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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....more
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Published 2011 by Scimitar Press
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Sarah Castillo
Storm Dancer, by Rayne Hall, is a heroic fantasy set in a land that is vaguely middle eastern. There is light magic throughout in the form of soothsayers, rain dancers, and simple spells.

I'll admit, the blurb for this book didn't give me a lot of hope for the book;

"Demon-possessed siege commander, Dahoud, atones for his atrocities by hiding his identity and protecting women from war's violence - but how can he shield the woman he loves from the evil inside him?
Dark-heroic fantasy. British spel...more
Karysa Faire
Jan 16, 2012 Karysa Faire rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adults who like darker fantasy.
Shelves: indie-authors
Bravo! An excellent read! I loved Storm Dancer, by Rayne Hall, a dark fantasy set in an ancient Persian-esk world. The characters were complex, vividly drawn and faithful to their role in the story. The world was detailed, realistically written so that my senses were pulled into the tale. I had to force myself to put the book down in order to get some sleep-and then I tossed and turned as I replayed the last-read-scene in my head.

What I liked:
Dahoud and Merida have lived their lives at the opp...more
Kyra Halland
Kyra's star ratings:
Characters: *****
Story: ****
Writing: ****
Setting: *****

(I was given a free copy of this book for the purpose of giving an honest review.)

Storm Dancer is a big, sweeping, epic fantasy set in an exotic desert land, with colorful and compelling characters. Dahoud, possessed by a djinn who urges him to horrifying acts of rape and other atrocities, is fighting to control the djinn and make amends for the terrible things he's done. Merida, a magician and loyal citizen of the extrem...more
Nancy (The Avid Reader)
The following review is my opinion and not a paid review. I was given a free copy of the book from the author for my honest opinion.

Merida is a very sweet and nice person all she wants is for her mother to love her and care about her. She doesn't actually care about her status she wants to be liked and loved. Merida tries so hard to bring her status rating up for her mother. That is why she decides to travel to another town one that has not had any rain in a very long time. Merida has been train...more
Samantha (Book Lover's Cozy Cafe)
Storm Dancer is an interesting read to say the least. while I must say it took me a while to really get involved with the book, at the end I'm glad I read this book. it is not the norm for me, I did enjoy it and would recommend this book to fantasy readers, and maybe more.

It's set in an exotic fantasy desert land, the characters are colorful, the setting match something I'd picture in an epic fantasy movie set in the desert. With different towns and such ruled by different rulers. Some are good...more
Karen
A heroic fantasy set in what would appear to be the middle ages. Dahoud, a former siege commander, is sent back to his homeland to oversee the assimilation of a city racked by drought and desperation. Merida, a weather magician, joins Dahoud in a land she deems unprincipled and must decide where her future lays.


As Dahoud and Merida travel through their many life lessons, joined by other colourful characters, you are drawn along for the ride through strange lands and customs with magic, deceit an...more
Sadie Forsythe
Storm Dancer wasn't at all what I expected and I was pleasantly surprised. Honestly I just expected a bit of a dark, rape-themed alpha male PNR (but still I read it). It's a lot more than that. Yes, poor Dahoud is possessed by a djinn focused on the cruel sexual domination of women and he has committed horrible atrocities in the past. But the book is largely focused on his attempt to atone for those sins. He's tempted constantly, but he's also trying really really hard to be a good man. He is a...more
Debbie Christiana
Dark fantasy isn't a genre I read often. However, after reading Storm Dancer, I may rethink that. Well written, with a strong story line, and intriguing characters, I thoroughly enjoyed it. 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, with many diverse cultures and customs, the story revolves around the hero, Dahoud. A successful military leader, he is haunted by his dark, violent past - violence that spared...more
Kris Austen  Radcliffe
I won’t review the plot here—the other reviews provide excellent synopses. What I will touch on is the lushness and world-building of this story. Good fantasy needs a good setting, as well as characters who are as much a part of it as it is a part of them. In Storm Dancer, politics, culture, and the land itself all come together to complicate Dahoud’s and Merida’s lives. They navigate court intrigue, battles, and a desert where subjugation and the lack of water have brought a proud people to the...more
Debra Dunbar
Storm Dancer was my first ‘book on the beach’ this vacation season. It’s a dark fantasy full of despotic rulers, political jockeying, and poetic language. But there’s more. It’s the ‘more’ that makes this book thought-provoking and sometimes uncomfortable. It’s a story about redefining ethics. It’s a story that explores the very personal question of when the needs of the many outweigh the needs, or even rights, of the individual.

Dahoud is a man with a demon. He’s an ethnic Samili, discounted and...more
Craig McGray
I am not one for lengthy, plot scrutinizing reviews, so here is my short but sweet review of Storm Dancer.

Rayne Hall has crafted a wonderfully vivid world. I found the pages turning easily and I often stayed up way too late as the time slipped by. The characters were very well developed, and the descriptions precise. While fantasy isn't the main genre I read, I do enjoy dark stories. This had more than its share of darkness and necessary violence which kept me turning the pages.

The action was fa...more
Ann
When I started with Storm Dancer, I didn't expect to like the book as much as I ended up to do. While the setting - a set of well defined countries vaguely resembling the medieval middle east (albeit with weather magic and public executions) - was totally my forte, the topic - the struggle of a serial (war) rapist to atone for his crimes - could easily have soured matters.
However, Storm Dancer's Daoud's rise above his excuse (not named, avoiding spoilers) was a positive surprise. The book does n...more
Autumn Birt
Apr 07, 2013 Autumn Birt rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of epic fantasy
I actually first saw this book in a stack at my mother-in-laws. I loved the cover and read the back blurb, finding myself intrigued. The story line lingered in my mind long enough that when I ran into Ms. Hall on Twitter, finding Storm Dancer tantalizing me once again, I knew I’d read it.

