The Dark Talents Novels
Also available from audible.com.
My latest work is historical fantasy from Saga Press. Beginning with At the Table of Wolves, the series features Kim Tavistock, who deals with dark Talents, Nazi conspiracies, and espionage in 1936 England and Europe.
In Book 2, Serpent in the Heather, Kim has been inducted into Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service, and must track down the Nazi assassin who is systematically and ritually killing young people with Talents.
This high-tension espionage series probes the pre-WWII politics and prejudices that helped enable fascism to take root on both the continent and in England. As well, it weaves in paranormal powers that, arising from the great suffering of WWI, can be a saving grace or weaponized for war.
“A superb adventure, worthy to launch a distinguished historical fantasy series.” –Publishers Weekly starred review
“Kenyon knocked it out of the ball park. . . .Highly recommended.” –SFFWorld
“A remarkable bit of alt-history . . . Kim Tavistock is a real hero: she’s not ordinary, precisely, but she’s utterly believable as a woman who dives into the deep end, going undercover among some of the greatest monsters in history only after she realizes there’s no one else to do it.” –Barnes & Noble
Kenyon does a fine job of cranking the tension and making the mounting stakes plain. With each chapter, there is another complication, another side to a character revealed. She breathes an extraordinary amount of life into all of them. — NPR Books
“A fabulous read. It’s got the feel of Foyle’s War and the tense mystery plot of a spy thriller. . . I enjoyed every bit of it.” –Martha Wells
“I loved her depiction of Kim Tavistock, a haunted, damaged heroine who matches wits with a brilliant German adversary.” –Sharon Shinn
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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 who–or what–guides the Palazzo, and what is the urgent secret of its endless voyage.
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John W. Campbell Memorial Award finalist.
When you get a message from deep space, should you answer?
Earth has cause to believe that the universe is not a friendly place. But one woman, a singer well past her performance years, and seeking a last adventure, funds the mission. Bailey Shaw chooses young and untested Anton Prados to lead the expedition. But when they make first contact with the alien Dassa, she and Anton receive a troubling reception. The Dassa appear human. But they are badly altered humans . . .
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When Terraforming comes unravelled.
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.
Marooned on Lithia, Reeve Calder faces savage colonists, inhabiting the ruins of vanished power; the Somaformers, a cult tampering with adaptive genes; Loon, a feral girl who leads the marooned group by her mad, internal compass. And Nerys, a young woman enslaved by the orthong, and determined to rise in their ranks. Reeve and his companions must journey to the great rift valley where a final reckoning awaits, one that will decide world dominance–or bring an unthinkable world cataclysm.
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P.K. Dick Award finalist.
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 has returned home, only to discover an Earth blanketed in a pearl-white mantle called Ice–a grand and 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 the snow witches, both mad and prophetic . . . and one in particular, 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)
Half of known space is littered with the skeletons of metal and bone from thirty years of war with the ahtra. Now, 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 not what it seems. It is about to undergo a radical seasonal change, one that will hatch frightening creatures. There are few refuges from the rampaging season. One is deep underground. 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
Time travel was never like this–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 toward the only future she ever wanted: the stars. 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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A Victorian woman takes on magical beasts, ghosts, and the British Raj.
In an alternate 19th century, there are two warring continents on an reimagined earth: the scientific Anglica (England) and magical Bharata (India). Emboldened by her grandfather’s final whispered secret of a magical lotus, Tori Harding, a young Victorian woman and aspiring botanist, must journey to Bharata, with its magics, intrigues and ghosts, to claim her fate. There she will face a choice between two suitors and two irreconcilable realms.
“Deep and interesting worldbuilding . . . A strong turn into pure fantasy for Kay Kenyon.” —SF Signal
The Entire and The Rose
“A splendid fantasy quest as compelling as anything by Stephen R. Donaldson, Philip Jose Farmer or yes, J. R. R. Tolkien.” —The Washington Post
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.
Bright of the Sky
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