"Shader is a triumph of fantasy!" (Journal of Always)
"Derek Prior always produces masterpieces of storytelling, with great characters full of life, relentless plots, and gripping and intense fight scenes." (Mitchell Hogan)
When a powerful artifact is stolen from the Abbey of Pardes, the holy knight Deacon Shader is sent to retrieve it.
But events have already spiraled out of control: plague spreads across the land, the dead rise from their graves, and an ancient evil has awakened.
As Creation itself hangs by a thread, Shader must confront the contradiction that defines him:
Either he is a man of prayer with a wavering faith,
Or the deadliest warrior of his generation.
The fate of all the worlds will be decided by his answer.
"Like Bernard Cornwell on 'shrooms!" Dinorah Wilson
Book 1: Sword of the Archon
Book 2: Best Laid Plans
Book 3: The Unweaving
"... an epic fantasy across three books that is wild, fast-paced, has fantastic characters, spreads across countries as well as worlds and religions, and is absolutely one of the best fantasy trilogies in existence." -- Melinda LeBaron
"Derek Prior has quickly established himself as one of the strongest talents to have emerged in the fantasy fiction field in recent years." -- Laurence S.
"The "Shader" series brings world-building to a new level." -- Fandi
"This is a world full of magic and fantasy, hyper-religiosity and backwardness, evil and brutality, loyalty and treachery, and unflinching heroism in the form of the extraordinary hero, Deacon Shader, a ferocious warrior forced to be a man of religion because of circumstances, gruff, stiff, unfriendly – yet noble, loyal and kind." -- Ranger