Robbie MacNiven

ROBBIE MacNIVEN hails from the highlands of Scotland. A lifelong fan of sci-fi and fantasy, he has had over a dozen novels published in settings ranging from Marvel’s X-Men, to Descent: Legends of the Dark, to Warhammer 40,000. Having completed a doctorate in Military History from the University of Edinburgh in 2020, he also possesses a keen interest in the past. His hobbies include historical re-enacting and making eight-hour round trips every second weekend to watch Rangers FC.

“But a fun romp with an unlikely band of adventurers through dangerous depths is the aim of the game, so hopefully that’s what readers enjoy.”

– Robbie MacNiven


“Anole is the sort of character you see mentioned a lot when people talk about minor heroes they’d like to see more of. It was clear early on that, as a charming, witty and fun kid, he’d be an enjoyable character to write about.”
ComicSXF, Interview with Robbie MacNiven, author of First Team

“Family is a core theme of so many of the stories that feature Marvel’s X-Men. In a word of tension and prejudice, acceptance is hard to come by, and the very abilities that might seem to make someone exceptional also make them at best outcasts, and at worst, targets.”
Track of Words, Article by Robbie MacNiven, author of First Team

“It’s akin to a high fantasy dungeon crawl crossed with a Victorian Gothic novel. Three has-been adventurers team up for a final quest, only to find themselves drawn into a dark web of intrigue and death.”
Track of Words Interview with Robbie MacNiven, author of The Doom of Fallowhearth


“The world of KeyForge is painted with big, vibrant (possibly neon) brushstrokes.”
The Epic Quest, Robbie MacNiven on writing for Tales from the Crucible

Spring 23 Titles Announced! August 23, 2022 - The summer yet come to an end yet we’re already looking forward into Spring 2023. We’ve a sneak peek at the titles coming to bookshops, game stores, and online retailers at the beginning of 2023. These titles are already online and with your favorite FLG or bookshop to pre-order. Head… Read more.
Fall Titles Announced! March 31, 2022 - We're back again for a sneak peek at the titles that will take you through until the end of the year. These titles will be up online and with your favourite FLG or bookshop to pre-order very soon. As always there are a few unnamed titles that we'll be announcing… Read more.
Spring 2022 Title Announcement! August 17, 2021 - We’re back again with a 2022 sneak peek of the titles coming to bookshops, FLGs, and ebooks in the Spring. Over the coming months, we’ll be releasing the amazing covers that you have come to expect from us. So, whether you’re waiting for another story from Viking raided England, an… Read more.
The International Association of Media Tie-In Writers Scribe Awards June 8, 2021 - WHOOP WHOOP!!! For those of you not in the know, The International Association of Media Tie-In Writers is the specific organisation for our little corner of the publishing world. Every year they host the Scribe Awards which recognises the accomplishments of the unsung authors in this particular field. Although we’re… Read more.
Coming this Fall. Thrills, spills, and tentacles… (probably) April 30, 2021 - We’re back with a sneak peek at some of our fantastic titles coming this Fall to bookshops, FLGs, and ebook. Over the coming months, we’ll release more information about them including the amazing covers that you have come to expect from us. So whether you’re waiting for another story from… Read more.
Marvel's Xavier's Institute: First Team by Robbie MacNiven In Conversation With Robbie MacNiven For Marvel: Xavier’s Institute: First Team January 26, 2021 - Marvel’s mutant heroes return when a remarkable student rushes to save his family but ends up in a whole heap of trouble, in this Xavier’s Institute novel, First Team We managed to grab a few moments with Robbie during lockdown to talk about his newest novel, First Team, which is… Read more.
Arkham Horror: Wrath of N'Kai by Josh Reynolds Out in the Wilds! Wrath of N’kai and Tales from the Crucible available to buy now! September 2, 2020 - From Sept 1st in the USA, you can walk to your local bookshop or gaming store and pick up a copy of Arkham Horror: Wrath of N’kai and Keyforge: Tales from the Crucible to take home and read. If you don’t feel like walking (no judgment here) then you can also order… Read more.
UK Games Expo Schedule of Events August 20, 2020 - This weekend (21st-23rd August) the team will be attending UK Games Expo Online. This is normally the UK’s biggest board game convention, but with COVID-19 ongoing it has been switched to online. While we are sad to not be there in person, we are excited that people from all over the… Read more.
Join us in Terrinoth for epic adventure you’ll not soon forget. Introducing The Doom of Fallowhearth, by Robbie MacNiven May 21, 2020 - Legendary heroes battle the undead and dark sorcery, in the first of a rip-roaring new series for the fan-favorite epic fantasy game. Aconyte Books are excited to announce our first novel set in the Realm of Terrinoth, based on Descent: Journeys in the Dark. The Doom of Fallowhearth, by Robbie… Read more.
Anything is Possible on an Impossible World: KeyForge – Tales of the Crucible edited by Charlotte Llewelyn-Wells December 17, 2019 - An impossible world filled with myriad peoples battling for mystical Æmber (and everyone else who’s just trying to get along) – it can only be KeyForge! Introducing Tales From the Crucible: A KeyForge Anthology, edited by Charlotte Llewelyn-Wells, which flies screaming onto your bookshelf in June 2020. KeyForge is chock-full… Read more.

