word appears multiple times on every page he has a speaking part in, and he makes constant talk of glorifying the sexuality of everyone, with lots of use of Ps and Cs in all their many very vulgar forms.
#4: What language are these books written in?
The narrative and the dialogue of Quaraun's character is written in Maritime Canadian English (the language of the people where I grew up). (The series is set in Nova Scotia and Maine). A LARGE portion of the cast of the series, including primary character BoomFuzzy the Unicorn, are Scottish Gypsies and speak Scottish Gypsy English (my native language, not to be confused to Scots Language or Scottish English).
ALL spellings, grammar, idioms, and phraseologies used by the characters BoomFuzzy, Unicorn, Gwallmaiic, and FarDarrig are CORRECT and ACCURATE to the ACTUAL language of my people The Scottish Gypsies and, is the way I speak verbally, should you ever meet me in real life.
#5: Is Quaraun transgender, transsexual, or transvestite?
Transgender is a man who lives as a woman (or vice versa).
Transsexual is a man who has surgically become a woman (or vice versa).
Transvestite is a man who wears women's clothing but still identifies as a male.
(for more in depth explanations & subcategories, there's Google)
Quaraun is a transvestite; he wears women's clothing but makes no attempt to be a woman, and uses male pronouns, but also identifys as "Unicorn's wife" and sometimes shifts to speaking in 3rd person about himself while shifting from male to female pronouns. He often says he feels like a female soul trapped in a male body. He doesn't feel like either gender and also feels like both genders, he does not feel he fits in and does his own thing, while wishing others would accept him as he is and stop trying to change him. What Quaraun is described as wearing in the books, is my actual wardrobe that I wear every day in real life and his attitude towards his gender identity follows the same genderfluid, two-spirited, otherkin identity I live with. I wrote him this way, because I am Transgender-Genderfluid identifying as two-spirited and OtherKin.
#6: Is Quaraun gay?
No. Quaraun is a bi-sexual, demisexual, meaning an asexual person who refuses to have sex with anyone unless he has first formed a deep emotional relationship with them. He is not attracted to either males or females and will engage in sex with either if he feels a close bond with them. Demisexuality is a sexual orientation in which the person feels sexual attraction only to people with whom they have a strong emotional bond. Most demisexuals feel sexual attraction rarely, and some have little to no interest in sexual activity, often going decades between engaging in sex. Many demisexuals will only engage in sex at the request of their partner and only to satisfy their partner's needs, not their own. (I am myself demisexual thus why I wrote him that way.)
His primary lover throughout most of the series is male. In chronological order from youth to old age: he starts out with a male Faerie lover (BoomFuzzy) who commits suicide when Quaraun marries a female Elf. After his wife's death, Quaraun takes another male Faerie lover (Unicorn, who is the regenerated BoomFuzzy). Quaraun has random affairs with a few male and female lovers in between, most notably GhoulSpawn (a male half-Elf) who he forms a strong attachment to. Quaraun has 3 wives and father's 8 children with them.
Quaraun remains with Unicorn throughout the entire series (a time span of 750 years), acknowledging ONLY Unicorn as his spouse, largely ignoring his other lovers. Unicorn introduces Quaraun as "my wife" when they meet someone new; depending on the situation Quaraun may or may not admit to being Unicorn's "wife".
#7: If Quaraun is a Necromancer why doesn't he act like one?
A Necromancer is a person who communicates with the spirits of the dead via divination. Quaraun is a Necromancer by ACTUAL REAL LIFE dictionary definition, NOT by fantasy fiction definitions. He is not raising armies of dead minions, he is instead obsessing over blaming himself for his lover BoomFuzzy's suicide and turns to Necromancy to try to find BoomFuzzy's spirit, and inadvertently resurrects him as a sex-crazed unicorn.
#8: Where's the action?
There is none. If you are looking for sword fights and battling monsters, you've come to the wrong place. This is written as a very slow moving, Slice of Life Literary story. It is Literary Fiction set to a Dark Fantasy setting. Yes, I know, it's never been done before, but that why I did it. I LOVE Slice of Life Literary Fiction. It is my favorite genre to read. I also LOVE Fantasy fiction. I could not find any Literary Slice of Life Fantasy Fiction out there and thus why I took up writing this series. I figured if I couldn't find the thing I wanted to read, then the only thing left to do was to write the stories I wanted to read and so I did and this series is the result.
This entire series is Slice of Life Vignette Literary Fiction, meaning there's a lot of dialogue, a lot of talking, a lot of thinking, a lot of monologue, and a lot of emotional introspective, but not much action going on in this heavily character driven series. Each story is a narrow focused look at a single event (often a single day or hour) in Quaraun's life.
#9: What time period is this set in?
It is an alternate dimension of 1400s Earth, where Humans have guns, pirate ships fly through the sky like planes, as do zeppelins, time travel is possible through wormholes or portals, rainbow coloured teddy bears wear sequin g-strings, squid headed aliens from Neptune's moon terrorize the earth feasting on brains, and the most feared wizard on the planet faints at the sight of blood. It's Bizarro - there is no attempt at historical accuracy, and anything can and does happen.