Blog Tour Spotlight: Shadow of a Dead God by Patrick Samphire

Today I’m bringing attention to the book Shadow of a Dead God by Patrick Samphire. I’ll take you through the blurb, about the author, and a few tour excerpts! If you’d like to follow along with the tour, you can find the full tour schedule here.


Length: 462 Pages
Genre: Fantasy

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…

About the Author

Patrick 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.

What readers have to say

Shadow of a Dead God introduces the major characters whom we can assume will feature in subsequent books in the series. It is well crafted and quite funny. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would love to follow more of this unique character.

Shadow of a Dead God by Patrick Samphire reads like the best urban fantasy out there. The twist? It’s set in an original, high fantasy world with dead gods, ghosts and fascinating magic. Samphire manages to balance the world building and the suspense of the ever-escalating murder mystery perfectly.


The magic system was very impressive and I could actually picture how it was working based on the descriptions in the book, in addition, I really liked the political landscape of Agastos and how it all fed into the plot too.

Shelves of Starlight

I do love a fantasy that has some complex politics going on in the background and this novel had that in spades. It certainly added to an already pretty fascinating and well-paced plot. I found myself completely caught up in the story and was sad when it was over!

Kerri McBookNerd

Shadow of a Dead God was a fabulous way to spend a snowed-in weekend and I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to all fantasy fans who like a little murder mystery added into their stories.

Sue’s Musings

The worldbuilding and magic system was very well done. Agatos is a dark and gritty place, filled with mysterious creatures, magic, and divided by social status and unique customs and language, that was easy to envision thanks to Samphire’s deft and descriptive writing.

Before We Go Blog

I received this book to read and review as part of the 2021 BBNYA competition and the BBNYA tours organised by the TWR Tour team. All opinions are my own, unbiased and honest.

BBNYA is a yearly competition where Book Bloggers from all over the world read and score books written by indie authors. If you are an author and wish to learn more about the BBNYA competition, you can visit the official website or twitter @bbnya_official.

The sign-ups will soon be open for the 2022 BBNYA competition, be it for authors to enter their books, or for bloggers wanting to be part of the new panel, so keep your eyes peeled!!

2 thoughts on “Blog Tour Spotlight: Shadow of a Dead God by Patrick Samphire

  1. Ellie Rayner February 21, 2022 / 4:51 am

    Fab spotlight JenJen xxx

    Liked by 1 person

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