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Imagine a world without color, illuminated by a gray sun. Imagine a sudden brilliant flash - an artificial orb ignites, filled with peculiar impossible light. The nature of this light bears no description. It lingers in dreams, inciting an unrequited love for a goddess. A corrupt city is shaped like a perfect wheel, and is ruled by a sister and brother, Regent and Regentrix, by perverse desires, and by a secret. A loyal warrior woman swears to serve a mysterious lord. At the same time, an epic invasion is ...
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Imagine a world without color, illuminated by a gray sun. Imagine a sudden brilliant flash - an artificial orb ignites, filled with peculiar impossible light. The nature of this light bears no description. It lingers in dreams, inciting an unrequited love for a goddess. A corrupt city is shaped like a perfect wheel, and is ruled by a sister and brother, Regent and Regentrix, by perverse desires, and by a secret. A loyal warrior woman swears to serve a mysterious lord. At the same time, an epic invasion is precipitated by a being of utter darkness, who is the one absolute source of black in a monochrome silver world. 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.
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In a world devoid of color, the woman warrior Rahne 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, Rahne 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. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Author Quote - Jacqueline Carey
“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.”
Science Fiction Chronicle - Andrew I. Porter
“Nazarian’s world is not a typical fantasy setting—it’s set in a world that didn’t know color until the appearance of a strange new sun. Her story is filled with adventure but it also works on a much less physical level, with very strong characterization and an almost poetic feel to the prose... I suspect that weeks from now the images that I retain will be from Nazarian’s bizarre otherworld.”
Strange Horizons - Stephanie Dray
“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.”
The Green Man Review - Daniel James Wood
“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.”
Crescent Blues - John Grant
“But no mere words of mine can convey the experience of reading Lords of Rainbow. Just believe me, and read.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592248230
  • Publisher: Betancourt & Company
  • Publication date: 3/28/2003
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.36 (h) x 1.25 (d)

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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