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Don’t miss this book. With it’s strong story line and intriguing characters it is sure to be the perfect book for everyone!
Demon-possessed siege commander, Dahoud, atones for his atrocities by hiding his identity and protecting women from war’s violence – but can he shield the woman he loves from the evil inside him?
Principled weather magician, Merida, brings rain to a parched desert land. When her magical dance rouses more than storms, she needs to overcome her scruples to escape from danger.
Thrust together, Dahoud and Merida must fight for freedom and survival. But how can they trust each other, when hatred and betrayal burn in their hearts?
‘Storm Dancer’ is a dark epic fantasy. British spellings. Caution: this book contains some violence and disturbing situations. Not recommended for under-16s
Still not convinced? Here is the “most helpful review” from Amazon:
This novel takes place in a fantasy world — but it’s not full of dragons and unicorns. It’s reminiscent of the Golden Age of Persia, full of cryptic soothsayers, scheming consorts, and ruthless satraps.
The main character, Dahoud, has faked his death because he’s sick of war and its atrocities. Unfortunately, as often happens in 20th-century thrillers, he’s just too damn good at war for the powers that be to leave him alone.
When Dahoud is dispatched to bring a rebellious province into the imperial fold, he plots to second-guess his manipulators. The idea is to accomplish the goal through wits and diplomacy, rather than the bloodbath the throne expects (and hopes for). To do this, Dahoud must gain the trust of the locals.
But the locals are justly outraged by the empire’s oppression, and want no part of Dahoud (except, perhaps, his severed head). Nor is Dahoud stepping into a leaderless power vaccuum: a charismatic, powerful chieftain already enjoys the people’s respect — and he doesn’t like Dahoud any more than they do!
Farther along, the heroine Merida arrives at the palace — like Dahoud, she’s assigned from afar to help people who don’t want her help. Her preferred method is to bring rain to parched lands with her magical “storm dancing”. Merida and Dahoud each must navigate tangled webs of betrayal and intrigue before their paths inevitably cross.
The quality of a story like this depends on the obstacles placed in the character’s way by the author . . . and this author is relentless. – Maeve Sawyer