Friday, January 4, 2013

Review: Dreams of the Compass Rose

Dreams of the Compass Rose
Dreams of the Compass Rose by Vera Nazarian

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book Info: Genre: Fantasy
Reading Level: I’d recommend this for any age that can read it
Recommended for: I’d recommend this for anyONE that can read it
Trigger Warnings: Some minor violence

Disclosure: I won a copy of this e-book through the LibraryThing Members’ Giveaway program in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Synopsis: When a young warrior of a dark race finds himself bound in servitude to a beautiful, cruel princess, his loyalty becomes entwined with something more horrifying and mysterious than endless night falling over the ancient desert. When a courageous young servant reveals her hidden wisdom to the madman conqueror of the world, her fate is joined to a nightmare suspended beyond death and the universe. The destinies of two souls become connected through ancient truths that lie buried in an island between worlds. Both souls become enslaved through dream and desire in an endless conflict between truth and illusion. They can only be set free by the wonder of the Compass Rose.

My Thoughts: The language in this book is lyrical and lovely, comprising a montage of stories and legends about the world of the Compass Rose. It’s a fascinating exercise in true world building, from the ground up. Not only are the parameters of the world culture being built through these loosely connected tales, but we’re also seeing the physical world being built up, literally before our eyes.

The story itself is sort of disjointed, but as you read the various legends and fables, it all starts to come together. All the stories connect in the end, although you need to be paying attention as you read to keep track of each level. However, it is well worth it. The stories are each wondrous gems, brilliant and scintillating, and absolutely lovely to experience. Definitely a book to be savored and enjoyed over and over. Highly recommended.

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