Sean Russell (author)

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This article is about the writer. For the Irish republican, see Seán Russell.

Sean Russell (born 1952 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian author of fantasy and historical naval literature. Also writes under his full name Sean Thomas Russell.


Sean Russell was born 1952 in Toronto. At the age of three his family moved to the outskirts of the city, where they lived in a cottage at the beach of Lake Ontario. At the age of ten he decided to become an author, and the fantasy genre caught him years later, while reading J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. After university, he moved to Vancouver, and two years later to Vancouver Island, where he still lives with his family. He published his first novel in 1991.

His first historical naval novel Under Enemy Colours, published in 2007, introduced a new Royal Navy hero, Charles Hayden, and HMS Themis, a fictional fifth-rate ship of the Royal Navy.


Initiate Brother[edit]

The series is laid in a fantasy empire combining aspects of China and Japan

Moontide and Magic Rise[edit]

The River into Darkness[edit]

This fantasy duology is a prequel to the "Moontide and Magic Rise" duology.

Memoirs of a Bow Street Runner[edit]

Sean Russell wrote these books in collaboration with Ian Dennis under their common pen-name “T. F. Banks”.

Swans' War[edit]

Themis series[edit]

Written as by Sean Thomas Russell, these books are historical fiction about HMS Themis, a Royal Navy frigate, at the time of the French Revolution.


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