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A Thousand Perfect Things
     

A Thousand Perfect Things

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by Kay Kenyon
 

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In this epic new work, the award-winning Kenyon creates an alternate 19th century with two warring continents on an alternate earth: the scientific Anglica (England) and magical Bharata (India). Emboldened by her grandfather's final whispered secret of a magical lotus, Tori Harding, a young Victorian woman and aspiring botanist, must journey to Bharata, with

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In this epic new work, the award-winning Kenyon creates an alternate 19th century with two warring continents on an alternate earth: the scientific Anglica (England) and magical Bharata (India). Emboldened by her grandfather's final whispered secret of a magical lotus, Tori Harding, a young Victorian woman and aspiring botanist, must journey to Bharata, with its magics, intrigues and ghosts, to claim her fate. There she will face a choice between two suitors and two irreconcilable realms. 

In a magic-infused world of silver tigers, demon birds and enduring gods, as a great native mutiny sweeps up the continent, Tori will find the thing she most desires, less perfect than she had hoped and stranger than she could have dreamed.

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“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

Author of Troubled Waters - Sharon Shinn
"Rich, gorgeous, marvelously detailed."
Author of Troubled Waters and Royal Airs - Sharon Shinn
"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."
Author of Story Engineering - Larry Brooks
"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... A Thousand Perfect Things is a masterwork from the mind of one of our best authors of compelling alternate realities."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781624670961
Publisher:
Premier Digital Publishing
Publication date:
08/27/2013
Pages:
292
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

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.

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A Thousand Perfect Things 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
booknerdDS More than 1 year ago
I really liked this story. I thought it was well written and interesting. I usually don't like the fantasy elements. But this story really pulled me in. I the evolution of Tori Harding. The search for the Golden Lotus was fun and adventurous. The history of India was also very enriching and interesting. This was a very different but intriguing read.
MidWest_Connection More than 1 year ago
Interesting premise. Enjoyed the characters, albeit some more than others, but basically I enjoyed it. I felt some parts were rushed through and other parts needed more development, but that could've been due to the editing process. Overall, it's a good read.
SherryLexical More than 1 year ago
Astoria Harding, the Anglic granddaughter of the great naturalist Charles, wished to carry on his quest to find the mythical Golden Lotus in Bharata, the mystical continent being exploited by the science-based Anglics. She arrives over the great bridge spanning the two continents in time to witness the great revolt as the new Bharata rana seeks to rid his people of the invaders imposing science and education on the land of mysticism and magic. We stick with Tori as she learns the delights of sex and finds the golden lotus. Meanwhile the son of her protector rana kills his father and brother and uses magic to expel the Anglics. He also develops an abiding hatred of Tori and becomes a threat to her life. When the magic of Bharata cures her club foot, Tori sees the error of exploitation and rejection of magic. She renounces her past life, stays behind after her family is driven from Bharata, and becomes a revered figure among the common people. But the evil rana, who is lightly drawn as a character, has not forgotten her. He wants her dead along with her acolyte. He tries and is thwarted by magic tigers, his own creations. The fantasy writing is well-paced with a good plot and engaging characters. Politics, power-brokers, mystics, priests, magical effects and protections, and exotic locale all play a role. The air of mystery surrounding the Bharata way of life is maintained. An enjoyable exploration of past fantasy worlds.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautiful,lush,amazing,captivating,unique- just some of the adjectives I would use to describe this book. Other than the ending being a little rushed in caparison to the rest of the book, there is nothing negative that I can say about this one! Do yourself a favor & read it.
BryanThomasS More than 1 year ago
World building and characterization are top notch. The setting jumps to life off the page. Astoria Harding is a compelling lead and she captures you so much for the first 2/3rds of this, that you can't put it down. But when her emotional arc peaks, it seems the book does too. I found the ending to feel like an overly long denouement, even though a lot happens. It just felt anticlimactic to some stuff which came before. That's my only complaint about an otherwise exceptional read.
MusingsonLit More than 1 year ago
A young woman wanting to fight convention and follow her heart is lead by magic from the safety of her scientific world of Anglica to Bharata the magically infused country where nothing is as it seems. Betrayal, mystery, love, sacrifice, science and magic all collide in this refreshing read. I felt some shades of "Heart of Darkness" when I first read the synopsis which threw me back to my high school English classes. But this was so much easier to read. This book was fabulous on several levels. I really enjoyed the mental thought processes that were so well defined. Watching the development of the main character Tori, you experience a significant paradigm shift, from a curious, but unaware young woman, to a woman who looks past the things that are expected of her, to what she can become when she allows herself to be free. The identities of the two nations seem to be an over exaggeration of the basic flaws in different cultures. This allows the reader to consider things from a different perspective. The lotus flowers effect that illustrate different realities and how they effect you is ingenious. So many times you wonder what would have happened if... I would highly recommend this read to anyone.