The Pariah

    • 3.8 • 5 Ratings
    • $32.99

    • $32.99

Publisher Description

'A gritty, heart-pounding tale of betrayal and bloody vengeance' John Gwynne

When the task is a killing, be quick and make sure of it.

Torment is an indulgence.

Save it for only the most deserving.

Born in the troubled kingdom of Albermaine, Alwyn Scribe is raised as an outlaw. Quick of wit and deft with a blade, Alwyn is content with the comradeship of his fellow thieves. Yet an act of betrayal sets him on a new path of blood and vengeance, which leads him to a soldier's life in the king's army.

Fighting under the command of Lady Evadine Courlain, a noblewoman beset by visions of a demonic apocalypse, Alwyn must survive war and the deadly intrigues of the nobility if he hopes to claim his vengeance. But as human and arcane forces gather to oppose Evadine's rise, Alwyn faces a choice: can he be a warrior, or will he always be an outlaw?

The Pariah begins a dark and bloody new fantasy epic from New York Times bestseller Anthony Ryan, whose books have sold more than a million copies worldwide.

'The Pariah is Anthony Ryan at his best. A fast-paced, brutal fantasy novel with larger-than-life characters and a plot full of intrigue and suspense' Grimdark Magazine

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Steven Brand
hr min
26 August
Little, Brown Book Group

Customer Reviews

anarchymedes ,

Clear where it’s going

It must be hard to strike the right balance between obvious, boring sermon and total cynicism; bright-eyed, cheesy romanticism and wholesale soul-destroying irony. This book does it very well—but I’m afraid I won’t be buying a sequel. I have a feeling how it all is going to turn out: just like the GoT; and that is something I can do without. This is a very twenty-first century story of normalised betrayal, blurring the lines between maturity and selfish cowardice; heroism and stupidity; faith and madness. And yet, after reading it, I find myself missing the ‘good old’ Amber Chronicles by Roger Zelаzny, or even the silly Hollywood stuff like The Predator. Because silly as these things are, they can pull you out of depression—as they’ve done me, more times than I care to admit; and the modern, sophisticated, complex epics like the GoT tend to push you ever deeper into it.

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