Bright of the Sky

Bright of the Sky

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by Kay Kenyon

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Kay Kenyon, noted for her science fiction world-building, has in this new series created her most vivid and compelling society, the Universe Entire. In a land-locked galaxy that tunnels through our own, the Entire is a bizarre and seductive mix of long-lived quasi-human and alien beings gathered under a sky of fire, called the bright. A land of wonders, the Entire is


Kay Kenyon, noted for her science fiction world-building, has in this new series created her most vivid and compelling society, the Universe Entire. In a land-locked galaxy that tunnels through our own, the Entire is a bizarre and seductive mix of long-lived quasi-human and alien beings gathered under a sky of fire, called the bright. A land of wonders, the Entire is sustained by monumental storm walls and an exotic, never-ending river. Over all, the elegant and cruel Tarig rule supreme.

Into this rich milieu is thrust Titus Quinn, former star pilot, bereft of his beloved wife and daughter who are assumed dead by everyone on earth except Quinn. Believing them trapped in a parallel universe—one where he himself may have been imprisoned—he returns to the Entire without resources, language, or his memories of that former life. He is assisted by Anzi, a woman of the Chalin people, a Chinese culture copied from our own universe and transformed by the kingdom of the bright. Learning of his daughter’s dreadful slavery, Quinn swears to free her. To do so, he must cross the unimaginable distances of the Entire in disguise, for the Tarig are lying in wait for him. As Quinn’s memories return, he discovers why. Quinn’s goal is to penetrate the exotic culture of the Entire—to the heart of Tarig power, the fabulous city of the Ascendancy, to steal the key to his family’s redemption.

But will his daughter and wife welcome rescue? Ten years of brutality have forced compromises on everyone. What Quinn will learn to his dismay is what his own choices were, long ago, in the Universe Entire. He will also discover why a fearful multiverse destiny is converging on him and what he must sacrifice to oppose the coming storm.

This is high-concept SF written on the scale of Philip Jose Farmer’s Riverworld, Roger Zelazny’s Amber Chronicles, and Dan Dimmons’s Hyperion.

Editorial Reviews

Jeff VanderMeer
…a splendid fantasy quest as compelling as anything by Stephen R. Donaldson, Philip Jose Farmer or, yes, J. R. R. Tolkien…It's rare to recommend a novel whose first 75 pages are so banal, but then perhaps that's the point. Once in The Bright, you can actually feel the grasses and smell the smoke from the trains and experience great wonder in the cities of this impossible yet beautiful universe.
—The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly
At the start of this riveting launch of a new far-future SF series from Kenyon (Tropic of Creation), a disastrous mishap during interstellar space travel catapults pilot Titus Quinn with his wife, Johanna Arlis, and nine-year-old daughter, Sydney, into a parallel universe called the Entire. Titus makes it back to this dimension, his hair turned white, his memory gone, his family presumed dead and his reputation ruined with the corporation that employed him. The corporation (in search of radical space travel methods) sends Titus (in search of Johanna and Sydney) back through the space-time warp. There, he gradually, painfully regains knowledge of its rulers, the cruel, alien Tarig; its subordinate, Chinese-inspired humanoid population, the Chalin; and his daughter's enslavement. Titus's transformative odyssey to reclaim Sydney reveals a Tarig plan whose ramifications will be felt far beyond his immediate family. Kenyon's deft prose, high-stakes suspense and skilled, thorough world building will have readers anxious for the next installment. (Apr.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal

A parallel universe has been discovered, and Titus Quinn's wife and daughter are lost somewhere within it. Determined to get them back, the former star pilot crosses into the universe of the Entire, a culture that resembles an alternate version of China—and discovers that retrieving his family is not as easy as he had thought in a world ruled by an alien race seeking to conquer Quinn's reality. The author of The Seeds of Timeimagines a dystopic version of our own world. Reminiscent of the groundbreaking novels of Philip K. Dick, Philip Jose Farmer, and Dan Simmons, her latest volume belongs in most libraries.
—Jackie Cassada

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Entire and the Rose , #1
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Meet the Author

Kay Kenyon, nominated for the Philip K. Dick and the John W. Campbell awards, began her writing career (in Duluth, Minnesota) as a copywriter for radio and TV. She kept up her interest in writing through careers in marketing and urban planning, and published her first novel, The Seeds of Time, in 1997. She is the author of numerous short stories, including those in I, Alien; Live Without a Net; and Stars: Stories Based on the Songs of Janis Ian. She lives in Wenatchee, Washington, with her husband. You can read a first chapter of her books at

