What if Humanity is just a device? An instrument to change worlds? With Earth in the grip of environmental collapse, the manipulative Dryads conspire to drive humanity to extinction. Only a grieving man and his free-spirited daughter stand in their way. They wouldn’t have a chance but for the mysterious Girl of Light, a messenger from the copse.
DRYAD is the first in a trilogy called THE DARKNESS ENGINE. Spanning the years 3300 to 3330 AD, DRYAD follows the lives of grieving scientist JAXON and his free spirited daughter EMILY. It is a story of fear, greed and manipulation that attempts to look at our world and humanity from a new perspective.
“When you look into the sky at night, what don’t you see?”
The Cloud has descended, Earth’s population has two choices: move to the only habitable areas – the far north and south – or flee to the stars.
After the great Exodus, those remaining on Earth face challenges far beyond the hardships of living on a dying planet: not only is the world run by corrupt, all-powerful corporations, with a financial and political interest in keeping the world in the grip of environmental disaster, but a darker force moves among them with a greater influence and an agenda far more twisted than anyone could possibly imagine … the Dryads: an insidious species, influencing the Earth’s key decision-makers to act on greed and disregard human life.
Emily and Jaxon are disciples of the illegal teachings of the book of Physis, preaching and preserving the long-forgotten laws and principals of nature, fighting for the survival of humanity with subversive acts of defiance. Jaxon is pursuing the elusive truth of why Emily’s mother, fellow scientist, was bludgeoned to death when she discovered a black crystal in a crater, and devoted to uncovering the hidden mysteries of that crystal. But his quest leads only to desperation and poverty as he is cast out of society. It is only when the mysterious Girl of Light appears that the crystal reveals secrets of the dark energy that it contains.
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Matthew is an indie author with a serious running problem. Married with two children he spends his “free” time either training for and running ultra marathons, or writing science fiction stories. He is passionate about writing and loves to create entertaining stories that carry deeper, hidden meaning. Mostly he likes to write about badass heroines & heroes taking on dark insidious baddies in corrupt unjust worlds. To provide the necessities of food and shelter Matthew works full time combining his love of the geological and physical sciences. He lives in Western Australia with his wife, two children and joyful puppy.