Tour Stop: Storm Dancer by Rayne Hall

Well today we join in on another great tour for some truly epic fiction.

I got this book to review, from Sage’s book tours, for the purposes of an honest review and to accompany the tour post. For more info check out the schedule found here.

Synopsis as per Goodreads: (Cover links to goodreads page) STORM DANCER cover published  11Jan13

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 with hatred and betrayal burning in their hearts, how can they rebuild their fragile trust?

‘Storm Dancer’ is a dark-heroic fantasy. British spellings. Caution: this book contains some violence and disturbing situations. Not recommended for under-16s.

Available as ebook on Kobo, Amazon, Barnes&Noble, iTunes, Smashwords and other online retail sites. New: also available as paperback.

My Rating: 5 Bookworms5 worms

My Review:

Dahoud and Merida fight together. Not only against the evil in the lands but also the evil coursing through Dahoud himself. He struggles to keep the djinn buried and to stay in control, especially when around Merida. It has made him done some awful things. This epic fantasy follows his journey to self atonement and to finding love.

This is a very exotic, colourful telling of self growth. The setting and world creation was absolutely brilliantly done. I found myself looking forward to visiting the world each night, as if going to visit some new friends.

The characters were really well thought out. Merida was a bit obstinate and stubourn at times, but watching her grow into a better, more mature person was rather enjoyable.  And Dahoud, fighting with his inner demon (not just a saying this time) throughout the story was spectacular. I really didn’t think I would enjoy him as a character, I mean who can like a bad guy right? But it was the complete opposite. So many times I found myself on the edge of the couch just about screaming out loud in my frustrations for him.

A well written dark fantasy. It could come with a bit more warning though – so here is mine… It contains some hectic violence. Some rape fantasies and some hectic bits about war. I only mention this, cos I don’t read dark fiction. That said, this time – I really enjoyed it.

I enjoyed the ending, even though it does leave room for a second instalment. I can’t wait to find out what is to come next.

About the Author (courtesy of Goodreads)RayneHall - Fantasy Horror Author - Portrait by Fawnheart

Rayne Hall writes fantasy and horror fiction. She is the author of over forty 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, Rayne Hall writes fantasy and horror fiction and tries to regain the rights to her out-of-print books so she can republish them as e-books.

Her books on the writing craft (Writing Fight Scenes, Writing Scary Scenes, The Word-Loss Diet) are bestsellers.

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9 thoughts on “Tour Stop: Storm Dancer by Rayne Hall

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  3. Thanks for reviewing Storm Dancer! It’s fascinating how readers perceive my story and characters.
    About the warning, that’s tricky, because which ever way I phrase it, some people will find the warning is not strong enough, while others form expectation of something really violent and then are disappointed when the book isn’t as gruesome as they’d hoped. 🙂
    I think you’ve done a great job conveying to your blog readers what kind of story Storm Dancer is, so they can decide for themselves if they’re ready for it. 🙂

    • Thanks. It was exciting to work with the cover artists (Paul Davies and Erica Syverson) to design this cover. The picture of Dahoud actually came about with the help of fans who’d read the book and told us how they imagine Dahoud to look like.
      I admit he looks rather handsome. 🙂

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