Spotlight Saturday: Prince of the Wasteland (The Book of the Thrice Dead #1), by Joseph Sale

18 Mar 2023

Welcome to a new episode of our Spotlight Saturday section! Today we are taking a look at the initial book of the fantasy/horror series by Joseph Sale, The Book of the Thrice Dead.


Pages: 192
Genre: Post-apocalyptic Fantasy
Where to get it: Amazon.

The multiverse is ending; only villains can stop it…

From the ashes of the nuclear apocalypse, The Apostles rule the rubble of New York with murderous intent and otherworldly powers. Their leader is The Prince, who, with the curse of foresight, dominates the present.

Brian Mor, the Man in the Black Hat, was once a loyal Apostle, a bringer of death. He has done terrible things in the name of the fragile order, so scarce in the New World. But now he's begun to question the Prince's power. There are things he cannot see, and if the Prince has lied about his power, what else isn't true? Has his whole life been a joke? Ultimately Brian Mor has to decide whether the brutality of a fragile peace is better than a chaotic hope for the future, and does one life pay for another?

Prince of the Wasteland is the first epic installment of The Book of Thrice Dead. A six-part multiverse apocalypse, uniquely blending of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Think King's Dark Tower meets Clive Barker's The Great and Secret Show.  

More praise for Prince of the Wasteland

"If there is one thing to be said of Joseph Sale, it's that his imagination and creativity have no limit. I was so excited to see what new concepts he would explore in this new series and he delivered" - Lezlie, The Nerdy Narrative

"From the gripping cover to the synopsis of the story and all else in between, Prince of the Wasteland is the exact ride I needed. The story has grit, edge, shocks, and so much more that I can’t wait to dive into." - Blaise Ancona, Under the Radar SFF

About the author


 Joseph Sale writes dark fantasy and epic poetry. His first novel, The Darkest Touch, was published by Dark Hall Press in 2014. He currently writes and is published with The Writing Collective. He has authored more than ten novels, including his epic series The Book of Thrice Dead and his dark fantasy trilogy The Illuminad. He grew up in the Lovecraftian seaside town of Bournemouth.

He edits non-fiction and fiction, helping fledgling authors to realise their potential. He has edited some of the best new voices in speculative fiction including Ross Jeffery, Emily Harrison, Christa Wojciechowski, and more. His short fiction has appeared in Tales from the Shadow Booth, edited by Dan Coxon, as well as in Idle Ink, Silver Blade, Fiction Vortex, Nonbinary Review, Edgar Allan Poet and Storgy Magazine. His stories have also appeared in anthologies such as Lost Voices (The Writing Collective), Technological Horror (Dark Hall Press), Burnt Fur (Blood Bound Books) and Exit Earth (Storgy). In 2017 he was nominated for The Guardian’s ‘Not The Booker’ prize.