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.
Praise for A Thousand Perfect Things
“This has become my favorite of all Kay Kenyon’s books. The science-driven men of Anglica have constructed a marvel of engineering-a bridge that crosses the ocean-but they don’t understand the mystical forces they’re facing in the dangerously seductive country of Bharata. As usual, Kenyon offers flawless world-building and a diverse cast of characters driven by conflicting and wholly believable desires. This is a rich, gorgeous, and marvelously detailed tapestry of a book.”
— Sharon Shinn, Author of Troubled Waters and Royal Airs
“Kay Kenyon has once again created a world into which one blissfully disappears, replete with magic and monsters, romance and reigning dynasties, set upon the fragile social scaffolding of mid-nineteenth century England. The story is, literally and figuratively, a bridge between the mystical and the very real, with a young heroine who a delivers a deliciously vicarious ride. Brilliantly told with elegant yet occasionally jarring prose, A Thousand Perfect Things is a masterwork from the mind of one of our best authors of compelling alternate realities.”
— Larry Brooks, Author of Story Engineering
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.
This or That
Black or White?
I love this question, because these are my two favorite colors. Everyone looks good in white. It is the color of bridal gowns, and not many people get married in, say, orange. The real problem with white is that you need an uncle in the dry cleaning business. This is why I usually wear black. Food stains don’t show. It’s a low bar, but black is great.
Night owl, or early bird?
Mornings are when everything seems possible. There is a fresh pot of coffee, I’m looking forward to the next scene in the novel, I have a bright and shiny to-do list that looks so, um, DOable. By nightfall I know the truth of the to-do list. It is a slippery demon and evil master. I think the work in progress may perhaps be a miserable piece of drek. All one can do is go to bed. Early.
Print or Ebook?
Print. With eBooks, it is terribly annoying not being able to easily go back and check on things. But I love eBooks for travel and the notion that no trees died for my entertainment!
Horror or Romance?
I love smart romances, but I prefer them with horrific elements. If possible. My romance-writer friends tell me this is not possible. Or wise.
Action or Drama?
I am so tired of books where nothing much happens. I don’t mind a slow build, but by page 60, action please. In movies, I loved the action film Skyfall. My favorite current TV series is definitely a drama: The Americans.
Summer or Winter?
Summer by far. I moved to Eastern Washington from Seattle in order to escape it being winter all the time. The price I paid is that it is so hot over here that sometimes you can’t go outside after 10:00 a.m. I love warm that much.
Hot or Cold?
So, I just answered this, I think. Let me add that the one piece of clothing I takeeverywhere is a v-neck angora sweater. Yup, black.
Beach or Pool?
I like beaches because you can enjoy them and still multi-task, like jogging. (Jogging in the sand is supposed to improve how you look in shorts.) Beaches are wonderful if warm. If cold, one must avoid them, of course.
Spontaneity or Planning Ahead?
If you are a novelist, you are likely to be a planner. I mean, it’s quite impossible to write a 400 page novel without planning until your head breaks. Thus spontaneity is definitely out of the picture. Sadly.
Cats or Dog?
Cats. In full disclosure, Sumo is lying on my lap as I type. He is an adorable, but resentful marmalade cat. He is not declawed.
Introvert or Extrovert?
I love the spotlight. However, I am an introvert. Is this a contradiction? (A: Yes, and this is why I’m a little crazy.) Real answer: No, introverts are just easily exhausted by social interaction. An hour on stage without having to schmooze is heaven for me!
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