The Swords of Freedom
Book 2 in the Series: The Creator’s Egg. The series is an epic fantasy full of quests, journeys, mystery, intrigue, adventure, war and excitement. The series is set in Opteria, a planet where birds (avians) evolved to a position of dominance in place of the mammals on Earth. These avians are bipedal and have arms with well-developed hands as well as wings. They have full powers of speech and are fully as intelligent as humans. They are indeed, the angels of Opteria.
With the alien stranger’s help, Falco and his team of searchers have found the “Old Ones”, an ancient pair of Struthions and the last remaining exponents of the almost mythical role of their forebears, the wanderers and historians of Opteria.
The team had hoped that, as the last known protectors of the fabled weapons, the Struthions would be able to point the way to the weapons. Initially their hopes are dashed since the Old Ones admit that they and their race have lost the swords and have no ideas how to find them again. Hesh reminds the group of some of the prophecies that show that they should have expected that and morale is restored. Falco and his group, team up with Thio and Elus - the ‘Old Ones’ - to begin a systematic search for the Swords of Freedom, using clues from ancient prophecies and messages from the past. With the help of the old ones, the Swords are located, but the place is surrounded by the majority of the armies of the invading Droms. In a very risky mission the Stranger recovers the weapons together with a scroll written in an unknown language. The talismans are identical to ancient twin swords from the golden age of the martial art of “Kung Fu”. The alien hero is an adept at this art and the Swords recognize and accept him as their wielder. Using his skills and the power of the swords, the alien helps his group to flee the enemy and escape with the Swords and the parchment found alongside them. For a while all is quiet, but the stranger becomes uneasy and, using his powers, he starts to spy on the enemy. He finds out that they are planning a retaliation to the theft of the swords. The island, which is the base of the Anserese troops that assisted in the recovery is now under threat. It is decided that the two thousand avians from the island must be evacuated.
During the evacuation, it is discovered that there are traitors amongst the fleeing Anserese. These traitors are feeding information to the enemy that helps them pin-point where the retreating troops are. In consequence it is becoming more and more difficult to stay one step ahead of the pursuit. A desperate search for these betrayers begins. Finally, the traitors are identified, and put to work for the allies to spread disinformation. The evacuation gets back on track. Late in the evacuation, however, the stranger is ambushed by the enemy and seriously wounded. The Droms manage to retake the Swords and hide them again. The stranger is rescued by members of a group of flyers that has become known as Hesh’s Support Group. They hide the stranger and start to treat his wounds. Eventually, they move him and catch up with the last group of fleeing Anserese. There, medics take over the care of the stranger. His life hangs in the balance, while the Anserese gradually retreat to a place of safety many days’ travel away. Finally the alien begins to recover. Using his skills and helped by the power of his link with the Swords and a support group of Strigs, Fallons and Anserese, the alien steals the Swords back again and assists the group to flee their enemies and escape taking with them the parchment that was hidden with the Swords.
About the Author
Dave Macfie is an author and the General Manager and Lead Consultant of Unique Advantage South Africa, a consulting company specializing in creating unique business advantage from purpose, analysis, insight, alignment and action.
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Dave has been an avid reader since his early twenties, but only started taking writing seriously in mid 2015. He started self-publishing in February 2016.
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Dave has published three series - the two book non-fiction "BIG DATA FOR EXECUTIVES", the mystery/thriller, trilogy "ANGUS LOGIE - REST IN PEACE" and the six book epic fantasy "THE CREATOR'S EGG".
The final book of the fantasy series was published at the end of May, 2017. Now, for the next month or two, Dave is going to concentrate on improving his marketing. But, at the same time he is planning two more Mystery/Thrillers with working titles "Gunpowder, Treason and Plot", and "Pilgrim's Rest".