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Locus Recommended Reading List 2005 includes The Clock King and the Queen of the Hourglass

Strange Horizons Review of The Clock King and the Queen of the Hourglass

Rich Horton Review of The Clock King and the Queen of the Hourglass


The Virtuous Medlar Circle Interview
4-1-06, conducted by
Anna Tambour

The Dragon Page Radio Interview
8-1-05, conducted by
Michael R. Mennenga
and Evo Terra

Walk the Plank Interview
3-17-05, conducted by
Jeff VanderMeer

SF Crowsnest Interview
5-1-04, conducted by
Donna Jones

Suite101.com Fantasy Worlds Interview
11-21-03, conducted by
Debbie Ledesma

Infinity Plus Interview
7-27-02, conducted by
Nick Gevers

Vision #8 Interview
3-1-02, conducted by
Lazette Gifford


Marion Zimmer Bradley

2005 Material

Locus Review of "Sun, In Its Copper Season"

Publishers Weekly Review of "Revulsion and the Beast"

Bards and Sages Review of "The Slaying of Winter"

The Eternal Night Review of The Clock King and the Queen of the Hourglass

Strange Horizons Review of "Sun, In Its Copper Season"

Tangent Online Review of "Sun, In Its Copper Season"

Pomona College Magazine Article for "Expert Advice" Column

Metro Newspaper Article

The Dragon Page Radio Talk Show Interview

Tangent Online Review of "The Slaying of Winter"

Walk the Plank Interview

2004 Material


Chicago Tribune article quoting Vera Nazarian

SFCrowsnest interview with Vera Nazarian

The Green Man review of LORDS OF RAINBOW

Crescent Blues review of LORDS OF RAINBOW

2003 Material


Suite101.com Fantasy Worlds interview with Vera Nazarian

Strange Horizons review of LORDS OF RAINBOW

SF Romance Online review of LORDS OF RAINBOW

SFCrowsnest review of LORDS OF RAINBOW

Fantastic Metropolis survey on "The Physicality of Books"

Pomona College Magazine review of LORDS OF RAINBOW

Chronicle review of LORDS OF RAINBOW

Realms of Fantasy review of LORDS OF RAINBOW

Library Journal review of LORDS OF RAINBOW

Suite101.com Fantasy Worlds review of DREAMS OF THE COMPASS ROSE

Romantic Times Book Club review of LORDS OF RAINBOW

The New York Review of Science Fiction review of DREAMS OF THE COMPASS ROSE

Author Quotes for LORDS OF RAINBOW

2002 Material

Pomona College Magazine review of DREAMS OF THE COMPASS ROSE

The Denver Post review of DREAMS OF THE COMPASS ROSE

Infinity Plus review of DREAMS OF THE COMPASS ROSE


SFWA Circulating Book Plan review of DREAMS OF THE COMPASS ROSE

The Green Man review of DREAMS OF THE COMPASS ROSE



SF Reader review of "Rossia Moya" in THE AGE OF REASON

Publishers Weekly review of DREAMS OF THE COMPASS ROSE


Vision #8 Interview with Vera Nazarian


2001 Material


Advance Praise from Paul Barnett (John Grant) for DREAMS OF THE COMPASS ROSE!

Review of "Swans" in Tangent Online.

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2006 Commentary


The PS Publishing novella The Clock King and the Queen of the Hourglass is included on the Locus Recommended Reading List 2005 in the novella category.


