Filipe Faria was born in 1982 in Lisbon. He attended the German School of Lisbon from Kindergarten until the 12th grade, where the contact and familiarity with German culture broadened his horizons, as opposed to clashing with his oh-so very Portuguese upbringing. Driven by a strong interest in the medieval period, and the fortuitous discovery of one certain J.R.R. in the school library, his passion for heroic fantasy literature grew from an early age. The ‘Chronicles of Allaryia’ were his debut in the literary world, heralded by the first volume, The Gauntlet of Karasthan, the sketch of an adventure that slowly took shape throughout the years and eventually evolved into a full-length novel.
This (no longer so) young pioneer of high fantasy in Portugal was the winner of the Branquinho da Fonseca award, a joint initiative of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the weekly “Expresso” in 2001, and was awarded the Matilde Rosa Araújo award – Breakthrough in Children and Young Adults Literature in 2002, as well as having his works included in the Portuguese National Reading Plan.