Author bio

D.P. Prior

D.P. Prior - book author

Internationally bestselling and award winning author D.P. Prior excels in fast-paced, high stakes epic fantasy adventure stories in which good ultimately triumphs, but always at a cost.

Taking familiar fantasy tropes as a point of departure, Prior expands upon them to explore friendship, betrayal, loyalty and heroism in worlds where evil is an ever-present reality, magic is both a curse and a blessing, and characters are tempered in battle.

Winner of best fantasy novel 2012 (The Nameless Dwarf: The Complete Chronicles)

Fantasy Faction semifinalist for the SPFBO 2018 (Ravine of Blood and Shadow)


Website: www.dpprior.com

Twitter: @NamelessDwarf

Facebook: www.facebook.com/dpprior

Agent: Laurie McLean (www.fuseliterary.com)

D.P. Prior is the author of books: Ravine of Blood and Shadow, The Nameless Dwarf (Chronicles of the Nameless Dwarf, #1-5), Mountain of Madness, Against the Unweaving, Curse of the Black Axe, Sword of the Archon (Shader, #1), The Ant-Man of Malfen: The Chronicles of the Nameless Dwarf, Geas of the Black Axe (Legends of the Nameless Dwarf, #2), The Axe of the Dwarf Lords (Chronicles of the Nameless Dwarf, #2), Sorcerers' Isle (The Shadow Cycle, #1)


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From internationally bestselling author D.P. Prior...

"A beautifully written and engrossing masterwork!" -- Mitchell Hogan

Fantasy Faction semifinalist for the SPFBO 2018

A babe is born in the shadows of the ravine city, a child who will end the self-imposed exile of the dwarves and usher in a new age of glory.

Years later, Ravine Guard Carnac Thayn discovers a break-in at the Scriptorium. A dwarf has been murdered and a book stolen, but the ruling council do nothing.

Then, when Carn is called to investigate thuds and crashes from the mines, old horror rises from the deep, and the city is threatened with slaughter.

Rumors begin to circulate about a mythical axe said to be lost below the earth, an axe wielded by the dwarf lords of old that might just be the last hope of a race marked to die.

But deception is rife, and unseen forces manipulate all paths to the future.It is a pivotal moment for the dwarves, and Carn must make a choice that will either save or damn his people.

Blood will flow in rivers through the ravine.

Friends will become foes.

A name will be forgotten.

And a hero will rise.
03
Awakened from an induced year-long slumber, the Nameless Dwarf is tortured with memories of slaughter and must come to terms with who he has become: an outcast, a butcher, the most reviled of dwarven-kind.

As forces of unimaginable destruction coalesce around the mountain fortress of a mad sorcerer, the philosopher Aristodeus puts together a team for a last desperate attempt to avert the coming cataclysm:

A knight besieged by doubts, who has been prepared since a child for the current crisis, yet is crumbling under the pressure of the task before him;

An albino assassin who denies the truth of what he really is;

A woman with a black sword as disturbing as the axe responsible for the massacre at Arx Gravis;

And a dwarf with no name, who will either carve out the path of his own redemption or condemn the world to a night that will never end.
04
Plague strikes the city of Sarum, and the dead rise from their graves.
The liche, Dr. Cadman, has discovered a long-hidden artifact and perverted its power for his own selfish ends.
But an ancient evil from beyond the stars is drawn by its use and turns hungry eyes upon the Earth.
These are the times of Unweaving, the times Deacon Shader has been prepared for 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.
As events spiral out of control, and Creation itself hangs by a thread, the paradox at the heart of Shader’s life may just be the last desperate hope of all the worlds.

Contains:

Book 1: Sword of the Archon
Book 2: Best Laid Plans
Book 3: The Unweaving
05
The only thing keeping the Nameless Dwarf from once more becoming the Ravine Butcher is a helm made from the sorcerous ore, ocras, which he can never remove. Without the helm, he would succumb to the power of the black axe that caused the slaughter at Arx Gravis.

After a year of fighting in other people’s wars, Nameless receives a visit from one of the underworld tricksters—a faen—who tells him the day he has long waited for has arrived:

The philosopher Aristodeus has come up with a plan to destroy the black axe and free Nameless from the ocras helm.