Strange Horizons reviewer Martin Lewis gives a mixed review to The Clock King and the Queen of the Hourglass:

". . . a strong coming-of-age story. The power of the novella comes from Liaei's isolation, and Nazarian is good at capturing the chasm that exists between her and her peers."
— Martin Lewis, Strange Horizons


Rich Horton reviews The Clock King and the Queen of the Hourglass in his SFF Net Newsgroup:

"I quite liked Vera Nazarian's "The Clock King and the Queen of the Hourglass". Charles de Lint's introduction mentions Jack Vance's Dying Earth stories, but I feel it's much more reminiscent of Clarke's The City and the Stars. It's set in a very far future, in which the Earth is almost completely dry. Most humans are nearly sexless, but every so often they mix up a throwback in order to reinvigorate the bloodlines. This story is about the latest such -- perhaps the last -- Liaei, and her upbringing, followed by her journey to another city to mate with the Clock King -- and her choice about what to do with her life after all."
— Rich Horton

2005 Commentary


Locus reviewer Nick Gevers reviews the premiere issue of Fantasy Magazine on p. 12 and gives high praise to "Sun, In Its Copper Season" and listed it as a Recommended Story on p. 58 of the December issue (December 2005 Issue 539):

"Also distinctly dreamlike is "Sun, In Its Copper Season" by Vera Nazarian, who has long since mastered the languorous, decadent prose colorations of writers like Tanith Lee and Marion Zimmer Bradley; "Sun" is a beautifully meditated and composed account of an ageless woman whose mundane routines dictate the global pace of night and day, and who -- becoming disturbed by the approach of a similarly divine lover -- is thrown into sleepless ferment, with dire consequences for the world at large. Like [Jeffrey] Ford's story, this is allegory, but with the subtle grandeur of the finest adult fairy tales."
— Nick Gevers, Locus


Publishers Weekly reviews the premiere issue of Jabberwocky:

"Horror and folklore fans will welcome Jabberwocky, an eclectic collection of poems and short stories edited by Sean Wallace. Two of the highpoints are reimaginings of classic fairy tales, Ainsley Dicks's "In Grandmother's House" and Vera Nazarian's "Revulsion and the Beast." (Prime [www.primebooks.net], $10 paper ISBN 0-8095-5062-8)"
Publishers Weekly


Bards and Sages reviews the anthology Lords of Swords and singles out the story "The Slaying of Winter:"

"My favorite story in the collection was Vera Nazarian'sThe Slaying of Winter. Nazarian's tale of vengeance, honor, and forgiveness centers on Iliss, a young woman who seeks revenge against the Northsmen who killed her brother and slaughtered her people by killing the very god they worshipped. She finds an unlikely, and unwelcome, ally among the Northsmen, and together they seek out the god Trei. But gods are only found when they want to be, and the ending is poignant and profound."
Bards and Sages


The Eternal Night reviewer Steve Mazey gives it a "9" and a glowing review to The Clock King and the Queen of the Hourglass:

"There is a beauty in the prose here, a lyrical quality. The writing is quite sublime. A good deal of the time I like a writing style which allows the story to be told -- one that doesn't get in the way, and feel that flowery text (my description for what is often called literary or lyrical) just obscures the plot unnecessarily.

Here however the story is quite different. The prose is exquisite but it is not flowery, not a case of "why use one word when you can use thirty". But it is also a truly pleasant little tale -- not a half idea shrouded in nice words where the author might hope the good turn of phrase might mask the lack of substance, this is a fine little tale set in a believable well portrayed far distant future. "


Strange Horizons reviewer Pam McNew reviews short story "Sun, In Its Copper Season" from the Premiere Issue of the new Fantasy Magazine edited by Sean Wallace.


Tangent Online reviewer Aimee Poynter reviews short story "Sun, In Its Copper Season" from the Premiere Issue of the new Fantasy Magazine edited by Sean Wallace:

"'Sun, In Its Copper Season' by Vera Nazarian is the myth of a sun goddess. Usually, in fantasy literature, a sun deity is male, so a sun goddess was a welcome change. The goddess is lonely for a companion who understands her. She doesn't know it until she catches a glimpse of someone passing through her garden.

