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Adam James Dalton

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Occupation  Novelist
Genre  Fantasy
Nationality  British
Name  Adam Dalton
Alma mater  University of Warwick
Education  University of Warwick
Period  2008-present

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Born  September 30, 1970 (age 45) (1970-09-30)
Notable works  Necromancer's Gambit, Empire of the Saviours

A J Dalton (born 30 September 1970) is a British fantasy writer and teacher of English. He is the author of the Flesh & Bone Trilogy (Necromancer's Gambit, Necromancer's Betrayal, and Necromancer's Fall) and Chronicles of a Cosmic Warlord (Empire of the Saviours, Gateway of the Saviours and Tithe of the Saviours).



Adam Dalton was born in Croydon, England. He was educated at Trinity School and the University of Warwick, where he completed a BA in English and American Literature and an MA in English Literature.

Dalton moved into English language teaching, working in a variety of countries between 1996 and 2005. He then took a managerial position in Manchester, England, with the British Council, the UK's international organisation for cultural relations, a registered charity. While working there, he self-published the Flesh & Bone Trilogy: Necromancer's Gambit (2008), Necromancer's Betrayal (2009) and Necromancer's Fall (2010). These novels described themselves as "metaphysical fantasy". Dalton left the British Council in late 2010 in order to write the first book in Chronicles of a Cosmic Warlord, which was Empire of the Saviours. He also taught part-time at Manchester Metropolitan University. In late 2011, he signed a deal with Gollancz for Empire of the Saviours and a further two volumes, namely Gateway of the Saviours and Tithe of the Saviours. In 2015, he published The Book of Orm with Kristell Ink, a collection of fantasy stories based on Scandinavian mythology. He followed that collection with The Book of Dragons in 2016.

Dalton's academic study of fantasy and its subgenres was completed in 2016, when he completed a PhD with the University of Huddersfield. That academic work, combined with his much earlier publications and website (2008), mean that he is now recognised as the creator/originator of the fantasy subgenre known as "metaphysical fantasy", a categorisation used by the Amazon site.


  • The Book of Orm (Apr 2015)
  • The Book of Angels (Sept 2016)
  • The Book of Dragons (due Apr 2017)
  • Chronicles of a Cosmic Warlord

    1. Empire of the Saviours (May 2012) – longlisted for the Gemmell Legend Award 2013
    2. Gateway of the Saviours (May 2013)
    3. Tithe of the Saviours (May 2014)

    The Flesh & Bone Trilogy

    1. Necromancer's Gambit (Feb 2008)
    2. Necromancer's Betrayal (Aug 2009)
    3. Necromancer's Fall (Aug 2010)

    Short stories and Novellas

  • A Passport to Your Dreams – appeared in the 2005 book Blending In: Farang Reflections on Living in Thai Culture
  • Knight of Ages (Oct 2012)
  • I Am a Small God (Sept 2016)
  • References

    Adam James Dalton Wikipedia