21st November 2019

Alumnus Chris Pyrah publishes debut novel


Exeter alumnus Chris Pyrah (2011, Classical Archaeology and Ancient History) has published his debut novel, Legacy.

It tells the story of Torben, resigned to a mundane, sheltered existence, until a chance encounter catapults him into a world more dangerous than he ever imagined.

In the world of Ulskandar, where Humans, Dwarves and all manner of races co-exist, all must fight and die together in the wars between rival kingdoms and feral tribes. But when relics and powers from the past threaten to emerge, the fragile kingdoms are pushed to the brink of destruction.

A fan of fantasy and science fiction since he was a young child, the writings of JRR Tolkien, Philip Pullman, Garth Nix, CS Lewis, HP Lovecraft, Frank Herbert, Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett have been vastly influential in the creation of Chris Pyrah’s literary inventions. In addition, his studies in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History at Exeter College, along with Field Archaeology at the University of York, have led him to be greatly influenced by the myths, legends, cultures and histories of Ancient and Dark Age British Isles, Europe, and the Middle East, all of which have very much affected his writing and story craft. As a result, many hours of his day are spent scrawling out maps, tweaking invented alphabets and creating histories, pantheons and mythologies for the worlds that he has created and in which his stories are set.

To purchase a copy of Legacy online click here.

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