Nazarian's myth is perfect. It never crosses the line into a modern story, and retains the mythic feel from the first word to the last. The language is dazzling and appropriately tinged in gold and copper. In the company of some very strong stories, this one stood out. The prose is polished so smooth that it felt like a popular tale that had been told over and over without ever growing stale. "


Pomona College Magazine interviews Vera Nazarian for the Expert Advice column, featuring her article "The Perils of Publishing" which includes professional publishing advice for aspiring writers and discusses her experience being a part of the Atlanta Nights and Travis Tea Sting.


Metro, a daily newspaper in London, UK, published a full-page article speculating on the identity of the mysterious John Twelve Hawks, author of the bestseller The Traveler. The article included betting odds and photos of the four candidates it suspects -- Dan Brown, Kage Baker, Vera Nazarian, and J.K. Rowling.

The odds are:

  • 14-1 that it is Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code

  • 18-1 that it is Kage Baker, author of The Children of the Company

  • 25-1 that it is Vera Nazarian, author of Lords Of Rainbow

  • 100-1 that it is J.K. Rowling, author of Harry Potter


The Dragon Page Talk Radio hosts Michael R. Mennenga and Evo Terra interview Vera Nazarian, chatting about her latest books, life, philosophy, and immigration background, on the show "Cover-to-Cover" #177, broadcast the week of August 1st.

Listen via podcast, XM satellite, terrestrial, or download the MP3 file. Click here for more tune-in options. The show is archived for download and also available on CD.


Tangent Online reviewer Aimee Poynter reviews short story "The Slaying of Winter" from the Pitch-Black Books anthology LORDS OF SWORDS, edited by Daniel E. Blackston.

"Vera Nazarian's 'The Slaying of Winter,' with the exclusion of the final story, was the best in this collection. Iliss, an unstable woman from the world's southern lands, travels to the Northlands on a quest to kill Trei, the God of Winter, in retaliation for the rape of her sister and the murder of the rest of her family. On her journey, she unwittingly interrupts the coming of age ritual of the Northman Waevan's son. Waevan captures her and takes her to his tribe. She reveals her plan to kill Trei, and Waevan and his brother join her. Iliss' quest ends in an altercation with the god that doesn't turn out as she had planned. She gains wisdom, and a certain measure of peace.

At times, the characters' interactions veered toward those found more commonly in romance novels, but Nazarian's deft control made it work for the story. The ending, though satisfying, revealed a little too much of the story's lesson, but that tiny misstep doesn't mar the overall quality of the piece."


Vera Nazarian is dared to Walk the Plank of Jeff VanderMeer's five killer interview questions.

2004 Commentary


SFRevu reviewer Colleen Cahil gives a great review to DREAMS OF THE COMPASS ROSE in the November, 2004 Issue, and says:

"It can be said that all stories are dreams, through some are more real than others. It is the measure of a writer to take a tale of wonder and make it honest, with the marvel of fantasy and the keenness of actuality. So Vera Nazarian does in her astonishing work Dreams Of The Compass Rose. This master storyteller takes us to a world of beauty and harshness, love and cruelty, covering all from light to dark."
— Colleen Cahil, SFRevu.com


Chicago Tribune reporter Ariel Alexovich interviews and quotes Vera Nazarian in the article "An All-Ages Show" in the Thursday, June 3rd, 2004 edition of Red Eye, "The Big Potter Deal" covering a Harry Potter movie premiere. The article is printed both in the hard copy newspaper edition and online.

"Fantasy and science fiction author Vera Nazarian says: 'It's a fantasy, but it's a powerful healing tool because that's what fantasy is, if you think about it -- an act of catharsis. For adults, the act of following the adventures of the boy wizard is a kind of childhood reunion with our younger selves, but with more control over things.'"


SF Crowsnest reviewer Donna Jones conducts an author interview with Vera Nazarian in the May 1, 2004 Issue #125.


