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. Read more...
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.
JUSTICE is the shattering finale to Ian Irvine's fantasy epic Tainted Realm trilogy.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-04-07
- Reviewer: Staff
The third volume of Irvine’s Tainted Realm trilogy (after Vengeance and Rebellion) opens with a massive earthquake just as the characters are about to enter into a major battle. For readers of the earlier books in the series, this provides a continuation of the action, while newer readers are introduced to Rix and his allies and enemies in rapid succession, though not always in ways that make clear who stands with whom. Despite the title of the novel, the various characters—including former slaves, immortal heroes, and kings—are more interested in revenge than justice, nursing past slights into reasons for laying waste to the world. Pettiness rules the actions of even the greatest of warriors. The Five Heroes, joined together by ancient oath, work well in this narrative context, in part because their internal disagreements reflect all the characters’ flawed natures. (June)