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The once beautiful land of Hightspall is being carved up by warring armies led by figures from out of legend. One army is headed by the charismatic brute, Axil Grandys, and the other by Lyf, resurrected sorcerer-king and Axil's ancient nemesis.

Only the escaped slave Tali and her unreliable magic stand in their way, but Tali's gift grows more painful every time she uses it. As the armies converge on the fateful peak of Touchstone, Tali and her ally Rix must find a way to overcome Lyf and prevent Axil from using the Three Spells that will destroy Hightspall forever.

©2013 Copyright © Ian Irvine 2013. (P)2013 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Irvine is a veteran storyteller who excels in sustaining complex plots with well-rounded characters. Here, he delivers a compelling tale of vengeance, loyalty, and the search for a place in the world." (Starred review, Library Journal (for Vengeance, book one on the Tainted Realm series).
"Irvine does the guilty burdens that his characters carry so well! Credible, flawed characters, splendidly nasty baddies and a richly interwoven story. Great stuff!" (Crisetta MacLeod, Aurealis Express (For Rebellion, book two of the Tainted Realm series)
"He knows how to spin an epic yarn and tell it with real gusto - ambitious in scopeand tirelessly action-stuffed." ( SFX)

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  • Stevie W.
  • 01-08-2018

Ian, you absolute master of storycraft!!

I love the Tainted Realm. I wish there were more adaptations or connecting books that continue the magical, adventurous vibe that this trilogy presented to me. This will forever be my favorite story, and Rix will always be my favorite representation of a man and his fight to become a hero. I hope you publish more books like this one

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-07-2018

is this for tweens

I might have liked this series if i was twelve surely not an adult story performance pretty good I thought story itself not so