The Codex of Her Scars is finished and out with publishers. Hopefully it will be released this year. Here’s the blurb:
Suffering is the door through which demons enter…
On the Isle of Branikdür rival clans make perpetual war, manipulated by a cabal of sorcerers whose only real power is deception and sleight of hand.
Tey Moonshine has suffered since she was a child. Longing for death, yet desperate to survive, she cuts herself, creating a network of scars to syphon the life from those who harm her. But the design she has marked herself with is under another’s direction. A disembodied evil has taken up residence in her bones, and steers her toward the fulfillment of its own purposes.
Snaith Harrow knows he will be the greatest warrior Branikdür has ever seen, and gives his all in preparation for the Proving, a tournament that will determine the course of his life. Once victorious, he plans to marry his childhood sweetheart, Tey Moonshine, but the sorcerer Theurig has other ideas.
When Tey and Snaith are maimed in a freak accident they are deemed worthless by their clan. Unable to fight or work, they are apprenticed to rival sorcerers who don’t necessarily have their best interests at heart. They must learn quickly, if they are to survive long enough to become sorcerers in their own right. Plots are uncovered, scores are settled, and an ancient artifact is discovered that will draw the attention of the ruling Helum Empire and set into motion events that will confront Branikdür with its dark and sorcerous past.
Dead or Alive (A novella of Shadrak the Unseen) is nearing completion and will likely be released in the next few weeks.
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.
With the job half-done, Shadrak is caught between the minions of one wizard and the threats of the other. If he could just get the ring back to Pellor and the stygian sorcerer who’d hired him, he’d have enough money to appease his creditors and buy himself some time.
But then his pockets are picked, the ring is taken, and the thief… is a ghost, silent, invisible.
Not daring to return to Pellor without the prize, Shadrak has no choice but to follow a barely discernible trail toward the last place in the world he wants to go:
New Londdyr, the greatest city on Aethir, where he once lorded it over the unified guilds.
And where the Senate have named him wanted…
DEAD OR ALIVE
I’ve started work on a new novel called Immortal, which is in the mold of heroic fantasy. This will be the main focus of my writing for the first quarter. Principal characters are: Carn Carlac, an elderly warrior and former king who is honour-bound to live out the natural course of his life; Neb “Cutter” Thrall, a rogue and assassin who has fallen to the bottom of the dung pile, but who may yet have one last crucial mission in him; and Mala Setis, a refugee and a whore with a troubling mixed bloodline.
I’m also continuing to slowly pull together all the Shader material, and some new stuff, into one continuous story arc called Templum Knight.
Regarding the Nameless Dwarf, I’ve put off continuing the story for some time due to other writing commitments, but there is a strong chance that a new Nameless Dwarf novel may appear in late 2017.
If you have any requests for stories you’d like to see, any feedback, or any questions at all, please reach out at derekpprior[at]gmail[dot]com
Finally, a dozen or so signed print copies of Carnifex are still available for $20 each. Email me with your interest.