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A Dwarf With No Name
     

A Dwarf With No Name

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by D.P. Prior
 

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An original Nameless Dwarf novella (now featured in the new omnibus Revenge of the Lich, Legends of the Nameless Dwarf book 3) A Dwarf With No Name is offered as a FREE sample of the highly acclaimed series of four full-length novels, Legends of the Nameless Dwarf:

1. Carnifex: A Portent of Blood

"Prior weaves a fully realized world in this rich fantasy

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An original Nameless Dwarf novella (now featured in the new omnibus Revenge of the Lich, Legends of the Nameless Dwarf book 3) A Dwarf With No Name is offered as a FREE sample of the highly acclaimed series of four full-length novels, Legends of the Nameless Dwarf:

1. Carnifex: A Portent of Blood

"Prior weaves a fully realized world in this rich fantasy, from history, political structure, and family life to work, food, drinking (lots of drinking), and romance." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Carnifex is a masterpiece of sword and sorcery storytelling. A visceral yet thoughtful epic." -- Bookwraiths Reviews

"Gritty, tense, and brutally tragic. High quality storytelling with great characters and a relentless plot." -- Mitchell Hogan, author of A Crucible of Souls and Aurealis Award winner.

"...by the end I did care about those people--all of them, including Carnifex, were flawed but fundamentally decent people. But I had read The Nameless Dwarf, and I knew what was coming, and how it all ends. That knowledge made the book both hard to continue reading and hard to put down." -- Black Gate Magazine

"And holy shit... the battle scenes. THE BATTLE SCENES!!! People don't actually realise how hard it is to write a good battle scene, but Prior makes it look easy. They are gripping, violent, and brilliantly choreographed." -- Smash Dragons

"A Fantasy Adventure of remarkable scope, populated by many memorable characters. Maybe D. P. Prior's finest work to date." -- Ray Nicholson (Amazon Top 1000 reviewer)

"Whenever I have high praise for a book, I usually like to find at least one aspect of the writing to challenge, but this one's got me stumped. I guess I could complain that it ended all too soon, but then there are three other volumes to enjoy..." -- Laurence Scotford

"It's not often I'm left speechless but this was one of those times. WOW!!" -- Ebookwyrm

"5 Stars is easily earned here and I'm sure it will not be long before we see this, the most unique of dwarves on the big screen! This year is indeed the year of the dwarf!!" -- Scott Morrison

Cursed by a demonic axe and fueled with an unquenchable bloodlust, the Nameless Dwarf slaughters his own people in their thousands.

The survivors flee to the nightmare realms beyond the mountains, where no one has ever set foot and lived to tell the tale.

Freed from the axe, and horrified by what he has done, the Nameless Dwarf pursues them across the known world. Convinced there can be no atonement, he is prepared to sacrifice everything to save the last of his race from extinction.

The trail leads to the brigand town of Malfen, on the fringes of civilization. But no one passes though without paying a toll to an underground boss known as the Ant-Man. It is a toll that has already cost many their lives.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940011160837
Publisher:
D.P. Prior
Publication date:
12/20/2010
Series:
Nameless Dwarf original novellas , #1
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
178,693
File size:
457 KB

Meet the Author

D.P. Prior is represented by Laurie McLean, Fuse Literary (http://www.fuseliterary.com) You can find all the books along with artwork, audiobook samples, and posts at: http://www.dpprior.com His main writing influences are Edgar Rice-Burroughs, David Gemmell, Stephen Donaldson, Mary Doria Russell, Robert E. Howard, and Michael Moorcock. His work is also infused with his passion for mystical theology, philosophy and a childhood love of Dungeons and Dragons. Please check out his latest series, LEGENDS OF THE NAMELESS DWARF: 1. CARNIFEX 2. GEAS OF THE BLACK AXE 3. REVENGE OF THE LICH 4. RETURN OF THE DWARF LORDS Other works to date - Black Death (unpublished) - an absurd comedy for the theatre Megan (Homunculus 1995) - a play in three acts Megan (completely revised; unpublished) - a play in three acts The Resurrection of Deacon Shader (Homunculus 2009) Foundations for a Better Physique (Homunculus 2009) The F.I.S.H. Training Log (Homunculus 2009) Nutritional Journal (Homunculus 2010) Thanatos Rising (Homunculus 2009) Chronicles of the Nameless Dwarf: 1. A Dwarf With No Name (Homunculus 2010) 2. The Axe of the Dwarf Lords (Homunculus 2012) 3. The Scout and the Serpent (Homunculus 2012) 4. The Ebon Staff (Homunculus 2013) 5. Bane of the Liche Lord (Homunculus 2013) The Nameless Dwarf Omnibus (Homunculus 2012) The Nameless Dwarf: The Complete Chronicles (Homunculus 2013) Shader book 1: Sword of the Archon (Homunculus 2011) Shader book 2: Best Laid Plans (Homunculus 2011) Shader book 3: The Unweaving (Homunculus 2014) Husk (Homunculus 2014)

