After releasing one book in the series a year, starting in 2012, my young adult epic fantasy series, featuring sentient dragons, was finally finished, the last book, Realm of Blood and Fire, released in August 2014. The Circle of Talia series is a coming-of-age story that weaves magic, adventure and dragons together to take you on a journey to an original realm (or realms, as the case may be). The series is in the Chief Minister’s Reading Challenge List for ACT high schools, and when iBooks Australia featured Shadows of the Realm they generously said I was “One of 10 emerging fantasy authors you must read.” (Thanks iBooks!)

Thank you to all the readers who have bought, read and enjoyed my books. If you have the time and the inclination, it would be awesome if you could leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads, and if not, feel free to just send me a message to let me know what you thought as I love to hear from my readers. Cheers!

Shadows of the Realm

Book 1

book-cover-webWhat some reviewers have said:

The writing is excellent, and author Dionne Lister deserves much more than five stars for her ability with lyrical description, which makes the reading flow so well.—Mallory Haws

I started reading and then could not put the book down until I had finished.—Helen White

I can’t wait for the next installment. I am hooked. There is a great voice throughout, and sense of humor too, the same kind of droll and dry humor that I relish.—Justin Bogdanovitch

Combined with the interweaving stories, the action grows steadily and comes to a satisfying end that leaves you wanting more. Shadows Of The Realm is a highly enjoyable read that I gladly recommend.—Anna K

Shadows of the Realm is the first in The Circle of Talia series and A Time of Darkness the second (with the third book due out in February 2014).  Would I say it’s the best fantasy series with dragons you’ll read this year? Possibly. If you love action, suspense and dragons, you will probably enjoy this. They’ve both had many awesome reviews on Goodreads and Amazon. So, if you’re looking for a new fantasy book or fantasy series to invest in, try this (the dragons implore you).

What is Shadows of the Realm About?

With their world under threat of invasion, Bronwyn and Blayke, two young realmists, are forced to leave all they’ve known to undertake a dangerous journey to learn the magic of the realms before everything they love is destroyed.

The young Realmists’ journey pushes them away from all they’ve known, to walk in the shadows toward Vellonia, city of the dragons, where an even darker shadow awaits.

Download a few sample chapters from Smashwords for a taste, and if you would like to purchase Shadows of the Realm it’s available as an e-book on



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If you’d love a real, paper version visit Amazon US or Creatspace for those in the UK.

A Time of Darkness

Book 2

What readers have said:

e-book a-time-of-darkness-front-coverThe author did it again. She wrote a book that sucks you in and won’t let go until the final page. I loooooove this book and I read it in one night, I simply couldn’t put it down. The author certainly belongs with all the wonderful fantasy authors I read through my entire life—Helle Gade

I fell in love with the characters during the first novel and it has continued in A Time of Darkness. I am rating this book 5 out of 5 and recommending it to everyone—Leanne Herrera

It made me cry, I mean SOB several times (reaching for my tissues). You just do not find books like this very often these days—Kriss Morton

The prose is extremely well written, and I found the book handles the shifting between the many characters’ storylines and locations quite well – it was effortless to keep up with them—Anna K.


While Bronwyn languishes in a cell in the bowels of Vellonia and the dragon king argues for her death, the gormons are one step closer to destroying Talia. To add to The Circle’s problems, Leon’s plans to overthrow his brother, King Edmund, are moving ahead faster than anyone could have imagined, and someone will die as a result. The realmists and dragons are doing all they can, but how could it possibly be enough when thousands have already been slaughtered?

The prophesized time of darkness, a time the realmists have dreaded for the last thousand years, has begun.



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Realm of Blood and Fire

Book 3

realm of blood and fire

In the final, exciting instalment, the gormons are close to taking Talia for their own.

While the realmists watch, powerless to intervene, the gormons lay waste to Talia, city by city, moving closer to Vellonia each day. As the final battle nears, The Circle can’t meet the conditions of the prophecy, and hope is dwindling. Can Bronwyn and Blayke do what they must — destroy those they love to save their world?

Tens of thousands will die and everything will come down to one final, split-second decision. Will it be the right one?



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14 thoughts on “The Circle of Talia Fantasy Series

  1. It is an interesting beginning. I enjoy it very much I would like to read more. I have to say it is a book I would have a hard time putting it down if I was to read it all.

  2. Is there a third book? Surely you are not leaving readers like myself hanging!! I would not have started reading them if I had known it wasn’t finished.

    1. I’m sorry Jackie. It is true that I am cruel. The third book will be out in February 2014. I’m glad you’re enjoying the series though :).

  3. I have to say, I never enjoyed reading books and decided on a long road trip yesterday that I would start investing some time into a more.. productive hobby. I was browsing the books on my iPhone and decided I would try this one out. I had a real hard time putting it down and just finished it, purchasing the second one shortly after I finished. I don’t know how I’m going to wait until Feb2014 for the third!!

    1. Thank you so much, Heather! It was lovely of you to buy my book but to take the time to let me know that you enjoyed it was super wonderful! Sorry you have to wait :).

    1. I had to do that with the Wheel of Time series – every year lol. At least this will be the final book in the series :). No more cliffhangers ;).

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