Alex Stiles

Science Fiction & Fantasy

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Alex  Stiles

Born in Bromley, England, in 1979, as a child I was a daydreamer, always away in my own world. It used to drive my teachers crazy and my parents too, especially on parents' evenings.

I always read books I could get lost in - fantasy, sci-fi, adventure - anything that would transport me to another world, time or place. I loved the escape, not that I needed to escape anymore than the next child, but being transported to another place, another world, that was magical.

As an adult, I still love books that deliver that escapism and in the Books of Legends series I wanted to create a whole new world for my characters and readers to explore. I didn’t want to write another take on the classic fantasy tropes. Don’t get me wrong, dragons are awesome but its been done a thousand times before. I wanted to write something new, with creatures equally exciting and awe-inspiring. I hope I’ve done that in Legends Awake, the First Book of Legends but there’s plenty more to come with Legends Collide releasing soon. I can’t wait to share this new world. I love it, and I think you will too.


Legends Awake - The First Book Of Legends

Science Fiction & Fantasy

When a boy with no past arrives at a survival academy, his extraordinary abilities shine through, but will they be enough to save his friends?

Alone in an unfamiliar world, fourteen year old Peran is suffering from amnesia. With society still consumed by a decades-old war and the ancient sorcery of the Stoneborn warriors, he finds refuge in an academy of combat and survival. But Peran struggles to fit in and when he defeats opponents beyond his skill, fellow students begin to suspect his extraordinary abilities, leaving even his friends to wonder who -- or what -- he really is.

When out testing their skills, his dorm-mate falls victim to a coffin-mouth viper and only the Elin Shard can save him. Peran sets out to find the magical artefact but to succeed against the legendary predators he encounters, he must first confront his true identity.

Book Bubbles from Legends Awake - The First Book Of Legends

Valuing Difference

One of the main characters in Legends Awake is the ever loyal and supportive Miles Visker.

To most in the fantasy world of the Books of Legends, Miles is known as an oddball. In our world he would be labelled as having a psychological disorder but to Peran he is just his friend, Miles.

I wanted Miles to be accepted as who he is, his differences to be valued by those around him and that without him and those differences, they would be lost.

I think we are too quick to label people and treat them differently. Miles is given no quarter but prevails anyway.

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