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Issue Details: First known date: 2011... 2011 The Tainted Realm
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'The Tainted Realm is the story of the remote island nation of Cythe, brutally colonised two thousand years ago by the Hightspallers, and of a realm forever tainted by the means they used to take the land. Cythe's history, art and culture were erased and its clever native people were reduced to despicable degradoes, on the verge of extinction when, without warning, they vanished. For fifteen hundred years they have lived underground in Cython, served by their Pale slaves, the descendants of noble Hightspaller children once given as hostages to Cython but never ransomed. For all this time, the Cythonians' lives have been shaped by the alchymical books called the Solaces, sorcerously bestowed upon them by an unknown benefactor. Now Hightspall is struggling under the weight of one natural disaster after another; its people feel that the very land is rising up against them. Then the last of the Solaces appears in Cython, the iron book called The Consolation of Vengeance, and the Cythonians know that it is time to take back their land. Only one person can prevent Hightspall from running with blood - a Pale slave called Tali who has just come of age. But Tali's four female ancestors were killed in the same brutal way and she knows she's next to die. To survive, and gain the justice she so desperately craves, she must escape Cython, though no slave ever has. And now the creator of the Solaces is hunting her.' (Author's website)


y Vengeance Ian Irvine , Sydney : Orbit Australia , 2011 Z1737678 2011 single work novel fantasy 'Twelve years ago, two children witnessed a murder that still haunts them as adults. Tali, a slave girl in subterranean Cython, saw her mother's head hacked open and something taken from inside. Rix, boy heir to the biggest fortune in Hightspall, watched two shrouded figures do the deed. He did not realise they were his parents, acting for a faceless sorcerer. Tali has sworn to bring her mother's murderers to justice, but now she is hunted by a killer who can only be beaten by magic - Tali's magic that she does not understand.' (Author's website)
y Rebellion Ian Irvine , Sydney : Orbit Australia , 2012 Z1900642 2012 single work novel fantasy 'The war has been lost. Hightspall has fallen. The Cythonian enemy, led by their reincarnated sorcerer-king, Lyf, are determined to wipe it off the map and build their ancient realm anew. Tali, an escaped slave who bears the master pearl within her, is held captive by an embittered chancellor so he can take her healing blood. Rix, now known as Deadhand, has lost everything and is running for his life. He is determined to redeem himself and save his beloved country, but an obsession with his ancestor Axil Grandys, the legendary founder of Hightspall, is leading Rix on a one-way path to catastrophe. When Tali discovers that her enslaved people face genocide at the hands of the enemy, she conceives a desperate plan. To sneak into Cython, rouse the slaves to rebellion and use the master pearl to attack the enemy from within. But before she can hope to save her people, Tali has to confront her own darkest fear - a return to slavery.' (Trove record)
y Justice Ian Irvine , Sydney : Hachette Australia , 2014 6434707 2014 single work novel fantasy

'Justice is the shattering finale to Ian Irvine s fantasy trilogy, The Tainted Realm.

'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. ' (Publisher's blurb)

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