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Lords Of Rainbow [Paperback]

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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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Pages   424
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 6.06" Height: 1.18"
Weight:   1.41 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 30, 2004
Publisher   Betancourt & Company
ISBN  1930997884  
ISBN13  9781930997882  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Nazarian left the former Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War, a refugee at the age of eight, and arrived in the U.S. a month before her 10th birthday. She is an active member of Science Fiction Writers of America.

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Surprisingly lyrical, unusual, character-driven fantasy  Jul 21, 2007
"Lords of Rainbow" firmly afixed Vera Nazarian as one of my favorite writers for her incredible ability to get inside the characters' heads and make us feel *exactly* how it is. The novel is a traditional fantasy (very readable quest story) yet so lyrical and beautifully written, it could well be the best (certainly the most lovely) book I've ever read.

Highlights of the book for me included the most accurate description of how it feels to be depressed; the sex scenes, which for all their lack of sex or anything explicit, simmered with warmth and tension and seemed all too real; the honest portrayal of the pangs of unrequited love; the weaving of several parallel minor character arcs. Weaker spots were the prologue, and a few areas with abstracted descriptions of magic/deities. The ending is also a little limp compared to the strong beginning. I would love to see Nazarian take things farther, more and bigger with drama and emotions - her strength is definitely in speaking from people's heads, while exercising restraint in any abstract musings, and taking care to avoid occasional repetition of words (like "dandelion hair").

The main character is a woman warrior, supremely capable, and yet realistic. Ranhe wears men's clothings and fights well with a sword, but isn't a ravishing beauty - instead, she's rather homely, and her insecurities are achingly believable. She thinks and talks like a real person, with suprising humor, warmth, and self-awareness. She crosses paths with a beautiful, mysterious nobleman and, intrigued, accepts his offer of a job to be his bodyguard. Rahne thus becomes a heroine in an unlikely story of unrequited love, as the glimmering decadent city of Tronaelend-Lis is threatened by invaders with dark magic, and the secret of the world without color is revealed.

The books deserves the highest praise for its exceptional writing, deft world-building and story-telling, and incredible ability to relate the poignancy of relationships and emotions.

Vera Nazarian is an exciting writer to watch. I also highly recommend her Dreams Of The Compass Rose, a more polished and fancyful (but less emotionally charged) series of vignettes reminiscent of Arabian Nights, and Salt of the Air, a collection of short stories.
Good, Non-traditional (and non-cliche!) Fantasy  Jun 2, 2006
Let me start by saying Nazarian is very, very good at worldbuilding. It's something I've seen in her other work, too. One of the great things about her writing is that it shows us these worlds.

In this case, it's a world without color, a world transformed to shades of gray and silver. As a writer, I was curious to see how Nazarian would describe this place with such a limited palate, but she did an excellent job. I was half-expecting this to be the literary version of black-and-white TV, where everything's about the same, just filtered. Instead, this was a rich, lushly described world, one which seemed more real, thanks to its color-challenged palate.

The story itself was strong, following a warrior woman named Ranhe Ylir as she and her companions work to overthrow a siege on the city from the forces of (literal) darkness. Ranhe was a great character. She's got the traditional stoic, loner outlook, but she's much more developed and complex than the average fantasy hero. (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. I don't know whether this is a reflection of the story itself, or of my own short attention span. 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. Much as I admire and enjoy the worldbuilding, I prefer it to be in the context of action and the characters.

Overall though, I enjoyed the book, and would certainly recommend it. It breaks away from traditional fantasy tropes and cliches, which is always nice. The characters and relationships drew me in (though it took me a few pages to remember which one was Elasirr and which was Elasand). Personally, I don't know that I'd be up for taking a concept like a colorless world and turning it into such a richly developed novel, but Nazarian pulled it off. I'll have to go back and read more closely to figure out how she did that.
an absolutely superb tale, to be read again and again  May 1, 2005
Lords of Rainbow has invaded my dreams. It was suspenseful, emotionally gripping, beautiful, original, pervaded with lush, idiosyncratic sensuality, and challenged by a conceptual quirk of world that at first I thought wouldn't really work, but the story proved me wrong. The romance is both more satisfying than any book I can remember for a long long time, and wonderfully strange. As a political intrigue, the story is fresh, believable, and lightly satirical, but it is the emotions that Lord of Rainbow brought forth, and the feeling of being there, and wanting the characters to . . . and not to . . . that made me get quite cranky when my reading was interrupted for tasks like work, eating . . . Sometimes I was so taken up in wanting to advise and to change events I anticipated (and you can't anticipate anything in this book) that I found I was sitting tensed as a spring.

In addition to being a touching and complex love story, the themes in Lords of Rainbow as a whole are powerful. The society and politics are portrayed in depth but with a light and assured touch, as were the characters' individual portrayals. Indeed, I was surprised by the level of subtlety in the telling, and pleased. This writer writes respecting a reader's brains.

I found a very emotional involvement, too, especially with the warrior woman, Ranheas, who often made me want to yell at her. This book could have been another (yawn) improbable female warrior tale, very 90s. But this is nothing like that. I also enjoyed the sense of humour running through the book, often with a bittersweet flavour to it, so that I found myself interspersing quiet smiles with some loud goose-honks. The final denouement was totally perfect. I could hardly breathe. And there is one speech in this book that alone is perhaps the most gloriously quirky, yet romantic that I've ever read.

As for the concepts of colour and Rainbow, I was suspicious at first because I thought I'd find myself disappointed, but I was wrong. Very much so.

So as I reached the great buildup towards the climax, I experienced a conflict of reluctance and greed to consume and be consumed. Reluctance, because I didn't want to reach the end, of course, conflicted with extreme need to know and to once again be in the world of Lords of Rainbow. Even in the crucial parts, I never knew how it would end at all. There was never an inevitability, except that I knew even before the end, that I'd want to keep Lords of Rainbow for my small read-again-and-again collection.

The city lives with me, and the forest and the White Roads Inn. I can smell those onions roasting now, and hear the sizzle of the eggs . . .
The height of imagination  Jul 14, 2004
In Lords of Rainbow Vera Nazarian takes a difficult concept and renders it beautifully. In a world without color, she captures how color affects our perception and character. I was especially struck by the richness of character and description as well as its being a damn good read.

I recommend this for all thinking readers.

A stylish fantasy that rings true  Jun 16, 2004
This stylish fantasy has an intriguing premise: what if there were a world without color? But it takes more than a great idea to make a great novel; it takes fully-realized characters, rich imagery, a world with depth to explore, and, most of all, insight into what we as humans are and what we can be. LORDS OF RAINBOW fulfills its promises and is, quite simply, a great read.

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