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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 425 pages
  • Publisher: Pyr; First Edition edition (March 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591026423
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591026426
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,619,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. The fate of two universes hangs in the balance in this intricately plotted sequel to Bright of the Sky (2007). To sustain the constructed universe called the Entire, the alien Tarig have built the engine of Ahnenhoon, designed to turn the Rose—Earth's universe—into a power source. Earth's survival depends on pilot Titus Quinn's plan to destroy the engine, but ambitious scientist Helice Maki claims Titus may instead use the mission to seek his missing daughter, Sydney, lost somewhere in the Entire. Successfully scheming her way into accompanying Titus, Helice plots to steal his nanotech weaponry and grab power from the Tarig. Titus's only hope may be his wife, Johanna, captured 10 years ago by the Tarig, who has slowly taught herself enough about the engine to have a chance of disabling it. Tangled motivations, complex characters and intriguing world-building will keep readers on the edges of their seats. (Mar.)
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In the second Entire and the Rose volume (after Bright of the Sky, 2007), Titus Quinn returns to the Entire, wearing a nanotech cirque, with which he intends to destroy the engine at Ahnenhoon. He isn’t alone, as Minerva Corporation assured him he would be. Helice Maki, ever plotting for her own ambitions, accompanies him. His daughter Sydney continues bringing the Inyx together (when enough have gathered, they’ll seek out the thoughts of the Tarig), and his wife, Johanna, attempts learning the secrets of Ahnenhoon so she can lead him to the engine when he arrives. En route, Quinn encounters old friends and new allies, Sydney and the Inyx discover an unsettling secret of the Tarig, and Johanna walks the fine edge of risk. Kenyon’s splinter world remains a vibrant, fascinating place. An undercurrent of convoluted politics runs through it, and intense action follows. It promises to get even more interesting in the next volume, which Kenyon’s knack for creating characters with shifting allegiances and conflicting loyalties makes something to look forward to. --Regina Schroeder

More About the Author

Kay Kenyon believes that science fiction and fantasy should take us to strange and wonderful places. Her eleven novels immerse the reader in places such as an alternate, magical India in her recent fantasy novel, A Thousand Perfect Things.

Other of her worlds are: A crystalline world (Maximum Ice); A terraformed world coming unraveled (Rift); A planet that transforms itself every season (Tropic of Creation); and the cosmos next door, a tunnel universe burrowing through our own. (The Entire and The Rose quartet. The first book of that series was among Publishers Weekly top books of 2007.)

She is excited to be embarking a new journey of her own, with her first fantasy novel. A Thousand Perfect Things blends the reasons of the Victorian Age with the magics of an alternate earth. Larry Brooks called it "A masterwork from the mind of one of our best authors of compelling alternate realities."

Kay lives in Wenatchee, Washington, and is the founder of a local writing conference, Write on the River.

Customer Reviews

I enjoy scifi and like this series and I am looking forward to reading the next book.
Gail Stone
The plot moves along at the perfect place, the characters are real, and the dialogue is believable.
dkw
One key character not in the first book is introduced early on... and I wish she was just dead.
D. A. Hamilton

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Glenn R. Bell on March 7, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The author has spun a web that will ensnare any true fan of SciFi. I anxiously await future books. To me, a SciFi fan of over 50 years, (starting with Tom Swift as a child), stories and authors of this complexity and skill occur rarely. I feel Kay Kenyon's writing to be as wonderous as my first introductions to Herbert, Tolkien, Asimov, Card, Simmons, OK stop me here, before I appear to overstate my admiration for this Author's gift!
Other reviewers have discussed the storyline, I will not repeat their efforts, but I will give it my highest recommendation.
As one who feels time grow dear, the time I've spent sharing, through this story, the vision and creativity of Ms. Kenyon, has been time well spent! Thank you, Kay.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Karen Fishler on June 3, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This second book in Kay Kenyon's science fiction series "The Entire and the Rose" follows the efforts of Titus Quinn, a former pilot, to save the Earth and ultimately bridge the gulf between our world and the Entire, a strange universe bordering ours. The Entire is ruled by the Tarig, tall insectoid authoritarians, but many other alien species live there, too, and the secondary characters in this novel are among its strongest features. My favorites are Riod, a creature "ridden" by Quinn's daugher Sydney, and Mo Ti, a former warrior whose powers are now in Sydney's service, whether she agrees with him or not.

