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Mark Lawrence

UK flag (b.1968)

Mark Lawrence was born in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, to British parents but moved to the UK at the age of one. He went back to the US after taking a PhD in mathematics at Imperial College to work on a variety of research projects including the ‘Star Wars’ missile defence programme. Returning to the UK, he has worked mainly on image processing and decision/reasoning theory.
Mark Lawrence lives in Bristol and is married with four children, one of whom is severely disabled. His day job is as a research scientist focused on various rather intractable problems in the field of artificial intelligence. He has held secret level clearance with both US and UK governments. At one point he was qualified to say 'this isn't rocket science … oh wait, it actually is'.
Between work and caring for his disabled child, Mark spends his time writing, playing computer games, tending an allotment, brewing beer, and avoiding DIY.

Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction

Series contributed to
Mark Lawrence recommends
Malice (2012)
(Faithful and the Fallen, book 1)
John Gwynne
"With all manner of battles, betrayals and revelations. I particularly enjoyed the battle scenes and duels . . . If it sounds like your thing, then it probably is."
Senlin Ascends (2013)
(Babel, book 1)
Josiah Bancroft
"One of the best reads I've had in ages."
Swords of Good Men (2013)
(Valhalla Saga, book 1)
Snorri Kristjansson
"There's more to Vikings than beards, blood, and axes - Snorri Kristjansson gives you the whole package."
The Incorruptibles (2014)
(Incorruptibles, book 1)
John Hornor Jacobs
"An exceptionally well writen book."
Gemini Cell (2015)
(Shadow Ops, book 4)
Myke Cole
"Intense and explosive-Cole tells a hell of a story."
The Grey Bastards (2015)
(Lot Lands, book 1)
Jonathan French
"A filthy, charismatic and frankly excellent read."
Los Nefilim (2016)
(Los Nefilim novellas)
T Frohock
"A joy to read."
The Malice (2016)
(Vagrant, book 2)
Peter Newman
"An exciting new writer-sharp, compelling and original."
The Waking Fire (2016)
(Draconis Memoria, book 1)
Anthony Ryan
"A marvellous piece of imagination with plenty of twists, a refreshingly different setting, and excellent world-building."
Master Assassins (2018)
(Fire Sacraments, book 1)
Robert V S Redick
"The prose is spectacularly good. Your adrenaline will flow. Your emotions will be toyed with. You will find yourself drawn in, turning the pages and worrying that fewer and fewer remain. I read a lot of good books. Quite a few very good books. This is one of the rare 6-star series openers I’ve encountered."
For the Killing of Kings (2018)
(Ring-Sworn Trilogy, book 1)
Howard Andrew Jones
"Jones writes well, strong prose giving a good sense of setting and able to stir emotions without ever getting itself noticed.... but the real strength of the book is simply that it is fun to read."
Priest of Bones (2018)
(War for the Rose Throne, book 1)
Peter McLean
"Charismatic and very more-ish."
Never Die (2019)
(Mortal Techniques, book 1)
Rob J Hayes
"One of self-publishing's rising stars."
Crowfall (2019)
(Raven's Mark, book 3)
Ed McDonald
"Dark, twisty and excellent...Grimdark with heart."
We Ride the Storm (2020)
(Reborn Empire, book 1)
Devin Madson
"With prose that rises above most novels, Devin Madson paints evocative scenes to build an engaging story. Highly entertaining, We Ride the Storm is certainly worth your attention and Madson is an exciting new author in fantasy."
Oh, That Shotgun Sky (2021)
(Songs of Sefate, book 2)
Sarah Chorn
"Sarah Chorn writes a passoinate and vivid tale."
The Tempered Steel of Antiquity Grey (2021)
Shawn Speakman
"A wild ride on a horse that's part Star Wars, part Avatar."
The Children of Gods and Fighting Men (2022)
(Gael Song, book 1)
Shauna Lawless
"I really enjoyed the book. It's an excellent read."

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