Book Info: Genre: Fantasy Reading Level: Adult Recommended for: anyone Trigger Warnings: Fairly graphic representations of sex acts (not a lot, but they are there); rape (minor and short scene, fortunately) My Thoughts: This is another book absolutely filled with lyrical and poetic language; it is very obvious that Vera Nazarian spent a lot of time on these earlier books honing her language skills. I noticed at least three separate instances in the first 20 percent of this book in which she described peoples hair as dandelion in texture (since this is a world without color, any descriptions of color are theoretical). This idea is actually mentioned in the book, but no real explanation as to why color perception was lost is explained. Nazarian has some fun things associated with this book, like a quiz to show which Tilirr (Lord of the Rainbow) you serve at veranazarian.com/lorquiz (link where formatting allowed). Other info about the series can be found at Nazarians series-specific website, linked where formatting is allowed. Synopsis: Imagine a world without color, illuminated by a gray sun An unrequited love... Lords of Rainbow Imagine a sudden brilliant flashan artificial orb ignites, filled with peculiar impossible light... And amid all this, flickers an ancient memory of a phenomenon called Rainbow and of those who had once filled the world with an impossible thing called color...
One of the great things about her writing is that it shows us these worlds. (I could hear Nazarian's voice speaking through Ranhe when she talked about her vegetarian habits, but that's just because I've seen her write about such things before.) There were places where the story was a bit slow for my taste. At times, Nazarian breaks out of the story to address the reader directly and take us on a tour of her world, and those sections didn't really work for me.
Unusual, deep, minute, beautiful.
The characters were multi-faceted and emotional like any real human being is from one moment to another. This is a dark story, just as this world is full of shadows.
When the story opens, we find ourselves in a highly-detailed world in grayscale, punctuated only by splashes of articial colored light. We do see a main storyline, but it keeps getting interrupted by little vignettes, which I at first assumed was for world-building purposes. Not the lords, not the metanarrative, but a story about all the little people that made the fantasy world go around. Though admittedly, it made it a little hard to get into.) Of course, when the main story picks up steam on the second half of LOR it really picks up steam. Aside from being an adventure-and-intrigue romp in a beautifully-created fantasy world, this is an edge-of-the-seat love story, with possibly the most interesting female warrior I've ever read. And while Ranhe deals with loving him in her own practical way, there's an assassin who flits around her like an annoying blond gadfly. Anyway, deliciously complex love story aside, we also witness an invasion of utter darkness, displays of magical pyrotechnics, and an idiosyncratic -- dare I say colorful?
I could say that the world-building felt meticulous and well-planned, like something out of a Brandon Sanderson book, or that the thrilling scenes (whether fighting or falling in love) pulled me in like Sherwood Smith always does. In all truth, I did not know what to expect of this book or of Vera Nazarian. The whole world was set in startling shades of chiaroscuro until you think that maybe, just maybe, the world should actually be more like a Kunuko Y.
She is the author of critically acclaimed novels Dreams of the Compass Rose and Lords of Rainbow , romantic Renaissance epic fantasy trilogy Cobweb Bride , as well as the outrageous parodies Mansfield Park and Mummies and Northanger Abbey and Angels and Dragons , and most recently, Pride and Platypus: Mr. Darcy's Dreadful Secret in her humorous and surprisingly romantic Supernatural Jane Austen Series .