Lords of Rainbowby Vera Nazarian
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,
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Ages ago, in a mysterious event known as the Fall of Rainbow, the world lost all color. 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 Ranh�as 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 Ranh� is willing to fight for this one man unto death...
Meanwhile, another is willing to die for her.
But time is short for them all -- out 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 secret -- a 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 Ranh� 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 colorless world, Ranh� 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. Extravagant language reminiscent of Dunsany and even Tolkien adds to the legendary feel.�.�.�. an innovative premise, consistent world-building, and appealing heroes mark this as the work of an emerging talent�.�.�. readers may find themselves heralding a new star of fantasy fiction.�
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�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
�.�.�.�like all of Vera�s stories�strange, poignant, and exquisite.�.�.�. her novel about a world without color�strange when what she writes is so colorful.�
� Marion Zimmer Bradley
�Vividly described in rich prose that entrances like a magic spell, Lords of Rainbow will resonate with readers like the stories of childhood. It is not only prefaced with a lovely and accessible poem, it also reads like poetry. Thus, when taken as fable, there is much in this book to love. 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
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Meet the Author
VERA NAZARIAN is a two-time Nebula Award� Finalist and a member of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. She immigrated to the USA from the former USSR as a kid, sold her first story at 17, and has been published in numerous anthologies and magazines, honorably mentioned in Year�s Best volumes, and translated into eight languages.
Vera made her novelist debut with the critically acclaimed DREAMS OF THE COMPASS ROSE, followed by LORDS OF RAINBOW. Her novella The Clock King and the Queen of the Hourglass made the 2005 Locus Recommended Reading List. Her debut collection SALT OF THE AIR contains the 2007 Nebula Award-nominated �The Story of Love.� Recent work includes the 2008 Nebula Finalist novella The Duke in His Castle, science fiction collection AFTER THE SUNDIAL (2010), THE PERPETUAL CALENDAR OF INSPIRATION (2010), three Jane Austen parodies, MANSFIELD PARK AND MUMMIES (2009), NORTHANGER ABBEY AND ANGELS AND DRAGONS (2010), and PRIDE AND PLATYPUS: Mr. Darcy�s Dreadful Secret (forthcoming), all part of her Supernatural Jane Austen Series, and and a parody of self-help and supernatural relationships advice, VAMPIRES ARE FROM VENUS, WEREWOLVES ARE FROM MARS: A Comprehensive Guide to Attracting Supernatural Love (2012).
After many years in Los Angeles, Vera now lives in a small town in Vermont. She uses her Armenian sense of humor and her Russian sense of suffering to bake conflicted pirozhki and make art.
In addition to being a writer, philosopher, and award-winning artist, she is also the publisher of Norilana Books.
Official website: veranazarian.com
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Kept me enthralled the whole 426 pages.