Vengeance by Ian Irvine

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The epic fantasy jarringly switches gears for a fight with a naked shape-shifter, used as an excuse for out-of-place juvenile sexual humor
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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 above ground, 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 an entire kingdom are uncovered and a villain out of legend returns to throw the land into chaos. Tali and Rix must learn to trust each other and find a way to save the realm -- and themselves.
 

About Ian Irvine

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Ian Irvine, a marine scientist who has developed some of Australia's national guidelines for protection of the marine environment, has also written 27 novels. These include the internationally bestselling Three Worlds fantasy sequence (The View from the Mirror, The Well of Echoes and Song of the Tears), which has sold over a million copies, a trilogy of thrillers set in a world undergoing catastrophic climate change, Human Rites, and 12 books for younger readers, the latest being the humorous fantasy quartet, Grim and Grimmer. Email Ian: ianirvine@ozemail.com.au
 
Published April 3, 2012 by Orbit. 673 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Below average
Feb 27 2012

The epic fantasy jarringly switches gears for a fight with a naked shape-shifter, used as an excuse for out-of-place juvenile sexual humor

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Below average
Reviewed by Dean Evans on Apr 06 2012

...this first book in the Tainted Realm series starts sluggishly, and its lowly-slave-girl-with-secret-magical-powers plot hovers perilously close to cliché

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