A Thousand Perfect Things
By: Kay Kenyon
A Thousand Perfect Things by Kay Kenyon is a fictional tale about two very different worlds struggling to understand each other. I cannot beat around the bush on this one. This book was captivating pulling you in from the first few pages and held on tighter than a sailor to a ship’s riggings until the very last. Kenyon throws you headfirst into a world much like imperial England yet not quite the same. Juxtaposed across an ocean sits Bharata, a fictional land much like India. These two world collide when a large bridge is built to spur trade and communication between the two cultures. Much akin to Great Britain’s colonization of new worlds Anglica seeks influence over the colorful and rich continent of Bharata and it’s different provinces. At the center of this story is a young and headstrong woman, Astoria. Plagued by a deformed foot, Astoria’s chances at marriage are slim and her parents permit her to study under her renowned botanist and explorer grandpapa.
The death of this patriarch sends Astoria’s world pitching as if a small vessel on rough seas. Bharata’s religious men begin sending magic across the ocean agitating the great world power. In an attempt to calm the intercontinental relations Anglica sends Asotria’s father General Harding and his troops to Bharata. The prince and his holy advisor understand Astoria’s grandfather was searching for a giant lotus – rumored to exist but known only through legend. Primed by her grandfather Astoria anxiously journeys across the ocean to continue his work. The ruling duo capitalizes on this and tries to use Astoria to find the powerful flower under which the provinces of Bharata could unite and throw off the yoke of Astoria. 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.
Kay Kenyon has masterfully created a world all her own, and has graced us by sharing it. Anglica and Bharata while drawing on England and India for inspiration and a level of our understanding these two lands are also exquisitely unique. I am almost begging for a sequel. After reading this book you are so in love with Astoria, her suitor the 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.