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‘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.

Praise for Anthony Ryan

‘A master storyteller’ Mark Lawrence

‘Robin Hobb meets Joe Abercrombie. This is fantasy with a totally legendary feel’ Fantasy Book Review

‘Everything a fantasy fan could ever wish for’ Booknest

‘Fantastic storytelling’ Novel Notions

Reviews

A gritty, heart-pounding tale of betrayal and bloody vengeance. I loved every single word
John Gwynne
This is Anthony Ryan's best book yet
Michael Fletcher
A richly-detailed world with well-developed characters, a complex plot, mysteries, prophecy, viscerally-felt action and a protagonist to root for
KV Johansen
Gritty and well-drawn, this makes a rich treat for George R.R. Martin fans
Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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. With bloody twists and turns aplenty, this novel is destined to become a favourite of the grimdark community
Grimdark Magazine