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A dead god. A brutal murder. One second-rate mage.

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Shadow of a Dead God

Series: A Mennik Thorn NOvel
Author: Patrick Samphire
Publication Date: May 27, 2020
Publisher: Self-Published
Page Count: 
Format: eARC
Genre: Adult Fantasy
Cover Artist: 
My Rating: ★★★



A dead god. A brutal murder. One second-rate mage. 

It was only supposed to be one little job – a simple curse-breaking for Mennik Thorn to pay back a favour to his oldest friend. But then it all blew up in his face. Now hes been framed for a murder he didnt commit.

So how is a second-rate mage, broke, traumatized, and with a habit of annoying the wrong people, supposed to prove his innocence when everyone believes hes guilty?

Mennik has no choice if he is going to get out of this: he will have to throw himself into the corrupt world of the citys high mages, a world he fled years ago. Faced by supernatural beasts, the mage-killing Ash Guard, and a ruthless, unknown adversary, its going to take every trick Mennik can summon just to keep him and his friend alive. 

But a new, dark power is rising in Agatos, and all that stands in its way is one damaged mage 

Shadow of a Dead God is an unusual blend of magic, mystery, and ghosts. I really didn’t expect the narrative of this story until getting into it–which was a pleasant surprise. Main character Mennik Thorn is a “washed-up” mage, struggling to get by with menial jobs. Previously privy to the opposite, powerful spectrum of mages, Mennik prefers to steer clear of the power-struggle and spotlight in his community. 

When his closest and oldest friend presents a job and some cash, Mennik doesn’t have a choice but to aid. Rent is due and he has little left to his name with other jobs being hard to find. The job ends in a disaster. What was supposed to be a menial curse-breaking mission resulted in the brutal murder of one of the most powerful mage’s head servants. Knowing that someone in his position won’t have much to back him in court, Mennik begins investigating the incident further, and discovers that he just may have been set up.

With the Ash-Guard on his tail, Mennik races against the clock to uncover a mystery and free his friend from demise.  An imaginatively curious blend, I’ll be sure to check out more of the Mennik Thorn series!

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Patrick Samphire

Patrick Samphire started writing when he was fourteen years old and thought it would be a good way of getting out of English lessons. It didn’t work, but he kept on writing anyway. He has lived in Zambia, Guyana, Austria and England. He has been charged at by a buffalo and, once, when he sat on a camel, he cried. He was only a kid. Don’t make this weird. Patrick has worked as a teacher, an editor and publisher of physics journals, a marketing minion, and a pen pusher (real job!). Now, when he’s not writing, he designs websites and book covers. He has a PhD in theoretical physics, which means that all the unlikely science in his books is actually true. Well, most of it. Well, some of it. Maybe. Patrick now lives in Wales, U.K. with his wife, the awesome writer Stephanie Burgis, their two sons, and their cat, Pebbles. Right now, in Wales, it is almost certainly raining. He has published almost twenty short stories and novellas in magazines and anthologies, including Realms of Fantasy, Interzone, Strange Horizons, and The Year’s Best Fantasy, as well as one fantasy novel for adults, SHADOW OF A DEAD GOD, and two novels for children, SECRETS OF THE DRAGON TOMB and THE EMPEROR OF MARS.

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