Saturday 12 February 2022

The Pariah ( Covenant of Steel #1) by Anthony Ryan - A Review


“All ambition is folly when it fails to be matched by reason.”

The Pariah by Anthony Ryan is an adult epic fantasy book that is the first in the Covenant of Steel trilogy. The book was published on February 2022 in the UK .

Disclaimer: I was lucky enough to receive an eARC of this book by Netgalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own.

The Pariah was different from what I usually read and I really liked it.
We follow Alwyn Scribe and learn his adventures through his POV as he is narrating his story much later in time. 
I enjoyed the writing style and kind of medieval setting of the story. It is not action-packed but slow-paced and it reads like a historical fiction at times. Its main themes are religion, justice and freedom. 
Our main character Alwyn is one you will definitely like and root for. He is smart and efficient. I enjoyed the side characters as well. 
I would loved it more if it had more fantasy elements but I believe this will happen in the next books of the trilogy.  

The second book The Martyr comes out later this year.

Rating: 4 Stars

About the book:

Born into 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 freedom of the woods and the comradeship of his fellow thieves. But an act of betrayal sets him on a new path - one of blood and vengeance, which eventually 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 dark forces, both human and arcane, gather to oppose Evadine's rise, Alwyn faces a choice: can he be a warrior, or will he always be an outlaw?

See you in the next post and don't forget to keep reading!!!

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