- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Permuted Press (31 May 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1682611183
- ISBN-13: 978-1682611180
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.6 x 22.9 cm
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A Shadow in the Deep (Shepherd) Paperback – 31 May 2016
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About the Author
During the day Anthony Pryor helps keep computers running at a large school district, but by night and on lunch breaks he's been editing, developing and writing for more years than he cares to admit, producing fiction and support material for popular games like Battletech, Dungeons and Dragons, Pathfinder and A Song of Ice and Fire, and working for publishers like Wizards of the Coast, White Wolf, Paizo Press, Green Ronin and others. He lives in Milwaukie, Oregon with an overweight cat, plays more games than is strictly healthy and tries with minimal success to master the bass guitar in his copious spare time. With a mom who used to hang out with Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo and a daughter who attends graduate school while fighting injustice and poverty in her spare time, Anthony's actually the boring one in his family. His greatest ambition is to be a world-famous rockstar, but being a writer is okay, too.
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To say that this third volume is the darkest and most wrenching of the series, yet also the most exhilarating, may imply that the prior volumes aren't dark, wrenching, or exhilarating, which is far from true. Pryor writes great action scenes, does a good job with eerie or terrifying settings, and creates characters who feel real in their flaws, weaknesses, and shining moments. What makes this novel stand out for me is that the peril faced by Alex, our intrepid hero, and his allies is oceanic, and creepies from the deep are one of my favorite horror elements. As are monomaniacal cults, which also feature in this tale. Alex and the other characters must also cope with various separations and fracturings that add another layer of tension and depth. Finally, I appreciate the fact that Alex doesn't simply accept (or, worse yet, congratulate himself on) the mantle of the Chosen One--he interrogates the whole notion of being set apart as a protector.
Well worth your time if you like dark supernatural thrillers or adventurous horror. I recommend reading the series in order, but this book would work as a standalone, too.