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Anna Stephens

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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

Series contributed to
Warhammer 40,000
   Inferno! Volume 5 (2020) (with Marc Collins, Ben Counter, Michael R Fletcher, Ben Galley, Sean Grigsby, Guy Haley, Gareth Hanrahan, Rob J Hayes, Gary Kloster, Graeme Lyon and Gavin G Smith)
   Thunderstrike & Other Stories (2021) (with David Annandale, Ben Counter, Jamie Crisalli, Lucas Dale, Michael R Fletcher, Eric Gregory, Dave Gross, David Guymer, Darius Hinks, Robert Rath, Richard Strachan, Gav Thorpe and C L Werner)
Warhammer : Age of Sigmar
   Covens of Blood (2020) (with Jamie Crisalli and Liane Merciel)
   Direchasm (2020) (with Ben Counter, Lucas Dale, Miles A Drake, Denny Flowers, Gary Kloster, Graeme Lyon, Thomas Parrott, Danie Ware, C L Werner and Nicholas Wolf)
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, 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)
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."

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