Storm Dancer [NOOK Book]

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Dahoud is a troubled hero with a dark past. A former siege commander, he atones for his atrocities by hiding his identity and protecting women from war's violence. But he hides a deep secret: demonic possession. How 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 ...

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Overview

Dahoud is a troubled hero with a dark past. A former siege commander, he atones for his atrocities by hiding his identity and protecting women from war's violence. But he hides a deep secret: demonic possession. How 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. How can they trust each other when their hearts burn with the hatred of betrayal?

Storm Dancer is a dark epic fantasy novel. It deals with dark issues and is not recommended for readers under 16.

How dark is Storm Dancer? A few readers find it so disturbing that they can't bring themselves to read on. Others find it not dark enough for their taste, and wonder what the fuss is about. It depends on your sensitivity to the issues. You may want to download the free sample pages (click on the right) or use the 'look inside' feature (top left) to get a feel. As a general guideline, if you're ok with A Game of Thrones by G.R.R. Martin, you'll probably be ok with Storm Dancer.

The fantasy world is inspired by ancient Middle Eastern cultures - Persians, Egyptians, Babylonians, Hittites. The writing is atmospheric, exciting and intense. It is a big book, offering many hours of reading pleasure.

British English. 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781501415531
  • Publisher: Scimitar Press
  • Publication date: 6/26/2014
  • Sold by: Draft2Digital
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 569 KB

Meet the Author

Rayne Hall is the author of thirty books in different genres and under different pen names, published by twelve publishers in six countries, translated into several languages. Her short stories have been published in magazines, e-zines and anthologies.

After living in Germany, China, Mongolia and Nepal, she has settled in a small Victorian seaside town in southern England.

Rayne holds a college degree in publishing management and a masters degree in creative writing. Over three decades, she has worked in the publishing industry as a trainee, investigative journalist, feature writer, magazine editor, production editor, page designer, concept editor for non-fiction book series, anthology editor, editorial consultant and more. Outside publishing, she worked as a museum guide, apple picker, tarot reader, adult education teacher, trade fair hostess, translator and belly dancer.

Currently, she writes subtle horror and outrageous fantasy fiction and tries to regain the rights to her out-of-print books so she can republish them as e-books.

She edits a series of themed short story anthologies (coming soon), and teaches online classes for writers ('Writing Fight Scenes', Writing Scary Scenes','Writing about Magic', 'Edit your Writing'and more).

sites.google.com/site/writingworkshopswithraynehall/

The author portrait is by the artist Kuoke.
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  • Posted November 27, 2011

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book!

    Storm Dancer is a well-written, dark fantasy with a strong story line, and intriguing characters. The author takes us on a fast-paced journey to a violent land filled with deception, sexual desire, and magic.

    Set in a time long ago, where cultures and customs clash, the story revolves around the hero, Dahoud. A successful military leader, he is tormented by his malicious, violent past ¿ violence that spared no one, including women. Determined to make amends he fakes his death and takes on a new identity.

    Kirral, the deliciously evil Consort to the Queen, commands Dahoud to travel to a region ravished by rebellion and drought. Here he encounters a diverse group of characters whose allegiance and confidence he must win - a seer, healer, nomad, his new bride and a chieftain who has the loyalty of the natives ¿ and later on, the heroine, Merida the Storm Dancer, who can produce rain with her magical dance.

    Using his intelligence and military cleverness, Dahoud must figure out whom he can trust and whom he can¿t. Most important, can he trust himself to reject the djinn that resides deep inside him.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2013

    Bright future ahead for this author *Minor spoilers* Storm Dan

    Bright future ahead for this author

    *Minor spoilers*

    Storm Dancer proves to be a dark fantasy epic set in a desert world that feels authentically original. The different lands are well-developed, and demon djinn haunt several main cast members, enflaming their baser human desires. Although the main driving force behind the plot does not become clear until halfway through, the characters really shine. Merida definitely won me over early on—wonderfully flawed with a haughty attitude, she nevertheless overcomes the most impossible of situations, and proves to be both sensibly level-headed and a fighter in her own right. Main protagonist Dahoud isn’t as easy to connect with (Let’s be honest, there’s only so much sympathy the reader can feel for a reformed rapist, possessed or not) and comes across as the generic hero, with not as much depth to him as Merida or the villainous Kirral. Kirral was a guilty favorite; he was creepily sadistic, and you could always count on him to be one step ahead of our protagonists. And I have to give a shout-out to Yora: she was awesome.

    This book warns of graphic violence, but fans of George R.R. Martin and Steve Erikson won’t be bothered. Well-written and delightfully imaginative.

    *I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2012

    Long but Worth The Read

    This book is conflicting, frustrating, and rewarding in the end. There are characters i hated and ones i wanted to hate but sensed goodness. And i was rewarded for sticking it out with that character. This book is about overcoming evil. Learning personal from personal flaws and overcoming them. Very good book. It is a little uncomfortable reading Dahound's perspective.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2012

    Wonderful Read

    Storm Dancer is a wonderful fantasy novel set in a drought stricken world. I found the book very entertaining with some very intense moments throughout. I enjoyed the relationship between Dahoud and Merida and the journey that brought them together for better or worse. Found myself cheering for Dahoud constantly hoping he would win his battle of good vs. evil. There was some magic involved but it was not the main focus on the book, the main focus being Dahoud's battle with his "demons". Some scenes in the book were very intense and my not be suitable for all readers. Overall I really enjoyed the book. I found this book via some Twitter connections and would recommend to any adult fantasy fans.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2011