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Bright of the Sky (Entire and the Rose Series #1) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kay Kenyon's first book in the Entire and the Rose series has something of an identity crisis. No one seems to know how to market this: sci-fi or fantasy? Bright of the Sky neatly strides both worlds - literally - to create a universe rich with culture, sympathetic characters that are truly flawed, and a plot that mimics reality more than the paradigms we're used to. Fans of fantasy world building will be thrilled with the new series. ***** Bright of the Sky follows Titus Quinn as he journeys from our universe 'the Rose' to another - that of the Entire, 'graciously' created and ruled by the powerful and oppressive Tarig alien race. Quinn reached the Entire by mistake two years ago and came back with precious few memories of his time there little enough that everyone felt he'd just gone mad at the loss of his young daughter and wife in the spacing accident. When scientists discovered truth to Quinn's parallel universe claim, they sent him back, hoping he could regain his knowledge of the place. Quinn hopes to discover the whereabouts of his wife and daughter. But he also has the directive from his company to gain knowledge of how to travel freely between the realms, a quest made necessary by blackmailing Quinn. He also discovers that he gained notoriety in his first trip to the Entire, a place where those of 'the Rose' are instantly recognized as intruders and unwelcome. Titus Quinn must overcome his torrid past in the Entire and pass by unnoticed, balancing his personal and professional goals to return to the Rose. ***** The most intriguing part of this book is the culture and world building involved in the Entire, and because most of the story takes place there, this might be better classified as a fantasy book. The Entire does have knowledge of the Rose, and the Tarig race fashioned all of the other races off examples from the Rose. For example, the Chalin people loosely resemble the ancient Chinese, appearing mostly human, pursuing control of emotions in a vaguely spiritual manner, ruled by feudal lords with an important scholar class. But the Tarig rule the Entire with an iron fist, and their first commandment is to withhold knowledge of the Entire from the Rose. So while the cultures in the Entire take cue from the Rose, deeper knowledge and conversation remains off-limits. How the Tarig created the universe remains a mystery through the first book. How the Tarig maintain control is made very clear: they're credited with the immortal life that all in the Entire enjoy, their intelligence is nearly omniscient, and they punish all lawbreakers with swift death. ***** Because of this social structure, most of the action in this book takes place through politics and intrigue. If you want fantastic space battles or duels, you will have to look elsewhere 'at least for few hundred pages'. The pace is very strong through the first few chapters of the book and settles into a rolling quest once Quinn reaches the Entire. Quinn's journey does not always go as you expect it. Dangers that are foreshadowed never come to pass. Misadventures and inconveniences pop up and make perfect sense, but can occur unexpectedly. ***** The characters are multi-dimensional in a way that goes beyond what most authors attempt. Quinn is flawed deeply, not superficially. He starts off the book a violent hermit, shunned by the world who initially rejected his story of the Entire. His notoriety in the Entire is not just the product of xenophobia - he's done some awful things, and continues to do so, though we understand his motives and can sympathize with him, even if empathy is difficult. Those who support and oppose Quinn have their own clear objectives and secrets. Even the Tarig are not just bad guys their self-created reputation for grace is not complete rubbish. ***** Initially the fantasy world is a little difficult to believe, with sentient races popping up as convenient and other devices revealed in a very linear plot, parallel to the mot
harstan More than 1 year ago
During a simple interstellar space trip like the zillion he has done before, pilot Titus Quinn, his wife Johanna Arlis and their nine-year-old daughter Sydney run into trouble in which the trio lands in a different parallel universe, the Entire. Titus returns to the earth he knows, but his two beloved females remain behind in the Entire. Though no one can explain how much he has seemed to have aged, nobody believes his tale filled with memory lapses as everyone assumes his women are dead. Titus vows to return to the Entire to rescue his wife and daughter. --- With the help of the not altruistic Corporation, who seeks new space travel technology. They can afford the price of a defrocked pilot and a ship soTitus returns to the Entire on his quest to find and rescue Johanna and Sydney. On this parallel plain, the Tarig, who rule the realm anticipate his heroic efforts though a decade has passed since he crashed here. With the help of Anzi of the Chalin people, Titus begins in earnest his mission starting with an effort to liberate an enslaved Sydney even as he knows he will have to serendipitously infiltrate the Ascendancy where the Tarig power and he believes his family's salvation reside. He remains ignorant for now but soon will know the dilemma of choosing between loved ones and universes that await him. His choices of ten years ago come home to roost. --- This is an exhilarating action-packed science fiction thriller that through mostly the actions of the desperate hero enables the audience to believe in the parallel universe that sort of runs through ours. The story line never slows down yet is filled with twists and turns that will shock readers yet seem plausible. Fans of tense sci fi thrillers with moral considerations will appreciate this deep tale of redemption but at a high cost. --- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Entire series is beautifully written with fully integrated worlds, characters and societies. Enjoyable reading.
IGPP More than 1 year ago
Kenyon creates a compelling alternate world/universe where a family of humans from earth are trapped, split up, and are forced to work against each others interests. The alien culture is beautifuly described. Kenyon's characters pull me in. I've read the entire series of the "Entire and the Rose" and enjoyed every minute of the read. I would venture to say that her world and story is as compelling as many of the historical greats in the world of sci-fi. If you liked Dune by F. Herbert or Asimov's Foundation series, I would think that this series falls easily into that level of writing.
kitkat3ny More than 1 year ago
I've never heard of this author prior to my download. However, I decided to give her a chance because this is a free download on Kindle and the product description was intriguing.   The book started off slow, there were many parts of this book that felt like the story was just crawling along and the world-building depiction was over done and cumbersome. I stuck with this book solely because the concept of another universe outside of our own fascinated me. This book was so slow it took me almost 2wks to complete it.  So, I finally make it to the end of the book and the ending was a complete and utter disappointment. What a waste!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
story dragged in the beginning nothing to relate and carry me through the initial plot development. Will go back in a few months to try again.