D.P. Prior


D.P. Prior is represented by Laurie McLean, Fuse Literary (http://www.fuseliterary.com)

You can find all the books along with artwork, audiobook samples, and posts at:


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.

Please check out his latest series, LEGENDS OF THE NAMELESS DWARF:


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Black Death (unpublished) - an absurd comedy for the theatre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Megan (completely revised; unpublished) - a play in three acts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

Where to find D.P. Prior online

Where to buy in print


Assassins, Knights, and Dwarves
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 248,070. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
An assassin known as "the Unseen"; A man of prayer who is the deadliest warrior of his generation; A dwarf with a bloody past, destined to be king. Eight bestselling Sword and Sorcery novellas, plus a bonus short story of Otto Blightey, Lich Lord of Verusia.
Nightmares' Man
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 70,500. Language: English. Published: July 3, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Jebediah Skayne has it all, a horse, a gun, and a way with the ladies. But since his recruitment into the Order of Nightmares Men after the bloody events of his childhood, he’s also a man sworn to track down and kill the demons crossing the mountains, all that lies between the lands of Malkuth and the nightmare realm on the other side.
Dead or Alive
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 44,070. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Shadrak the Unseen should have known better. Stealing from one wizard on behalf of another was the sort of job he’d sworn never to take. But times were tough and grief had left its mark. The thing that should have really warned him off, though, was that the artifact he’d been commissioned to retrieve was a ring crafted by none other than the Witch Queen of Thogani, the Desecrated City.
Bane of the Liche Lord
Series: The Nameless Dwarf original novellas, Book 5. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 72,960. Language: American English. Published: April 16, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
All hell has broken loose in the Forest of Tar. Thousands of demonic Feeders consume everything in their path, but top of the menu is dwarf flesh.
The Ebon Staff
Series: The Nameless Dwarf original novellas, Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 39,310. Language: American English. Published: April 16, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Blightey’s grimoire makes more and more demands, and Silas suspects he no longer has any say in where it is leading him. As his body ails and he grows nostalgic for all he’s left behind, his mind is usurped by visions of a forest of tar, and at its center, wreathed in briars, a staff of deepest ebony.
The Scout and the Serpent
Series: The Nameless Dwarf original novellas, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 23,950. Language: American English. Published: April 16, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
When the wolf-men attack and the companions are split up, Nameless and Ilesa find themselves marooned on an island at the center of a newly formed lake.
The Axe of the Dwarf Lords
Series: The Nameless Dwarf original novellas, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 22,170. Language: American English. Published: April 16, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
The Nameless Dwarf's ever fragile mood takes a turn for the worse when he discovers a terrible secret at the bottom of the sea—an unstoppable horror that destroyed an entire race, and a mythical axe that brings back the darkest of memories from his recent past.
Return of the Dwarf Lords
Series: Legends of the Nameless Dwarf, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 110,850. Language: American English. Published: April 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
A blood-stained dwarf staggers into town with a message of doom, and the one slender hope remaining to the dwarves lies in their distant past: the Dwarf Lords of Arnoch. But for centuries, they have been in exile on the death-world of Thanatos, and only the Nameless Dwarf has the courage to find them.
Revenge of the Lich
Series: Legends of the Nameless Dwarf, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 172,160. Language: American English. Published: April 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
The last hope of the dwarves comes from the unlikeliest of sources: a mythical city beneath the waves, an axe from the age of heroes, and the Nameless Dwarf, in whose veins flows the blood of legends.
Geas of the Black Axe
Series: Legends of the Nameless Dwarf, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 161,990. Language: American English. Published: April 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
As the lands above the ravine city of Arx Gravis face their gravest peril, the last desperate hope of Creation lies in a dwarf with a grisly past: the Nameless Dwarf–a pariah, untouchable, the most cursed of dwarven kind.
Carnifex: A Portent of Blood
Series: Legends of the Nameless Dwarf, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 82,110. Language: American English. Published: April 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
A name destined to be forgotten. A cursed axe. An atrocity too great to be forgiven. "Gritty, tense, and brutally tragic. High quality storytelling with great characters and a relentless plot." -- Mitchell Hogan, author of A Crucible of Souls and Aurealis Award winner.
The Attic
Price: Free! Words: 7,000. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror
It was the place they stored the junk no one wanted anymore: discarded toys, baby clothes, and ancient secrets from forgotten generations. But when contagion turns Wesley Harding’s world insane, and horror enters his home, the attic is the last place left to hide.
The Seventh Horse
Series: Shader Origins. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,410. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
For centuries, no one had heard a peep out of Verusia, the dark stain at the heart of the Templum’s empire.
The Archon's Assassin
Series: Shader, Book 4. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 154,620. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
One by one, the guilds of New Jerusalem fall to Shadrak the Unseen and his accomplice, the poisoner Albert. But as the battle for supremacy comes to a head, Shadrak is given a new order by the mysterious Archon: kill his closest living friend, the Nameless Dwarf.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 70,480. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
A powerful husk crosses the mountains, leaving a trail of the dead in its wake. When efforts to track the killer end in disaster, the task falls to a man not expected to succeed: Jebediah Skayne, Lothario, hustler, hunter of demons.
Against the Unweaving
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 359,030. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
These are the times of Unweaving, the times Deacon Shader has been prepared for since the day he was born. A man of prayer, deeply troubled by a contradictory faith, he is also the deadliest warrior of his generation. As events spiral out of control, and Creation itself hangs by a thread, the paradox at the heart of Shader’s life may just be the last desperate hope of all the worlds.
The Unweaving
Series: Shader, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 135,930. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Shader has failed and Sektis Gandaw now holds all the pieces of the Statue of Eingana. Despair hangs like a pall over the battered armies of Sahul and Aeterna. It’s now just a matter of time … A sliver of hope comes in the form of Shadrak the Unseen, who has the means to travel to the source of the coming cataclysm, the black mountain at the heart of the Dead Lands on Aethir.
Sword of the Archon
Series: Shader, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 104,950. Language: American English. Published: November 17, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
Deacon Shader is a man of contradictions. Trained for holiness, he is also the deadliest warrior of his generation. When plague strikes at the heart of the city of Sarum and the Abbey of Pardes is attacked by an army of undead, Shader is thrust into the forefront of an ages-old conflict.
Best Laid Plans
Series: Shader, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 118,850. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
The reavers are swarming and this time their prey is the supreme ruler of the Templum, the Ipsissimus himself. With Shader dead and his piece of the Statue of Eingana in the hands of Shadrak the Unseen, the threat of the Unweaving of all Creation is one step nearer. Best Laid Plans is the second book of the epic Shader series. "Shader is an absolute triumph of fantasy." (Journal of Always)
A Dwarf With No Name
Series: The Nameless Dwarf original novellas, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 26,240. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Cursed by a demonic axe and fueled with an unquenchable bloodlust, the Nameless Dwarf slaughters his own people in their thousands. The survivors flee to the nightmare realms beyond the mountains, where no one has ever set foot and lived to tell the tale.
The Resurrection of Deacon Shader
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 133,990. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
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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Smashwords book reviews by D.P. Prior

