Color my World – guest post by Cairn Rodrigues, author of The Last Prospector

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Cairn Rodrigues is back on the Red Carpet today to talk about why colour plays such a major role in The Last Prospector.

Color My World

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What’s your favorite color?  If you are like the overwhelming majority of the world, including me, your answer is blue.  There are some rebels out there, some color mavericks bucking against the norm, and I salute them.  With so many amazing colors to choose from, someone is bound to pick aubergine eventually.

Color is a huge factor in our lives, we are practically programmed to be alarmed by red hues and soothed by the blues.  Most traditions and holidays worldwide are affiliated with certain colors, such as white for brides and orange for Halloween.  In my first novel, The Last Prospector, colors define the world of Solstice and, in many ways, the people who live there.

When I set out to write my fantasy series the Song of Solstice, much thought was given to context.  I knew I was going to spin a fantastic yarn requiring people to jump into an unfamiliar world, so some universal touchstones were important.  Using color for that context, primarily the seven colors of the visible spectrum, was my ultimate choice.  Grabbing my old high school friend Roy G. Biv by the hand, we built the template for Solstice.  Truthfully, once Solstice was organized by color, it created itself with spectacular results.

Solstice is a world of seven tiers, each tier aligned with a specific color and each color spawning a corresponding culture.  The tiers are all relatively equal in size and run the course of the spectrum starting with red Roja in the south to violet Vyoletta in the north.  Each tier has unique terrain, such as the desert of the orange tier and rainforests in the green.

Naming the tiers once they were established wasn’t as easy.  There is a dizzying array of human words for all the colors, shades and hues that define our lives.  I spent many hours doing searches of color names in languages other than English and the origins of current English words.  There are many instances in the story where actual color names are used, such as Geoluread.  It’s an archaic word for orange, more precisely it’s the words for yellow and red pushed together.  A great word like that shouldn’t be altered or ignored, so it became the name for an important stronghold in the orange tier.

Digging into the etymology of color names was a real treat though, all that incidental research added a lot of depth and flavor to the cultures they spawned.  My favorite find was learning indigo correlates to rigid social hierarchy after creating the caste system of the Yndigon tier.  Perhaps it was a universal theme I already knew subconsciously, it’s hard to be sure, but it was one of many natural fits where color was concerned.

Vibrant color is splashed liberally around Solstice and I hope it’s a place you will consider visiting.  The Last Prospector is the entrance to a new world, a place where the improbable is likely and treasure hides in the most unusual places.  It’s a world of bold colors, colorful characters and even horses of a different color.

So, please allow me to ask the same question a different way.  If you could live in a color, which one would it be?

Thank you very much Cairn for the post – my favourite colours blue and yellow but I think if I had to chose it would have to be a mauvy blue – not too dark.

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The Last Prospector by Cairn Rodrigues

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The Last Prospector by Cairn Rodrigues

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The Last Prospector

Solstice is a world apart, created by a mysterious Boss and shaped by tempers of warring twin goddesses. Once it was a playground for sisters Ylumya and Ynoirya, but then the wars began. Now Solstice is the stage for the final battle between light and dark. Everyone must choose a side. The Boss sired the first prospector 1,000 years ago. Charged to search for a treasure unnamed, an unbroken line of men have been caretakers, shepherds and warriors for Solstice since the misty times. Now, Grayme Ceruleya is the last prospector, he is destined to find the treasure. But what happens to Solstice when he does?

A runaway slave dies giving birth alone in the desert. The nomads who find the baby don’t realize that the child is the pawn of the gods and wields more power than they can comprehend. Except for one boy, broken-hearted Tonyo who makes a tremendous sacrifice to ensure the baby’s safety. In Solstice the unlikely is probable, magicks are mundane and all the stories are true.

It’s a land of stunning natural beauty, filled with exotic wildlife and vibrant cultures. Powerful factions like the whore’s guild make the rules, ancient enemies find new strength and dreamers are waking up all across the land with one message. The Final war between the Twins has started. A victor must be decided this time.

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Where to purchase  – The Last Prospector by Cairn Rodrigues and where to find Cairn

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Cairn is returning to The Red Carpet with a guest post tomorrow – look out for her here

I have recently read this book for review purposes, with a little trepidation as it isn’t really in my normal genre, but I enjoyed it immensely

My review on Goodreads:

I did so enjoy this book – many times with fantasy I am disappointed – not this time though. The world here is drawn so well – it could almost be ours, but so obviously is not – the characters are real and all interesting. Descriptions are fantastic from the landscape, through different cultures, history down to the mundane – the food, the dirty clothes. I was standing right there eavesdropping.

This is a tale of  the many. Divers people are traveling to unknown destinations led by dreams. Their stories are interwoven so well; it is not always easy to write about so many characters and keep them as distinct beings, or to keep the story untangled.

I also found pleasing the lack of sword and sorcery which seems to dictate so much fantasy these days. There is magic, almost everyday affairs, strange creatures that are such acceptable beings I could wish we had them here in reality:) but this is mainly a story of people caught up in the games of the gods. A story of the power play of some and the helplessness of many.

The opening scene is brilliant and drew me in with excitement to find what happens.

(Disclaimer, I was given this book to read and am very pleased I was too – sometimes if I am asked to read I cannot honestly find much to write that would please anyone but, I am looking forward to reading the next instalment in this tale. A new author for me to follow.)