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).
Fall of Fair Isle BREAKING NEWS
Solaris have bought the rights to release this trilogy as an omnibus edition, in print and e-books, March 2015.
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, Imoshen the First) is the last surviving member of the royal family. She has to work with General Tulkhan, the Ghebite invader, to save herself, her people and her way of life. Hers is a matriarchal society, his is patriarchal society where 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. Furious, Reothe 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.
NOTE: When the trilogy was first published I wrote four books but the publisher closed down the line after the publication of the third book. Much of the world building that I used to create the Outcast Chronicles was from the unpublished fourth book. With the omnibus I have integrated a little more of the back-story into The Fall of Fair Isle trilogy, so that those who have read the OC can see what has happened in the last 600 years. (FoF is set 600 years after the OC).