  • The First Dragoneer (2016 Modernized Format Edition) on Nov. 16, 2010

    The First Dragoneer is a brief induction into the world M.R. Mathias has created for his epic novels. The reader is immediately dropped into the midst of a hunting trip – the last such to be enjoyed by childhood friends, Brendley and March. It’s an easy task for the reader: the dialogue is so natural and genuine, the descriptions succinct and yet hitting the mark with exactly the right amount of imagery that it almost reads itself. I started to enjoy the tale from the outset because of this deceptively simple writing style and because so much information (back-story, mise en scene, motivation) was established contextually and without lengthy exposition. The narration blends seamlessly with the characters’ thoughts and feelings, which are never obtrusive. Mathias makes good use of his writer’s palette, taking from his toolbox just what he needs and no more. There is a degree of head hopping but it’s well-controlled and there are only two main POVs so it never gets confusing. Sometimes, early on, I got a little confused with the characters. It was a little hard to tell them apart, but this ultimately emerged as a strength: Bren and March are joined at the hip and this is the story of their parting. Editing is fair. There were one or two malapropisms, some missed apostrophes and some redundant adjectives that weakened otherwise strong lines, but these are few and far between. There were also some minor problems with word repetition which didn’t exactly leap off the page but would add polish if modified. Generally Mathias writes fluid prose that the eye just skips over with ease. He has a knack for finding just the right word for the character and context and is never pretentious. He allows the reader’s imagination to form the images with just the right stimulus (“fist-sized spiders scurried from the noisy brightness...”). Rarely does Mathias overcook his adjectives. He also understands the importance of vernacular and specificity: “and who is gonna race me to the short dock when the krill begin to spawn?” Mathias writes about what he knows: the hunting scenes are easy and lucid, full of appropriate and uncontrived spiel. He’s also good at the small details the evoke all the senses - - the fiery brandy, the crisp air, the food: “March handed Bren a pan full of scrambled grouse eggs he had collected and cooked earlier.” Little things, little details that convey real people, people we can identify with. Lots of outdoor craft – torch making, fire building, construction of a litter (maybe “travois-like device” was a bit too specific but that’s a minor gripe). Ordinary, believable people moving into uncharted waters. Chesterton would have loved this. There’s also a nice use of mythology with the introduction of the white stag and the near “Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner” albatross moment. To his credit, Mathias doesn’t waste this either. He introduces these elements with purpose: the decision over killing or sparing the stag is a critical moment determining the outcome of the story and the vector of the novels that follow. The action sequences in The First Dragoneer were a delight, full of human idiosyncrasies and those odd little accidents that real people are prone to under situations of duress. It’s not just action and characterisation that Mathias is good at wither. There are some stunning descriptions of the landscape that pulled me right into his world: "The rich, dark shades of the green tree tops flowed down the mountainside on their way out into the lower slopes of the valley. The trees thinned into large clumps, only to disappear completely in the valley floor. There, squares and long rectangles of brown, gold and russet took over. Some of the greener fields were speckled with the black and brown dots that were livestock, but most were empty of life save for the rows and rows of crops. The silvery-blue thread of the Prominence River wound its way through the pastures and crop-fields, splitting the valley into two misshape[n] halves." The sense of place is further enhanced by the characters interacting with their environment – the hunting, the descent to the cavern, the practical solutions they need to come up with for their survival. I thought the ending was a little hurried. There was a great description of the dragon’s approach but then all its knowledge is conveyed to March instantaneously, thus short-changing the reader. There’s also a very sharp change of gear at this stage – and perhaps there needs to be. We are about to be jolted from one world to the next. The familiar hunting grounds of Bren and March are about to give way to the world of the Dragoneers and their war against the coming Confliction. The First Dragoneers is by no means perfect, but it’s a very strong introduction to the author’s oeuvre and a thoroughly enjoyable read. A bit of spit and polish and it’s as good as they get. As to the little matter of rating, I don’t think a book has to be perfect to earn 5 stars (if that was the case I’d never dish any out). What it does have to do is engage me and make me want to read more. Mathias does this and does it well.