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A Dwarf With No Name 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
DrPKautt More than 1 year ago
This is the second book I've read from Prior and I am again thoroughly impressed. Prior quickly captures the reader's interest with a teaser about who the nameless dwarf is and why he is so feared. Though Nameless' first appearance is more than 20 pages into the book, the reader is already anxious about him well before he arrives on the scene (in a way slightly reminiscent of the shark in 'Jaws'). Although the reasons behind Nameless' reputation is partially revealed in his regret-tinged ruminations later in the book, I would have liked a bit more development in this area--perhaps an encounter with someone who had narrowly escaped him previously? The story line is suspenseful and engaging but also fun and, at times, very funny. This is quite an impressive range for such a short book! Despite being little more than 80 pages long, the characterization is very well-developed--particularly the pathos of the Ant-Man. Without giving too much away, Prior is able to radically shift the reader's perception of this character in the space of only a few sentences. Very impressive. Likewise, his treatment of the unlikable and annoying Nils was brilliant. Early on, Prior seems to intentionally make the reader long for Nameless (or anyone) to take an axe to Nils! And of course, the lightning-fast mood swings of the manic-depressive Nameless are wonderfully executed. The level of character development in 'Ant-Man' is massively improved from that in Prior's earlier work 'Thanatos Rising'. That said, this book suffers from the same key problem as 'Thanatos': it is too short! This story could have easily been expanded into a 200-300 page novel. I would have loved to have been able to read more... Though, as an aside, I noticed that an important figure (Otto Blightey) from 'Thanatos' is briefly mentioned in the dwarf's recollections. There must be some connection between these two stories--although none is immediately obvious. It will be interesting to see if Prior reveals one in later books! BTW, Theo Prior is a talented young cartographer; the map provided was icing on the cake. :-)
Rikken More than 1 year ago
This is a well written fantasy tale that, while billed as a short story, is easily long enough to be considered a novella. I found it engaging. I was taken back to the days when my friends and I would reserve the local library's conference room and play AD&D every weekend. Unlike most game based stories Prior brought his characters to life and filled them with believable quirks and well... Character. My only issue with "The Ant-man" was that the forays into the other places and characters in Prior's world were a bit lengthy and distracting from the immediate tale. I wish I had read more about Otto Blighty and others before reading this. I will definitely be reading his other works now. All in all I feel this is a masterful peek into Prior's style and the world he has created. I recommend it to all fans of fantasy fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book!!! Nameless is an intriguing character. It is del edited. If you like fantasy give this one a try. WARNING!!! I am a little hooked so I am off right now to buy the next in the series. The only con I can find is that I really wish it was just a longer novel. I tend to burn out early on serials. I have to add a new note. I just purchased THE NAMELESS DWARF which contains all the books. Now I don't have to fear the burnout. So happy now!!!!!
MontzieW 2 days ago
A Dwarf With No Name (Chronicles of the Nameless Dwarf #1) or The Ant-Man of Malfen by D.P. Prior has the Nameless dwarf traveling to his fellow dwarves but along the way he encounters lots of trouble. This book he battles ant men. Doesn't sound scary? Wait til you read about them! Great action, battles, and plot. Great characters and dialogue. Getting to feel like I know these characters and traveling along with them but I will let them fight, lol.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago