It is his hope that, if by enticing people like Aron with pieces of the map and samples of gold, they will travel to Sanctuary and take care of killing the Wizard. But having never lived amongst men, he had no idea of the effect Rosa Eldi would have on men or the land itself. Not only does she arouse the passions of men to a fever pitch, it seems her presence has caused the long dormant powers of sorcery to awaken again.
It is the Wanderers who first become aware that the tides of the world are shifting. Knowing full well what happens during times like this, they begin to depart from the fairground during the King of Eyran's Gathering to select a wife.
The phrase “all hell breaks loose” is what works best to describe the final few chapters of the book. All the plots that lurked behind the scenes come boiling to the surface and passions ignited by hatreds that are still recent memory for both Eyran and Istria rise to the surface. When the dust clears, it looks as if another war between the countries is inevitable.
In Sorcery Rising Jude Fisher has laid the groundwork for four separate story lines involving elements of each country. She has obviously borrowed heavily from, and exaggerated upon, societies in our world for her peoples, but she adds enough unique embellishments for differentiation to be possible.
Certainly the use of two cultures with highly divergent attitudes towards women is nothing new and could easily become clichéd. But having the misogynist culture worship a Goddess stands enough conventions on their heads that she is able to avoid that trap.
Ms. Fisher has also been successful in her introduction of the various storylines. Some of the plots are hatched before our eyes, while others were ones that have been long in the making and are now only coming to fruition. She manages to adroitly keep the lines separate when needed, but shows a good sense of timing, knowing how long we need to develop our understanding sufficiently to start weaving them together.
Many authors make the mistake of plunging in without giving the reader a chance to acclimatize or fail to allow for a proper building of tension and suspense. Events just don't happen out of the blue; there has to be a build-up to the moment. By allowing the characters room to develop and by carefully stacking layers of individual moments, we are gradually drawn to what is the only logical conclusion that all the circumstances of the story would allow for.