#SPFBO – Not a Review : Finalist Reading Schedule, Book #1

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300 books           10 Judges            1 winner

The 1st of June marked the start of the sixth Self Published Fantasy Blog Off (details here.)  My Introductory post is here.  Stage 1 is now complete and the finalists can be found here .

During Stage 2 I will read, review and score the remaining 9 finalists as will the other judges until a winner is revealed.  As with previous years I have given each of the 9 books a number and randomly selected a reading order.  Today’s post is to highlight the first book I will be reading and provide information regarding that particular finalist.

Without further ado my first finalist will be :

Shadow of a Dead God by Patrick Samphire

Shadow of a Dead God is the finalist selected this year by Fantasy Faction.  Their review can be found here and below is the description and author details:


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

It was only supposed to be one little job – a simple curse-breaking for Mennik Thorn to pay back a favor 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…


PSPatrick Samphire is the author of the adult fantasy novel SHADOW OF A DEAD GOD, as well as the middle grade novels SECRETS OF THE DRAGON TOMB and THE EMPEROR OF MARS. He has also published around twenty short stories and novellas.

Patrick has been writing stories since he was fourteen years old and thought it would be a good way of avoiding having to sit through English lessons at school. He was absolutely convinced that he would be famous by the time he was eighteen, but sadly, even infamy has eluded him.

He lives in Wales, surrounded by mountains, with his wife, their sons, and their cat.

When he’s not writing, he designs websites and ebooks.

He will now stop talking about himself in the third person.

Twitter : patricksamphire

8 Responses to “#SPFBO – Not a Review : Finalist Reading Schedule, Book #1”

  1. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I was curious about this one. Glad to see it had been pushed forward.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, I was too and I’ve read some good reviews for it.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Tammy

    This one sounds good. I love hearing about the top ten, so exciting😁

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, this stage of the competition is much less stressful and we’re back to six months so basically 1.5 books per month – so time for other reading too.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Greg

    Good luck!!! :):)

  4. waytoofantasy

    Hope you enjoy!

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