Daniel James Wood does an in-depth review of LORDS OF RAINBOW in The Green Man Review, calling the work "impressively elegant," and says, among other things:

"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


John Grant gives a glowing review to LORDS OF RAINBOW in Volume 7, Issue 5 of Crescent Blues, and ends by saying:

"But no mere words of mine can convey the experience of reading Lords of Rainbow. Just believe me, and read."
— John Grant, Crescent Blues

2003 Commentary


SF Crowsnest reviewer Donna Jones gives a positive review to DREAMS OF THE COMPASS ROSE in the December 1, 2003 Issue (No. 120), saying:

"Not every reader of fantasy will find this book appealing. It is not an easy read by any means, but it works on a level that most fantasy has yet to reach. I found myself re-reading some of the story arcs and finding new meaning behind the individual stories that I may have missed had I moved on swiftly.... It embraces the ideas it contains and meets them full on. Nazarian has managed to fulfil a hole in the fantasy genre that had dwindled for so long it had nearly become extinct."
— Donna Jones, SF Crowsnest


Suite101.com Fantasy Worlds editor Debbie Ledesma conducts an author interview with Vera Nazarian in the November 21, 2003 Issue.


Strange Horizons reviewer Stephanie Dray gives a long, thoughtful, and interesting review in the October 27, 2003 Issue, aptly calling LORDS OF RAINBOW "a love affair between the wheel-shaped city of Tronaelend-Lis and her citizens," and saying:

"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


SF Romance Online reviewer Shirley Gibson Coleman reviews LORDS OF RAINBOW, on the website and in the newsletter SF Romance #113, October 2003 Issue, saying:

"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


SF Crowsnest reviewer Donna Jones gives a glowing review to LORDS OF RAINBOW in the September 3, 2003 Issue, saying among other things:

"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, SF Crowsnest


Fantastic Metropolis contributor Jeff VanderMeer conducts an ambitious and fascinating opinion survey by interviewing several dozen writers and other publishing industry professionals, including Vera Nazarian, on "The Physicality of Books," asking the same several questions of each, including:

  1. "What do you most like about the book as a physical object?"

  2. "Do you have any rituals or procedures you go through after acquiring a new (or used) book?"

  3. "Is it necessary for books to exist as physical objects in our increasingly electronic world? If so, why?"

  4. "Do you have any memory connected to books that you would like to share?"


Pomona College Magazine notes the publication of LORDS OF RAINBOW in the Bookmarks column, of the Fall 2003 Volume 40, No. 1 issue, saying:

"In her second fantasy novel, Vera Nazarian '88 offers an epic about a world without color, illuminated by a gray sun, that is transformed and disrupted by a sudden, brilliant, and utterly impossible flash of light."
Pomona College Magazine


Chronicle reviewer Don D'Ammassa gives LORDS OF RAINBOW some very nice comments in the August, 2003 Issue, pages 40-43, in a double review together with Rosemary Edghill's wonderful novel VENGEANCE OF MASKS:

"These two new fantasy novels are superficially somewhat similar. Both are set in corrupt, repressive fantasy realms, each with the story focusing on a single city. Both involve crises caused or aggravated by the appearance/escape of a more than human figure, and both involve magical conflicts to determine the future of their respective civilizations. The similarities pretty much end there. 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. Edghill's story is more conventional fantasy adventure, and it's the first in a series about Childeric the Shatterer. An ancient demon has escaped the bonds that held him. It's an easier story to read, and it's a pretty good one, but I suspect that weeks from now the images that I retain will be from Nazarian's bizarre otherworld."
— Don D'Ammassa, Chronicle


Realms of Fantasy reviewer Paul Witcover gives LORDS OF RAINBOW a thoughtful mixed review in the October, 2003 Issue, page 46, and says, among other things:

"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


Library Journal gives LORDS OF RAINBOW a great review in the May 15, 2003 Issue:

"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."
Library Journal


Suite101.com Fantasy Worlds editor Debbie Ledesma gives a glowing review to DREAMS OF THE COMPASS ROSE in the May 23, 2003 Issue, saying:

"Vera Nazarian has created an engrossing book of dreams with vivid, unforgettable characters and themes, and a different Fantasy world..."
— Debbie Ledesma, Suite101.com Fantasy Worlds

ROMANTIC TIMES BOOK CLUB Issue #229, March 2003


Romantic Times Book Club reviewer Jen Exum gives LORDS OF RAINBOW a respectable three stars (RT Key Code = "Enjoyable") in the Mainstream Romance section of the March 2003 Issue (#229) and says:

"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." "
— Jen Exum, Romantic Times Book Club


Author quotes for LORDS OF RAINBOW hardcover edition:

"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


The New York Review of Science Fiction reviewer Eugene Reynolds does a very long thoughtful review of DREAMS OF THE COMPASS ROSE in the January 2003 Issue, Number 173 (Vol. 15, No. 5), saying among other things:

"Vera Nazarian is faithful, in her own way, to the storyteller tradition. Her stories have the same sense of mysteries being revealed, and often producing more mysteries, that myth and folk tales do. Her prose tends toward the peculiar combination of exotic and generic detailing found in fairy tales. She keeps her vocabulary and her setting pre-industrial. Her world is filled with timeless lands, endless deserts, unfathomable abysses. Slaves, kings, nomads, warlords, mages, sea captains, and gods all tangle in quests of conquest and journeys of discovery."
— Eugene Reynolds, The New York Review of Science Fiction

2002 Commentary


Pomona College Magazine notes the publication of DREAMS OF THE COMPASS ROSE in the Bookmarks: Recent Publications column, of the Fall 2002 Volume 39, No. 1 issue, saying:

"In this fantasy novel, Vera Nazarian ’88 explores the nature of evil in a cycle of related and lyrical tales—ranging from the grim to the comic to the mythic—most of which take place in the desert land of the Compass Rose."
Pomona College Magazine


The Denver Post science fiction columnist Fred Cleaver reviews DREAMS OF THE COMPASS ROSE in the Sunday July 28th online issue, saying:

"This is a novel to be read and reread in small doses as pieces of the puzzle are put together."
— Fred Cleaver, The Denver Post


Nicholas Gevers conducts a detailed author interview, posts a standalone dream chapter excerpt from the novel, Dream Two: The Miracles of Ris, and also reviews DREAMS OF THE COMPASS ROSE in Infinity Plus, where he says:

"Vera Nazarian is a fervent prose poet; her first novel, Dreams of the Compass Rose, is a feast of baroque colour and eloquence echoing and rivalling Lee's remarkable arabesque cycle, the five-volume Tales of the Flat Earth.... Dreams may well become a landmark in the architectonics of the fantastic.... a fierce and stylish statement of innovative purpose in a genre that needs shaking up. Fortunately, with Vera Nazarian joining the reforming crusade of such fantasists as China Miéville, Jeff VanderMeer, Kelly Link, and Jeffrey Ford, an earthquake seems imminent..."
— Nicholas Gevers, Infinity Plus


Locus senior editor Jennifer A. Hall reviews DREAMS OF THE COMPASS ROSE in the Divers Hands column of the July 2002 issue of Locus (Issue 498 Vol. 49 No. 1) and says, among other things:

". . .Often serious, at times funny, DREAMS OF THE COMPASS ROSE is a kind of Aesop's Fables, commenting on servitude, family, loyalty, death, injustice, illusion, wonder, and ultimately, how to treat our fellow human being. While the lessons are familiar, they are spoken with a voice from the Far East, hypnotic as the desert sands that are its frequent backdrop. Gods and people mingle here, their fortunes intertwined. . . . While the book has a hefty price tag to overcome, it is well edited (not true of many print-on-demand books). Best of all, it does what it is: tells tales of lives that stretch over generations, themselves handed down to grandchildren's grandchildren for lifetimes to come; a many-layered world reflected in multi-faceted stories, whose accounts come full-circle, like the Compass Rose itself, woven into the neverending story of time."
— Jennifer A. Hall, Locus


