The Resurrection of Deacon Shader

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The Sun Stone, inscrutable, ineffable, impossibly ancient, was entrusted to the shaman Huntsman until the day of the Reckoning when it unleashed the power of nightmare to destroy a civilisation.

Deacon Shader, monk, knight, and spurned lover, enters the drama of the Sun Stone and unwittingly wields a power beyond belief. His deepest conflicts hold the key to the survival of creation itself.

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Words: 135,070
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452309927
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Black Death (unpublished) - an absurd comedy for the theatre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Megan (completely revised; unpublished) - a play in three acts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. The Ant-Man of Malfen (Homunculus 2010)
2. The Axe of the Dwarf Lords (Homunculus 2012)
3. The Scout and the Serpent (Homunculus 2012)

The Nameless Dwarf Omnibus (Homunculus 2012)

Shader book 1: Cadman's Gambit (Homunculus 2011)
Shader book 2: Best Laid Plans (Homunculus 2011)


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Review by: David Dalglish on April 13, 2010 :
The Resurrection of Deacon Shader is a novel of gradually enlarging scope, so that while the beginning may stumble and stutter, nearing its end I was beyond impressed. Themes of Christianity are interwoven throughout, and conflicting with the ideals, desires, traditions, and actions of the many main characters. Deacon himself is often immature. He struggles with his desire for sex and his vow for abstinence, as well as his ability to kill while seeking a non-violent way of life.

Far more important to me, though, was the story. What starts out as an isolated series of events taking place in a single town slowly expands into entire nations, alternate worlds, the history of time, and heaven itself. I cannot help but be reminded of Stephen King's The Dark Tower series, not just in the interweaving of time epochs and worlds but also in the author's sheer fearlessness. Under no circumstances was I able to predict the next chapter, let alone the end of the book, and for that alone I would recommend it.

Still, the book is not perfect. The book ends with a clear and obvious need for a sequel, and opens far too many questions to have a satisfying feel. The beginning is exceptionally rough compared to the later portions. It wasn't until about 20% in that everything settled down, the characters were in place, and the story finally kicked into high gear. Flashbacks can be confusing, especially in earlier portions where the story is still searching for firm ground. There's a few errors sprinkled throughout, like missing quotation marks and erroneous use of commas, but for the most part they never rise above nuisance level.

Early on, there is a scene where the author tells of the destruction of the old world by the unleashing of dreams. Prior to this, my optimism for the book was low. After a vision of dragons thrashing planes, buildings toppling to creatures of nightmares, and whole civilizations falling in the span of days, my whole outlook changed. No matter the flaws, a fascinating story of enormous potential awaited, and that taste kept me going. By the time heaven was under assault by demons and the villain had revealed his intentions of unmaking all of existence, there was no stopping my turning of the pages.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Archelle Baker on March 12, 2010 :
Fabulous book with an epic story. Totally worth buying!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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