I'm trying to find the name of a (YA?) story / series that I read 15 - 20 years ago. Here's what I remember :

  • There were 3 races in the story. I think one race had pink skin.
  • The protagonist was mixed from the different races.
  • There was magic, but the protagonist wasn't magical (at least not at first).
  • Something about iron structures in a city.
  • There was a tower (perhaps in a second book?) with lapis lazuli.
  • There was a scene where characters made homemade "wine" (something to do with the tower).

I wish I could remember more about the plot of the book / series, which is kind of why I want to find it again. I never finished the whole thing.

  • As in bright pink skin? Or just, like, caucasian human pink skin?
    – FuzzyBoots
    Feb 3, 2018 at 21:37
  • A mixed race what? What is a "user"? Was a word left out?
    – user14111
    Feb 3, 2018 at 22:55

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I think this may be Ian Irvine's View From the Mirror quartet. See if this link triggers any memories. Published between 1998 and 2001, so fits with your timeframe.

Three races: check. There are actually four, but that doesn't emerge until later.

Pink skin. Half a check. The races were differently coloured with the Faellem having transluscent skin.

The protagonist was mixed race. Check. In fact, that's a fundamental plot point.

The protagonist wasn't magical at first. Check. Again, a fundamental plot point.

Tower in the second book. Check. The second book was called The Tower on the Rift.

Lapis lazuli. Check. A quote describing the tower from the second book:

Halfway up, at least eighty spans, was a vertical band of polished lapis lazuli, brilliantly blue in the golden afternoon light, with narrow gold bands at bottom and top.

Wine? Maybe. Can't remember.

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    Thanks! This is exactly what I was looking for!
    – Miller2df
    Mar 27, 2018 at 15:09

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