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Marquos just wanted to see what was left of the world. He never meant to join the war to save it.
Marquos drifts through the cloud-concealed Empire of Estalia, searching for hope of a better future as he scavenges to survive. In the Deadland of the North, they say the sky is clear, and the stars shine. Marquos dreams of seeing it. He believes there is beauty there, even as he drifts into a world of savages.
With rebels plaguing the canals, and the authoritarian Guards pursuing Marquos for his attempts to liberate a child, the route north is wrought with peril. The militant rulers and the ragged resistance fighters vie for the boatman’s support, drawing Marquos into a war many don’t realise exists, and revealing secrets about the world that threaten to wipe out what little is left.
Isolated in the derelict estate of the engineer Balfair, with only a miserable fellow slave for company, Deni dreams of changing her arduous life. When her master drags something new from the swamp and excludes her from his secretive project, she finally sees her chance. Deni determines to do whatever it takes to break free – even if it brings the full weight of the war-mongering Guard down on Balfair.
The results may be devastating, but they will notice her at last – and she will be free.
He didn’t know how savage the world was – until he met Deni.
As the days grow darker in the Estalian Empire, young Tyler stays positive by helping others. But when he meets a girl on the run with enemies in the highest places, Tyler’s life gets complicated fast. Deni isn’t afraid to kill, and she’s got a secret that could tear apart the sky.
In a mortal chase that takes them from a besieged city across the war-torn countryside, Tyler soon discovers that the Empire’s guardians are their most dangerous foe. Worse still, Deni is faced with a terrible choice: remain hidden and save herself – or expose herself to prevent the oncoming darkness.
A late night abduction. A book of horrors. Can a gambling loner unravel this city’s darkest secrets?
Pax Kuranes has two simple goals: make rent and win a poker tournament. When a young man robs her, and she finds out she’s the least dangerous person after him, her ambitions quickly shift to keeping herself alive. To do that, she’s going to have to figure out exactly what he was into – and what’s lurking under Ordshaw.
On the night before Christmas, mercenary Scullion’s ride home is ambushed halfway between the last surviving cities in America. Concerned only with getting drunk for the holiday, his attempts to abandon his fellow passengers to bandits lead him on a collision course with a barbaric community who have utterly distorted the seasonal spirit. This is one madcap night he cannot survive alone, challenging his perceptions of the meaning of Christmas.
Phil Williams was born in the affable commuter-belt of Hertfordshire, where he learnt to escape a comfortable life through sinister fantasy fiction. He has worked as an English teacher and tutor, a copywriter, a media researcher and a start-up executive, and continues to offer freelance services in writing, editing and tutoring. He has lived and worked in Prague, Moscow and the Abu Dhabi desert, though ultimately settled for a quiet seaside town in the UK. Phil now resides in Worthing with his wife and unimaginably fluffy dog, Herbert. He is currently working on 3 novel series.
The Estalia series began with Wixon’s Day, in 2012, the first full length novel Phil published, following apathetic boatman Marquos as he is drawn into a war that uncovers truths about the forgotten history of his desolate world. The post-apocalytpic landscape of Estalia is shrouded in cloud and populated by an anarchistic society struggling to rebuild. Its reconstructed steampunk technology and distorted traditions offer hints of a long-lost civilisation, though to unravel the mysteries the population must first overcome their internal power struggles.
The Ordshaw Fairy Tales are a series of urban fantasy stories set in and around the fictional UK city of Ordshaw – a metropolis where vile creatures that lurk in the night threaten to unsettle all we know of the world. Gun City Bohemian was an early example of this setting, following a student artist mistakenly unleashing hell. The upcoming Pax Kuranes novels fully explore the city of Ordshaw, as a reclusive young gambler discovers a hidden labyrinth under her city – and is drawn into a centuries-old war between monsters and diminutive fairies.
The Faergrowe Free State series follows the adventures of a group of mercenaries in a near-future world laid to waste by a global war. With food scarce and countries replaced by characterful city-states, it’s every person for themselves, with only the very few striving to restore peace and order. The series began life as an unpublished novel featuring the exploits of the thuggish English mercenary Scullion, which was used as background for the screenplay The Faergrowe Principle. Its first novella release was the Christmas-themed A Most Apocalyptic Christmas. Scullion will return to dispense his own manner of loutish justice in the first Faergrowe novel, due late 2017.
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