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Best Laid Plans: Shader Series book 2 Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 3850 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1466417412
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Homunculus Books; 3 edition (December 3, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 3, 2013
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  • Language: English
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D.P. Prior is the bestselling fantasy author of the Nameless Dwarf and Shader series. He is represented by Fuse Literary.

Raised on a diet of old school Sword and Sorcery, and later influenced by the Heroic Fantasy of David Gemmell, the literary epics of Stephen R. Donaldson, and the "grimdark" offerings of Joe Abercrombie, Prior combines the imaginative daring of the old with the realism, tight point of view, and gallows humor of the new.

As well as being a prolific author, D.P.Prior is also an experienced fiction editor with an impressive portfolio of clients (

He has also worked as a personal trainer, and is a competing member of the US All-Round Weightlifting Association.

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D.P. Prior's The Nameless Dwarf is a spin-off of the Shader series. The best order in which to read the books is:

Shader Origins 1: Ward of the Philosopher
Shader Origins 2: The Seventh Horse

Shader book 1: Sword of the Archon
Shader book 2: Best Laid Plans
Shader book 3: The Unweaving
Shader book 4: The Archon's Assassin

Nameless Dwarf book 1: A Dwarf With No Name
Nameless Dwarf book 2: Axe of the Dwarf Lords
Nameless Dwarf book 3: The Scout and the Serpent
Nameless Dwarf book 4: The Ebon Staff
Nameless Dwarf book 5: Bane of the Liche Lord

Also available:

Husk (a standalone novel set in the same world as Shader and The Nameless Dwarf)

TBR: 2016

Legends of the Nameless Dwarf:

Book 1: Carnifex
Book 2: Geas of the Black Axe
Book 3: Revenge of the Lich
Book 4: Return of the Dwarf Lords

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Nicholson on October 17, 2011
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"Best Laid Plans" is the second in the 'Shader' series by author Derek Prior. This is a Kindle e-book that is a 659 Kb download and is priced at $3.99.

SPOILER (general specific details revealed)

Events in Sahul continue to spiral out of control as many people (both good and evil) try to get their hands on all 5 magical pieces of the Eingana statue. The story centers around our hero Deacon Shader who goes from being dead, to being resurrected...allowing him to continue to try to save the world from the tyrantical despot Sektis Gandaw.


1.) this intriguing tale of Deacon Shader and Ernst Cadman and their ongoing conflict with Sektis Gandaw continues.

2.) I really liked the two opposing main protagonists, Deacon Shader and Ernst Cadman...the author takes the time to show the reader their inner thoughts and concerns. Resulting in glimpses of their personal fears, hopes, insecurities and even on occasion, some subtle humor. In addition, there were some very interesting other characters as well, each with their own special 'traits'.

3.) prominent characters can be hurt of killed...adding an element of realism of this story. To me, nothing worse than a tale where the good guys are 'untouchable'.

4.) lots of action...not much down time (see Cons: 1 below)

5.) two decent global and one focused on Sahul (Australia)

6.) attractive, if not somewhat unusual cover keeping with that of the first book, 'Cadman's Gambit'.

The Cons:
1.) one of the topics at the beginning of this book dealt with the accounting of Shader's was an area that I felt was a little slow and dragged out.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wendell on September 2, 2014
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Best Laid Plans picks up right where the first book in the Shader series ended: everyone is scrambling to retrieve the five pieces of the statue of Eingana, winged snake goddess of magic in petrified form. Some people want the statue to protect it; others want it to save themselves; and one wishes its possession to “uncreate” the universe. But whatever the reason, war is brewing on this post-apocalyptic Earth.

To me, the star of this show is the intriguing post-apocalyptic world that Mr. Prior began building in Sword of the Archon. This alternative Earth is a wondrous thing to behold, filled with interesting lore, mysteries galore, vile plots, ancient gods and goddesses, and old world technology. Throughout the narrative, tidbits of its history and lore are slowly revealed, and a reader begins to fathom the world and all the fascinating people it has spawned. However, at no time does the world building seem like info dumping, but rather the author deftly integrates everything into the ongoing plot so that it never slows down the story. I personally haven’t read a better post-apocalyptic world other than The Dark Towerby Stephen King.

But this isn’t a novel about only world building. Nope, the characters are the main highlights, and there are lots of them: each with his own chapters, relaying the story through his or her own individual perspective.

The protagonist here is clearly Deacon Shader, a warrior-monk who metes out death to those he views as evil, and attempts to prevent the “bad guys” from retrieving the statue. Shader’s constant struggles with his waning faith, disillusion with his mentors, and unhappiness with his choices in life are each brilliantly penned, fleshing out this fighting man of faith as more than just a death dealing robot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bookblogger on May 31, 2012
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4.5 stars

Best Laid Plans is the second book in the Shader series and I felt there were some major improvements from the first book. The world that Derek uses has a massive backstory and covers a huge amount of ground. This lead to a lot of explanation in the first book that gave it a bit slower of a plot. In this book you have a basic understanding of the world and characters already so the story is free to flow. There is still some background revealed about some of the characters, but it is in small sections that directly link to a current situation leading to a much more even flow.

I really am starting to enjoy Deacon Shader as a person. He is a man conflicted, living his life as a warrior, while trying to hold onto religious ideals of peace. This conflict leads to some inner turmoil which help to reveal the depth of the character, but unlike some Derek doesn't harp on it trying to drive home how conflicted Deacon is.

The story being told is complex (I believe there are 6 planned volumes for the series) and follows several viewpoints. If done incorrectly this can lead to passages of extreme boredom for me, but Derek manages to avoid that by keeping the action moving. The fight scenes are fantastic, my favorite take place against the mawgs while at sea, and beautifully written. This series is one that I will be following all the way to the end. The end is the only thing that I didn't really like, as there is a huge action sequence in which the book ends with things being left pretty wide open. I'm not a huge fan of cliff hangers as I'm not patient and don't like to wait for the next book in the series, but honestly that's a pretty minor complaint.

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