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Anna Smith-Spark

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Anna Smith-Spark lives in London, UK. She loves grim dark 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 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.

You may know her by the heels of her shoes.

Genres: Fantasy

British Fantasy Society Best Novel nominee (2018) : The Court of Broken Knives

Anna Smith-Spark recommends
Ghosts of Tomorrow (2013)
Michael R Fletcher
"Thoughtful, fast-paced, and beautifully brutal. Highly recommended."
The Tethered Mage (2017)
(Swords and Fire, book 1)
Melissa Caruso
"Intricate and enticing as silk brocade. Caruso's heroine is a strong, intelligent young woman in a beguiling, beautifully evoked Renaissance world of high politics, courtly intrigue, love and loyalty - and fire warlocks."
A Time of Dread (2018)
(Blood & Bone, book 1)
John Gwynne
"A fierce, gripping tale, and one I found hugely enjoyable."
Torn (2018)
(Unraveled Kingdom, book 1)
Rowenna Miller
"A gorgeous weave of romantic fantasy and urgent politics."
The Traitor God (2018)
(Age of Tyranny, book 1)
Cameron Johnston
"Visceral and gripping fantasy, horribly and hugely enjoyable."
Lost Gods (2018)
(Lost Gods , book 1)
Micah Yongo
"Fast-paced and intriguing… with an African inspired setting that makes a refreshing change."
The Gutter Prayer (2019)
(Black Iron Legacy, book 1)
Gareth Hanrahan
"Beautifully written. Gripping."
Fearless (2020)
(Fractal, book 1)
Allen Stroud
"Gripping, intense, military SF. Stunning and urgent."
Northern Wrath (2020)
(Hanged God Trilogy, book 1)
Thilde Kold Holdt
"Ferocious, compelling, fiercely beautiful. Fantasy at its very best."
The Blacktongue Thief (2021)
(Blacktongue, book 1)
Christopher Buehlman
"Dark, gritty, lightning-fast, intelligent, irreverent . . . I loved it."
The God is Not Willing (2021)
(Witness , book 1)
Steven Erikson
"Awe-inspiring. Prepare to fall in love with epic fantasy all over again."
36 Streets (2022)
T R Napper
"Beautiful, shimmering, ghostly science fiction."
Pennyblade (2022)
J L Worrad
"The changeling offspring of Jorg Ancrath and Phedre no Delaunay. Filthy, furious, wonderful."
The Children of Gods and Fighting Men (2022)
(Gael Song, book 1)
Shauna Lawless
"Gripping and beautiful. A Celtic Last Kingdom with wild magic and fierce heroines."

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