What's Under Ordshaw?

Will the answer get her killed?

Pax thought she knew the dark side of Ordshaw. A poker pro who hustles bankers and gangsters, she can take care of herself. But she’s about to discover the shadows hide far worse than criminals.

When a thief steals her bankroll, it could cost Pax her home. Following his trail unearths a labyrinthine mystery that could cost Pax her life.

People have disappeared simply for realising what's lurking under Ordshaw.

To get her life back, Pax needs to go much further than that.

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Who is the Blue Angel?

Can she survive its legacy?

Waking on an unfamiliar floor, Pax is faced with two hard truths. A murderous government agency wants her dead – and monsters really do exist. What’s more, her body’s going haywire, which she desperately hopes isn’t a side-effect of her encounters in the city’s tunnels.

To survive, and protect Ordshaw, she’s got to expose who, or what, is behind the chaos - and she can’t do it alone.

But with only the trigger-happy Fae to turn to, Pax’s allies might kill her before her enemies do...

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The Violent Fae

The battle for Ordshaw has begun.

The secrets of the Sunken City are exposed. Can Ordshaw be saved?

Some would risk everything to preserve the little they have. Some just want to see the world burn.

Everything's at stake in the final, thrilling chapter of The Sunken City Trilogy.

Will anyone get out alive?

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The City Screams

Tova’s getting her hearing back.

She’s going to wish she wasn’t.

Alone in Tokyo for experimental ear surgery, Tova Nokes is finally shaking up her life. But when she starts to hear things she shouldn’t, all she wants is to make it home alive.

There’s a voice saying it’s where she comes from that makes her special.

If she can only survive violent stalkers, and the terrible screams, she might figure out why…

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A Most Apocalyptic Christmas

The night before Christmas, Scullion’s stuck halfway between the USA's last surviving cities.

There are bandits out to kill him.

And he wants a drink, bad.

Scullion plans to get what he wants. He's faced tougher killers than these punks before.

But there's worse to come. A barbaric community with an utterly distorted seasonal spirit are about to teach him the true meaning of Christmas:

It's dangerous to go it alone.

If you like madcap action and desolate futures, you'll love this dystopian rollercoaster.

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Wixon's Day

He wanted to the ruined world…

Now he has to save it.

Marquos travels Estalia’s waterways with a secret. The girl hiding below deck was rescued from the mines. Can he get her home safely before disappearing into the North?

She’s opened his eyes to the true nature of Estalia’s Guards. Kidnapping children is the least of their crimes. There’s a secret war coming closer to home – and their terrible weapons point back to the time before the darkness. Are the rebels right to resist the only order left in the world?

Marquos cannot run from the truth.
It’s a fight he must join, on one side or the other.

But can he protect what’s left of the world, or will he cause its destruction?

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Balfair's Confinement

She’s been oppressed all her life.

That ends now.

Deni dreams of escaping the derelict estate of her master Balfair. When he drags a mysterious fuel from the swamp and excludes her from a mysterious new project, she sees her chance.

The ruling Guard will not stand for rogue engineering.

And Deni will not stand for this life any more.

But will bringing their war-mongering leaders into her home really set her free? Or are there worse fates than this cruel isolation?

Whatever the consequences – their whole world is about to change.

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Aftan Whispers

He didn't know how savage the world was…

Until he met Deni.

When Tyler helps a girl on the run, his carefree life gets complicated fast. Deni isn't afraid to kill, and she’s got a secret that could tear open the sky.
Racing from a besieged city to the war-torn countryside, Tyler soon discovers that the Empire’s guardians are their biggest threat. But how can he and Deni expose their leaders without exposing themselves? And who can they possibly trust now?

Can this mismatched pair overcome the full fury of the Guard, when all they’ve got is each other?

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Phil Williams was born in the commuter-belt of Hertfordshire, where he learnt to escape a comfortable life through sinister fantasy fiction. His erratic career has variously involved the study of language and relationships - and took him to such locations as Prague, Moscow and Abu Dhabi. He finally settled on the quiet Sussex seaside, where he lives in Worthing with his wife and his fluffy dog, Herbert. He divides his time between writing educational books that help people better understand English and fantasy books that help people better escape reality.

So he tells himself.

Phil's novel series include:

Ordshaw: a collection of urban fantasy thrillers set in and around the UK city of Ordshaw – a place where dark secrets threaten the modern world. The Sunken City trilogy follows card sharp Pax Kuranes’ introduction to a labyrinthine conspiracy, starting with Under Ordshaw. Expect monsters, diminutive fairies and a mystery that’ll take a lot of late nights to unravel.

Estalia: starting with Phil’s debut novel, Wixon’s Day, in 2012,  this post-apocalyptic series explores a dystopia powered by steam. With reconstructed steampunk machines and an anarchist government, Estalia is a deadly place that gets more tense and chaotic with each instalment in the series.

His work also includes stories set in the post-World War 3 dystopia of Faergrowe (including A Most Apocalyptic Christmas and an upcoming five-book action-thriller arc starting with The Worst Survive), as well as various standalone stories and screenplays.

Works in Progress

  • The Violent Fae (Ordshaw Book 3) - Current Stage: Final Draft 86% 86%
  • Kept From Cages (Ordshaw Book 5) - Current Stage: First Draft 5% 5%
  • The Worst Survive (Faergrowe Book 1) - Current Stage: 2nd Draft 45% 45%
  • Seasons of the Given Lands (Standalone fantasy) Current Stage: 2nd Draft 42% 42%
  • (Estalia Book 3) Current Stage: 1st Draft 24% 24%

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Contact Phil Williams

Want to get in touch? Whether you’d like to discuss my novels, speaking engagements or the colour of cheese, I’m always happy to hear from fans. You can contact me at phil@phil-williams.co.uk

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