Introduction

The Stone Dance of the Chameleon is a story published as a fantasy trilogy. It is fantasy, but perhaps not what many expect from that genre. A reader with such expectations might be disappointed, or perhaps be pleasantly surprised. Some reviewers have called it science fiction, and in some ways it is that too.

What the Stone Dance certainly is is a tale of love and a coming of age story. It is an epic set in a world of wonder and terror, that is ravaged by war and oppression, and describes the struggle to overcome these. Issues that threaten us are at its heart, and our time and our history appear in it from an oblique perspective. Grim and bloody and cruel, it demonstrates how compassion can become the most terrible weapon of all.