Saga of the Freewilds, Book One

Authors & Illustrator


Michael Paul
Second Place Book Award

Second Place Award

Fiction > Detective - Hard-Boiled, Fiction > Mystery - Noir
Third Place Book Award

Third Place Award

Fiction > Mystery - Thriller


Lukarde Alfans is a brilliant investigator, but he is, at his heart, just a man… A man who has seen too much. In a refugee shanty village on the outskirts of a vast and opulent imperial capital city, an insidious sect of demon worshippers, the Cult of Ebon, began to prey upon the local, underserved gentry. Unwilling to overlook these heinous crimes, Detective Constable Lukarde Alfans began an investigation that threatened to expose the horrific truth. To derail his efforts, the cult framed Lukarde for the murder of a woman who had been aiding in his investigations… a woman Lukarde had begun to love. Haunted by all he had seen and endured, the former constable was chased into exile. But hope may yet be within reach for Lukarde. He must travel far to the southern reaches, to the Freewilds, pursuing a chance to unravel the mysteries surrounding the cult, bringing them to justice, clearing his good name… and silencing the horrors that plague his mind whenever he closes his eyes.