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Ring of Lightning (Dance of the Rings Book One) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Sep 1997
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Breaching the sanctity of his world's ruling priesthood, whose practices provide power to all life, Darius Rhomandi discovers another source of power and founds a democratic city that falls into unrest three hundred years later. Original.
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Other parts of this book are also pretty awful. When the oldest brother finally has his confrontation with his crazy aunt the verbal exchange between the two comes off as an argument between a couple of 8 year-old kids in the schoolyard.
While I had no expectations of this book, somehow it still managed to really disappoint me. Very little about this book is worthy of praise as, added to the failures I have already mentioned, it fails to resolve any of the conflicts which drive the story and has absolutely no sense of closure at all. I give it two stars because it develops an interesting world and has a few moments that are actually engaging, enough that I finished reading the book despite its many, many failings.
If you like CJ Cherryh, or Siege by Lynn Abbey, you'll like Jane's Ring series. Pick up the first book and you'll be hooked. Oh, and tell Mother I sent you!
The bedrock of this narrative is the usage of intense viewpoint to convey the psychological and motivational aspects of the brothers' concerns. Much is made of the Nikaenour character in respect to his own view of Deymorin and Mikhyel, and as a hub by way of which Deymorin and Mikhyel consider each other and Nikaenour, in conjunction with Anheliaa's influence on all of them. But in the end though, Deymorin's misconceptions about Mikhyel are probably the most poignant, as they have been the seed of the brothers' mistrust of one another to greater and lesser extents.
As a backdrop to all this is the city of Rhomatum, which was founded by the brothers' ancestor Darius some three hundred years previously. A city born from Darius' vision: 'Today I looked into the rings and saw a new and better world'. And so it was that Darius built a tower upon a leythium-node wherein he set in motion a set of giant rings composed of leythium and silver from which the power of Rhomatum was established: a power that is the source of conflict between the resident ring-master Anheliaa and everyone else.
A lot of the interconnections in this book are quite understated by conventional standards, making the wheels-within-wheels elements of the story a little hard to keep track of as the story evolves and unwinds. I found it really had to be read at least twice to get a better impression by way of hindsighted forewarning. Which for a book of this length is saying something, since from my point of view, it takes an interesting and engaging one for me to read once...
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