A Dwarf With No Name

A Dwarf With No Name

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by D.P. Prior
     
 

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This original Nameless Dwarf novella is here offered as a sample of the new series: LEGENDS OF THE NAMELESS DWARF.

A Dwarf With No Name was originally published as The Ant-Man of Malfen. A revised version of this story features in Revenge of the Lich (Legends of the Nameless Dwarf book 3)

Cursed by a demonic axe and fueled with an unquenchable

Overview

This original Nameless Dwarf novella is here offered as a sample of the new series: LEGENDS OF THE NAMELESS DWARF.

A Dwarf With No Name was originally published as The Ant-Man of Malfen. A revised version of this story features in Revenge of the Lich (Legends of the Nameless Dwarf book 3)

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.


For more about the series LEGENDS OF THE NAMELESS DWARF, please visit www.dpprior.com

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940149796571
Publisher:
Homunculus Books
Publication date:
07/17/2014
Series:
Nameless Dwarf , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
131
File size:
544 KB

Meet the Author

D.P. Prior is the bestselling fantasy author of the Nameless Dwarf and Shader series.

He is represented by Laurie McLean, Fuse Literary (www.fuseliterary.com)

Raised on a diet of old school Sword and Sorcery, and later influenced by the Heroic Fantasy of David Gemmell, the literary epics of Stephen R. Donaldson, and the "grimdark" offerings of Joe Abercrombie, Prior combines the imaginative daring of the old with the realism, tight point of view, and gallows humor of the new.

As well as being a prolific author, D.P.Prior is also an experienced fiction editor with an impressive portfolio of clients.

He has also worked as a personal trainer, and is a competing member of the US All-Round Weightlifting Association.

Website: www.dpprior.com
Twitter: @NamelessDwarf


Email D.P. Prior with comments and feedback at namelessdwarf[at]dpprior.com

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A Dwarf With No Name 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 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!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago