Bright of the Sky

Bright of the Sky

by Kay Kenyon

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ISBN-13: 9781591028253
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Publication date: 08/05/2010
Series: The Entire and the Rose , #1
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 453
Sales rank: 1,064,127
File size: 3 MB

About 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 www.kaykenyon.com.

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Bright of the Sky (Entire and the Rose Series #1) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 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
aarondesk on LibraryThing 17 days ago
Plot synopsis: A tough-guy hero takes off to a parallel universe to find his family. The first 3/4 of the book were a little boring. It felt like the author was trying to convince the reader how exotically cool this parallel universe is. I wasn't too impressed. Finally in the last 100 or so pages the plot takes off to a decent finish that sets up the rest of the series which could turn out to be interesting (we'll have to see). I felt a lot of deja vu reading the book, despite its 'strange' alternative universe. Powerful overlords who have created a pseudo-earth culture? Stargate. Lone hero gets taken to new world? John Carter on Mars. Various geographical domains connected to a central city via nebulous barriers and rivers? Planescape. The names were also a little cheesy. Our universe is called the Rose, because only our universe has this beautiful flower that other universes don't. Huh? The best thing our entire universe has is a rose? I could go on...
TadAD on LibraryThing 17 days ago
It's not often that an author manages to create a world that feels new to me. Too often...whether I like a book or not...I'm left hearing an echo of Middle Earth, or Dune, or Aurora, or whatever. Ms. Kenyon's The Entire left me with none of that. She's done a marvelous job of world-building, from the geography, through the sentient races, to the complex politics.Only slightly less well-done are her characters. While your reaction to them varies, they are all very vividly drawn. I found myself sucked into their stories from the first page. There is also a nice element of realism to their makeup¿there are very few that you either love or hate unreservedly. Even the "hero" of this book elicited mixed reactions from me.The book is not perfect. Most noticeably, some things just go a little too smoothly. Too many people just find themselves inexplicably drawn to help Titus, at the risk of their lives, and despite everything in their cultural conditioning. The fundamental shifts in the millenia-old Inyx culture come out of left field, with no real foundation in the story. Escape from the ultra-advanced Tarig seems to be as simple as suddenly "remembering" that you know how to tunnel through their buildings and re-program their spaceships.Nonetheless, Kenyon's writing ability makes up for this and, with barely a flicker of "oh, come on!", disbelief is suspended again and the result is a very enjoyable story. I look forward to the arrival of the sequel, A World Too Near. Though the story is fairly firmly science fiction, the tone and the "sufficiently advanced technology...indistinguishable from magic" make this a book that will likely appeal to hardcore fantasy fans, as well.
Waianuhea on LibraryThing 17 days ago
One of the most engrossing books I've ever read! I could NOT STOP READING until I finished! The parallel universe she's created is so real that I actually felt culture shocked. There are so many mysteries set up here that I can't wait to see fleshed out in the later books! This series will definitely always rate very highly on my list of favorite Fantasy books.I met Kay Kenyon at OmegaCon this year. She is fun to talk to and very encouraging to aspiring writers. I can't wait to read ALL her books!
ronincats on LibraryThing 17 days ago
Titus Quinn has been living in seclusion along the beach in the Pacific Northwest for two years, since he was inexplicably found on a far planet after his spaceship disappeared with him, his wife and daughter. The corporation he worked for has labeled his story of finding himself and family in a different universe for 10 years as crackpot, but now they have found evidence that this other universe might exist, and want Titus to be their experimental probe. Desperate to get back to his wife and daughter, he agrees.The Entire is a wholely different reality. With a multitude of creatures but of course, politics both there and at home, Titus must overcome his blocked memory and navigate both physical and sociopolitical barriers. This was an interesting book, the first of a series (the situation is unresolved at the end of the book). It reminded me somewhat of David Brin's Uplift books in its aliens, and somewhat of Riverworld in its flow. I hadn't read anything of Kenyon's before--I think I was conflating her last name to confuse her with Sherrilyn Kenyon who writes urban fantasy vampire tales--not my cuppa. But this was worth a read for science fiction fans--not great but decent, and very imaginative.
mmoj on LibraryThing 17 days ago
Bright of the Sky is the story of two different universes, the Bright and the Rose and Titus Quinn who can survive in both worlds. I found myself wishing for more story about Titus' daughter, Sydney. I found the story to be interesting but a little longer than it needed to be because of the descriptions of characters who you still really didn't care about and wondered why they were included, such as Helise and his father's old friend, Lamar. The description of the Bright was repetitive - how many ways can you say it was bright and the reason for the place was because of the Tarigs - and little else. Hopefully in the next book Kay Kenyon will be able to tighten up the writing and include the characters she has spent so much time introducing in this book.
gchristianson on LibraryThing 17 days ago
Titus Quinn , his wife Johanna and 9 year old daughter Sydney are stranded in a parallel universe. That is where the similarities to other books I have read end.The Setting: The new universe, called the "Entire"is described in vivid detail. The book flips back and forth between a future day earth and the parallel universe. The Entire is described in vivid detail and it allowed my imagination to take over and form a three dimensional planet as I read.I found some of the more "scientific" explanations beyond my grasp, but it did not distract me too much from the actual story. Some will find these explanations interesting and supportive details necessary to the book. I'm just not one of them.The Characters: Titus Quinn is a wonderfully flawed hero. His character and many of the others seemed to walk right off the page. The reader get incite into all aspects of his personality and his character as it changes throughout the book. The other characters are just as engaging. The different species and variety of sentient beings that walk in and out of the storyline are odd and interesting in ways that are sometimes surprising. They add to the texture of the Entire, giving it life.What I liked: Obviously, the characters and the world of the Entire. There are many under lying themes within this book. It would be an interesting book club selection. The topic of discussion range from religion to ethics. For those of you that prefer not to look to deeply and just want to be entertained, this book will satisfy!The writing flowed well, with the exception of one part in the middle of the book. The fact that it is meant to be a series and the book left several plots unfinished. I love that I can look forward to reading more about this intriguing new universe and these interesting characters!What I did not like: As I mentioned the more detailed technical explanations seemed to distract me from the plot. The writer was very cognizant of this fact and kindly repeated many of the details so I didn't have to back track to remember what a certain term meant. As I said, many will find that this adds to the story. Don't let this scare you away from this book...it is a journey worth taking!
emitnick on LibraryThing 17 days ago
Kenyon has created a world, called the Entire, tucked within another dimension of our universe, in which a space captain named Titus Quinn and his wife and young daughter found themselves many years ago. The captain escaped back to our own universe - and returns when an entrance is found. His wife is apparently dead but his daughter remains, a "slave" of a four-legged species. As Quinn traverses this strange constructed world and meets its denizens, his adventures and experiences reminded me of Gene Wolfe's many Long Sun books. The scenes on Earth are humdrum, but I was enthralled by the strange and complex world of the Entire. This is part one of a series.
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.