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Imagine a world without color...


An unrequited love...
war... mystery... exultation...

 
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About the Book:


From the book jacket inside flap (front):

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. . . .

Lords of Rainbow.


What People Are Saying:

"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."
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."
Romantic Times

"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."
Chronicle

"For the most part, Nazarian's prose reflects a disciplined, attentive eye and a sensitive ear. . . Allegories codify the mysterious; fantasies embrace it. Nazarian wants to do both. Given her talent and ambition, she may one day succeed in forging a hybrid of these two opposing modes of storytelling, but in Lords of Raindow it is allegory that triumphs. Though the novel soars in places, the weight of imposed meaning finally pulls it down."
— Paul Witcover, Realms of Fantasy

"I found myself aching to read the book again after I had finished it. 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

"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. 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

"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 Blues

From the book jacket:

"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

"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. But every character is a vibrant revelation in this luscious, variegated realm of light and shadow. All emotion rings true in this place, and all truths shine with prismatic complexity. 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. Nazarian gives us a tale wove out of color — unpredictable, funny, wise, and always entertaining. She's a talent to watch."
— Sherwood Smith, author of Crown Duel


From the book jacket inside flap (back):

About the Author:

Vera Nazarian left the former Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War as a refugee at the age of eight and arrived in the United States a month before her 10th birthday by way of Lebanon, Greece, and Italy. She sold her first short story at the age of 17 and since then has published numerous works of short fiction in anthologies and magazines such as the Sword and Sorceress and Darkover series edited by the late Marion Zimmer Bradley, and has seen her work translated into French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Czech, and Hungarian.

She is an active member of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and recently made her novelist debut with the critically acclaimed mythic fantasy Dreams of the Compass Rose.

Lords of Rainbow is her second novel.

Her official website can be found at www.veranazarian.com.


Excerpt:

Prologue

You!

Yes, you, with the bright eyes. I offer you a mystery in a series of veils. You will lift them up, seemingly without end, until you come to the center.

Lifting the first, outer veil, you see the sun. It is steel and silver. It begins to sink like an old ship through the churning mass of cloud and mist, casting half-light.

There, can you see it?

Yes, that is sunset. Hard to believe, but you must recognize it for what it is.

Molded from that poor light, the sunset methodically smears the sky. Soon, the whole world is drenched in it. Dull and blotched with gray leprosy, the sky is without a frame of reference.

And now, behold black. Ah, how rich it is, how utter and raw, as it begins to pull inward from all the sky-edges.

Soon, black will wrap all of the sky in a parcel.

Beneath the sky, chaos. Rock and tree limbs thread ascetic members into fathomless seething earth. Lesser things emerge past the roots of their greater wood-fleshed kin, and anemic shoots are sent to the sky. There is an unresolved hunger, a clamoring cry without sound.

And now, you must blink. Clear the one illusory veil over your eyes.

Can you see the motion?

Good.

It is the wind. One ghostly presence in a gray dream place.

And there are others. Dark streaks of birds speed through warm milky vapor. Their form is variegated grayscale, and they produce sound. Whistle-notes carry far on the wind, and pierce you. They sail the low mists of the early evening, and sink in the high trees.

All ephemeral. Dusk beginning to settle. Dusk is a web of mist and monochrome silver that erases lines between boundaries of contrast. Predecessor of absolute night.

But you know something is wrong.

Something is lacking. A singular essence.

There is no color.

Well?

Did you think that was all? That I would give it all away before the Phoenix of your imagination had even a chance to lift its eyelids, ruffle its wings, and soar into the winds over this different world?

You were wrong.

So, listen....

. . .


Map of Tronaelend-Lis, City of Dreams - 320k

Map of
Tronaelend-Lis, City of Dreams

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First came Werail of passion red,
Then Melixevven full of joy
That gave the orange tint to things.
The third was radiant Dersenne
With yellow light of sacrament;
Then Fiadolmle, young and free,
Embodying all birth in green;
Koerdis shone with blue of truth,
And violet love was Laelith.
Yet far the greatest of them all
Was bright Andelas who ruled white.
For they were all a part of him,
Until the Rainbow fell.

About the Publisher:

Betancourt & Company is the new main imprint of Wildside Press, LLC, which was founded in 1989 by bestselling author John Gregory Betancourt, and uses state-of-the-art technology to make many classic and out-of-print works — as well as a very few select original titles — available to readers today. The World Fantasy Award-winning publisher produces books primarily in trade paperback format, and occasionally in hardcover and oversized paperbound and limited editions.

Wildside Press books are distributed through Ingram, Baker & Taylor (U.S.) and Bertram's (U.K.) and can be found in your local Barnes & Noble as well as many specialty science fiction and mystery bookstores — and in all the online bookstores. They can be special-ordered from any bookstore that deals with these distributors.


About the Editor:

Senior Editor Alan Rodgers edited the critically acclaimed magazines Night Cry and The Twilight Zone, and is the award-winning author of such novels as Fire, Night, Blood of the Children, Pandora, and Bone Music, as well as the author of the Bram Stoker Award-winning novelette "The Boy Who Came Back from the Dead."

 


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Lords of Rainbow
by Vera Nazarian
ISBN: 0-809556-84-7
TPB - Offset
$14.95 US - 424 p.
Betancourt & Company
May, 2006
ISBN: 1-930997-88-4
TPB - POD
$19.95 US - 420 p.
Betancourt & Company
August, 2004
ISBN: 1-59224-823-3
Hardcover
$34.95 US - 392 p.
Betancourt & Company
March, 2003