Fractured Empire Concept Art

The visual aesthetic is a big part of the appeal of a fantasy novel.  My Fractured Empire novels draw heavily on my love of 19th century European history and fiction.

Using AI art tools, I made portraits of some of the main characters in the novels to fit that aesthetic.

NB: the images and text work much better together in landscape; if you're viewing on a phone, you'll have a better experience tilting it on its side.


Heino Voss, fulfils a childhood ambition when he becomes an airship pilot.

Saskia von Eck, airship navigator and walking argument.

Erich von Eck, who wonders if he is fighting for the right side.

Kurt Einsiedel, an unexpectedly effective airship pilot.

Elfriede Glasenapp, whose life is upended by war.

Archduke Leopold, international statesman and schemer.

Count Maximilian, Leopold's less capable son.

Maxine Jeschke, who is never where you expect her to be.


Lothar von Schnusenberg, rascal with an interest in poisons.

Asta Nørckenkrone, impoverished gentlewoman.

Torkild Scavenius, naval captain and steamship enthusiast.

Edda Güldenkrone, even more impoverished than Asta and much less happy about it.

Berendt Scavenius, Grand Admiral of the Navy, perpetually disappointed in his sons.

Valdemar,  Duke of Haskilde before his time.

Lord Grynulf, 'the Fox', an ambitious schemer with a quick temper.

Admiral Krog, an eccentric who might also be a genius.


Magnus Lohdal, painter with unexpectedly great expectations.

Steinar Scavenius, naval captain lost at sea.

Hildegarde Scavenius, widow who is grieving less than you might imagine.

Baron Hasenhüttl,  Imperial ambassador who loves a ceremonial uniform.

Chevalier de Trémaux, former ambassador to Haskilde now cooling his heels at home.

Madeleine La Planche, ran away to sea to become a naval surgeon.

Chikelu, a man who gets things done.

Rouzet, a man who doesn't get things done.