Cadman's Gambit [NOOK Book]


Cadman's Gambit is an epic fantasy set in post-apocolyptic Sahul (Australia). It begins the 6 book Shader series with a staggering story arc spanning two worlds and the infernal realm of the Abyss.

Richly imagined, fully fleshed-out characters, each with their own inner conflicts, step off the page in this tale of unrequited love, religious turmoil, personal demons, and the desperate stand against the ...
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Cadman's Gambit is an epic fantasy set in post-apocolyptic Sahul (Australia). It begins the 6 book Shader series with a staggering story arc spanning two worlds and the infernal realm of the Abyss.

Richly imagined, fully fleshed-out characters, each with their own inner conflicts, step off the page in this tale of unrequited love, religious turmoil, personal demons, and the desperate stand against the unweaving of all Creation by one of the most sinister minds ever to exist.
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Editorial Reviews

Journal of Always - Robert J. Duperre
Oh, how much I love the melding of genres. To mix and match different aspects of specific literary tropes and use them to tell a truly original and captivating tale can be a wonderful thing to experience, when executed correctly. It then becomes nothing but a story, allowing the reader to concentrate on the strength of the tale being told rather than if they followed all the requisite "rules" ascribed to said genre - ala, in the case of fantasy, the use of magic, mystical beasts, and world-build
Amazon - Sentient Sword
The series starts off with an interesting take on a future world destroyed by "the reckoning" where Deacon Shader abandons the order he helped to create. meanwhile various forces are set on recovering pieces of an ancient statue (one part held by the Deacon). The characters are full of life and real. The plot is solid without veering off on strange twists and tangents. As straight forward a story as you can ask for, but it delivers on action, intrigue, and suspense. In my opinion, Shadrak the Un
Amazon - Media Man
"Cadman's Gambit" is the first book in Derek Prior's "Shader" science-fantasy series. Taking place in an alternative and future Earth, the story primarily revolves around Deacon Shader, a holy knight of the church (think Solomon Kane) who struggles with trying to lead a good life but often questions his actions, both past and present. When an ancient evil begins to reemerge, Shader (a seasoned warrior) once again finds himself drawn into the fold of events that will change the course of history.
Goodreads - Melinda LeBarron
Finally!!! Authors are writing books for people who are literate and have brains and vocabularies. This book is so entirely fabulous that I couldn't add it to my favorites list fast enough. I don't see what all the whinging was about in the other reviews. The vocabulary isn't overly extensive and you don't need a character list to keep track of everyone. From the reviews I expected a cast of thousands and dense, rare vocabulary, not to mention confusion for at least the first 50 pages if not the
Amazon - Ray Nicholson
'Cadman's Gambit' is a Kindle fantasy adventure by D. P. Prior. This e-book is 695 Kb download and is priced at $2.99.


Sektis Gandaw, a tyrannical galactic despot, situated far away in the deep voids of space, notices a sudden and unexpected surge of energy that draws his undivided attention towards our world (now named The Nousian Theocracy)...and more specifically to the continent of Sahul (Australia) This eruption makes him realize that a coveted missing artifact ha
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016023151
  • Publisher: Homunculus
  • Publication date: 1/16/2013
  • Series: Shader, #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 366
  • Sales rank: 308,786
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

I was born in the South East of England in the late sixties, just in time to get a good sniff at the Summer of Love.

I spent most of my childhood immersed in fantasy and SF novels as well as Marvel comics. I also had an unhealthy obsession with D&D and was, for a long time, a member of the rather dodgy wargaming society at the Archery recreation ground.

After studying theatre at Lewes I did a season as Father Christmas, worked as a lighting and sound technician, and then trained for three years to be a Mental Health Nurse. I started in one of the Victorian asylums but ended up at the University of Sussex.

Once qualifying, I was immediately off to Aberystwyth to study for a BA in Drama. I also studied Classics and Medieval History and ended up specializing in Acting and Intercultural Theatre.

I gained twenty years of varied experience in mental health, working in acute services, crisis resolution, management of violence and aggression, and eating disorders. This was interspersed with a five month postulancy with the Carmelite Order in Melbourne and further studies at the University of Notre Dame in Western Australia.

On my second sojourn in Australia, following the birth of my son, Theo, I began work on my first completed novel, The Resurrection of Deacon Shader. This went through many iterations and ended up forming the raw material for Cadman’s Gambit, book one of the Shader series. It was at this time that I took to wearing a poncho and Panama hat whilst chopping firewood. It seemed to help with the writing at the time, but now I have my doubts.

I founded and moderated the Mysticism Unbound discussion group to help explore some of the themes for my postgraduate research into Antonin Artaud and the Theatre of Cruelty. Although the group eventually closed it has subsequently been resurrected twice and is currently flourishing on Facebook.

Following my return from Australia I trained to become a personal trainer and set up my own gym (Fitness Instruction for Strength and Health). I specialized in resistance training and worked exclusively with private clients until I sold the gym.

I began to edit professionally in 2009 during a trip to Chicago and this developed into a flourishing business (Homunculus Editing Services).

Since 2011 I have been a full-time author and editor.

I am married to Paula and have two children, Theo and Cordelia.

My chief influen
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  • Posted October 11, 2011

    Epic worldbuilding with amazingly deep characters.

    Cadman's Gambit by D.P. Prior is the first book in the Shader series. Taking place about 1000 years in Earth's future only the general landscape of the planet remains unchanged. The story is woven in a complex arc that unwraps itself layer by layer to grant you a fuller understanding of who the characters are and what has happened to the world.

    Deacon is the hero, a man of the church, who struggles with his own identity. One who believes in peace, but is himself capable of great violence to protect his beliefs.

    Cadman is a predator who is afraid of being revealed for what he truly is. Hiding behind an illusory mask loathing the idea of what he has become, but unable to let go of his existence.

    Sektis Gandaw an otherwordly figure ruled by logic and technology. He wants to be able to return to the world and take what he sees as his rightful place at the top of it. Unable to take direct physical action he uses his tools to have his agents seek out something that can change everything.

    There are many more characters that we are treated to a surprising amount of insight about. This book doesn't just have a few well formed characters and a cast of cardboard cutouts to fill the space and advance the plot. Each person has their own motivations for their actions and the majority of them are easy to understand.

    This book requires a fair amount of attention to detail to understand all of the different philosophies and political ideologies that the different regions follow. Understanding them is important to really being able to submerge yourself in the complex state of the world. This book is highly recommended for people who enjoy complete characters, complex worlds, and intriguing plot lines. In other words if you like fantasy give the book a shot.

    Review copy provided by the author.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 16, 2011

    A thrilling, engaging ride--highly recommended!

    Cadman's Gambit is a gripping fantasy novel set about 1000 years in Earth's future where technology has been suppressed but magic and trans-dimensional science wield strong influence. Privileged to be a beta reader for this book, I found Cadman's Gambit a pure pleasure from start to finish. From the outset, Prior captures the reader's imagination with the rich presentation and description of other-worldly Sektis Gandaw and his quest for the hidden pieces of the Ain Gana artifact before expertly switching gears to reveal the swordsman hero, Deacon Shader, doing what he does best--sword fighting. Prior masterfully leads you into this mysterious new world, steeped in intrigue and danger, quickly immersing you the story. Once you start you lose yourself completely in the illusion--a sign of real brilliance and talent!

    Having read a couple of Prior's previous novellas (Thanatos, Antman), I was already a fan. As always, his writing communicates an immediacy and intensity that instantly draws you in and keeps you on the edge of your seat with action and tension up through to the climactic (and shocking) conclusion. Moreover, unlike Thanatos and Antman, Cadman's Gambit is literally brimming with character development--from the gritty, embittered Shadrac to the deliciously devilish Cadman. Each new personality (even the supporting ones) is not only completely believable (who doesn't know someone like the conniving and egocentric Justin or the salacious, self-serving Lalia?) but also wonderfully flawed (from Cadman's hilarious obsessions to Shader's dark demons) just like real people. This makes it very easy to relate to the characters, even when they do horrific and incomprehensible things (like Gaston does early on) that would usually turn you completely against them. It takes real skill to accomplish this but Prior does it almost effortlessly.

    The cliff-hanger ending does leave you wanting more but the sequel, Best Laid Plans, is already out. So there's no need to wait!

    Great work Prior! Bravo!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2011

    "Shader is an absolute triumph of fantasy." (Journal of Always)

    "If you liked Abercrombie's trilogy I think you'll like this." - R. Nicholson

    "This is the best full-length self-published fantasy I've yet to read." - Rex Jameson

    "This author has mad talent and will grip each new reader and take them on a journey into the unknown Abyss, leaving you hungry for more. I can't wait to read the next one." - Readers Favorite

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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