Ian Irvine, an Australian marine scientist, has also written 32 novels and an anthology of shorter stories. His novels include the Three Worlds fantasy sequence (THE VIEW FROM THE MIRROR, THE WELL OF ECHOES, THE SONG OF THE TEARS and THE GATES OF GOOD AND EVIL), which has been published in many countries and translations and has sold over a million copies, a trilogy of eco-thrillers in a world of catastrophic climate change, HUMAN RITES, now in its third edition, and 13 novels for younger readers. www.ian-irvine.com
"In a world full of epic fantasy clones, this stands out as a world-building labour of love with some truly original touches."- Locus.Shortlisted for the Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel, 1998.Listed in Sciencefiction.com's Best of 2001.'Ian Irvine is a great find! He writes beautifully about a vast and intricate world that seems utterly real. His characters are as well drawn as any I've come across in fantasy. Best of all, none of them are quite what they seem when first introduced: no white hats, no black hats. I found them refreshing, complicated, and compelling.' Kate Elliott, author of King's Dragon.'As good as anything I have read in the fantasy genre.' Adelaide Advertiser.'Irvine has built a history and wonderful culture for his vivid world. His first novel vibrates with originality.' The West Australian.