The second instalment in the highly acclaimed fantasy Tainted Realm trilogy.
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.
About the Author
Ian Irvine has worked in many countries in the Asia-Pacific region. An expert in marine pollution, he has developed some of Australia's national environmental guidelines. Ian is married and lives in the mountains of northern New South Wales.
'The story really takes off...the end will have you eagerly anticipating the next book in the series.' [Good Reading on VENGEANCE]'A compelling tale of vengeance, loyalty, and the search for a place in the world.' [Library Journal on VENGEANCE]'That Grand Master of the vast epic is with us again! The first gripping volume of what promises to be a vintage Irvine treat. More please!' [Aurealis Express on VENGEANCE]'Credible, flawed characters, splendidly nasty baddies and a richly interwoven story. Great stuff!' [Aurealis Express]'This stunning sequel surpassed all my expectations and left me in awe of Irvine's writing and world building skills.' [Speconspecfic.com]
Series: The Tainted Realm
Number Of Pages: 455
Published: 9th October 2012
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3 x 4.2
Weight (kg): 0.72
Edition Number: 1