- Hardcover: 398 pages
- Publisher: Norilana Books (March 19, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1607621150
- ISBN-13: 978-1607621157
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,094,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dreams of the Compass Rose Hardcover – March 19, 2013
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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.
She has a stellar vocabulary which aids her in tellings; her vocabulary is so awesome that her writing is both intellectually and emotionally satisfying. I want more, more and more. Let me read more dreams from Compass Rose.
Dreams of the Compass Rose really does leave you wishing for more. I think there is a sequel in the works.
I was able to pick this up for free. Well worth paying for. Due to one specific scene, would recommend for adults only.
She skillfully brings all of the characters together, allowing their paths to intersect and intertwine like threads, creating a pleasing whole at the conclusion of the weaving. Yet each story gives us pause to reflect and at the same time leaves us seeking more. And again quoting from her character, "in each telling the story itself changes a little, changes direction, and that in turn changes you and me. More often than you realize it, the world is shaped by two things--stories told and the memories they leave behind."
Nazarian leaves us with a memory of a vivid world, filled with characters that have shape and form and evoke our sympathy and draw us into their story changing us. And in the end, there is still the Compass Rose, the navigator that leads us into our dreams.