Lethal Inheritance

How do you kill a demon that feeds on fear?


On a rescue mission in a mysterious hidden realm, ex-fencing champion Ariel battles treacherous terrain, vicious elementals, and wraith-like demons who feed on fear and want her dead. To defeat the demons and free her mother, she must learn a secret esoteric wisdom to awaken the dormant but potentially explosive power of her mind.

Walnut, a quirky old wise man, guides her across stone-strewn plains and wind-swept swamps, past deep ravines and quaint villages, and through a modern city enclosed in a transparent dome. Nick, the powerful Warrior who travels with them, proves a dangerous attraction. His feral energy hits her like a sledgehammer; sometimes it’s bliss, but often it’s pain.

Can Ariel defeat the sadistic demon lord before he kills her and enslaves her mother?

The stakes are high, death a real possibility. Fail now, and she fails humanity.

Lethal Inheritance has it all – rich, detailed world building, insanely realistic characters, and a kick ass fantasy plot.” Book Briefs Reviews.

Lethal Inheritance rivals such young adult favorites as J.K. Rowling and Rick Riordian. Tammy Dewhurst, Rabid Readers.

Ariel’s journey challenges her perception, tests her awareness and takes her deep into her heart and mind to confront, and ultimately transcend, her fear and anger.

This first  book in the Diamond Peak Serieshas received the Awesome Indies Seal of Excellence in independent fiction and a BRAG Medallion for outstanding independent fiction.



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What readers are saying

‘Lethal Inheritance has some of the best writing that I have seen in a long time. If you like fantasy books at all, you HAVE to read Lethal Inheritance . . .it has it all- rich, detailed world building, insanely realistic characters, and a kick ass fantasy plot. Tahlia has a gift for writing. Her writing style is so clear and descriptive, and her pacing is impeccable. I want to read the second book right away. This series has “favorite” written all over it for me!’Book Briefs. http://bookbriefs.blogspot.com.au/2012/12/review-lethal-inheritance-by-tahlia.html

‘I found Lethal Inheritance fresh and engaging—rich with symbolism and great imagery! Newland has a new take on demons, which I love. Fans of YA fantasy will find an instant winner with this book.’ Jill Marie, Little Hyats book reviews.

‘In this exciting allegorical YA urban fantasy/magical realism novel, author Tahlia Newland weaves philosophical questions about perception, fear, compassion and love into a fast-paced fantasy adventure that is a highly entertaining and metaphysically fascinating tale for readers of all ages.’ Krisi Keley, author.

‘Fast paced and full of adventure, this story has a wide appeal. Tahlia offers strong characters in a well constructed world. A theme she continues throughout her writing focuses on self respect, self reliance and mental strength.  This book was a delight to read.’ Annie Evett

‘Lethal Inheritance has a unique blend of spirituality, philosophy and magical realism (or realistic magic) . . . a fun read, seamlessly layered with philosophical themes adding depth to the adventure, with engaging characters and evil antagonists, a bit of humour and romance and great action sequences’  Kevin Berry, author.

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