The Dancers of Arun
The Dancers of Arun by Elizabeth A. Lynn
In his childhood Kerris, the orphaned nephew of a great warlord, was savagely mutilated in a border incident. Unable to train as a fighter, he has passed his seventeen years apprenticed to a scholar. But his forced inactivity has rankled, and he dreams often of the chearis- the dancing warriors of Arun- particularly of his brother Kel, a famous dervish warrior.
Without warning Kel and his cheari band arrive at Kerris`s fortress keep. They have come for him on their way to the cheari city of Elath. During his journey south Kerris is introduced to new mental gifts and new ideas and trained in the psychic art of patterning, a gift which has given order, peace and beauty to the cheari culture.
Unfortunately when the small band arrives all is no long peaceful at Elath. The pattern is broken- psychic warfare has ensued and Kerris is severely tested. His growing self-realization in the midst of a society powerfully and dangerously in flux is the key to a charged novel of a man who agonizingly learns the ways of of lve.