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The Nameless Dwarf (The Complete Chronicles)
     

The Nameless Dwarf (The Complete Chronicles)

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by D.P. Prior
 
The dwarves have gone!

Thousands have been slaughtered in the blood-drenched streets of their ravine city by one of their own wielding a demonic axe.

The survivors have fled beyond the mountains, heading into a realm haunted by the nightmares of a twisted god.

When Nils Fargin, son of an underworld boss, is hired to find them, he travels

Overview

The dwarves have gone!

Thousands have been slaughtered in the blood-drenched streets of their ravine city by one of their own wielding a demonic axe.

The survivors have fled beyond the mountains, heading into a realm haunted by the nightmares of a twisted god.

When Nils Fargin, son of an underworld boss, is hired to find them, he travels with his client to seek the advice of a lowlife mage. With what he learns, he should have asked for more money.

The trail leads them to the domain of the terrifying Ant-Man, who is rumored to eat the flesh of anyone refusing to pay his toll.

And as if that wasn't enough, it turns out Nils's client is none other than the Nameless Dwarf, better known to his kind as the Ravine Butcher.



The Nameless Dwarf is an epic tale of remorse and redemption that pits a whiskerless thief, a guilt-driven assassin, a consumptive wizard, and an amnesiac dwarf against the worst imaginings of a craven mind.

But the companions bring troubles of their own, not least of which is an ancient grimoire that leads them inexorably towards a forest of tar and an evil that threatens the existence of an entire race.

The last hope of the dwarves comes from the unlikeliest of sources: a mythical city beneath the waves, an axe from the age of heroes, and the Nameless Dwarf, in whose veins flows the blood of legends.


The Nameless Dwarf: The Complete Chronicles contains all five of the original Nameless Dwarf novellas, fully revised and including all the original covers and a stunning map of Aethir. This book has been revised and re-released as Revenge of the Lich (book 3 of Legends of the Nameless Dwarf).

This is the original story, which was later expanded into Legends of the Nameless Dwarf: The Complete Saga (available individually or as a box set from Barnes & Noble):

1. Carnifex: A Portent of Blood
2. Geas of the Black Axe
3. Revenge of the Lich (formerly The Nameless Dwarf: The Complete Chronicles)
4. Return of the Dwarf Lords


Background:


It was against the laws of the dwarves to act in the world beyond their city, to study the old texts, or to enter the underworld--and with good reason. The deceptions of the Demiurgos, Father of the Abyss, are everywhere, and once before they brought betrayal and death on a scale that must never be repeated.

When they are accosted by one of their own with a demonic axe found on the brink of the Abyss, drastic measures are needed. The link between axe and wielder is broken by a helm of scarolite, and the lawbreaker is held in stasis in the bowels of the Ravine City, Arx Gravis. To complete his shame, his name is taken from him, permanently removed from history.

When this Nameless Dwarf is awakened by the voice of the knight, Deacon Shader, he becomes embroiled in the battles against the unweaving of all creation by the technocrat, Sektis Gandaw. He later partakes in a quest to find three artifacts with which to shatter the lingering power of the black axe and free himself from the scarolite helm. Too late, it is revealed as a trap laid by the Demiurgos and his spawn, the homunculi, and the Nameless Dwarf returns to Arx Gravis as a brutal dictator, slaughtering his kin by the thousands.

Finally, his tyrannical rule is brought to an end by his closest friend, the assassin Shadrak the Unseen. With the axe destroyed and the scarolite helm broken, the Nameless Dwarf realizes the magnitude of his atrocities. A mere few hundred dwarves have survived his reign of terror, and they have fled Arx Gravis in fear of what he might do next.

Hearing rumors that they have headed into the nightmare land of Qlippoth, where they will surely face extinction, the Nameless Dwarf hires the son of a New Jerusalem guild boss to help him find them.

