- Series: Dance of the Rings (Book 2)
- Mass Market Paperback: 752 pages
- Publisher: DAW; First Printing edition (February 1, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0886777194
- ISBN-13: 978-0886777197
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.6 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,617,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ring of Intrigue (Dance of the Rings, Book 2) Mass Market Paperback – December 1, 1996
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From the Author
Ganfrion, Ganfrion, Ganfrion.
Note to self: One should never get on a panel with another author who believes in absolutes and defends those absolutes...vociferously. The term "never" is a sure-fire goad to try to prove them wrong. For once, I let my keyboard speak rather than my mouth.
I think Ganfrion proves my point quite admirably. Unfortunately, there's no way I can explain without a major spoiler. Suffice to say, in the never ending game of nothing quite as it seems, Ganfrion definitely wins some kind of no-prize.
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Top Customer Reviews
Unfortunately, Ring of Intrigue does not even live up to the flawed standard of Ring of Lightning. The interaction between the brothers, which was a lot of what was good about Ring of Lightning, turned into melodramatic mush in Ring of Intrigue. If a character said, "Dammit, Khyel!" (or its equivalent) one more time I was going to hurl the book out the window. Although the plot was interesting and again promising, it was so long and drawn-out that I forgot quite a few bits by the time that I got towards the end of the book. There is also something about the pacing that was not quite right. There are huge parts of the prose spent on small moments while major plot elements can be missed if you blink.
Unfortunately, I would not recommend this book. I would particularly not recommend it if you were as lukewarm about Ring of Lightning as I was. If you found the first book perfect, then this may well be more your cup of tea than it was mine. If I find the third used, I may well give it a try. My hopes won't be very high, however.
The brothers discover that Anheliaa, the ringmaster, is slowly dying. And the city council are demanding an explanation regarding the state of the Ley-web, and what is intended to be done about it. Mikhyel and Kiyrstin set the council's immediate fears to rest. But it falls to Mikhyel and Deymorin to attend to the outer nodes' confidence in the Rhomandi, and rally the troops in case of attack from their old adversary the Mauritumin, and their Northern Crescent allies.
Like its predecessor, Ring of lightning, this book concerns itself ( even more so now that the number of direct associations have increased), with how the principal characters see themselves in relation to one another and the outside world; human, and non-human; politically, familially, and magically. This makes for an interesting mix of romance, and vested interests, which I found to be gritty, subtle in its development of plot line, and at times, appropriately humorous. So anyone who likes their fantasy more involving than usual, should find this book, along with its stablemates, good reading.