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Stephen Aryan

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I’m a lifelong fan of fantasy and science fiction. It started with The Hobbit, The Belgariad, the Earthsea books, the Shannara books, DragonLance and then David Gemmell, who was a huge influence on my writing.

My novels include:-

Age of Darkness (first trilogy)
- Battlemage
- Bloodmage
- Chaosmage

Age of Dread (second trilogy)

-Mageborn
-Magefall
-Magebane

A prequel novella to everything, Of Gods and Men, was published in February 2018.

A new duology, Quest for Heroes, from Angry Robot Books starts June 8th 2021 with

-The Coward

I am represented by Juliet Mushens of Mushens Entertainment.

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Battlemage (The Age of Dark...

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Magebane (Age of Dread, #3)

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May Update

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We’re getting through May which means the publication of The Coward is nearly here. As you might imagine, there’s a lot going on behind the scenes. Here’s some stuff I can share that’s going to happen soon.

You can pre-order copies from just about everywhere and here’s a handy link with a lot of buying options, depending on where you are in the world.

In conversation with David Walters – FanFiAd

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"✨Desert setting.
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“To his left Finn saw the little tribesman, Ecko, weaving his magic with brutal efficiency against a group of soldiers. It spread out from his hands like a spider’s web. An intricate and invisible net of wires that he laid over their heads. At first glance it looked harmless. Finn looked closer and this time he could see the hooks, spikes and blades hidden in the weave. With a twist of both wrists Ecko pulled the net tight, drawing it towards him like a fisherman reeling in his catch. A dozen men were split apart and sliced into gobbets of meat. Heads flew off and fountains of blood erupted from gaping mouths as invisible blades tore into their bodies. At first he thought Ecko was dancing with glee, but watching closely he saw his feet weaving patterns in the dirt. Even as he slaughtered the enemy, he wove a protective shield against surprise attacks.”
Stephen Aryan, Battlemage

“As Eloise raised a hand towards them, a shiver ran across Finn’s body and his breath began to frost in the air. A vortex of swirling sparks began to gather in her outstretched hand, growing in size and spinning faster and faster. Heat continued to be leached from all around, and soon Finn lost the feeling in his toes. His bones began to throb as if he stood naked in the heart of a terrible winter storm. With a flick of her wrist, Eloise released the energy and a massive streak of fire rushed from her hand towards the Vorga, roasting them alive in a conflagration. The flow of fire kept pouring from her hand, as if it were hidden up her sleeve, and she swept the unnaturally sticky flames back and forth, setting more soldiers alight like dry stalks of wheat.”
Stephen Aryan, Battlemage

“It's natural to be scared. There's no shame in that.”
Stephen Aryan, The Coward

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