Hanna Stevenson is a Belgian PhD student whose research into Viking raids takes a dark and compelling turn. She accidentally comes across a priceless ninth-century manuscript which hints at an ordeal suffered by Danish raiders in the Ardennes forests. In some way, the events appear linked to the English kingdom of Wessex. Aided by James McCallum, a researcher at King’s College London, Hanna sees the coincidental discoveries pile up - until she realises they are anything but.
The past, both in Hanna’s own life and in the history of the world, is not always dead. Sometimes it merely sleeps, biding its time until the world is open to it and the right person can help it claim the present. Hanna might be that person, but to admit it is to leave behind all it means to be human.
When murder begins to dog Hanna’s footsteps, it appears to James that Hanna has made her choice. The question, both for James and for DCI Shalini Khan of the London Metropolitan Police, is whether anyone can stem the tide of what Hanna has unleashed...
Michael Baeyens was born in Oudenaarde, Belgium, in 1982. Writing has always been part of his life, but it wasn't until 2007 that he debuted with Dochter van de Poorten ("Daughter of the Gates"), a fantasy novel in his native Dutch.
His love for the fantasy genre has since broadened into a preference for all things supernatural, macabre and fantastical through a voracious reading of works by EA Poe, HP Lovecraft, A Bierce, WH Hodgson and MR James.
In 2014, he brought horror to a Belgian setting with the short story Een Erfenis ("An Inheritance"). 2015 marked his first foray into English writing with the epistolary tale Island, and in 2018 he self-published The Fen, his first full-length English novel, through Amazon.
Michael teaches English at a Belgian comprehensive school. Apart from reading and writing, enjoys exploring the dark depths of metal music, cycling and picking up and putting overhead heavy objects.
They look like an everyday family living an ordinary life. But beyond the edges of this peaceful farm, unimaginable forces of light and dark have been unleashed.
Fallon Swift, approaching her thirteenth birthday, barely knows the world that existed before—the city where her parents lived, now in ruins and reclaimed by nature since the Doom sickened and killed billions. Traveling anywhere is a danger, as vicious gangs of Raiders and fanatics called Purity Warriors search for their next victim. Those like Fallon, in possession of gifts, are hunted—and the time is coming when her true nature, her identity as The One, can no longer be hidden.
In a mysterious shelter in the forest, her training is about to begin under the guidance of Mallick, whose skills have been honed over centuries. She will learn the old ways of healing; study and spar; encounter faeries and elves and shifters; and find powers within herself she never imagined. And when the time is right, she will take up the sword, and fight. For until she grows into the woman she was born to be, the world outside will never be whole again.