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.
'The Merdrun, cruel warriors blooded by thousands of years of slaughter, are gathering in the void between the worlds. Their long-hidden summon stone is waking, corrupting good people as well as bad, and turning arcane places into magically polluted wastelands. If it is not destroyed it will create a portal and call the Merdrun through. In a nightmare, a nine-year-old girl sees the Merdrun leader - and he sees her. If Karan and Llian are to save their daughter and their world, they must find a way to stop the greatest warrior in the void.'
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'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)