Lords of Rainbow
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 desir ...more
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. Reading them is a sensuous act in and of itself if you enjoy words, like I do.
Nazarian has an odd tend ...more
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 ...more
I enjoyed this story because there was a good balance between world building, the quest, and the characters.
Deep and minute are the words I would use to describe the characterization and the world building.
Beautiful is the word I would use to describe this book.
Unusual, deep, minute, beautiful.
Well. 5 stars.
In the first half of the book we are introduced to the weird colourless world (yeah, colourless, can you imagine?) and to Tronaelend-Lis (had to peek inside the book one more time before writing that one) ...more
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. I could say that at times the writing felt ethereal, almost like something Patricia A. McKillip or Tanith Lee could have thought of, or the light touch of sensuality brought in mind Jacqueline C...more
The breakneck speed with which I finished this really took me by surprise since the first half of Lords of Rainbow (LOR) starts off on such a leisurely pace.
When the story opens, we find o ...more
I got this book for free on amazon and I didn't really have high expectations since I didn't even bother to check the reviews online...I was positively and hugely surprised! The beginning might seem a bit slow and confusing since the 'real' plot doesn't really start until 45-50% on the book, but it was enthralling in its slowness and descriptions. The author draws for us a grayscale world and quite a lot of secondary characters with great mastery. Indeed every ch ...more
And the language... Magical and otherworldly, poetic. I've read so much inconsequential crap lately that this singlehandedly revived my IQ and made me feel clean again ...more
"Yes," she said. "That's possibly what I've needed to hear. And yes, I go to him now. Only no. One small correction. I go to speak with the brother of the man I love."
Every word kept me hanging till the end. The concept of a monochromatic world, where colors are only produced by guild masters. Everything was so good in this novel. I esp ...more
Regardless, it's absolutely worth a read if you love fantasy and are craving something new and different.
- great, well-developed, never-seen-before protagonist; a strong female character, with depth and twists
- an interesting cast of secondary characters
- unique magic mechanic
- awesome story that kept me reading
Well-portrayed, developing main characters who won't give up until the end!
The author has an excellent writing style, despite some initial hickups in the Prologue, which, once you overcome this is definitely a great read.
I can definitely recommend it to those who wish for something different in the fantasy genre.
Review to come...
She immigrated to the USA from the former USSR as a kid, sold her first story at the age of 17, and since then has published numerous works in anthologies and magazines ...more
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"Stop!" cried Elasirr. "Come back with us to the true world, O Tilirreh!"
At which the orange one laughed, throwing her head back, saying, "Oh, but don’t you know this is the one true world? It is but yours that is a pale specter, that is the dying place of dwindling truth?"
"Then come back with us, lady," whispered Ranhé, "and restore the truth as it once was.”