What drew me to this novel was the setting: a fantasy story set in the desert. Plus, I was intrigued by the main character of Dahoud being both the hero and the villain, a man plagued by inner evil that he seek...more
R. Rose
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 so...more
Lee French
Storm Dancer is definitely not for everyone, just as the author cautions. Armed with that warning, I enjoyed the book for what it was - dark fantasy. The main character struggles with his inner demon, and it's really a demon. I should say this isn't the most explicitly disturbing book I've ever read, but it certainly isn't light escapism or chaste social commentary.

It took me a while to read this book, because I kept seeing the train wrecks coming and didn't want to watch the characters' short-s...more
Laura
This book is a highly enjoyable read. A couple of characters are dark and take pleasure out of torture and humiliation though the writer handles this well, but unless you like dark fantasy this book might upset. The story moves at a fast pace and I really felt the need to keep reading as I was invested in the characters.

All in all if you like fantasy, the book will take you to a world of mystery and adventure.
Susan
Rayne pens "Storm Dancer", a Dark Epic Fantasy in a plot that is strong, captivating and well written. Her characters were nicely developed, likable and complex. With plenty of "world building" scenes, this tale will hook you right in and not let you go. Highly recommended for all fantasy fans.

This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.
Wendy Scott
A bloodthirsty tale of cruelty, deception and secrets, political intrigues and double crosses, and the gross abuse from those wielding the nation’s power. The themes explored in this dark fantasy are not for the faint hearted.
Renee McKinley
I was drawn into the politics and plots immediately. Well written and well thought out!
This story has something for everyone. Intrigue, action, romance, and even some magic, including a demonic djinn.
Hans Cummings
I have mixed feelings about Storm Dancer. On one hand, I found it to be engaging and well-written. The Middle Eastern fantasy world is a fresh change from the typical Eurocentric fantasy so often found. I found it hard to separate some of the characters from each other and keep track of who was who, mostly because of how unfamiliar the names were with me. I also found myself wishing for a map at times. I always like to study a map of a new fantasy world, but the lack of a map doesn't detract fro...more
Lisbeth Nilsen
Fabulous story, strong, interesting characters and a wonderfully rich setting. Absolutely loved this book with its dark points.
Dewanna L. Durbin
I hated to reach the end of this book. Absolutely wonderful.
Floyd Largent
I thoroughly enjoyed Rayne Hall's intricate, absorbing novel Storm Dancer, but I have to admit that I found it difficult to categorize. Not that there's anything wrong with that; it makes a novel all the more intriguing when it doesn't fit into a readymade genre. On the surface, Storm Dancer is pure dark fantasy, set in a Bronze Age civilization strongly reminiscent of the Middle East. That said, the characters who people the novel are far from primitive, though their cultural expectations clash...more
Heather Heffner
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Rhea and Rory James
Storm Dancer is a deliciously dark epic tale of love, hate, betrayal, and the search for redemption. Oh what a tangled web Rayne Hall weaves in this delightful lusty adventure! The setting is a wonderful medieval eastern land that feels so real. The characters are rich, complex, and compelling. Despite their many flaws ( or maybe because of them) you will find yourself rooting for their success as if you really know them! Our sexy brooding hero, Dahoud, has many secrets he must keep from everyon...more
Sharon Stevenson
'Storm Dancer' is the dark fantasy tale of Dahoud, a man trying to reform himself while under the influence of a malevolent Djinn.

The world Hall has created is pretty brutal and there is a lot of rape and torture going on. Usually dark content doesn't bother me but I found it completely impossible to sympathise with Dahoud in any way because of the horrifying things he had done, regardless of how widespread this sort of behaviour was in the book and regardless of his back story. This was my onl...more
Megan Strong
Storm Dancer is a dark fantasy novel, that includes such themes as: rape, torture, captivity, betrayal, demons, and death. This book is definitely not for the faint of heart, or the squeamish. The majority of complaints I have read have been due to the inability of the particular reader to handle and enjoy the darker themes. So do not read this if you cannot handle the themes I have previously listed (especially the rape).

This is set in a fantasy world with many similarities to historical Middle...more
A.J. Church
Storm Dancer is a lush, complex tale of the internal growth of two very different characters: Dahoud, a former siege commander who once reveled in the terror he imposed on his victims and is now trying to atone for those atrocities, and Merida, a judgmental magician from a very strict, structured society suddenly thrown into a world of lawless perversions. It would be hard to imagine two more opposite characters, and the journey that brings them together, both physically and philosophically, is...more
Lize
I was given this book to review. Having said that, it was a pleasure to read and I would recommend Storm Dancer to lovers of Dark Fantasy. Below is my full review:

I found Storm Dancer by Rayne Hall on Twitter where I have been spending a questionable amount of time lately. The book also came with a warning about the dark nature of the story and the disturbing themes running through it. It’s a sensible thing to do if you don’t know the person you’re recommending a book to but I wish it wasn’t nec...more
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I discovered "Storm Dancer" when I came across Rayne Hall on Twitter. Being nosy, I looked up "Storm Dancer" on Amazon to see if it was worth a read. I read the sample chapter provided and decided to buy it as my attention was captured. At 42 chapters, I was looking forward to curling up on my comfy couch to read this dark fantasy tale.

We are introduced to Daoud and the dark urges that his djinn tempts him with from the start of the book. This djinn taunts Daoud on a daily basis which leave Daou...more
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Rayne Hall writes fantasy and horror fiction, some of it quirky, most of it dark. She is the author of over sixty 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 i...more
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