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Anna Stephens is the UK-based author of the Godblind trilogy, a grimdark, epic fantasy feast concerning gods, religious and political warfare, betrayal, love and the end of all things.

She has a BA (Hons) in Literature and a Diploma in Creative Writing, both from the Open University. Anna has previously been published in several small presses over the years

Anna Stephens has worked in a variety of roles over the years, the latest being in corporate communications for an international law firm. She’s currently attempting to be a full-time writer, much to her husband’s amusement. Anna loves all things speculative, from books to film to TV, but if you disagree keep it to yourself as she’s also a second Dan black belt in Shotokan Karate.

Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror
New Books
December 2022

The King Must Fall
February 2023

The Jaguar Path
(Songs of the Drowned, book 2)
March 2023

Queen of Deception
(Legends of Asgard)
Anna Stephens recommends
The Rage of Dragons (2017)
(Burning , book 1)
Evan Winter
"A Xhosa-inspired world complete with magic, dragons, demons and curses, The Rage of Dragons takes classic fantasy and imbues it with a fresh and exciting twist."
The Song of All (2018)
(Legacy of the Heavens, book 1)
Tina LeCount Myers
"A beautifully realized world, both familiar and strange, with charismatic characters and a rich tapestry of history. . . a vivid and engrossing debut."
Smoke Eaters (2018)
(Smoke Eaters, book 1)
Sean Grigsby
"Smoke Eaters is a thrilling, exciting, funny and strangely heart-warming book, and Grigsby’s experience as a firefighter shines through on every page, lending grit and realism to this rollicking ride of a tale in which firefighters become dragon-slayers. It’s exactly as bonkers – and as brilliant – as you’d expect and I look forward to more from this author."
The Traitor God (2018)
(Age of Tyranny, book 1)
Cameron Johnston
"An assured and complex debut novel with a main protagonist of questionable loyalty and morals that, despite yourself, you can’t help but love. It’s not often you come across a fresh voice and a fresh take on magic, but The Traitor God gives both. Moments of absolute horror sit cheek by jowl with humour of the blackest kind and some of the monstrous creations in this book are nauseatingly wonderful. After a slightly slow start I found it increasingly difficult to put this book down. I dearly hope we get to see more of Magus Edrin Walker in future books."
Priest of Bones (2018)
(War for the Rose Throne, book 1)
Peter McLean
"Fresh and compelling . . . Mashing together soldiers, gangsters, magic and war into a heady mix that is a hulking big brother to The Lies of Locke Lamora, this is the first in an unmissable series."
The Gutter Prayer (2019)
(Black Iron Legacy, book 1)
Gareth Hanrahan
"Laced with the blackest of humour and packed with magic and mayhem, this is fantasy turned up to 11."
The Lost War (2019)
(Eidyn Saga, book 1)
Justin Lee Anderson
"Genuinely surprised and delighted me, and the second book really can't come fast enough so I can find out what happens next. Bravo!"
The Black Hawks (2019)
(Articles of Faith, book 1)
David Wragg
"A remarkably assured debut…I can’t wait to see what happens next."
We Ride the Storm (2020)
(Reborn Empire, book 1)
Devin Madson
"Intricate, compelling and vividly imagined, this is the first in a new series that I am hugely excited about. Visceral battles, complex politics and fascinating worldbuilding bring Devin's words to life."
The Councillor (2021)
E J Beaton
"A sharp and insightful look at power and privilege in a magical world, and what happens when people who’ve historically had neither find themselves in possession of both."
The Dying Squad (2021)
(Dying Squad, book 1)
Adam Simcox
"Excellent. Funny, creepy and 'oh no he did not just throw that twist in there' compelling."
She Who Became the Sun (2021)
(Radiant Emperor, book 1)
Shelley Parker-Chan
"Stunning, powerful and complex, there are no heroes in this tale, and people knowingly do terrible things. And you'll love them for it.... Parker-Chan is a major new voice in historical fantasy."
Man Down (2022)
James Goodhand
"An excellent look at what it means to 'be a man' amid a culture of peer pressure and toxic masculinity while navigating desire and friendship. Loved it."
A Strange and Stubborn Endurance (2022)
(Tithenai Chronicles, book 1)
Foz Meadows
"A very human story, and an unabashed love story, it nonetheless deals with issues around power, parental neglect (or at least ignorance), cruelty, and ambition in a way that never feels forced or supplemental to the main characters as they navigate arranged marriage and a traumatic past."
The Surviving Sky (2023)
(Rages Trilogy, book 1)
Kritika H Rao
"The Surviving Sky has some of the most intricate and inventive worldbuilding I've ever had the pleasure to lose myself in, coupled with a story that both examines exactly what it means to be human while daring to ask: what if we were more?"

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