"My Year's Best list just had a new book jump to the top. D.P. Prior's book is that good. He has a lot to say, and one hell of a story to tell." -- Journal of Always Reviews
"... a dynamic work of genre bending scifi, fantasy and horror that immediately brings to mind Stephen King's seminal work: The Gunslinger, with its post-apocalyptic world, mysterious ruins of an advanced civilization, its mystical elements, and a main character in Shader who is just as gruff, haunted, and jaded as Roland Deschain." -- Bookwraiths Reviews
"Several of the characters and the overall style of writing remind me of Joe Abercrombie's The First Law trilogy. If you liked Abercrombie's trilogy I think you'll like this." -- Ray Nicholson (Amazon Top 1000 reviewer)
"This book was just plain fabulous, well crafted characters presented in a well crafted story, that blends genres flawlessly. A tale written for adults who appreciate good writing." -- Timothy Cummings (Goodreads reviewer)
"... an example of the type of deep, complex, but fast-paced fantasy that I crave." -- B. Throwsnaill
"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." -- Indie Book Blog
"Shader is the perfect blend of religious justice and secular wisdom. A wonderful new character in epic fantasy. A must read." -- Urban Fanta-Seer
"Shader's tale of redemption and Cadman's ambitious villainy becomes incredibly engaging as plots unfold. Combine this with Prior's exceptional writing skills, editing, characters and world building and you have a series unlike anything in the genre today." -- Media Man (Vine Voice)
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.
About the Author
D.P. Prior is represented by Laurie McLean, Fuse Literary (http://www.fuseliterary.com) You can find all the books along with artwork, audiobook samples, and posts at: http://www.dpprior.com His main writing influences are Edgar Rice-Burroughs, David Gemmell, Stephen Donaldson, Mary Doria Russell, Robert E. Howard, and Michael Moorcock. His work is also infused with his passion for mystical theology, philosophy and a childhood love of Dungeons and Dragons. Please check out his latest series, LEGENDS OF THE NAMELESS DWARF: 1. CARNIFEX 2. GEAS OF THE BLACK AXE 3. REVENGE OF THE LICH 4. RETURN OF THE DWARF LORDS Other works to date - Black Death (unpublished) - an absurd comedy for the theatre Megan (Homunculus 1995) - a play in three acts Megan (completely revised; unpublished) - a play in three acts The Resurrection of Deacon Shader (Homunculus 2009) Foundations for a Better Physique (Homunculus 2009) The F.I.S.H. Training Log (Homunculus 2009) Nutritional Journal (Homunculus 2010) Thanatos Rising (Homunculus 2009) Chronicles of the Nameless Dwarf: 1. A Dwarf With No Name (Homunculus 2010) 2. The Axe of the Dwarf Lords (Homunculus 2012) 3. The Scout and the Serpent (Homunculus 2012) 4. The Ebon Staff (Homunculus 2013) 5. Bane of the Liche Lord (Homunculus 2013) The Nameless Dwarf Omnibus (Homunculus 2012) The Nameless Dwarf: The Complete Chronicles (Homunculus 2013) Shader book 1: Sword of the Archon (Homunculus 2011) Shader book 2: Best Laid Plans (Homunculus 2011) Shader book 3: The Unweaving (Homunculus 2014) Husk (Homunculus 2014)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Engaging full developed character s, able to feel each and every triumph and sorrow along with each great read look forward to reading more
Wow! Very good read! I was totally impressed. I noted one bad review that was nonsensical and can only think that someone jealous of this authors ability left that review. Id suggest discounting it because this was a many layered tale involving main and sub main characters. A very detailed and intense story with innovative ideas reveal an author with amazing writing ability. In for a page, in for the series! Kudos. Dale M. Baranoski
Massive scope -- truly epic. Complex and engaging start to the series. Looking forward to the next one.
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!!
First chapter is okay, after that it goes downhill fast.