Michael H. Payne highlights DREAMS OF THE COMPASS ROSE in the May 2002 books received section of the SFWA Circulating Book Plan and says:

"My favorite Lovecraft stuff has always been his Dreamworld stories--"The Doom That Cme to Sarnath," "The Cats of Ulthar," and The Dreamquest of Unknown Kadath, of course. And Nazarian here has tapped into that exact same part of my brain that re-reads those old stories just about every year. No, she doesn't do the Lovecraft syntax and word choice, thank heavens, but she has the same sweep, the same vision glimpsed through the veil of waking, half-remembered, off, and a little bit spooky. Very nice stuff here."
— Michael H. Payne, SFWA Circulating Book Plan


Michael M. Jones gives high praise to DREAMS OF THE COMPASS ROSE in The Green Man Review, calling the work "artistically decadent" in the way it has been crafted, and also says:

"Vera Nazarian has captured a rare and special kind of beauty.... Each story is a gem in itself, a self-contained modern myth with a certain unique flavor. It's as though the lands of the Thousand and One Nights had collided with the worlds of L. Frank Baum, producing a story cycle with an Ozian undertone and an Arabian accent. Take one story at a time, and savor the rich language, the images, and the archetypical characters which populate it. Read them all, and trace the patterns of man vs god, truth vs illusion, reality vs legend, appearing over and over in different guises.
— Michael M. Jones, The Green Man Review

ALA BOOKLIST Mystery Showcase Issue, May 2002


ALA Booklist's Roland Green reviews DREAMS OF THE COMPASS ROSE in the May 2002 Mystery Showcase Issue on page 1514, top of page, the Adult Fiction, SF/Fantasy column, saying among other things:

"Nazarian's story cycle treads the borderline between the episodic novel and the short-story collection, recalling the work of contemporary fantasist Charles de Lint, early-twentieth-century fantasist Lord Dunsany, and even, reaching way back, The Thousand and One Nights....her imagery is rich, vivid, and memorable, not to mention being remarkable because she realizes it not in her native language, Russian, but in English.... Indeed, this is a singularly appealing book by a new voice in fantasy."
— Roland Green, ALA Booklist

Also a YA recommendation is as follows:

" An enchanting must-have for YA fantasy collections." - KS.


Science Fiction Chronicle reviews DREAMS OF THE COMPASS ROSE in the June 2002 Issue (# 225), calling it an "unusual fantasy novel" and also says:

"... although it uses many of the trappings of traditional heroic fantasy, the elements are assembled in a unique fashion."

"Often the conflict is dark and foreboding..."

"...Nazarian's prose is well constructed and her exotic settings are vivid and realistic. There's almost a fairy tale quality to the book, and it differs enough from the usual array of usurped thrones and quest stories to warrant your time."
— Science Fiction Chronicle


SF Reader reviewer Jack Crane calls short story "Rossia Moya" his "personal fave" in an excellent review of the anthology THE AGE OF REASON.

"This delicately written... haunting story, told convincingly from first-person, finishes with an uplifting twist."
— Jack Crane, SF Reader


Publishers Weekly gives an excellent review to DREAMS OF THE COMPASS ROSE in the Forecasts column. It is the very first review in the SF/Fantasy/Horror section on page 82 of the March 18, 2002 issue.

"...a clever concoction of vignettes and short stories knitted into a morality tale about the temptation of illusion and the price of truth..."

"...an exotic setting reminiscent of Tanith Lee's Flat Earth series...."

"The author's sumptuous language will resonate with Lord Dunsany and Clark Ashton Smith fans...."

"Nazarian's vital themes and engaging characters are sure to entertain."
— Publishers Weekly


A. L. Sirois gives a wonderful review to DREAMS OF THE COMPASS ROSE in Deep Outside SFFH.

"...a sweeping, lyrical style that nevertheless contains touches of earthiness.... It may well be that Vera Nazarian, like her trickster goddess, Ris, is one of the old masters of fantasy, returned to earth in a new guise. She bears watching."
— A. L. Sirois


Vision editor Lazette Gifford conducts an author interview with Vera Nazarian in the March 1, 2002 Issue #8.


Charles de Lint gives extraordinary high marks to Vera Nazarian's debut novel DREAMS OF THE COMPASS ROSE in his regular review column "Books to Look For" in the February 2002 Issue (Vol. 102, No. 2, Whole No. 603) of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.

2001 Commentary


Author quotes for DREAMS OF THE COMPASS ROSE hardcover edition:

"The colorful strong writing style that Vera has worked on for years has come to full fruition."
— Marion Zimmer Bradley

"Dreams of the Compass Rose is a rich, exotic blend of high romance and high magic of a kind rarely seen since the classic fantasies of Lord Dunsany, James Branch Cabell and Clark Ashton Smith. This is a work not to be gulped but savored, but if you do find yourself unable to stop, re-read it slowly enough to taste the truth within the poetry."
— Diana L. Paxson, author of Hallowed Isle

"I love this book. Dreams of the Compass Rose is a story-cycle in which we keep coming back to the same characters, except from different viewpoints and different times in their lives. It's set in a land of desert empires that never was, though it could easily be our world -- far in the future, or deep in the past. Some of the stories are brutal, some are like dreams. All of them are engaging and resonant, creating a new mythology that feels so right one might be forgiven for thinking that it's the cultural heritage of some forgotten country or people that have been lost to history. It reminded me of those wonderful, dream-laden story-cycles that Clark Ashton Smith and Lord Dunsany were writing around the turn of the last century. Dreams of the Compass Rose has a similar stately lyricism, a compelling and visionary voice that speaks to the heart of the reader."
— Charles de Lint

"Vera Nazarian's Rose Compass leads the reader on a lyrical journey through time and space, while her compelling and kaleidoscopic tale of multiple lives intersecting about a common point explores some of human nature's most basic truths."
— Jane S. Fancher, Author of Dance of the Rings

"With a glorious richness of language and a use of visual imagery that makes each page like a fireworks display, Nazarian has produced a novel that might seem at first glance to be straightforward generic fantasy. But it's not. It's far, far more rewarding than that. What she does in Dreams of the Compass Rose is use both old threads and new to weave fresh myths -- and vigorous myths at that: there is something almost primal in their power. It is rare these days to find a high fantasy that is more than a rehashing of tired themes. Dreams of the Compass Rose is one of those rarities -- and a rarity to be treasured. This book breathes the true stuff of fantasy."
— John Grant, Co-Editor of The Encyclopedia of Fantasy


Paul Barnett singles out Vera Nazarian's forthcoming mythic fantasy novel DREAMS OF THE COMPASS ROSE in his article "A Top 10 SF Novels" featured on The Zone.

Read the complete article on The Zone website.


Eron Engin reviews Vera Nazarian's short story "Swans"
from On Spec in Tangent Online.

". . . In a few pages, Nazarian manages to describe, in beautiful language, the torment and suffering of her protagonist, and render themes like loyalty and purity in a truly evocative manner."

Read the complete review on the Tangent Online website.

P a s t    C o m m e n t a r y

Marion Zimmer Bradley speaks about Vera Nazarian:

"...another writer I regard as a protegee... Vera is a natural stylist."

"She's one of my success stories; and no, I never get tired of saying that!"

"...the colorful strong writing style that Vera has worked on for years has come to full fruition."

"...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."

"...highly colored, really original and with a true sense of wonder."

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Vera Nazarian is a speculative fiction author, artist, and creator of wonder.

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Copyright © 2006 Vera Nazarian

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Copyright © 2006 Lazette Gifford

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Created 1-2-06

Updated 2-5-06