A Darkveil Universe Story
By Brandon Dyer
JD Wyatt finds people. Accepting a job with a notorious crimelord, Wyatt egocasts halfway across the galaxy into a temporary body. Even Wyatt’s Marine Corps experience may not prepare him for what he finds in the derelict hull of an ancient alien dreadnought.
I purchased this book.
This short story was fantastic!
There isn’t much to say about the plot itself without giving things away. The blurb really tells you all you need to know. But story was immersive, well written and had me on the edge of my seat.
From what I can tell, Brandon Dyer has been building this universe for a while now, with an aim to launching a sci-fi RPG setting based on it – which is great, and I love world building, so even if I never play the game I am down for campaign setting books – but I seriously hope there is more fiction coming. I really enjoyed it and want to know much more about the universe and the various factions within it.
For those interested in science fiction (and though I lean predominantly towards epic fantasy, I love engrossing space operas), here’s what Brandon say’s about the Darkveil Universe:
Darkveil is a sprawling, gritty science fiction setting. Following the conquest and destruction of Earth, the survivors of humanity struggle to crave out a niche in a distant galaxy.
It is a place of wonder and peril. Government and religious factions vie for control of rich systems and lucrative trade routes, while pirated and scavengers eke out livelihoods around the fringes of explored space.
Linking all of the far-flung systems is Veilspace, a strange and unsettling dimension through which travelers must venture if they are to cross the vast galactic distances. Such journeys are hazardous at the best of times, but recent incidents hint that something far more dangerous might lurk beyond Veilspace itself.
Reminiscent of Peter F. Hamilton, Gary Gibson’s Shoal Sequence, and even Richard Morgan’s Altered Carbon, I was instantly captivated by the Darkveil Universe and I really, really, want to know more.