Ian Irvine developed a career as a marine scientist, gaining a PhD from The University of Sydney. His work included jobs in various Asian and Pacific countries and he prepared guidelines for Australia's marine conservation programme.
In the late 1980s Irvine returned to some preparatory materials he had worked on during the previous decade and the result was his The View from the Mirror Quartet. The final volume of the series was published in 1999 and Irvine has been a full-time writer since then.
Wizardry Crag2008single work children's fiction children's fantasy
'Tamly is kidnapped and the brothers try to force him to help them raise their ancestor, Shardax. Tempting him with promises to give him magical abilities and even raise his parents from the dead they eventually blackmail him into doing what they want. Then Tamly must summon all of his courage to face his ultimate enemy with no magic at all.' (Publication summary)
Scrutator2003single work novel fantasy 'The node has failed, rendering humanity's battle clankers and the Aachim's constructs useless. The battle has been lost. Now hordes of alien lyrinx are swarming out of the tar pits of Snizort, intending to fall upon the survivors and destroy them to the last man. Tiaan, crippled and unable to walk, is held prisoner by a vengeful Vithis, who is determined to extract her geomantic secrets from her at any cost. For his failings, Nish has been cast out and branded a traitor, while Irisis, accused of high treason, has been forced to flee for her life. The fate of humanity is dependent on the survival of one wily old man, Scrutator Xervish Flydd. But Flydd has been blamed for the defeat at Snizort. His enemy, vicious Chief Scrutator Ghorr, has expelled him from the Council and stripped him of all rights. Now Flydd is condemned to die a brutish death as a slave, hauling ironclad clankers out of the battlefield mire until his heart bursts under the strain'. Source: bookseller's website.