Lords of Rainbow
Or the Book of Fulfillment

by Vera Nazarian

(Lords of Rainbow is Book One of the Rainbow Trilogy — Lady of Monochrome, Book Two, and Arch of Many Hues, Book Three, coming soon...)

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In a world without color, illuminated by a silver sun...
She is willing to fight for one man unto death...
Another is willing to die for her.

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 Ranhéas 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 Ranhé 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.


"Lords of Rainbow in particular, a stunning idea, fabulously employed—a book to submerge in!"
— Tanith Lee

"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."

"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.com

"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


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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.


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) and 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.

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.

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