A Thousand Perfect Things by Kay KenyonMy Thoughts: The synopsis of this book really got my attention. The thought of an alternate world where magic and science were in constant battle was very intriguing. I could not wait to submerge myself into this world.
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.
The setting, the story, and the characters were beautifully written. I was in awe on how Ms. Kenyon described Anglica (England) and Bharata (India). I could vividly imagine these two places especially how Anglica was a country governed by science and Bharata delved into magic. These two places helped create the story, which surround the hunt over a mysterious lotus with powers. Wondering whether or not the lotus was going to be found kept me hooked. Last, the characters were enjoyable to read as well, especially Astoria. I liked how she had a disability but it didn't stop her from her mission.
As much as I found this book to be interesting, I did find it dull a few times. The prologue was strong and had me excited as to what the plot was about. However, the next few chapters took a hard time getting used to since there wasn't much going on. This had losing interest. Fortunately, it did pick up towards the end which had me engaged into the story again.
As a whole, this was a decent read written in a beautiful manner. I liked the world that was created but I would have liked more action to make the story run faster. I rate this:
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
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