Vengeance (The Tainted Realm #1)
Her dramatic escape precipitates Cython's war on a weakened Hightspall and, when Tali is rescued by Rix, heir to Hightspall ...more
To put it bluntly, this bo ...more
So after just under three days of searching, I found it in my local town. I picked the book up, and begin reading in the middle of the isle. After the first sentence in chapter one, I was already interested. I'm not going to deny it, Vengeance was my first Ian ...more
Tali is just a child when she witnesses the brutal murder of her mother. She lives in a state of constant terror -- terror of her ...more
Vengeance tells the story of tali, a slave girl who escapes her captors (The Cythonians) and sets about unraveling the secrets b ...more
Rix, is a heir of Hightspall’s family Lord and Lady Ricinus. Although he is a gifted young man his relationship with his parents is antagonistic and he needs a way out.
Tali and Rix have a chance meeting where the evil plot of vengeance is uncovered. They must join forces to help save themselves ...more
The novel has some of the best tension building I have ever read. I was left wide awake late at night wanting to know ...more
This book had me screaming, yelling and even crying at times! I LOVE books that do that to me. :)
Seriously an awesomely awesome MUST read, but only if you have a lot of spare time. And don't do what I did and start reading ...more
Tali is joined by a couple of people in her quest, most notably Rix and Tobry. They are both from noble families (though Tobry's has fallen and Rix's doesn't seem far behind). Rix is plagued by nigthmares and a mother who is doing everything to get the family back on i ...more
As I have to expect in an Irvine book, world building is immaculate in this book: everything has a purpose, a role, and it’s all vividly realised throug ...more
As the first in a trilogy, let me be honest, the size of this book frightened the ever living daylights out of me, but once I got into the story, I really got i ...more
Several things worked for me. Irvine has crafted a new and interesting world, and although we didn’t get t ...more
This book took me a while to finish reading, this is due to it being a decently long book and I only had time to read it on my breaks at work. Not many books can keep stay in my mind that long where I never found myself what had happen prior in the book. It reads well and has been edited well, with few story breaks and a compelling plot that keeps you entwined until the end. The best part of this b ...more
Vengeance had all the elements I was looking for at the time in a book -- fantasy, mystery, adventure, and a newly created world to jump right into. Add that to the mysterious, yet not unique plot and I thought I'd give this novel a try.
I enjoyed my journey int ...more
The story follows Tali, a slave from underground Cython, who escapes seeking justice for her mother's murder. There's vengeance, betrayal, murder, war, a little love, but not a lot of justice. It's one of those stories that just when you think the situation can't get ...more
This was a very fun and action packed story. It is set in a very different world compared to many of the other books available. The book did seem to be geared more toward YA, but the brutality ...more
The things I didn't like:
The action scenes took too many chapters and had to describe every sword swing or magic spell. I need more character development and plot.
Rix. He was a noble f ...more
Vengeance, book one in The Tainted Realm series is no different. His world, and his characters complex and unique. However, I am at odds with this book.
On one hand, I found it to be quite an e ...more
This first volume of Irvine's The Tainted Realm has everything going for it: a great and epic story; a terrific cast of characters; and some inspired action sequences. Unfortunately, it fails to achieve the heights it so earnestly strives for.
I expect to have a period of adjustment to a fantasy series' language and context. But here, that period is made frustrating by initially presenting three sides of a story that don't match up--I found myse ...more
I interviewed Ian Irvine for the Galactic Chat podcast and have since met him in person – he’s a gentleman. Which makes having to review this book difficult because my desire to like a fantasy by an Australian author comes up against the book itself.
We didn’t get along, Vengeance and me.
It began with the characters. I didn’t feel drawn to any of them and for the life of me I am unsure as to why? There’s certainly enough time for the reader to explore each of ...more
VENGEANCE is the first book in the Tainted Realm Trilogy. It's a story of betrayal, murder and a girl's hunt for justice in a world where two peoples are divided and mistrust can only lead to war. In Cython’s underground slave camps, only the timid and obedient survive – but Tali is neither of these. In Cython, having magic means the death penalty, and Tali’s gift is swelling out of her control.Though no slave has ever escaped, Tali must, for she has sworn to bring her mothe
Characters while not original or deep where at the very least likeable. Our main protagonist is Tali, a somewhat anger prone, teenaged girl *spoiler* who saw her mother get murdered */spoiler* and her main quest is to seek, yep you guessed it, vengeance. As far as character development goes there wasn't much of it.
The prose was fluid and simple to read. This lack of complexity while making it easy to join the world of Hightspall but never ...more