Sword of the Archon [NOOK Book]

Overview

Deacon Shader has dreamt of the Sword of the Archon since a child, and now, as a veteran warrior, he is finally within reach of winning the holy blade in a tournament at the heart of the Templum's empire.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, plague breaks out in the streets of Sarum, and a horde of undead rises from the sacred burial mounds of the Dreamers.

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Sword of the Archon

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Overview

Deacon Shader has dreamt of the Sword of the Archon since a child, and now, as a veteran warrior, he is finally within reach of winning the holy blade in a tournament at the heart of the Templum's empire.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, plague breaks out in the streets of Sarum, and a horde of undead rises from the sacred burial mounds of the Dreamers.

Prompted by a voice from the Abyss, the liche Dr. Cadman has discovered a piece of the mythical Statue of Eingana and corrupted its power, but worse than that, an ancient enemy has noticed and turns his eyes once more upon the Earth.

Those with understanding know all too well the threat that hangs over Creation and have taken great pains to ward against it.

Shader has been prepared for the coming conflict since the day he was born. A man of prayer, deeply troubled by a contradictory faith, he is also the deadliest warrior of his generation. If only he can win the Archon's sword and come to terms with his own inner demons, he may be the last desperate hope of all the worlds.
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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
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
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015970326
  • Publisher: Homunculus Books
  • Publication date: 11/17/2013
  • Series: Shader , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 366
  • Sales rank: 230,655
  • 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).
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2014

    Well written

    Engaging full developed character s, able to feel each and every triumph and sorrow along with each great read look forward to reading more

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2014

    Massive scope -- truly epic. Complex and engaging start to the s

    Massive scope -- truly epic. Complex and engaging start to the series. Looking forward to the next one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2014

    This book is fabulous storytelling. The best I have read in a v

    This book is fabulous storytelling. The best I have read in a very long time. The character development is first rate--from the troubled Shader to the devious Justin and the damaged Rhiannon. Prior has a positive knack for creating multidimensional characters. He actually gets you to feel sorry for characters who did hideous things (Gaston!). The plot line is intricate but fast paced. There is the odd 50 cent word here and there that caused me to reach for the dictionary but this was not enough to inhibit full enjoyment of the story. First rate fantasy!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2014

    First chapter is okay, after that it goes downhill fast.

    First chapter is okay, after that it goes downhill fast.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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