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.
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.