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Sword of the Archon

Sword of the Archon

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by D.P. Prior
     
 

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Deacon Shader is a man of contradictions. Trained for holiness, he is also the deadliest warrior of his generation.

When plague strikes at the heart of the city of Sarum and the Abbey of Pardes is attacked by an army of undead, Shader is thrust into the forefront of an ages-old conflict.

After being hidden for millennia, the scattered pieces of the

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Deacon Shader is a man of contradictions. Trained for holiness, he is also the deadliest warrior of his generation.

When plague strikes at the heart of the city of Sarum and the Abbey of Pardes is attacked by an army of undead, Shader is thrust into the forefront of an ages-old conflict.

After being hidden for millennia, the scattered pieces of the artifact that doomed the old world have resurfaced, and an ancient enemy comes to claim them.

Armies clash, dark magic is unleashed, and devastating science threatens to unmake the whole of creation.

These are the times of the Unweaving that Shader has been prepared for since a child; and these are the days that will test his faith to the limits.

Editorial Reviews

http://journalofalways.blogspot.com/2011/09/review-cadmans-gambit-shader-book-i-by.html - 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 be
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.
http://readersfavorite.com/review/4676 - Molly E
This author has some major talent. I've never read anything by him before, and I am quite surprised at how well I enjoyed this story. Prior has a unique style about him that really can draw the reader in. While fantasy novels are not my first choice of reading genre, there are ones like this that can really draw me in. This particular novel has all the great aspects of a fantastic fantasy: action, evil, good, laughter and futuristic elements.

First, I want to say that the cover itself i
Amazon - Pinky Mo
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940015970326
Publisher:
Homunculus Books
Publication date:
11/17/2013
Series:
Shader , #1
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
366
Sales rank:
629,263
File size:
1 MB

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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).

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