Rebellion by Ian IrvineRebellion by Ian Irvine


byIan Irvine

Paperback | March 12, 2013

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Hightspall is dying. Every year the winters worsen, and the realm's protective magic disappeared with the traitor-king, Lyf, two thousand years ago.

Now Lyf is back, bent on wiping Hightspall off the map and rebuilding his ancient land anew. Lyf also killed Tali's mother and now he is hunting Tali, for the master pearl she bears inside her holds the key to saving the realm - or destroying it.

Can Tali find Lyf before he tears Hightspall apart? And if she does, can she put aside her quest for vengeance to save her country? Or will Lyf cut the pearl from her and use its magic to plunge her world into perpetual darkness?
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 co...
Title:RebellionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:656 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.75 inPublished:March 12, 2013Publisher:OrbitLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316072850

ISBN - 13:9780316072854

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Rebellion features more absolutely stunning imagery,somehow surpassing its predecessor, solid character development and some fascinating new threads and plot twists. The good guys aren't entirely good and the bad guys have qualities you can admire and agendas you can sympathize, even agree with, even as you hate them for being bad. The main characters grow and change through (some)good fortune and (lots of) adversity becoming more fully realised and rounded, all set against a dark tapestry which weaves itself around them in epic majesty. While on the subject of character development I believe Ian (if he'll forgive the familiar use of his first name) takes positive delight in giving his heroes a hard time, and I'm sure if he'd written The Odyssey poor Odysseus would have finally got home not a whole man at all! Its clearly meant to make us to get behind the characters. For me it certainly worked, and I have further come to believe that 'all great things come at a price' is a theme Ian likes to explore in his writing. For everything that happens there's very little by way of padding, the story is very clearly going somewhere and does it at a cracking pace, rising through a series of crescendos to a satisfying climax which still leaves you wanting more, a good thing since there's another book to come. Nonetheless, Rebellion isn't flawless for me. There's the odd thing that happens here and there that grates a little, and some of the supporting characters are a little unidimensional, while others are drawn so large that they're almost manga-esque in their depiction and actions. While this is clearly a stylistic choice, meant to contrast with his more rounded, earth=bound depiction of the heroes, its not one I am entirely comfortable with, but I'm certainly intrigued and want to see where it leads. This however is a small criticism of a great piece of writing which avoids many of the clichés driving our genre and 28 books in Ian Irvine remains fresh, vibrant and original, a feat which many of his colleagues have failed to emulate. After the almost obligatory cliff-hanger I was left shaking my fist at the sky, yelling 'damn you Irvine! Damn you to hell!' but I definitely want more and will be waiting at the head of the line for the next book.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it, Can't wait for the next installment
Date published: 2013-10-21

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Ian Irvine:

"The complex cultures, detailed geography, and the palpable weight of history provide a solid background to an intense story...some truly original touches." --- Locus

"Epic, non-stop action adventure." --- Starburst

"A page-turner of the highest order...Formidable." --- SFX