With the aid of new companions and an old friend, the assassin Shadrak the Unseen, Nameless must retrieve three artifacts that, combined, will bring an end to his suffering:

The gauntlets of the fire giant, Sartis, whose lair lies in the roots of a volcano;

The invulnerable armor of the Lich Lord of Verusia—an undead tyrant with a penchant for impaling and the drinking of souls;

And the Shield of Warding, beneath which cowers a paranoid god on the fringe of the Abyss.

But things are never that simple. Each of the companions has their own reasons for joining the quests, even Shadrak, who has been bound by an irrevocable contract—

To kill the Nameless Dwarf.
06
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.
07
This novella is a SAMPLE story from the new 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

A Dwarf with No Name was originally published as The Ant-Man of Malfen, and it features in Revenge of the Lich (Legends of the Nameless Dwarf book 3)

All 5 original novellas remain available, as well as being included in a revised form in Revenge of the Lich.

Cursed by a demonic axe and fueled with an unquenchable bloodlust, the Nameless Dwarf slaughters his own people in their thousands.

The survivors flee to the nightmare realms beyond the mountains, where no one has ever set foot and lived to tell the tale.

Freed from the axe, and horrified by what he has done, the Nameless Dwarf pursues them across the known world. Convinced there can be no atonement, he is prepared to sacrifice everything to save the last of his race from extinction.

The trail leads to the brigand town of Malfen, on the fringes of civilization. But no one passes though without paying a toll to an underground boss known as the Ant-Man. It is a toll that has already cost many their lives.

Publisher's Note: A Dwarf With No Name was previously published as The Ant-Man of Malfen

"I can say with no hyperbole that D.P. Prior is one of the most promising fantasy writers emerging on the scene today. Featuring a style that's intelligent yet accessible, imaginative yet concrete, the books in his Chronicles of the Nameless Dwarf series are a must for anyone hoping to get a sense of what's next in the fantasy genre. All of the books are highly rated and backed by respected reviewers, meaning this should more than tide you over until the next season of Game of Thrones starts." (The Kindle Fire Department)

Legends of the Nameless Dwarf is an epic fantasy series with strong elements of sword and sorcery, grimdark, and heroic fantasy. It will appeal to readers of David Gemmell, Stephen R. Donaldson, Joe Abercrombie, George R.R. Martin, Michael Moorcock, and R.E. Howard.
09
One foot into the lands beyond the Farfall Mountains and the nightmare begins.

Nils wishes he’d never taken the job to escort a dwarf with no name on a madcap quest for redemption. Ilesa reckons she should have asked for a bigger bounty, and Silas is beginning to think the grimoire he stole from the Academy has a sinister will of its own.

Nameless, on the other hand, is having the time of his life. After all, what more could a dwarf want than a horde of undead to splatter with his axe, a shape-shifting woman who does dwarf especially well, and a wizard who can produce ale out of thin air?

But his ever fragile mood takes a turn for the worse when he discovers a terrible secret at the bottom of the sea—an unstoppable horror that destroyed an entire race, and a mythical axe that brings back the darkest of memories from his recent past.
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"EVEN THE BROKEN WILL FIGHT"

From the #1 bestselling author of Legends of the Nameless Dwarf (fantasy book of the year 2012)

***Awarded Five Stars from Readers' Favorite***


Centuries ago, the Isle of Branikdür was mysteriously abandoned by the ruling Hélum Empire. Ever since, rival clans have battled for supremacy at the bidding of their sacred sorcerers.

During the once-a-year armistice for the Festival of Proving, the gifted warrior Snaith Harrow aims to leave his mark in the fight circles before marrying his childhood sweetheart. But following a freak accident, he discovers a terrible secret about the girl he loves:

Tey Moonshine is a daughter of suffering, and she has fallen prey to the things that stalk the netherworld. Under the influence of a demon that hides within her marrow, she gouges a magical codex into her flesh, believing it will make her the greatest sorcerer the isle has ever known.


Maimed from his accident and no longer able to fight, Snaith is apprenticed to the clan sorcerer, Theurig, and Tey is sent away from the village.

As Snaith is thrust headlong into a sorcerer’s world of misdirection and control, Tey must master the darkness that possesses her, if she is to stand together with him against the coming storm.

For the ripples of forbidden magic have roused the sleeping might of the Hélum Empire.

War is coming.

A war the clans can never win.

And the fate of Branikdür lies in the hands of a warrior turned wizard and a deranged girl who grows more deadly by the day.

Sorcerers’ Isle is a shocking tale of dark fantasy from international bestselling author D.P. Prior.