RJ Barker lives in Leeds with his wife, son and a collection of questionable taxidermy, odd art, scary music and more books than they have room for. He grew up reading whatever he could get his hands on, and has always been 'that one with the book in his pocket'. Having played in a rock band before deciding he was a rubbish musician, RJ returned to his first love, fiction, to find he is rather better at that. As well as his debut epic fantasy series, the Wounded Kingdom trilogy (Age of Assassins, Blood of Assassins and King of Assassins) RJ has written short stories and historical scripts which have been performed across the country. He has the sort of flowing locks any cavalier would be proud of.
Brilliant - Robin Hobb, author of THE ASSASSIN'S APPRENTICE on THE BONE SHIPS An epic tale of duty and obligation and honour, and what bravery really means . . . can't recommend it enough - Peter McLean, author of PRIEST OF BONES on THE BONE SHIPS Excellent . . . one of the most interesting and original fantasy worlds I've seen in years - Adrian Tchaikovsky, author of CHILDREN OF TIME on the Tide Child trilogy Swashbuckling awesomeness . . . a fascinating world and a twisty plot, both rooted in characters I came to care about. A definite winner - John Gwynne, on the Tide Child Trilogy A viciously exciting adventure. I loved every second of it - Tasha Suri, author of Empire of Sand on THE BONE SHIPS A vividly realised high-seas epic that pulls you deep into its world and keeps you tangled there until the very last word - Evan Winter, author of THE RAGE OF DRAGONS, on THE BONE SHIPS The first in the Tide Child trilogy presents a unique and memorable world - harsh and brutal and full of fully-realized, powerful female characters. Barker has managed to craft a story inspired by Moby Dick, Game of Thrones, and pirate lore, and readers will be drawn in and fascinated - Booklist A rip-roaring oceanic adventure, packed with violence and beauty. It's about the beauty of the sea and the brutality of humanity, as well as huge sea monsters and ship-to-ship battles. A perfect storm of fantasy storytelling - Starburst