D.P. Prior

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D.P. Prior was born in Eastbourne in the south of England, spent a few years in Australia, and now lives in Florida, USA. A former actor, musician, psychiatric nurse, personal trainer, and fiction editor, he now writes full-time.

Prior is a student of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, Boxing, and Weight Lifting. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Drama, and has studied medieval history (focusing on the Crusades, the Knights Templar, and the Cistercians in England & Wales). He also studied for a masters degree in Theological Studies in Western Australia.

Influences include: David Gemmell, Stephen R. Donaldson, Michael Moorcock, R.E. Howard, Lin Carter, L. Sprague du Camp, Mary Doria Russell, G.K. Chesterton, Joe Abercrombie, and Bernard Cornwel
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D.P. Prior Hello Robert. Thanks for the question. I'm currently snowed under with publishing commitments and have ended up having to work on a new three-book…moreHello Robert. Thanks for the question. I'm currently snowed under with publishing commitments and have ended up having to work on a new three-book series. As a result, Plague Demon Chronicles, Shader, and The Nameless Dwarf have been delayed. Once I'm free to look at them again, I'll also have to make a decision about which series to prioritize. The story of Husk 2 is already sketched out in detail. It's just a matter of when I can write it.

The good news is that I'm close to finishing a novella (Dead or Alive). It's about Shadrak the assassin, but Jeb features quite extensively. (less)
D.P. Prior Hello D. The best order to read is:

Carnifex: A Portent of Blood
Geas of the Black Axe
Revenge of the Lich
Return of the Dwarf Lords

Ward of the…more
Hello D. The best order to read is:

Carnifex: A Portent of Blood
Geas of the Black Axe
Revenge of the Lich
Return of the Dwarf Lords

Ward of the Philosopher
The Seventh Horse
Sword of the Archon
Best Laid Plans
The Unweaving

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The audiobook of Sorcerers’ Isle, published by Audible Studios and narrated by Steven Pacey (The Blade Itself, Before They Are Hanged, Last Argument of Kings) is now available.

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D.P. Prior is on page 20 of 412 of Heretic: Well, I bought the three books together, so it would be a waste not to read it! Not enjoying this series so far.
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Too many points of view and much telling from outside any point of view. Reads like a narrative history with the main character's scenes almost thrown in as a subplot.

Also, some continuity errors.
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Head hops all over the place, and despite Cornwell handling this quite well, it still presented a problem as far as identification with the characters is concerned. There are also too many point of view characters, which adds to the lack of identific ...more
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“The idea had always struck Shader as bizarre: entrusting the governance of a country to the whims of an uneducated mob. No sense in it. No continuity. Not to mention that a canny would-be tyrant could easily hoodwink the masses into electing him. It was one small step from freedom to dictatorship.”
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“Mom reeled away from the chair as if she’d been slapped. Deacon was up in a flash, letting the sword clank to the tiles as he clung to her skirt. Aristodeus raised his palms, and for a moment he looked genuinely sorry. “They will accept him, Gralia, but not until he’s turned thirteen, and not unless he’s proficient with a blade and fluent in Aeternam.” Mom’s breaths came in great heaves. She shut her eyes for a few seconds, her lips working silently over a prayer. She planted a kiss on Deacon’s head and sighed. “Six years, then.” Aristodeus nodded. “Six more years. He’ll be well on his way to manhood by then, Gralia, and I’m sure the last thing you and Jarl will want is a teenager on your hands.” Mom blinked back tears, and she shuddered as she drew in another breath. Deacon knew what she was doing: offering it all up to Nous in reparation for her sins and those of the whole world. Aristodeus stooped to pick up the sword and hand it back to Deacon.”
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“These things are mysteries—not because they can’t be explained, but because they only come to us a bit at a time.”
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“Mom reeled away from the chair as if she’d been slapped. Deacon was up in a flash, letting the sword clank to the tiles as he clung to her skirt. Aristodeus raised his palms, and for a moment he looked genuinely sorry. “They will accept him, Gralia, but not until he’s turned thirteen, and not unless he’s proficient with a blade and fluent in Aeternam.” Mom’s breaths came in great heaves. She shut her eyes for a few seconds, her lips working silently over a prayer. She planted a kiss on Deacon’s head and sighed. “Six years, then.” Aristodeus nodded. “Six more years. He’ll be well on his way to manhood by then, Gralia, and I’m sure the last thing you and Jarl will want is a teenager on your hands.” Mom blinked back tears, and she shuddered as she drew in another breath. Deacon knew what she was doing: offering it all up to Nous in reparation for her sins and those of the whole world. Aristodeus stooped to pick up the sword and hand it back to Deacon.”
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