Age of Darkness, Book 1
By Stephen Aryan
An action-packed and magic-fuelled fantasy novel from a British debut author, Stephen Aryan's Battlemage features mages fighting an empire-spanning war for a homeland that fears and despises them. Shortlisted for the 2016 David Gemmell Awards.
'I can command storms, summon fire and unmake stone,' Balfruss growled. 'It's dangerous to meddle with things you don't understand.'
BALFRUSS is a battlemage, sworn to fight and die for a country that fears his kind.
VARGUS is a common soldier - while mages shoot lightning from the walls of his city, he is down on the front line getting blood on his blade.
TALANDRA is a princess and spymaster, but the war will force her to risk everything, and make the greatest sacrifice of all.
Magic and mayhem collide in this explosive epic fantasy from a major new talent.
Stephen Aryan was born in 1977 and raised by the sea in the North East of England. He started reading fantasy at a young age and cites among his early influences Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, Ursula Le Guin, Terry Brooks, David Eddings and David Gemmell. He currently lives in West Yorkshire and, when he's not sampling real ales or walking in the hills, he can be found reading and writing fantasy.
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24 Sep 2015
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A vivid and rousing adventure with the kind of magic that punches you right in the face — Jen Williams, author of THE COPPER PROMISE
Stephen Aryan puts the epic into Epic Fantasy. This is a ground-shaking debut, full of fiery promise — Den Patrick, author of THE BOY WITH THE PORCELAIN BLADE
Aryan's battle scenes are visceral masterpieces that transport the reader deep into the melee. Read. This. Book. — Taran Matharu, author of the Summoner series