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Bright of the Sky: Entire and the Rose Bk. 1 (Entire & the Rose 1) (The… (original 2007; edition 2008)

by Kay Kenyon

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TitleBright of the Sky: Entire and the Rose Bk. 1 (Entire & the Rose 1) (The Entire and the Rose)
AuthorKay Kenyon
Rating***1/2
ReviewA strange mix of Sci-Fi and Fantasy which for a large portion of the book I found hard to get into.

Titus's journey to regain his memories, secure the means of passage through the "Entire" and find his daughter in a world ruled by a Chinese type political structure and the feared Tarig Lords is slow going for most of the book as she introduces the characters and the Kingdom of the "Entire".

Don't get me wrong it's an interesting world in the vein of Riverworld (and it's a lot more interesting than the Earth she depicts), but nothing really happens for most of the novel. You get glimpses of his past in the Entire which due to time dilation was a lot longer than he was missing from the Earth dimension. You get glimpses of his, now Blind, daughter and the strange horse like creatures (probably the most interesting sections), but you want to know a lot more. Who or what are the Tarig, how did the Entire come to be (is it natural or manufactured) and why did Titus leave the Entire without his wife and daughter in the first place.

All questions for the forthcoming sequels I suppose.

It was an interesting and strange world, one that picked up pace towards the end of the novel. The aside with the adventures of his daughter were interesting, the ones in his home dimension less so.
I'll probably pick up the next book out of curiosity rather than excitement as this didn't set my world alight.
Publication date2008
PublicationPrometheus Books (2008), Paperback, 453 pages
ISBN1591026016 / 9781591026013
Number of volumes1
Number of copies1
Pages453
Dimensions8.98 x 6.08 x 0.93 inches
Weight1.33 pounds
LC ClassificationPS3561.E5544B75
DeweyEntire 1
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Primary languageEnglish
SummaryKay 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.
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