The next installment in the "entertaining" series that will "appeal to fans of Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover series." --Science Fiction Chronicle
"Dangerous intrigues arise from within and without, along with enough action spicing the mix and enough secrets yet to be revealed, that the next book in the series can't come soon enough." --Adventures of Sword and Sorcery
"Jane S. Fancher, in her first fantasy novel, has created a powerful dynasty...The reader is totally captured in the web of the tale...Dance of the Rings promises to be an enduring addition to the fantasy field." --Affaire de Coeur
From the Author
It never fails to amaze me what cover copy publishers think will sell a book. They work very hard on that back cover copy, and I respect them and appreciate their efforts. But the fact is...what I wrote wasn't the story of Darius setting off to found Rhomatum. I didn't even write a story about some major clash between Rhomatum and Mauritum. If you're looking for ultimate good against ultimate evil in a Ragnarok-style battle...it ain't happenin' here.
I wrote a book about three brothers who happen to be in a position of power. Yes, the power struggle with Anheliaa is a major part of the plot, but the story lies in the brothers and the various ways in which good men (and women) can, with no malice aforethought, find themselves at swords' point (sometimes literally) without ever really realizing how they got there.
I come from a big family: four brothers and one sister. I'm next to the youngest. Sibling dynamics is an endless source of fascination to me. As I've gotten older, I've realized how easy it is, when we get together, to slip back into those roles we had as kids.
No one, but no one, knows your "buttons" like a sib!
As a child, I also knew very different parents than my oldest sibs did. Mom and Dad as newly weds, the war years, all those things made them very different from a middle class married couple whose lives were beginning to diverge in major ways. Such differences affect how you see the world and your parents...and I've tried to capture some of that in these books.
I don't set out, ever, to make a specific point. I begin with a premise, a few "givens" about the characters and let them develop in their own way. I ask the characters why, I don't tell them what.
The Rhomandi brothers were like that. I thought at first that Khyel was the eldest; the moment he came on stage, I knew that was wrong. He was definitely younger than Deymorin. And then...I asked him why. That's when the truth about their father began to come out.
That's when the story truly took on a life of it's own.
And people ask me why I write....