Thanatos Rising

Rated 4.50/5 based on 2 reviews
Too dark for science and too evil for theology, but some secrets refuse to stay hidden..

Postgraduate student Harry Chesterton uncovers a trail of dark science that leads to the old monastery above the Welsh university town of Aberystwyth.

"Thanatos Rising" is a fusion of Gothic horror, dark science and heroic fantasy. More

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Words: 26,480
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452321448
About D.P. Prior

D.P. Prior (1968-) was born in England.

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.

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Black Death (unpublished) - an absurd comedy for the theatre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Megan (completely revised; unpublished) - a play in three acts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)


Thanatos Rising book trailer
Book trailer of Thanatos Rising featuring location shots from the South of England and the song "Departure Lounge" by Derek Prior.

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Review by: Michael Hilton on Oct. 25, 2011 :
Great book, and liked it.
(review of free book)

Review by: kauttpm on April 10, 2011 :
This supernatural tale unfolds in the town of Aberystwyth as graduate student Harry Chesterton searches for the elusive Otto Blightley in his quest to substantiate his thesis research. He gets much more than he bargained for!

This novella is compelling and fast-paced with unexpected twists and turns as Prior takes us beneath the seemingly harmless facade of Aberystwyth to reveal that not everything is as it seems. Prior's voice and tone is at once engaging, suspenseful and exciting. Although the somewhat liberal use of Welsh slang and academic-speak can sometimes leave the reader reaching for the dictionary, the writing is breathless, animated and fresh. As the story unfolds, it engages the reader very quickly. A very easy read and well-written, it is perhaps a bit too short. At times I craved more detail and explanation. Yet, despite the minimal character development, the story works extraordinarily well. Still, this tale could easily be fleshed out to a 200-300 paged novel. I would love to see what further magic Prior could work with that much additional space devoted to this story!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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