This trilogy has been very popular with readers. Even though the first book was published in 1999, people still arrive at events with much-read copies for me to sign. They tell me how they’ve searched high and low for the third book, (an Omnibus called The Shadow Kingdom) which sold out in Australia and was never reprinted. (Desperate Alliances is the US edition of the third book).
Now that all editions of the trilogy have sold out I’m going to re-release it as e-books and print books. These are the new covers. (Thank you to my long suffering DH – Daryl from R&D Studios). I’ve named the trilogy: The Fall of Fair Isle.
The Fall of Fair Isle tells a more intimate tale than The Outcast Chronicles. It begins where most fantasy books finish – after the great battle.
After the Ghebites invade Fair Isle, Imoshen (named for her ancestor) is the last surviving member of the royal family. She has to work with General Tulkhan, the Ghebite leader, to save herself, her people and her way of life. Hers is a matriarchal society, his is patriarchal (the men can take three or four wives). The Ghebites fear the T’En, who they regard as closer to animals than True-men. As for the T’En, when Imoshen the first led her people to this land, she told them to take partners from the locals, so that they would blend in and be accepted. The T’En inter-bred with the original inhabitants of Fair Isle, who were descended from the Ancients (a race of mystical beings) and their blood was diluted until there are very few pure T’En throwbacks. Six hundred years of this has changed the way the T’En gifts are expressed in full-bloods and half-bloods and much knowledge of old T’En lore has been lost. (They call the mystic plane, death’s shadow).
At the core of the trilogy is an exploration of gender politics, as Imoshen and Tulkhan try to find common ground. Despite their differences, they fall in love. To add to the complications, before the invasion Imoshen was betrothed to Reothe, the last of the T’En males. She broke her vows to him, to bond with General Tulkhan. But Reothe doesn’t accept this and leads the rebels in a bid to retake Fair Isle and claim Imoshen. She has to choose between Reothe, who wants to restore the T’En and create a new Golden Age and Tulkhan who is the best of True-men.
The first book won Romantic Mainstream Book of the Year (R*BY) in 2000 and books two and three were finalists in the R*BY.
When I have the books ready to release, I’ll announce it on my blog .