Sydney, the ambitious estranged daughter, remains a central character and one of my favorites; her choices resonate through the book. Her mother, Johanna, her mother, is a particularly touching figure, heroic in her loneliness and conflicted cares.

As others have said, Kenyon's powerful worldbuilding elevate the series; particularly noteworthy is the River Nigh, a means of traveling transcendant distances, but only at the cost of its navigators' sanity. The River has mythical aspects and is beautifully described. The Inyx, to which Riod belongs, are a herd species that shares consciousness, but often in science fiction. such group species are described in insect terms or are largely abstract. The Inyx contain clear individuals and are tied to the animal world, an unusual approach that's very successful.

The plot revolves around whether Quinn should use the nan he brought back to the Entire in order to destroy it and counter the Tarig plan to use Earth as fuel. Underlying the action are concerns about loyalty and the knowledge that drives it; problems of information abound, and true to a story about a multi-braned universe, there are many "sides" to the plot equation. Looking forward to Book Three of this complex and satisfying series.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Reader and Writer on March 23, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I wasn't completely convinced by the first book in this series (The Bright of the Sky), but this one bowled me over with its intricate plotting, fast pace and suspense. The two books are much stronger when set in the Entire universe than on earth, and except for brief sections, that is where this one takes place. Kenyon rolls out images and ideas one after another, oddly and fascinatingly distorted images of earth. She is also stronger when writing women than men, and aliens than humans. Titus Quinn is the protagonist of only one of several overlapping story lines in this book, and it is better for it. There are two more books projected in this series, but this one has a nice finish so that one can wait with equanimity for book three.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Patrick W. on March 16, 2010
Format: Hardcover
30 Words or Less: An undeniable triumph of world building, Kay Kenyon's The Entire and The Rose is a science fantasy tale of two worlds worth exploring despite the gradual pace dictated by occasional prose problems.

A World Too Near: 3.5/5

The Good: Absolutely unique world-building that combines science fiction and fantasy elements and continues to grow throughtout the entire series; Carefully plotted narrative that spans and evolves over four volumes; The world is exceptionally well integrated into the narrative rather than being adjacent to it.

The Bad: Early volumes have problems with jarring perspective changes; Worldbuilding often uses infodumping rather than in-narrative elements; The story isn't well segmented into individual novels, leaving readers with an all-or-none decision.

The Review: Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." Rarely is this truer than in Kay Kenyon's science fiction/fantasy hybrid quadrilogy. An undeniable triumph of world building split into four books, The Entire and the Rose is 1700 pages of complex characters and intricate narrative. The events of the series revolve around Titus Quinn, the first denizen of the Rose (our universe) to cross through into The Entire, a complex infinite world constructed by the harsh, alien Tarig and inhabited by a number of races of their creation. Several years before the series begins, Quinn and his wife and daughter were pulled into the Entire when the ship he was piloting broke apart mid-wormhole jump. Quinn returns months later in our time with no family and little recollection of what happened despite living in the Entire for over a decade.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 20, 2010
Format: Paperback
Too often sequels suffer from some catastrophic failure to keep readers interested. Too often readers plod along hoping it will finish so they can get to the next book in the series.

This book doesn't suffer from that.

PROs:
- The same pace and building of plots-within-plots continues in this story
- We get more of Joanna's story, which is nice since she's references so often in the first book
- The Earth (in the form of Titus) goes on the offensive
- I think this book forces more characters to pick sides: The Entire or The Rose
- A few new and interesting characters are introduced
- Another attractive cover! Yes, I do sometimes judge a book by it's cover. Come on. . .you know you do to. :-)
- You learn to care about even the minor characters and what to know what happens with them

CONs:
- Another cliffhanger! Yep, nothing resolved in this book either. Obstacles are faced and. . .you got to read the next book
- I'm not sure I believed Titus' driving force in this book as much as the first one. He was single minded in the first book, but seemed to suffer from some uncertainty of what is or is not a priority to him in this book.

Neutral feedback:
- Still light on the science. The Science-Fiction in this story is minimal, so those hungering for a hard science story will be disappointed. I personal didn't care
- Still light on the action. Very little physical action occurs as this is still "setup" to the rest of the story. A part of me wants "more to happen", but I'm hooked into the characters and alliance being made that I'm okay with it.

OVERALL:
If you liked "The Bright of the Sky", then this is more of the same, which is a good thing.
I'm one who doesn't start a series till the entire series is written. I'm nearly done with book 3 and I got to keep going. This series has definitely kept me hooked with a complex but easy to follow story and characters.
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