A Thousand Perfect Things…
In this epic new work, the award-winning Kenyon, whose work has be compared to Larry Nivens and Stephen R. Donaldson, creates an alternate Earth in the 19th century. This Earth is ruled by two warring factions—scientific Anglica (England) and magical Bharata (India).
Tori Harding, a Victorian woman, whose heart aches to claim the legendary powers of the golden lotus, must leave her reasoned world behind and journey to Bharata. In pursuit of the golden lotus, Tori will be forced to brave its magics, intrigues, deadly secrets and haunted places, to claim her destiny and choose between two lovers in two irreconcilable realms.
As a great native insurrection sweeps the continent of Bharata—Tori will find the thing she most desires, beautifully flawed and more wonderfully strange than she could have ever dreamed.
What did I think? I thoroughly enjoyed myself! Though sci-fi and fantasy are not my "norm", it's nice to step out of the box once in a while. What tempted me in the first place was the alternate world which I love so dearly in the dystopian fiction I read. What Kay Kenyan creates is nothing less than wonderful! The world is so believable, the fantasy easily becomes reality, and her writing is so easy to breathe in. I would have to say that even though this is characterized as both sci-fi and fantasy, it felt more fantasy to me because the world created, though sprinkled with magic, didn't make me reach to believe it. I also liked the dichotomy of the two worlds, one of science and one of magic. It's a plot that I think works well and I've enjoyed in other books. Other pluses… a story with a strong female protagonist is always a treat! And the India setting, also gets high marks. Reading A Thousand Perfect Things makes me also want to try other stories written by Kay Kenyan, and there are plenty to choose from! P.S. LOVED this cover!
Kay Kenyon is the author of eleven science fiction and fantasy novels, including A Thousand Perfect Things. She is the author of the critically acclaimed science fiction quartet, The Entire and The Rose. Bright of the Sky was among PW’s top 150 books of 2007. The series has twice been shortlisted for the ALA Reading List awards and three times for the Endeavour Award. Four of her novels have been translated into French, Spanish and Czech. Along with her novels Tropic of Creation and Maximum Ice, two of the works in the quartet received starred reviews from PW.
You can learn more about Kay Kenyon at her Website, and can connect with her on Facebook & Twitter.
I want to thank Kathy from I Am a Reader, for inviting me to be a tour host for A Thousand Perfect Things! Loved the book!