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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.

©2017 D.P. Prior (P)2017 D.P. Prior

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  • D. Woodhouse
  • 02-12-21

Hilarious fantasy novella

This is my first experience of the work of D.P. Prior and I'm hooked. It's not often a book is truly laugh out loud funny but Dead or Alive will make you chuckle from the get go. Shadrak, the main character, is a gloriously crude antihero who won't fail to entertain you. Throw into the mix a cast of wizards, witches, thieves, a shape shifter and a few "unique" characters with a plot worthy of a drunken D&D quest results in hilarious tale. Ian Fisher's narration is first rate, many of the characters are aptly given British style underworld accents ideally suited to their natures (Shadrak himself has a quasi Michael Caine cockney accent which just adds to the comedic narrative). So if you need a bit of humour in your life you cannot go wrong listening to this novella

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  • jim.a
  • 10-18-19

Power and reputation can come in Short packages

Hey Im a fan, I was hooked on Nameless Dwarf, so gimme another mean tuff hero sub 4 feet in then count me in ,, Shagrak is as knarley as my mothers elbows, and tuff as the wife on a bad day, but he is soon you can like. Its good to have a hero development that doesn't relay on huge powers magic and the ilk (that I do love) but relies on his whit and grizzly determination.

After nameless that was an epic adventure Shadrack left me really wanting more mooooreee MOOOORREEEEE.
Great book and we'll worth the read. Jim