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Anna Smith Spark

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'Game of Literary Thrones ... the next generation hit fantasy fiction' The Sunday Times

Anna Smith Spark lives in London, UK. She loves grimdark and epic fantasy and historical military fiction. Anna has a BA in Classics, an MA in history and a PhD in English Literature. She has previously been published in the Fortean Times and the poetry website www.greatworks.org.uk. Previous jobs include petty bureaucrat, English teacher and fetish model.

Anna's favourite authors and key influences are R. Scott Bakker, Steve Erikson, M. John Harrison, Ursula Le Guin, Mary Stewart and Mary Renault. She spent several years as an obsessive D&D player. She can often be spotted at sff conventions wearing very unusual shoes.
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Anna Smith Spark Agh, sorry, I didn't find this until now (don't go on Goodreads very often). Yes, the next book, The Tower of Living and Dying, will be out in summer …moreAgh, sorry, I didn't find this until now (don't go on Goodreads very often). Yes, the next book, The Tower of Living and Dying, will be out in summer 2018, the third and final book in summer 2019. And short stories set in the Empires of Dust world are/will be in the Art of War anthology, Legends III and Grimdark Magazine #12.(less)
Anna Smith Spark Hello Mike. Apologies for not replying sooner - I've been off besporting myself at a convention ... Thank you so much for the kind words. There are th…moreHello Mike. Apologies for not replying sooner - I've been off besporting myself at a convention ... Thank you so much for the kind words. There are three books in the series (it's fantasy - a trilogy is the legal requirement). Book two, The Tower of Living and Dying, is due out summer 2018, the third book will follow in 2019. I've also got stories set in the Empires of Dust world in Grimdark Magazine #12, and in two or three forthcoming anthologies. Most importantly, a short story set in the world is in The Art of War anthology which Booknest.Eu is publishing to raise funds for Medecines Sans Frontiers (Doctors Without Borders). I'm extremely proud to be able to support this cause through my writing. (less)
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Nov-Dec Group reads vote, inspired by comments in the groups. Usually, 2 votes win for a 2-month duration. Write-in options are welcome.

 
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>2015-2019 D.M. Ritzlin like The Infernal Bargain and Other Stories or Swords of Steel, Swords of Steel II, or Swords of Steel III (an omnibus edition of those 3 come out this Oct.)
 
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pre-1920 Pre-Howard Adventure or Heroic Fantasy:George MacDonald's Phantastes, Lord Dunsany's The Sword of Welleran and Other Stories, or Beowulf
 
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