What reviewers are saying:

"... so excellent, so Fafhrd and the Mouser type good - you remember those stories by Fritz Lieber, that you have to read at least three of these Nameless Dwarf stories to appreciate how absolutely fantastic they are." - Pinky Mo

"... it just doesn't get any better that this." - Ray Nicholson

"D.P. has established a fan for life in me" - Scott Poe

Editorial Reviews

Amazon - M. R. Mathias
(Taken from my reviews of some of the books in this great volume)

From my review of "The Ant-Man of Malfen:"
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 quir
M. R. Mathias
(Taken from my reviews of some of the books in this great volume)

From my review of "The Ant-Man of Malfen:"
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 quir
Ray Nicholson
Spoilers

This series follow four adventurers thrown together under some unusual circumstances... that being our main heroes, Nameless (the dwarf), Nils a thief, Ilesa a shape-shifter assassin and Silas, a down on his luck, third-rate wizard.
Early on we learn that Nameless has, under the malevolent influence of the Black Axe, slaughtered many of his own people... resulting in his banishment and having his name stripped from him (thus Nameless). Guilt and a desire to atone for his gr
Amazon - Ray Nicholson
Spoilers

This series follow four adventurers thrown together under some unusual circumstances... that being our main heroes, Nameless (the dwarf), Nils a thief, Ilesa a shape-shifter assassin and Silas, a down on his luck, third-rate wizard.
Early on we learn that Nameless has, under the malevolent influence of the Black Axe, slaughtered many of his own people... resulting in his banishment and having his name stripped from him (thus Nameless). Guilt and a desire to atone for his gr

Product Details

BN ID:
2940016023083
Publisher:
Homunculus Books
Publication date:
01/17/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
479
Sales rank:
425,981
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

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

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.

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Email D.P. Prior with comments, feedback, questions, and donations of wine: derekprior[at]yahoo.co.uk


D.P. Prior's The Nameless Dwarf is a spin-off of the Shader series. The best order in which to read the books is:

Shader book 1: Sword of the Archon
Shader book 2: Best Laid Plans
Shader book 3: The Unweaving

Nameless Dwarf book 1: A Dwarf With No Name
Nameless Dwarf book 2: Axe of the Dwarf Lords
Nameless Dwarf book 3: The Scout and the Serpent
Nameless Dwarf book 4: The Ebon Staff
Nameless Dwarf book 5: Bane of the Liche Lord

Also available:

Husk (a standalone novel set in the same world as Shader and The Nameless Dwarf)

TBR:

Shader book 4: The Archon's Assassin (2014/2015)
Shader book 5: Rise of the Nameless Dwarf
Shader book 6: Saphra

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The Nameless Dwarf 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Derek's writing style is very flowing and readable. Plenty of detail but not so much it bogs you down. If you want an relaxed read that will keep you thoroughly entertained, this series is for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story, it was exciting; and totally captivating, a little hard to follow; but! I got it and i loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series has become one of my new favorites. I didn't want it to end
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story moves quickly but not at the expense of the story line or characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lots of action! If you like fantasy and adventure this is a must read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thanks for the awesome series and a great interpretation of dwarven nature
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excellent read
Croter More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. I felt it started a little slow but after I got to know the characters, I really started to enjoy it. Life lessons abound, forgiveness, self esteem and determination to better oneself among them. I'll read more by this author.
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Very good the characters were excellent. I liked the story and will look for more by this author. Good work
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I bought it for something to read and finished it in five hours, despite errands & appts. The whole set is 400 pages or so and they fly by. Nameless continues his journey from a previous series and he is an extremely damaged individual which most great heroes are. What I loved most is that none of the characters are simple, not even the evilest (though he's a very bad guy). The heroes arem't really heroes until the end, and watching their growth is amazing. I totally recommend this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great action, lots of pathos and a good dose of subtle humor
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story moves along quickly with lively characters. It's easy to read without being cloying and a good week-end read
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AJae More than 1 year ago
Too much doom and gloom for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not to bad took me weeks to read
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Cool