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Anne Irvine's Etchings

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The Tainted Realm


Justice - Tainted Realm 3

Out Sept 24, 2013, Australia (UK and US editions, June 2014)

Book 3 – Justice


The once beautiful land of Hightspall is being carved up by warring armies led by figures out of legend. One army is headed by the charismatic brute Axil Grandys, and the other by Lyf, resurrected sorcerer-king and Grandys' 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 Grandys from using the Three Spells that will destroy Hightspall forever.

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

Praise for The Tainted Realm trilogy:

'Incredibly exciting. The end will have you eagerly anticipating the next book in the series.' – GOOD READING on VENGEANCE

'A compelling story of vengeance, loyalty and the search for a place in the world.' – Starred review, LIBRARY JOURNAL (USA) on VENGEANCE

'Credible, flawed characters, splendidly nasty baddies and a richly interwoven story. Great stuff!' – AUREALIS EXPRESS on REBELLION

Also available as an ebook. Australian and NZ ebook edition out now (US and UK, June 2013).

Also available as an unabridged audiobook (worldwide from iTunes,, etc from 28 October 2013).

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Rebellion - Tainted Realm 2

October 2012, Australia (UK and US editions, March 2013)

The Tainted Realm

Book 2 – Rebellion

Magery is failing, the war has been lost and 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 of Cythe anew.

RIX, now known as Deadhand, was once heir to the greatest fortune in all Hightspall. Now he's disgraced, dispossessed and is running for his life. Rix is determined to redeem himself and save his beloved country, but an obsession with his brutal ancestor Axil Grandys, the legendary founder of Hightspall, is leading him on a one-way path to catastrophe.

TALI, an escaped slave who bears the master pearl within her, is held captive by the embittered chancellor of Hightspall so he can rob her of her healing blood. But when she discovers that her enslaved people face genocide at the hands of the enemy, Tali conceives a desperate, impossible plan. To sneak into the enemy's underground city of Cython, the most heavily guarded place in all the land, rouse the slaves to rebellion and use her 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.



"This stunning sequel surpassed all my expectations and left me in awe of Irvine’s writing and world building skills. Rebellion is a great book that builds upon the foundations that Vengeance laid out beautifully." Speculating on SpecFic,

'Exquisitely written. Even better than the first.' Katherine Stubbs,

"Irvine does the guilty burdens that his characters carry so well! Credible, flawed characters, splendidly nasty baddies and a richly interwoven story. Great stuff!!" Crisetta MacLeod, Aurealis Express.

Also available as an Ebook and Also available as an unabridged audiobook.

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Vengeance - Tainted Realm 1

November 2011, Australia (UK and US editions, April 2012)

The Tainted Realm

Book 1 - Vengeance

Ten years ago, two children witnessed a murder that still haunts them as adults.

TALI watched as two masked figures killed her mother, and now she has sworn revenge. Even though she is a slave. Even though she is powerless. Even though she is nothing in the eyes of those who live underground, she will find her mother's killers and bring them to justice.

RIX, heir to Hightspall's greatest fortune, is tormented by the fear that he's linked to the murder, and by a sickening nightmare that he's doomed to repeat it.

When a chance meeting brings Tali and Rix together, the secrets of a kingdom are uncovered and a villain out of legend returns to throw the land into chaos. But before Tali and Rix can save the realm – and themselves – they must learn to trust each other.



"Irvine is a veteran storyteller who excels in sustaining complex plots with well-rounded characters. Here, he delivers a compelling tale of vengeance, loyalty, and the search for a place in the world." Starred review, Library Journal (US)

"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!" Crisetta MacLeod, Aurealis Express

"Incredibly exciting. The end will have you eagerly anticipating the next book." Good Reading (Aus)

"He knows how to spin an epic yarn and tell it with real gusto ... ambitious in scope and tirelessly action-stuffed." SFX

Also available as an Ebook and Also available as an unabridged audiobook.

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Recent Books

Grim and Grimmer – hysterical horror, hopeless heroes

It's not easy to be a hero when your bum is the size of an airship and you're bobbing around the ceilings, mocked by a host of angry dwarves.


  • "Fast and furious and very funny." Reading Time
  • "The funniest horror story you'll read in a long while." Good Reading
  • "Very funny, as well as dangerous, gory and grotty."
  • "Funny and fast paced. Recommended." Bookseller and Publisher.
  • "The fun explodes off every page." Richard Harland, international bestselling author of Worldshaker.
  • "A wonderful tale. Delightfully dark and delicious." Jacq Ellem,
  • "I gasped and laughed my way through these three books." Dee White, Kids' Book Capers.


Grim & Grimmer Book 4

June 2011

Grim and Grimmer 4

The Calamitous Queen

Publisher: Scholastic Australia
Paperback, 280 pages

Emajicka is marching on Grimmery with an army of a million Fey. Can things possibly get worse?

Yes, they can, for Ike is all alone. Mellie has gone, attempting to pull off the perfect crime. Lord Monty is at war with his reattached head. The beautiful sprite Mothooliel wants to steal Ike's eyeballs, and Grogire the firewyrm plans to kill him in the most disgusting way.

Can Pook and Ike free the Collected children? Will Ike discover the secret of the Gate Guardians and clear his parents' names in time to save Grimmery? Or will Spleen and Nuckl finally feast on Ike's innards?

Brace yourselves for a wild ride.

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Grim & Grimmer Book 3

March 2011

Grim and Grimmer 3

The Desperate Dwarf

Publisher: Scholastic Australia
Paperback, 280 pages

It's not easy to be a hero when your bum is the size of an airship and you're bobbing around the ceiling, mocked by angry dwarves.

Mellie has stolen the unluckiest charm in Wychwold and can't get rid of it. Pook has an insane plan to rescue the Collected children. The demons Nuckl, Spleen and Tonsil are after Ike's innards. And the Fey Queen, Emajicka, is coming to tear out his worst nightmare.

Only Ike can save Grimmery. But first he has to win a contest with a lying, cheating scoundrel - the desperate dwarf, Con Glomryt.

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June-July 2010

The View from the Mirror Quartet

Audiobooks edition on CD - complete and unabridged, approximately 90 hours.

A Shadow on the Glass, June 2010

The Tower on the Rift, June 2010

Dark is the Moon, July 2010

The Way Between the Worlds, July 2010

Available from Australian bookstores, Amazon, Barnes & Noble etc from June 2010.
Read by Grant Cartwright.
Bolinda Audiobooks

Click the following links to hear a 2 3 minute audio extract of each Audiobook on my publishers site. You can also buy these books at this site.