The Dancers of Arun (The Chronicles of Tornor, 2)
by: Elizabeth A. Lynn
As the scholar and scribe of Tornor, Kerris has been in training for the past seventeen years. But it's not until his brother Kel of the Cheari culture teaches him the psychic art of patterning, that the city of Elath comes under attack and Kerris must draw upon these new talents to fight the dangers of psychic warfare. It is in these battles that he learns what a warrior's life is like, and discovers what wasn’t taught to him in his studies--perhaps the most important element of all--love
(note: this book has been updated and has another cover now, but Mikey likes this cover and it is her post so she is the boss, i agree with her though! So here is the older cover) :
Remember that one book? You know, the one that changed your perspective on life. Gave you new meanings for the world and relationships around you. Altered your perception of love and sexuality. And for a while it blessed you with a place where you knew you belonged. A place you could return to again and again. Dog-eared, torn, and yellowed. The paperback you cherished. The one that contained all your old friends. Friends you could rely on to not disappoint or hurt you. Maybe there was tragedy…the part you hated most, but you loved it anyway. We do that sometimes, ya know? Love people and things even when they hurt because their benefits outweigh the heartache.
For me, that book came into my life when I was thirteen, and it never left my heart. The Dancers of Arun Book II of the Chronicles of Tornor by Elizabeth A. Lynn is that book. I’ve written characters who love it as much as I do. It is a story about living on the outside for so long, living through the damage to discover there are people out there who can love you and find you attractive when everyone else treats you with pity. People who believe in you and your intelligence.
Kerris was taken from his home in the south to Tornor in the north at the behest of his father during war time. He was a three year old boy with only his mother and some guards for protection. His father and older brother were fighting the Asech in the war. During a raging storm, as the small company was crossing the plains of Arun, Asech raiders attacked the caravan killing Kerris’s mother and wounding Kerris, severing his right arm.
Paula, a woman traveling with them, cared for Kerris continuing the journey north to deliver the child to his uncle, Lord Morven. Life in the cold northern keep was small and lonely for Kerris, the cripple, the fit taker, and the one woman to sleep with him did it out of pity. Kerris was devasted when he overheard the kitchen maid laughing about him, telling all the other maids of sleeping with the cripple. His best friend Tryg was his only other lover. Tryg distanced himself from Kerris as he grew old enough to receive his knife and move to the Yard to learn fighting. Uncle Morven never blessed Kerris with the knife all boys are given at the age of twelve, thus never making him a man in the eyes of every one of the keep. Instead, Kerris becomes a scribe, who can’t even sharpen his own quill because he only has one arm.
The fits Kerris suffers from is a mind link to his older brother Kel who is a leader of a revered chearas, a group of dancers/fighters who travel the country. For four years, Kerris lives his life embarrassed by his fits and his deformity, while secretly cherishing those moments in his brother’s mind. One day, a chearas arrives at the keep. Kel has come to take his brother home. To the witch-town of Elath in the south. Both he and Kerris are witches. Kel is a patterner.
The Dancers of Arun challenges our sensitivities. The story takes the reader into a culture that doesn’t hide their bodies or their sexuality. Who believe the chea gave them their gifts to make the world better. Same sex relations between siblings isn't looked at as odd, nor is same sex relationships in general throughout Arun considered divergent.
Kerris learns to love himself. He discovers what he can do with his mind is called inspeech and he is referred to as an inspeaker. Throughout the journey with the chearas, Kel and the others in the troop, Elli, Riniard, Cal, Jensie, Arillard, Ilene, all accept Kerris. They teach him that he is capable of being loved, of contributing to society, and isn’t repulsive the way the people at the keep made him feel.
For someone who has always been on the outside looking in, this book struck a chord with me, and I’ve never been the same.
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