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Sword of the Archon
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May 1, 2012
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May 31, 2012
Book of the Month Fantasy
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May 2012 fantasy selection!

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B Throwsnaill
Jan 24, 2012 B Throwsnaill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cadman's Gambit is an epic tale which follows the exploits of a hero (Deacon Shader) and a villain (Dr. Cadman). Both characters are significant point of view characters, and share the P.O.V. about equally. As I started reading, I struggled to grasp the terminology that was employed. The world(s) in which the story takes place are rich and lovingly detailed, but at times it felt like I was starting a series at Book Two rather than Book One. And I am simply not very good at tracking a lot of new ...more
D.P. Prior
Jul 26, 2011 D.P. Prior rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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Sword of the Archon has now been completely restructured and revised (04/13/2015). This 4th edition has much more action, fewer point of view characters, and fewer location changes. The plot is linear, and less dense.

In its original form, many readers found the first 80 or so pages too dense: there were a lot of point of view characters, lots of place names, and there are some difficulties getting a geographical bearing. Also, the introduction, with Shader as a child, which was meant to make thi
Apr 11, 2012 Melinda rated it it was amazing
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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 ...more
Rex Jameson
Oct 03, 2011 Rex Jameson rated it it was amazing
This is the best full-length self-published fantasy I've yet to read. Not because it's perfect, but because it's bold and very well executed (though I do have some issues to bring up later).

If you're looking for a light read, you may be in for a frustrating venture. Luckily, I am not particularly fond of light reading and enjoy a book that was purposefully constructed to make me ponder about deeper themes. I may not completely agree with the perspectives or the seeming lessons on the search for
Aug 24, 2011 Scott rated it really liked it
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Cadman's Gambit by D.P. Prior is the first book in the Shader series. Taking place about 1000 years in Earth's future only the general landscape of the planet remains unchanged. 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.

Deacon is the hero, a man of the church, who struggles with his own identity. One who believes in peace, but is himself capable of great violence to prot
Apr 17, 2012 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shader: Cadman's Gambit is a well written (what i would term 'Hard Fantasy') book, which takes the reader through the gamut of literary experience. It is a multi-path, multi-POV tale, starting what I think is a trilogy of books surrounding the main protagonist, Deacon Shader. 'Shader', as he is referred to in the novel, is a troubled monk come fighting man who struggles to justify his martial ways given his religious teachings.I find it hard to describe the plot, as it is somewhat convoluted, bu ...more
G. Walker
Jan 17, 2012 G. Walker marked it as to-read
Aug 06, 2011 Scott marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Kitty Honeycutt
Sep 27, 2011 Kitty Honeycutt marked it as to-read
Elias Gilbert
Sep 27, 2011 Elias Gilbert rated it it was amazing
May 18, 2015 Allyson marked it as to-read
D.P. Prior
Oct 20, 2011 D.P. Prior rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition