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Derek Prior

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Internationally bestselling and award winning author Derek 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

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Derek 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 ser…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)
Derek 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 Philosophe…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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Last of the Exalted

My new novel, Last of the Exalted, is available for pre-order. If you're quick, you can get the pre-order for $2.99, but only until midnight tonight (Tuesday 12th May, 2020). RRP is $7.99

Last of the Exalted has been a long time coming. The first draft was completed two years ago. It has since been through multiple edits, test reads, and revisions. Finally, with the restoration of complete creative Read more of this blog post »
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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.”
D.P. Prior, Sword of the Archon

“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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“Warriors fear surrender. They are proud and defiant. They will fight to the death for what they believe in. They will struggle to conquer. Love is not about conquest. The truth is a man can only find true love when he surrenders to it. When he opens his heart to the partner of his soul and says: 'here it is! the very essence of me! It is yours to nurture or destroy.”
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“I can see how it might be possible for a man to look down upon the earth and be an atheist, but I cannot conceive how a man could look up into the heavens and say there is no God.”
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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.”
D.P. Prior, Sword of the Archon

“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.”
D.P. Prior, Sword of the Archon

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