Fantasy Novels

Queen of the Deep by Kay Kenyon

Queen of the Deep.  The world of the Palazzo: a magical ship which is both a colossal ocean liner and a Renaissance kingdom. Ruling over its denizens–both human and otherwise–is an exotic and dangerous queen. Jane Gray is lost in a dazzling world of court intrigue and deadly intent. To find her way home, Jane must discover the urgent secret of its endless voyage.

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A Thousand Perfect Things.  Enter a magic-infused Victorian alternate history, where silver tigers and demon birds roam, and one young woman is caught up in a sweeping mutiny . . .

Discover an alternate 19th century where two warring continents vie for power:  scientific Anglica and magical Bharata. Inspired by her grandfather’s final whispered secret of a magical lotus, young Tori Harding, an aspiring botanist, embarks on a quest to Bharata, where magic, intrigues, and ghosts await. There she will find a powerful and dangerous myth within her grasp. Her fate awaits. But how can she make the choice between two suitors – and two irreconcilable realms?

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“Deep and interesting worldbuilding . . . A strong turn into pure fantasy for Kay Kenyon.” —SF Signal

Science Fiction Novels

John W. Campbell Memorial Award finalist.

The Braided World by Kay Kenyon


The Braided World. A taut, suspenseful clash of cultures. On a distant planet, the beautiful aliens beguile and repel. To save his imperiled crew, Captain Anton Prados must grapple with palace intrigues, forbidden love, and a stunning ancient secret.

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When Terraforming comes unravelled.

Rift science fiction by Kay Kenyon

Rift. On the terraformed planet Lithia, the green biosphere is unraveling. In its place is the old Lithia, toxic to some, but preferable to the ruthless, alien orthong who hold human women in slavery. An outsider, Reeve Calder, encounters the lawless inhabitants of ruined cities, a cult tampering with adaptive genes, and the orthong themselves. Forging a a team of misfits, Reeve rushes to find the dire planetary rift that threatens to destroy them all.

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P.K. Dick Award finalist.

Maximum Ice by Kay Kenyon

Maximum Ice. Zoya Kundara has lived on the space vessel Star Road for 250 years. As Ship Mother, she is awakened from Deep Sleep in times of crisis. Now the ship returns to Earth, finding it blanketed in a white mantle called Ice–a mysterious ecology of information-bearing crystals. To find a home for her crew, Zoya must approach the denizens of this new Earth: The Ice Nuns, who seek sole control of the physics-defying crystals; people huddled like moles in underground techno-warrens; and a mad and prophetic snow witch, who will defend the kingdom of Ice with power and immortal cunning.

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“Ranks with such science fiction greats as Frank Herbert and Orson Scott Card.”– Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Tropic of Creation by Kay Kenyon

Tropic of Creation. Captain Eli Dammond has landed on a deserted planet to rescue survivors of a crashed space ship. In his charge is Sascha, the fourteen-year-old granddaughter of a general. But the planet is about to undergo a radical seasonal change, one that will hatch terrifying creatures. There are few refuges from the rampaging season. One is deep underground where a bizarre civilization lies hidden. It’s no place for a human army officer, as Eli will learn. The other–Sascha’s only hope–is in the the nests of the monsters themselves.

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“A winning heroine, a gripping adventure.” —Publishers Weekly

The Seeds of Time by Kay KenyonThe Seeds of Time. Time travel: Tied to the motions of the stars, a short cut across the galaxy, and–if you’re a rare Dive pilot–a chance to be a hero. Clio Finn is one of these, a space pilot on the run from a dystopian and graying Earth.  Her mission: to retrieve viable biota to reseed the Earth. Now, a long way from home, she’s found the jackpot, a lush paradise, with plant life so vital, its seeds could give Earth a second chance, or–as her enemies believe–seal its destruction. But she’s determined to bring her payload home. It’s Clio Finn’s last Dive. It’s Earth’s last chance.

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The Entire and The Rose quartet

“A splendid fantasy quest as compelling as anything by Stephen R. Donaldson, Philip Jose Farmer or yes, J. R. R. Tolkien.” —The Washington Post

Bright of the Sky by Kay Kenyon

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The Entire and the Rose quartet introduces a unique milieu: the Entire, a universe without stars and planets and that, in effect, tunnels through our own. The immense lid of its sky waxes and wanes, bringing day and twilight. In this setting, the celebrated series chronicles the journey of Titus Quinn through a land of wonders. Available now from Audible.


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