Lords of Rainbow

Lords of Rainbow

And now, a weak silver sun shines over a monochrome realm of infinite shades of gray....In Tronaelend-Lis, glorious and decadent City of Dreams, of guilds and gods, courtesans and assassins, the Regent and Regentrix, sister and brother, rule a court of elegant debauchery, perverse desires, and secrets.And into this wanton place comes Ranhéas Ylir, an eccentric and androgynous warrior woman, sworn to serve the mysterious Lord Elasand Vaeste, a man of impossible beauty, tormented by occult dreams and an unrequited love for a goddess.Soon, loyal Ranhé is willing to fight for this one man unto death...Meanwhile, another is willing to die for her.But time is short for them allout of the world's twilight rises a being of utter darkness, the one absolute source of black, whose armies approach, in an epic invasion, to claim forest and wilderness.The only thing that stands between the darkness and the City of Dreams is an antique secreta flicker of ancient memory of those who had once filled the world with an impossible thing called color...Lords of Rainbow.PRAISE FOR...

LORDS OF RAINBOW"In a world devoid of color, the woman warrior Ranhé swears herself to a mysterious nobleman traveling to the exotic city of Tronaelend-Lis, the City of Dreams, where a decadent brother and sister rule as co-regents in the absence of the land's true ruler.

When an evil being representing true Darkness threatens the safety of the color world, Ranhé is drawn into a spiritual journey in search of a legendary phenomenon known as Rainbow in an attempt to find a way to defeat the dark.

The author of Dreams of the Compass Rose brings to life a unique fantasy world in which lost colors hold the key to salvation.

Nazarian's fluid storytelling and vividly drawn characters make this unusual fantasy a good choice for most libraries." Library Journal"Nazarian creates a unique civilization and populates it with heroic archetypes who stand on their own.

Her story is filled with adventure but it also works on a much physical level, with very strong characterization and an almost poetic feel to the prose.

The style is new and fresh in the fantasy genre, it breaks fundamental rules with wild abandon and carries it off superbly." Donna Jones, SFCrowsnest.com"Lords of Rainbow is an enjoyable read with surprising character twists and vivid, although black and white, description...

it's a book that pulls you in and makes you believe in a real monochrome world and a fantasy that grabs you and takes you away." Shirley Gibson Coleman, SF Romance Online"Vividly described in rich prose that entrances like a magic spell, Lords of Rainbow will resonate with readers like the stories of childhood.

For in the end, we find a twisted Cinderella tale where an ugly, common girl can be elevated by noble spirit, and a city can be transformed by magic." Stephanie Dray, Strange Horizons"The novel therefore works on three levels it is simultaneously an examination of the nature of faith, of the nature of power, and of the relationship shared between those two things; and in these examinations, with a story set against foreboding conflict, Vera Nazarian finds great potency and great relevance to the world we live in today, despite the unfamiliar, haunting, and ultimately unforgettable locale of her tale." Daniel James Wood, The Green Man Review"But no mere words of mine can convey the experience of reading Lords of Rainbow.

Just believe me, and read." John Grant, Crescent BluesFrom the book jacket:"Lords of Rainbow in particular, a stunning idea, fabulously employeda book to submerge in!" Tanith Lee"To read Vera Nazarian's Lords of Rainbow is to be immersed in a dream, wandering through a wondrous, shifting landscape where the sun shines silver and the world is rendered in an infinite palette of subtle grays, filled with glimpses of sublime loveliness and glorious color." Jacqueline Carey, author of Kushiel's Dart"...

her novel about a world without colorstrange when what she writes is so colorful." Marion Zimmer Bradley"In Lords of Rainbow, a current of liquid prosody carries us deep into the heart of an exotic city and deep into the heart of an extraordinary woman.

At once brutal and tender, transcendent and visceral, Nazarian's lush fable enthralls." Terry McGarry, author of Illumination"Vera Nazarian's second novel, Lords of Rainbow, is a delight, full of the rich imagery, the humor, lyricism, adventure, insight, and delicious eastern fairy tale flavor that readers first met in Dreams of the Compass Rose.

Reviews of the Lords of Rainbow

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 .

  • English

  • Fantasy

  • Rating: 3.86
  • Pages: 424
  • Publish Date: October 15th 2011 by Norilana Books
  • Asin: B005WZZGUM