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Literature: The Stone Dance of the Chameleon
This drawing by the author became the genesis of the story.
Flesh, knit bone to bone
Your withered earth
Oh ancient Mother
Scorched tearless You await
The Sky Lord come to thunder
Rumbling His stormy belly
Withholding His urgent seed
Until He shall pierce You with His shafts
Quench the burning air
Rill and pool Your dusts
Fill Your wombs with spiralling jades
Until Your flesh swells up
In the midst of breaking waters
Clenching for release

Thrust forth the Green Child
Ten thousand times reborn
Squeeze Him into the air
Enjewelled by the morning
To take sweet nurture
At Your breasts
That He might dance again
And once more blow His scents
Beneath the skies.

The Song to the Earth

The Stone Dance of the Chameleon is a Low Fantasy trilogy by Ricardo Pinto. It is notable for being extremely dark and featuring no magic at all.

Cruel and oppressive, the Masters rule over the three lands; a race of tall, pale people who believe the blood of gods runs in their veins. Carnelian is a Master but, having grown up in exile, he has the unusual trait of mercy. When his father is called back to the capitol Osrakum to oversee the election of a new God Emperor, he finds himself plunged into a web of intrigue and deceit.

The Stone Dance of the Chameleon consists of the following books:

  1. The Chosen
  2. The Standing Dead
  3. The Third God

This trilogy provides examples of:


South of NowhereGay and Lesbian FictionSwordspoint
The Stinky Cheese ManLiterature of the 1990sA Strange and Ancient Name
Steal the DragonFantasy LiteratureStories Of Nypre

alternative title(s): Stone Dance Of The Chameleon; The Stone Dance Of The Chameleon
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