Sci-fi/fantasy series (2 quartets, 1 trilogy and one series to come) by Australian author Ian Irvine dealing with the "Three Worlds" Santhenar (setting of most the series), Aachan, and Tallallame, and the four humanoid plus one races living there. Quite gritty and realistic; characters range from flawed to plainly insane. The series is also noted for its seemingly random mix of magic and science, and also large span of events.

The series consists of:
* ''View from the Mirror'' quartet
** ''A Shadow on the Glass''
** ''The Tower on the Rift''
** ''Dark is the Moon''
** ''The Way Between the Worlds''
* ''Well of Echoes'' quartet
** ''Geomancer''
** ''Tetrarch''
** ''Scrutator'' (aka ''Alchymist'')
** ''Chimaera''
* ''Song of the Tears'' trilogy
** ''Torments of the Traitor'' (aka ''The Fate of the Fallen'')
** ''The Curse on the Chosen''
** ''The Destiny of the Dead''

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!!Provides examples of:
* AGodAmI
* ActionGirl: A few, notably Irises, once she TakesALevelInBadass.
* ActionSurvivor: With the possible exception of supporting characters like Mendark or [[CoolOldGuy Xervish Flydd]], most of the characters in the series are scribes or engineers, who tend to IndyPloy their way through most situations.
* AndManGrewProud: Over and over again.
* AnyoneCanDie: Ian Irvine appears to take sadistic glee from killing off main characters.
* AntiHero: Oh so many...
* ArtifactOfDoom: The Amplimet
* BabyFactory: The situation is so dire for the Old Humans, that humanity has come to rely on a guild of human broodmares to help sustain the population. Tiaan's mother is one and Tiaan herself is almost forced into this fate.
* {{Biotech}}: The Lyrinx are masters of this due to their fleshwarping arts.
* BlackAndGrayMorality: Even the most upright characters tend to be morally ambiguous anti-heroes.
* CantArgueWithElves: The Aachim are a {{Deconstruction}} and tend to [[NiceJobBreakingItHero screw themselves and others over with their arrogance]].
** ScrewYouElves: Consequently usually turns into a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
* CharacterDevelopment: Characters do improve over the course of their series. Nish, particularly, goes from being a slimy little git to something of a {{Badass}}.
* CookingDuel: A ''story-telling duel'' with the BigBad. Then again, this the only thing Llian does well...
* CompensatingForSomething: Vithis, the impotent leader of Clan Inthis.
* CoolOldGuy: Xervish Flydd. Scrutator, Mage, ManipulativeBastard, and pushing 60.
* CrapsackWorld: Especially under the Scrutators and Lyrinx invasion.
* DarkActionGirl
* DeathSeeker
* {{Deconstruction}}: Not a full-on GenreDeconstruction, but it tries to make the fantasy setting more "realistic" (in the DarkerAndEdgier way).
* DownerEnding: The first series had this mildly, the second was horribly depressing. The third series is somewhat nicer but still horribly grim.
* DiabolusExMachina: [[spoiler: Jal-nish coming from nowhere at the end of the second series.]]
* EldritchLocation / DeathWorld: The Void.
* TheEmpire: Old Humans, in the second series.
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: Oh look! It's Tuesday. Time for Armageddon.
* FatalFlaw: Aachim and Faellem pride. It is noted by many characters that even the most unbiased and open Aachim Malien is not free of overwhelming arrogance.
* FantasyGunControl: Despite the prevalence of alot of very advanced engineering marvels and {{Magitek}} artifacts, the mightiest projectile weapons are catapults and ballistas (though there was an invention of a {{Magitek}} laser cannon).
* HalfHumanHybrid: Blendings have the blood of two races, triunes have 3 and quartines or[[spoiler:tetrarchs]] have 4. Liable to be riddled with mental and physical problems.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler: Faelamor. And she takes the rest of her planet and people with her.]]
* HumanAliens: The Aachim, Faellem and Charon. For the first two races it's to the point that they are considered part of the human race (regular Homo Sapiens are just considered ''Old Humans''), despite all three coming from other dimensions. And every race can interbreed with each other.
* HumansAreWhite: Averted in the second series. Most of the story takes place in a part of the world where people have an Asiatic appearance, including protagonist Tiaan. Irisis is notable early on for being blonde, blue-eyed and tall.
* IfWeGetThroughThis: * Irisis is the only character who has any definite plans for what she wants to do when the war is over (become a jeweller), a fact which is casually mentioned a couple of times a book. [[spoiler: At the end of the quartet, enter DiabolusExMachina and [[CruelTwistEnding on the second last page of the quartet she dies.]] ]]
* KnightTemplar
* LoveMakesYouCrazy: [[spoiler:Maigraith becomes obsessed with creating a new "race" by mating her (hybrid) child with Karan's ''as a monument to her dead lover'']]
* MadScientist: Well, Mad Mathematician but its close enough.
* {{Magitek}}: Clankers and most of the other technology are powered as much by magical energy from the planet, as clever engineering.
* ManipulativeBastard: Quite a few on both sides.
* TheNapoleon: Cryl-Nish, especially painful as his nickname means ''pipsqueak''.
* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler:Jal-Nish]]
* OurElvesAreBetter: They're called "Aachim" here, but ''boy'' are they pricks.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: All the other races, although Yggur(old human) gets this as well.
* SchizoTech: Everywhere in the second series. Mainly because having been at war for more than a hundred years, all scientific efforts are focused on making better weapons and nothing else.
* SexyDiscretionShot: Quite a few.
* TeleportersAndTransporters / CoolGate: The focus of the first book of the second series is to make one.
* TookALevelInBadass: In the time between ''The View from the Mirror'' and ''Song of the Tears'', [[spoiler: Maigraith]] apparently decided to stop faffing about and put her considerable mind and talent to sinister use. [[FaceHeelTurn Not good news]].
** Quite a few lesser examples too, mostly characters who start out as {{Action Survivor}}s.
* TheVamp: Irises starts out as this and a ManipulativeBitch. She [[CharacterDevelopment gets]] [[ActionGirl better]].
* WeAreAsMayflies: Old humans, who are also the weakest race with the least magical talent (most of the time).
* WellIntentionedExtremist: A lot.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Used liberally in the second series. It turns out that the lyrinx [[spoiler:are actually old humans]].
* WrenchWench: Tiaan is a master artificer and recreates a piece of technology that eludes the Aachim despite centuries of study. Irisis is one to a lesser extent.
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