    Golden Age of Persia

    This fantasy world has no dragons or unicorns. Magic is rare. The monsters are sinister and mysterious . . . when you can see them coming. Dahoud, our hero, begins the story on the run from the sins of his past, seeking obscurity. But this is denied him by the Queen's Consort, who admires Dahoud's past acts of cruelty and demands a repeat performance in one of the kindgom's rowdier provinces. Dahoud's plan is to comply with the letter of his assignment, subverting its spirit by avoiding bloodshed, and winning the girl of his dreams in the process. But to win the people over without bloodshed, he'll have to talk to them. The people, justifiably outraged by the actions of the empire he represents, are so hostile that Dahoud will be lucky to leave their lands alive. The book's title comes from the heroine, Merida. She too, is assigned to bring aid to those who don't want it, and she too is manipulated by the evil Consort. Her "storm dancing" brings rain that saves towns from starvation, but winning the people's trust remains a long shot. By the time the paths of Dahoud and Merida finally cross, things have gotten even harder. But as hopeless as things often look, the prize remains in sight throughout --- clearly enough that you can see why they keep going. It inspired me to root for them.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 14, 2013

    The story is very well told, with twists, changes, and unexpecte

    The story is very well told, with twists, changes, and unexpected introductions keeping it fresh throughout its 450 pages. <em>Storm Dancer</em>
    contains well-crafted scenes that are full of intrigue, emotion, and violence. While the core subject of Dahoud's possession, his djinn, commits acts of evil against women, they are not used for pure shock value, but are instead artfully included as part of the story as being a deep part of the plot.

    The subject matter may not be appropriate for some, but it is not gratuitously thrown about and is well-tended within the story line so that, frankly, only those adults with a background that may cause this subject to be traumatic are likely to have a problem with it.

    A very good read, this book travels quickly from page 1 to the final chapter. One of the better books of fantasy fiction I've read this year.

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  • Posted September 6, 2013

    Storm Dancer......wow. I am not a dark epic fantasy type of read

    Storm Dancer......wow. I am not a dark epic fantasy type of reader but, I can honestly say that Rayne Hall has a great imagination and great attention to detail. This is the kind of book that if rape, murder, torture, humiliation, desire and horrible urges are not your thing....this is probably not the book for you. I do have to say though that once I began reading this book it was hard to stop reading. This is a very fast paced book that Rayne is making you want to root for the main character, Dahoud, to the very end.
    In the beginning of this book, knowing what kind of story I was getting myself into, I was quite bias. I really didn't like Dahoud and was quite adamant that there was no way I was going to like him. Just from reading the back and knowing what kind of man Dahoud was I almost quite loathed him. When he is faced with his first wife's devious ways that is when I really started to have my feelings towards him change. Rayne has you encased in this book from beginning to end and has you on a ride that you just do not want to stop.

    I do have to say that this is definately a book for MATURE 18+ year olds. I highly recommend that children under this age not read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2013

    Huh

    Huh

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2013

    spc096

    (Look up scp096 sounds on yourube and click on the first resut)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2013

    Jade

    "Who are you?" She groaned, struggling to sit up.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2013

    Help

    Can someone help me find a name? Im an elf that can shift into a dragon

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2013

    Eurydice

    When she touched a flame, she recoiled, not k owing what to exspect. She looked up at the pheonix.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2013

    Darvena

    *A girls with blue skin walks in. She has horns and hooves for feet. She is wearing a turban and some leather armor. She carries with her a bow and arrow. She also has a skinning knife and a bag. Behind her flies a giant moth named Flutter. She is a Drenei. (Anyone who plays World of Warcraft will get my charcter.)*

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2013

    Thrandos

    Walks in* Hm.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2013

    Gem and kay

    Camping cu mon

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2013

    I absolutely found this so exciting. the book, the story, the pe

    I absolutely found this so exciting. the book, the story, the people, the history. The fantasy parts and the parts that seemed to jump to life off of the pages, The author really put her heart and mind into the entire thing. I would recommend this to any adult. jsparks 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2013

    Today, I have the privilege of being able to review the book Sto

    Today, I have the privilege of being able to review the book Storm Dancer by Rayne Hall.

    &quot;WARNING....This is a very graphic fantasy
    novel that does involve some real world issues. I would not recommend this for anyone unless they are 16 years old or over.&quot;

    If you are like me and a fan of dark fiction, you will love this book by Rayne Hall. It is set in an exotic, fantasy desert land not made up of unicorns but of dark cons and sinister people. The main character is Dahoud, a very attractive man, who is on a quest to conquer the demon Dijinn of whom he believes resides inside him. Dahoud tries to attain the true love he desires but his every move is thwarted by his past. This is a R-rated story that is painting a portrait of harsh, exotic lands. The characters are complex and there are no clear-cut guys as this world revolves around a time when people had unrestrained power.

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  • Posted June 12, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    This is a very dark story that takes place in a fantasy desert w

    This is a very dark story that takes place in a fantasy desert world with magic and war. The setting immediately pulled me in and the twists in the plot kept me reading and on the edge of my seat. The characters are complex and do a lot of growing over the course of the book. This book shows a lot about human nature by highlighting extremes. A very dark, compelling story with complex characters. I recommend, as long as you are not easily disturbed. 

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  • Posted April 28, 2013

    This is a review of ┬┐Storm Dancer┬┐ by Rayne Hall. 4.5 o

    This is a review of “Storm Dancer” by Rayne Hall. 4.5 of 5 stars
    I reviewed this book solely from a reader’s prospective. Although dark fantasy is not my genre of choice, this book is a good read for its genre. I found myself rooting for the protagonist’s battles against his various antagonists, as well as, himself. I also found myself wanting to smack the heroine on the forehead and shout, “Wake up and smell the camel dung,” on numerous occasions. I am assuming there is a sequel as there were some unanswered questions at the end. It kept me reading straight through from cover to cover and with over 400 pages that is saying something. If you like dark fantasy then you will enjoy this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2011

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