The 2nd book in the series picks up quickly after the events of the first book, and moves at a very brisk pace compared to book 1 The novel adds a great deal of depth to many of the characters, and provides many layers of detail to the environment that Kay Kenyon has created After reading this book, I am glad that I already have book 3 so that there won t be any wait I m having a bit of trouble caring what happens to these characters This is book 2, I ll finish the series, but only because it will bug me if I don t.Finished the book and still didn t care about the characters Interesting bits and pieces, but taken as a whole, was just not enough to keep my attention. GAH I would LOVE to give this bookstars but I m afraid Kay Kenyon makes me feel too much like I ve been scammed, or that I m a chump, to give this book the credit it deserves This book is a wonderful follow up to the first book, Bright of the Sky, the characters are fardeveloped, the relationships farcomplex, and the risks all the greater However, just when I think Kay Kenyon has finally made a fan out of me with her intricate spell weaving, she pulls the carpet out from u GAH I would LOVE to give this bookstars but I m afraid Kay Kenyon makes me feel too much like I ve been scammed, or that I m a chump, to give this book the credit it deserves This book is a wonderful follow up to the first book, Bright of the Sky, the characters are fardeveloped, the relationships farcomplex, and the risks all the greater However, just when I think Kay Kenyon has finally made a fan out of me with her intricate spell weaving, she pulls the carpet out from under me The novel, which until about the last 20 pages, builds to an incredible crecendo, only to be let down as the story falls apart in order for Kenyon to be able to continue in yet another book The best analogy I can give is that of a soap opera on a Friday afternoon, there is nothing but intense drama and then just when you think you are going to find out who killed so and so or who slept with whom, the entire story shifts and you have to wait for next week s episodes Cheap, Kay Kenyon, cheap Have not yet finished this I have enjoyed the basic plot of both books and the interesting universe, but the role of Helice is annoying me it is becoming too much front and centre in the story and detracting from the alien roles.March 2011 have still not finished this book, and have too many other books that I want to read that I doubt I will get back to it. In Bright of the Sky, Kay Kenyon introduced a milieu unique in science fiction and fantasy The Entire, a five armed radial universe that exists in a dimension without stars and planets and is parallel to our own universe Stretched over The Entire is a lid of plasma, called the bright, which ebbs and flows, bringing day and twilight Under the vast canopy of the bright live many galactic species, copied from our own universe Former star pilot Titus Quinn loves The Entire, but now he must risk annihilating it by destroying the fortress of Ahnenhoon To sustain a faltering Entire, Ahnenhoon s great engine will soon reach through the brane separating the universes and consume our own universe in a concentrated ball of fire Quinn sets off on a journey across The Entire armed with the nan, a small ankle bracelet containing nanoscale military technology that can reduce Ahnenhoon and its deadly engine to chaos He must pursue his mission even though his wife is held prisoner in Ahnenhoon and his own daughter has sent the assassin MoTi to hunt him down As he traverses the galactic distances of The Entire, he learns of the secrets of its geography, its fragile storm walls, its eons long history, and the factions that contend for dominance One of these factions is led by his daughter, who though young and a slave, has at her command a transforming and revolutionary power As Quinn wrestles with looming disaster and approaches the fabled concentric rings of Ahnenhoon s defenses, he learns that in the Entire, nothing is what it appears Its denizens are all harboring secrets, and the greatest of these is the nature of the Entire itself Just couldn t get into it or make myself care. This was a Reading List Short List honor title in the Science Fiction category for 2009 For the complete list, go to This was a Reading List Short List honor title in the Science Fiction category for 2009 For the complete list, go to I did manage manage to finish it, which raised it above a 1 But the story is slow and the characters not well drawn to the point that I don t care to finish the series, and thus the story. Originally posted on my review blog, Stomping on Yeti, at the following location 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 return return The Good Absolutely unique world building that combines science fiction and fantasy elements and continues to grow throughtout the entire series Ca Originally posted on my review blog, Stomping on Yeti, at the following location 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 return return 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 return return 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 return return 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 When science proves that his ravings about a second reality