art by Syd "Vetyr" Mills

The Harbinger of Freedom

In the millenary world of Taenand, the continent of Empiria is oppressed by a fifty year lasting military dictatorship perpetrated by the Army of the Harpy, the leader of which is the young General of aristocratic descent Ludwig Maximilian Eckhale who inherited the throne and became the second Emperor of his Era.

In these challenging times, Valerius Raleigh, a young noble as the Emperor himself, takes on the mission to inspire his country to break its chains and free itself from the ever more raging tyranny, first becoming a symbol and a messenger of freedom, then building an army whose purpose is to take down the reign of terror and injustice which threatens to spread all over Taenand due to the ruthless ruler’s strategic mindset and powerful alliances.

The Harbinger of Freedom is the first act of the Falling Feathers Series, a crazy mix of blood, sex, drugs, hacking, cybernetic augmentations, shamanism, fantasy creatures, artificial life and an overall retrofuturistic and cyberpunkish aesthetic. In this vast, complex world, liberty and self-determination play a pivotal role in the search for balance and justice for all, while the diverse characters are pawns in a gritty game of power, intrigues and violence in which there is no place for surrender or subjugation.

Please be mindful this story includes content that may be troubling to some readers, including, but not limited to, violence, depictions of violent death, several types of abuse, mutilation, medical procedures, self-harm, social hatred, childhood trauma, substance addiction, prostitution, spiders, PTSD, warfare. Discretion is advised.

About me

Freddie A. Clark is the entity hiding in a thread of cables and flowers, a cyborg riding their motorcycle in the streets of a Cyberpunk metropolis, a masked alchemist traversing Venetian canals.

Proud human slave of three former stray cats, Non-Binary person (they/them), Norse Pagan and hopeless nerd, Freddie is influenced by the work of William Gibson, Neal Stephenson, Pat Cadigan, Anne Rice, and Neil Gaiman among many others.

Their creativity draws from ’80s aesthetic, movies and pop culture, and from an endless pile of books, graphic novels, manga and videogames. A Synthwave music enthusiast, born from metal, Freddie will take your hand and guide you in their vast high-tech Fantasy world.

Freddie’s debut novel The Harbinger of Freedom is the first act of The Falling Feathers Series, the epic journey of a young man who has taken up the torch to free his land from the grip of a tyrant.

Freddie’s upcoming novel Umbra: Tales of A Shadow tells the story of a masked vigilante and assassin and an ancient alchemist whose consciousness is trapped inside a mask, while a conspiracy unfolds in a beautiful, high-tech baroque city inspired by Venice.

It would’ve amazed anyone during night-time, when the only lights in which it was immersed were those overlapping unnaturally upon the dark buildings where, other than the glowing windows, only the silhouettes were visible.

art by Katerina “NinjaJo” Belikova

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