Stephen Aryanis the author of the Age of Darkness and Age of Dread trilogies. His first novel, Battlemage, was a finalist for the David Gemmell Morningstar Award for best debut fantasy novel. It also won the inaugural Hellfest Inferno Award in France. He has previously written a comic book column and reviews for Tor.com. In addition, he has self-published and kickstarted his own comics.
Stephen Aryan puts the epic into Epic Fantasy. Aryan's battle scenes are visceral masterpieces that transport the reader deep into the melee. I really enjoyed this book. Sparkling action sequences punctuate keen dialogue and a journey full of colour and interest.