The story of Kell Kressia continues in Book II of the gripping fantasy duology. Kell, two time saviour of the Five Kingdoms, is now the King of Algany. He has fame, power, respect, and has never been more miserable…
Bound, by duty and responsibility, Kell is King only in name. Trapped in a loveless marriage, he leaves affairs of state to his wife, Sigrid. When his old friend, Willow, turns up asking him to go on a journey to her homeland he can’t wait to leave.
The Malice, a malevolent poison that alters everything it infects, runs rampant across Willow’s homeland. Desperate to find a cure her cousin, Ravvi, is willing to try a dark ritual which could damn her people forever. Journeying to a distant land, Kell and his companions must stop Ravvi before it’s too late.While Kell is away Reverend Mother Britak’s plans come to a head. Queen Sigrid must find a way to protect her family and her nation, but against such a ruthless opponent, something has to give…
About the Author
Stephen Aryan is 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.
"The Warrior is an incredible sequel and the work of a master story-teller at the peak of his powers. It’s a thrilling adventure into dark and twisted lands, full of nail-biting tension and heart-stopping surprises.” –Mike Shackle, author of We are the Dead
"A dark, inter-dimensional Sword & Sorcery adventure that grabs you by the throat and doesn't let up." – Peter McLean, author of Priest of Bones
PRAISE FOR STEPHEN ARYAN
"Packing in an epic’s worth of action and feeling, this thought-provoking fantasy argues that even the most vicious monster battles are less harrowing than the struggles within men’s souls. This is a knockout." –Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"Magnificent...Exactly the sort of breathless adventure we need after a lockdown year" – SFX Magazine
"Aryan’s newest series is sure to please fantasy readers; he wraps everything up masterfully while leaving just enough unresolved questions for the sequel" – Booklist
"A tremendous sword & sorcery romp with a lot of heart and plenty to say. I really enjoyed this book." – Peter McLean, author of Priest of Bones
"Stephen Aryan puts the epic into Epic Fantasy." – Den Patrick, author of The Boy with the Porcelain Blade
"Aryan's battle scenes are visceral masterpieces that transport the reader deep into the melee." –Taran Matharu, author of the Summoner series
"Sparkling action sequences punctuate keen dialogue and a journey full of colour and interest... Compelling, consuming and a novel in which no character can be considered supporting cast... Bring on the sequel." – James Barclay,author of The Chronicles of the Raven
"Fast-paced and action-packed, steeped in plots and schemes – a great fantasy tale." – Ed Cox, author of The Relic Guild Trilogy