Stephen Aryan grew up in the North East of England but now lives in Yorkshire where he works full time in marketing for a software company. He’s been an avid fantasy reader since an early age, starting with the likes of Ursula Le Guin, Terry Brooks and David Eddings as well as myths and legends from around the world. The work of David Gemmell was a significant influence in his teens and continues to be a major factor on Stephen’s writing to date. As well as being a former book blogger and comic book contributor to Tor.com, Stephen continues to be an avid podcaster. His debut trilogy starts with BATTLEMAGE, published in 2015 by Orbit UK and Orbit US. The sequel, BLOODMAGE, was published in April 2016, and the final instalment CHAOSMAGE was published in October 2016. His new trilogy will be published by Orbit in 2017 and 2018.