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Originally from Brighton, Fiona McIntosh moved to Australia in her teens and forged a successful career in travel - running a business with her husband - before becoming a writer. She continues her work and on top of this not only writes at least two books a year, but also spearheads the Fab Fantasy Bookclub - Australia's premier fantasy bookclub. She lives in southern Australia with her husband, her two lovely sons, two mad dogs and two insane birds.
This is the final book in the `Valisar' trilogy, but it still manages to bring much that is new to the story. Not content with just moving her established characters and factions to an inevitable finale, McIntosh breaks the groups up and reassembles them, bringing new dimensions to the characters and surprising changes to their goals. Friends become enemies and the most unlikely alliances form. In true McIntosh style there is plenty of magic in this one, as each of the Valisars seek to unlock the power of their bloodline. While they struggle with the dark heritage of their family magic, the Valisars must deal with the revelations that the barbarian usurper Loethar, who has stolen their kingdom, may also share the Valisar blood, and that for the first time in centuries a Valisar Princess, who may have a greater power than all of them, walks the land. The intriguing thing about this book is that there are no heroes or villains in the usual fantasy sense. After the first two books, you may think there are, but the events of this third volume show that everything is a matter of perspective. McIntosh consistently delivers innovative and engaging fantasy and this is no exception. Fans will be desperate for this one and, as usual, the enthusiasm is entirely justified. Stefen Brazulaitis is a bookseller, freelance reviewer and columnist
Praise for Fiona McIntosh: `It's a "just one more chapter" sort of book. Don't start reading in the evening if you have to get up early the next morning'Robin Hobb