Karen Lord - Author

About the Author

Karen Lord has been a physics teacher, a diplomat, a part-time soldier and an academic at various times and in various countries. She is now a writer and research consultant in Barbados. Her debut novel Redemption in Indigo won the 2008 Frank Collymore Literary Award, the 2011 William L. Crawford Award and the Mythopoeic Award, and is nominated for the 2011 World Fantasy Award.

Featured books by Karen Lord

The Best of All Possible Worlds

The Best of All Possible Worlds

Author: Karen Lord Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/05/2014

This is a story of hope. Grace Delarua, a civil servant with the government of Cygnus Beta, remembers when the Sadiri arrived on their planet, a galactic hinterland for pioneers and refugees. This is a story of survival. Dllenahkh, leader of the small group of Sadiri settlers on Cygnus Beta, remembers the cool strong blues and gentle sunlight of his home world. He also remembers the moment he was told his planet was destroyed. This is a story of love. Now they must work together to rebuild his decimated population by searching for the last surviving members of his race. This is a story about finding the best of all possible worlds.

Redemption in Indigo

Redemption in Indigo

Author: Karen Lord Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/03/2012

Paama, who is a great cook, has returned to her family after 10 years of marriage to the gluttonous Ansige, but two years later he hires the master tracker Kwame to find her. Kwame needs the money to finance his own wanderlust and reluctantly takes the job. These events draw the attention of Chance, the Indigo Lord, one of the powerful spirits called Djombi. The Indigo Lord once wielded the power of Chaos, imbued within the Chaos Stick, but to punish him it was taken from him and given to Paama. Now he wants it back, and he has all sorts of elaborate schemes planned to induce Paama to give him back the Chaos Stick. The narrator, sometimes serious and often mischievous, spins delicate but powerful descriptions of locations, emotions, and the protagonists' great flaws and great strengths as they interact with family, poets, tricksters, sufferers of tragedy, and - of course - occasional moments of pure chaos.

Other books by Karen Lord

Dragon Rampant (Tremontaine Season 3 Episode 11)

Dragon Rampant (Tremontaine Season 3 Episode 11)

Swordplay, scandal, and sex-welcome to the world of Tremontaine, a glittering new entry in Ellen Kushner's classic Riverside series. This is the 11th episode in the third season of Tremontaine, a 13-episode serial from Serial Box Publishing. This episode written by Karen Lord. Micah helps protect the students at Rafe's school. Davenant unexpectedly thwarts Diane's plans in council. The city merchants demand justice for Florian, allowing Kaab to use this against the Cocom. Esha gives Diane a key piece of advice, but it comes at a cost.Welcome to Tremontaine, where ambition, love affairs, and rivalries dance with deadly results. A Duchess whose beauty is matched only by her cunning; a handsome young scholar with more passion than sense; a foreigner in a playground of swordplay and secrets; and a mathematical genius whose discoveries herald revolution when games of politics begin, no one is safe. Keep your wit as sharp as your steel in this world where politics is everything, and outcasts are the tastemakers.

Sword and Spirit (Tremontaine Season 3 Episode 9)

Sword and Spirit (Tremontaine Season 3 Episode 9)

Swordplay, scandal, and sex-welcome to the world of Tremontaine, a glittering new entry in Ellen Kushner's classic Riverside series. This is the 9th episode in the third season of Tremontaine, a 13-episode serial from Serial Box Publishing. This episode written by Karen Lord. Davenant takes drastic action when he realizes how Diane got her hands on his ledger. Rafe considers admitting Riversiders to his school. Kaab fights her own worst impulses as the threats surrounding her and the people she cares about multiply.Welcome to Tremontaine, where ambition, love affairs, and rivalries dance with deadly results. A Duchess whose beauty is matched only by her cunning; a handsome young scholar with more passion than sense; a foreigner in a playground of swordplay and secrets; and a mathematical genius whose discoveries herald revolution when games of politics begin, no one is safe. Keep your wit as sharp as your steel in this world where politics is everything, and outcasts are the tastemakers.

Bridge (Tremontaine Season 3 Episode 3)

Bridge (Tremontaine Season 3 Episode 3)

Swordplay, scandal, and sex-welcome to the world of Tremontaine, a glittering new entry in Ellen Kushner's classic Riverside series.This is the 3rd episode in the third season of Tremontaine, a 13-episode serial from Serial Box Publishing. This episode written by Karen Lord.Kaab realizes Saabim was murdered, but finding the culprit will take time. A new allegiance shifts the web of power surrounding Diane. Rafe channels his grief into setting up his school.Welcome to Tremontaine, where ambition, love affairs, and rivalries dance with deadly results. A Duchess whose beauty is matched only by her cunning; a handsome young scholar with more passion than sense; a foreigner in a playground of swordplay and secrets; and a mathematical genius whose discoveries herald revolution when games of politics begin, no one is safe. Keep your wit as sharp as your steel in this world where politics is everything, and outcasts are the tastemakers.

The Galaxy Game

The Galaxy Game

Author: Karen Lord Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/01/2016

The sequel to critically acclaimed The Best of All Possible Worlds from award-winning Barbadian writer Karen Lord. For years, Rafi Delarua watched his family suffer under his father's unethical use of psionic power. Now the government has Rafi under surveillance. Hating their crude attempts to analyse his brain, he escapes to the planet Punartam, where his abilities are the norm, not the exception. Punartam is also the centre for his favourite sport, wallrunning - and thanks to his best friend, he discovers a way to train with the elite. But soon Rafi realises he's playing quite a different game. The galaxy is changing; unrest is spreading and the Zhinuvian cartels are plotting, making the stars a far more dangerous place to aim. There may yet be one solution - involving interstellar travel, galactic power and the love of a beautiful game. 'A smart science fictional fable as inventive and involving as it is finally vital' - Tor.com

The Best of All Possible Worlds

The Best of All Possible Worlds

Author: Karen Lord Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/05/2014

This is a story of hope. Grace Delarua, a civil servant with the government of Cygnus Beta, remembers when the Sadiri arrived on their planet, a galactic hinterland for pioneers and refugees. This is a story of survival. Dllenahkh, leader of the small group of Sadiri settlers on Cygnus Beta, remembers the cool strong blues and gentle sunlight of his home world. He also remembers the moment he was told his planet was destroyed. This is a story of love. Now they must work together to rebuild his decimated population by searching for the last surviving members of his race. This is a story about finding the best of all possible worlds.

Redemption in Indigo

Redemption in Indigo

Author: Karen Lord Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/03/2012

Paama, who is a great cook, has returned to her family after 10 years of marriage to the gluttonous Ansige, but two years later he hires the master tracker Kwame to find her. Kwame needs the money to finance his own wanderlust and reluctantly takes the job. These events draw the attention of Chance, the Indigo Lord, one of the powerful spirits called Djombi. The Indigo Lord once wielded the power of Chaos, imbued within the Chaos Stick, but to punish him it was taken from him and given to Paama. Now he wants it back, and he has all sorts of elaborate schemes planned to induce Paama to give him back the Chaos Stick. The narrator, sometimes serious and often mischievous, spins delicate but powerful descriptions of locations, emotions, and the protagonists' great flaws and great strengths as they interact with family, poets, tricksters, sufferers of tragedy, and - of course - occasional moments of pure chaos.