Reviews and comments are coming in for the new book. Here are some of my favorites:
“The magic that was the glue that bound the story together and the magnificence of the lotus made for a book I just could not out down. This was my first Kay Kenyon book and I was super impressed. I have a new favorite author.”- NetGalley Reviewer
“A rich, gorgeous, marvelously detailed tapestry of a book.” – Sharon Shinn
“A masterwork from the mind of one of our best authors of compelling alternate realities.” – Larry Brooks
This book is rich with details and mysticism. . . . It is a great mix of historical research with fictional, magical, world building. The cultures are deep and fascinating. The characters are equally as interesting, each with their own unique motivations. It is a great, rich, read. . . . Very beautifully written. – A Dragon’s Love
I loved this book! It was a little bit strange, atmospheric and at times really beautiful. – Nocturnal Book Reviews
A story that twists and turns, draws you through the jungles of a magical and distant world that will leave you yearning for more. From love and desire, to aspiration and inspiration and from conflict and loss, to healing and hope this book is paced full of everything you look for in a great story. . . . I am almost begging for a sequel. After reading this book you are so in love with Astoria, her dashing military suitor, and her family that you can’t wait to find out how the story ends…and then emptiness sets in. Then you realize – that is exactly what a good book does. Seriously make yourself a piping cuppa your favorite tea, curl up and prepare for an amazing journey. Through jungles, palaces, ruins and more your desire for adventure, love stories, and new places will be fulfilled. – Maggie McKeating’s Reviews
And from The Daily Quirk, this lovely review:
I have always been a huge fan of both historical fiction and fantasy, so when I picked up A Thousand Perfect Things by Kay Kenyon and realized it combines my two favorite genres, I couldn’t wait to keep reading. . . .
This book was right up my alley for a number of reasons, the first of which is Tori herself. She is funny and clever and stubborn and someone it was really easy for me to relate to. Even though the book takes place almost 200 years ago in fictional versions of London and India, Tori has many of the same dreams and insecurities of girls today. She strives for intelligence and discovery when the norm was for girls her age to strive for the richest husband. She’s also incredibly sassy and full of attitude in a society where everyone was expected to be polite and well-behaved. She’s a rule-breaker and a dreamer and a thinker and a great role model.
A Thousand Perfect Things also had a great blend of history and fantasy. I love reading books about Victorian England and high society, both of which you get in this book. You also get magic, mythical beasts and other supernatural beings and events. The combination creates an intricate and fascinating world that is full of magic and fantasy and at the same time seems like it really could have existed. Kenyon does a great job of weaving historical accuracy and imagination to create an amazing book.
There is also a wonderful, slow-burn romance woven throughout the length of the book. When the book begins, Tori despises the idea of marriage and compares it to willing slavery, but as her relationships throughout the story develop and change, it keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering if she really will end up with someone.
One of my favorite things about this book is that it has a little bit of everything. In addition to the history and magic, A Thousand Perfect Things is full of action, mystery and devious plots as well as fashion and high society. It brings up questions about spirituality and freedom and will have you laughing one moment and deep in thought the next.
I loved this book for its creativity, its strong female characters, and its ability to keep me guessing. I blew through it in a matter of days (and would have finished even sooner if things like work and sleep didn’t get in the way). If you’re looking for a good book to cozy up with now that autumn is just around the corner, A Thousand Perfect Things is sure to sweep you off your feet with its wit, charm and magic. – The Daily Quirk