Shadow of a Dead God

Shadow of a Dead God : An Epic Fantasy Novel

4.07 (617 ratings by Goodreads)
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4.07 (617 ratings by Goodreads)

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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 he's been framed for a murder he didn't 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 he's guilty?

Mennik has no choice if he wants to get out of this: he is going to have to throw himself into the corrupt world of the city's high mages, a world he fled years ago. Faced by supernatural beasts, the mage-killing Ash Guard, and a ruthless, unknown adversary, it's 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...

Finalist in the Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off 2020 (SPFBO6)

Shortlisted for the Booknest Fantasy Award Best Self-published Novel 2020
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Product details

  • Hardback | 426 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 26.92mm | 793.79g
  • Abergavenny, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1999725476
  • 9781999725471
  • 1,779,619

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"The Mennik Thorn series is the start of something great." - Novel Notions

"I loved every moment of this book. In terms of sheer entertainment value, its certainly one of the best I've read this year and it's been a while since I've had such fun with a book." - Rowena Andrews, Beneath a Thousand Skies

"Fast-paced, quick-witted, deftly plotted and as well-thought-out as it is well-written. Highly recommended, and I'm already looking forward to the next one." - Juliet E. McKenna, Author of The Tales of Einarinn, The Aldabreshin Compass, and The Green Man's Heir

"Shadow of a Dead God contains the snarky, disillusioned, diamond-in-the-rough, down-at-heels, determined and fiercely loyal mage-detective your TBR desperately needs!

"Recommended for readers of The Lies of Locke Lamora and anyone who loves fantasy mystery starring a delightfully reluctant, unlikely, foul-mouthed and golden-hearted hero." - Katrina Middelburg, Read. Ruminate. Write.

"If you need a fun, entertaining read in these trying time, Shadow of a Dead God is highly recommended." - Jamie Lee Moyer, Author of Brightfall

"Mennik Thorn is a wry, dry, washed-up mage whose talents, other than friendship, are modest to say the least. A dogged determination to live life on his own terms puts him at odds with almost everyone and everything. But he's funny, and he's good-hearted, and Samphire can plot a mystery that turns every page. Reading his story of detective derring-don't is as satisfying as it is entertaining. A great start! I look forward to more." - Justina Robson, Author of Natural History and the Quantum Gravity series.
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Rating details

4.07 out of 5 stars
- 617 ratings
5 33% (203)
4 46% (285)
3 17% (106)
2 3% (17)
1 1% (6)
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