Admired fantasy author Ian Irvine delivers a new, fast-paced fantasy series, THE TAINTED REALM. It begins with VENGEANCE, a story of betrayal, murder and a girl's hunt for justice in a world where two peoples are divided and mistrust can only lead to war.
In Cython's underground slave camps, only the timid and obedient survive - but Tali is neither of these. In Cython, having magic means the death penalty and Tali's gift is swelling out of her control.
Though no slave has ever escaped, Tali must, for she has sworn to bring her mother s killers to justice. She meets Rix, a nobleman and together they flee through a land at war, pursued by enemies and allies alike. Before they can solve the crime and save the realm, they must learn to trust each other.
Rix's subconscious is scarred by a sickening secret that he comes to realise links him to the killing. Tali is hunted by a faceless enemy that can only be beaten by magic. The one person who can teach her how to use her unique and unruly magic is the killer himself.
As she unravels the conspiracy behind her mother's murder, Tali's quest for justice turns to a lust for vengeance. Yet how can she avenge herself on a killer who died two thousand years ago?
For sheer excitement, there's just no-one else like Irvine around at the moment. - SFX
Ian Irvine lives in the mountains of NSW, Australia. He has been writing epic fantasy novels for over a decade and is the author of classic series the View from the Mirror, the Well of Echoes, the Song of the Tears and the Tainted Realm. His latest novels, The Summon Stone and The Fatal Gate, are a return to the fan-favourite world of the View from the Mirror.