“I honestly cannot recommend this enough. A fantastic standalone fantasy, a wonderful stepping stone into the world of Descent or a way to get more lore and depth to characters of the game. A definite must read if you like the game or fantasy in general.”
What You Tolkien About

“MacNiven does not disappoint: the story starts off fast and has actiona nd humor and at no point does it drag on unnecessarily.”
A Library Thing

“It’s clear that MacNiven knows his stuff, and the fights feel like they leap off the page and are wonderfully clear and easy to follow. He gives plenty of detail, enough that you can clearly picture everything that’s happening, and you’ll soon find yourself getting swept up by the grandeur of it.”

“I would very strongly recommend this book to any fantasy fan because it hits all the right notes, and is a great standalone book with little dependency on any previous knowledge of the franchise.”
Big Geordie Geek

“From the start I was hooked, as is nearly always the case with these books. The characterization was brilliant. Anyone who enjoys Descent, Tabletop RPGs or Fantasy would, I believe, instantly be intrigued and hooked.”

– What You Tolkien About

“I gave First Team five stars… when the action occurred it was worth the wait.”
Chris Lowens

“Very fun and engaging.”
Nerdly Nightly

First Team meets the high standards for Marvel stories as set by the now legendary Stan Lee. A simply riveting great read from cover to cover.”
Midwest Book Review

“I give First Team ★★★★★, when the action occurred it was worth the wait.”
Chris Lowens

“This feels like Harry Potter, superheroes, and the road-trip excitement of Percy Jackson and the Olympians, wrapped into one, and man was it engaging. I couldn’t put it down when I really got into the thick of it!”
Peyton F Writes

“Acceptance of those who are different has always been a big theme in X-Men stories, and I felt it was done really well here… I’d recommend giving this one a read.”
The Story Board

“Great character work is delivered over the course of a plot that starts off slowly, introducing characters, ideas and locations, then explodes into action and never lets up. MacNiven maintains a tone throughout that’s brilliantly appropriate to this world – First Team really does feel like an X-Men story pulled straight from the Marvel archive.”
Track of Words

First Team is the second Xavier’s Institute book that I’ve read from Aconyte, and the second that’s hugely impressed me. Whether we get more of these stories with this group of characters, or something completely new next time I’m definitely looking forward to more.”

“This is a tight, fun little read that feels incredibly fresh. There’s almost no fat in the book with a plot that moves from point to point agilely… This utterly drips with comic book energy.”
The Omniplex

“You pick it up and start it thinking it’s gonna be just a pulpy fantasy adventure. But it’s not, it’s deeply emotional and shows that a good writer can make a familiar and well trod genre, fresh and invigorating. Solid ★★★★★.”
Big Geordie Geek

The Doom of Fallowhearth is a good, dark, Fantasy story… Even if you have no other reason to do so, The Doom of Fallowhearth is worth reading, just for the opportunity to find yourself rooting for the Necromancer!”
Fistful of Meeples

“Page-turningly addictive… It’s quite dark and surprisingly powerful, and a far more emotional story than you might expect. Very much worth checking out.”
Track of Words

“Expertly-written and populated with some of the most memorable characters in a fantasy novel that I’ve read in quite some time, and imbued with a bold, thought-provoking and often surprising narrative, with an emotionally powerful ending that’s akin to a fist in the gut.”
SciFi and Fantasy Reviewer

“It all comes together in an action-packed and delightfully unexpected ending that had me laughing out loud, ensuring that this was one of my favourite stories in the anthology.”
SciFi and Fantasy Reviewer on Extermination Examination by Robbie MacNiven

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