may in fact be true, Quinn returns to the Entire in search of his missing wife and daughter and to explore what, if any, benefit The Entire may offer Earth As Quinn quickly becomes embroiled in the politics of the world he left behind, it becomes obvious that muchis at stake than the fate of his family The plot only getscomplex from there, the majority of which takes place in the profoundly strange world of the Entire, although the story does take place in both universes return return To provide anydetail than that would ruin the game changing revelations that occur frequently throughout the series, shifting plots and loyalties in unexpected but exciting ways There are several power players on both sides of the divide and rarely is there any way of knowing who is playing who If the Earth universe is referred to as the Rose, the other universe labeled as the Entire might be better known as the Onion From the start of the series to the final pages, Kenyon slowly peels back layer after layer of world building, unveiling an amazingly concocted world Religion, politics, cultural divides, a forever war, teenage cults, complex transit systems the facets of the Entire go on and on Kenyon details aspect after aspect of her created universe and she does an unbelievable job of unobtrusively bringing the elements she has previously cultivated back into the main plot return return It s a rare occurence but if anything there is almost too much world building The Entire is inhabited by a number of races and species all of which are fairly unique when compared to the genre standards However, a few of these races are almost superfluous, with not a single primary or secondary character coming from their ranks Kenyon could have either edited them out or integrated them into the story as well as she did the primary species of Humans, Chalin, Tarig, Inyx, Hirrin, and Paion The cultural depth of these imagined races is continually capitalized upon by Kenyon and as a result the few species that don t get starring roles ultimately fall to the wayside return return While the extraneous elements could have been handled better, the world of the Entire and the thoroughly constructed characters that inhabit it are the main attractions of the series Kenyon s writing, on the other hand, leaves a little bit to be desired especially in the early volumes Kenyon writes from an extremely tight third person perspective and she has an unfortunate tendency to jump perspectives mid scene without warning, generating confusion and necessitating rereading just to confirm which character was thinking what Kenyon gets better at this as the books go on but early on these jarring transitions occur disappointingly often especially considering a small change symbol which is often used to switch perspectives between scenes could have easily been used to remedy this problem As the books progress, Kenyon does manage to reduce the frequency with which these occur The third and fourth volumes are much stronger than the first in this regard return return Kenyon also has a propensity to take a tell not show approach to her worldbuilding and while the world is interesting enough, there is no in narrative reason for the characters to lecture the way they do Consequently, the books of The Entire and The Rose read somewhat slowly While not a bad thing in and of itself, these are not necessarily beach reads and due to the complex nature of the world and plot, it should be read in its entirety for full effect, commanding a significant time investment on the part of the reader return return Additionally, it is important to bear in mind that this epic series would be best described as science fantasy While Kenyon maintains the premise that all of the places and structures of her world are science based, the science satisfies Clarke s axiom and is indistinguishable from magic Anyone who goes into this series expecting to understand the physics underpinning the world will be sorely disappointed Despite the trappings of science that frame the Entire, at its core it s a fantasy world it exists and behaves the way it does because the story dictates the way it does But it works and it works well return return Here are individual reviews of each of the four volumes in the series return return Bright of the Sky Arguably the weakest book in the series, Kenyon s series debut suffers from exposition overload Kenyon essentially sets up the story three times first in the future Earth universe, than in the future Entire world, and then revealing Quinn s backstory and what occurred during his first trip to the Entire With three full histories to explain in additional to all of the characters she introduces, it doesn t feel like a whole lot happens The last fifty or so pages feel rushed when compared to the whole and while the end of the book comes at a natural stopping point it doesn t really resolve any of the threads introduced With such a To Be Continued ending, it produces contradictory emotions on one hand there was too little payoff after the slower prose associated with complex world building on the other hand, A World Too Near beckoned from the shelf immediately Bright of the Sky is also the book that suffers the most from those aforementioned perspective shifts return return A World Too Near With A World Too Near and subsequent novels, the pace begins to pick up as Kenyon spends less time crafting her world andtime playing in it Building on some of the surprises that emerge toward the end of Bright of the Sky, the principal conflict of the series is revealed and the battle lines are drawn The question of who to trust is paramount and a looming decision allows Kenyon to really dig into her cast of characters Where Bright of the Sky was about introducing the Entire, A World Too Near is really about establishing the key characters and fleshing out their motivations as they traverse the fantastic civilization One of the most significant developments in this regard is the introduction of Helice Maki, another transplanted Earthling with an endgame that may or may not align with Quinn s Upon entering the Entire, the plot evolves from a simple us versus them conflict into acomplex adventure Although it suffers slighty from middle novel syndrome, A World Too Near really sets the stage well for the last half of the series return return A City Without End The strongest and most science fictional of the volumes, A City Without End sees Kenyon accelerate the thread of Quinn s battle with the fearsome Tarig to a frenetic pace Even though she still pens a few new characters, Kenyon s takes advantage of the gradual set up of the first two novels and really pushes the plot forward in unexpected directions Unlike the other novels, A City Without Endalso includes a strong second plotline set in the Rose universe one that could support an entire novel in and of itself As it is, this thought provoking idea is only furthers the existing conflict As the Rose and Entire plotlines collide on an unexpected battleground, the pages really start to turn While the first two books were structured similar to classic journey fantasies , A City Without End isof a political SF thriller than a traditional fantasy There is a great balance between closure and setup as Kenyon slams some doors and opens others, creating numerous possibilities for the direction of the concluding volume, Prince of Storms return return Prince of Storms In the concluding volume of the series, Kenyon manages to wrap up the numerous threads of The Entire and The Rose while continuing to grow her characters in the face of new challenges At first the final volume feels likes it would just be a prolonged epilogue especially after the spectacular ending of A City Without End but it s clear that Kenyon has a fewtricks up her sleeve Prince of Storms takes afantastical approach to the Entire, taking advantage of some of theunexplained intricacies of the Entire to raise the stakes once again Reading the final book made it extremely clear how well Kenyon had planned out the entire series Things that seemed to be throw away lines in the first two volumes were brought full circle, adding an appreciated cohesion to the story and lending credence to the final climax Prince of Storms ends the series on a strong note, leaving the readers with a robust narrative that doesn t leave the door open for future derivative adventures return return Ultimately, The Entire and The Rose isthan a sum of its composite volumes, so much so that it was too difficult to reach a conclusion on one book before reading the others The story flows through the pages like one of the arms of the Nigh a river of exotic matter from the story , bearing strongly motivated characters through alternating periods of slow progress and torrential action The narrative twists and turns unexpectedly, creating new letters to place between points A and B At the core of Kenyon s series is her imagined Entire, rivaling any fantasy world for its complexity and surpassing the vast majority for sheer inventiveness Despite some missteps in presentation, Kay Kenyon s The Entire and The Rose has created a unique science fantasy series that is worth reading, well, in its entirety I found this second book of the series perhaps evengripping than the first Yes it s long and sometimes feels a little tedious but I loved the complex political maneuvering and all too real emotions playing in the various characters, especially those Chalin who must pretend to love the Tarig overlords while plotting to overthrow them.The very flawed Titus Quinn is back again, accompanied by his Entire friend Anzi, and this time by an evenflawed Helice who portrays and all to real I found this second book of the series perhaps evengripping than the first Yes it s long and sometimes feels a little tedious but I loved the complex political maneuvering and all too real emotions playing in the various characters, especially those Chalin who must pretend to love the Tarig overlords while plotting to overthrow them.The very flawed Titus Quinn is back again, accompanied by his Entire friend Anzi, and this time by an evenflawed Helice who portrays and all to real savvie who believes she is not the just the smartest person in the room, but possibly the universe Their mission to sabotage the Entire takes the whole book and you will be delighted by the little twist surprise at the end.If you like Iain M Banks Culture series there are elements here that you will find appealing.Unfortunately I now see this trilogy has become 4 books why