The Pariah is a captivating, masterfully told tale of adventure and revenge. This book got its hooks in me from page one. It is full of vibrant characters and dire moments, breakneck action and fireside recollections. The Pariah feels gripping in the same way as Anthony Ryan’s earlier novel, Blood Song. Ryan’s immersive style of storytelling is deceptively simple and deeply engaging.
I would like to thank NetGalley and Orbit Books for granting me access to a digital advance review copy of The Martyr by Anthony Ryan. My review is honest and my opinions are my own.
A continuation from the point we left off with The Pariah, this sequel is once more told by Alwyn Scribe now among the trusted advisors of the Risen Martyr, as the Anointed Lady Evadine Couravel is now known. The followers of the Covenant Company are heading to war and most of this book is set during the battles and sieges that constitute the war.
Blood Song is an artfully crafted coming of age tale full of friendship, love, war, and magic. Fans of epic fantasy rightfully revere this as one of the best fantasy novels of the last decade. The opening sequence of the narrative evokes comparison to Robin Hobbs’ Assassin’s Apprentice. Both novels are framed with an outer narrator filling in the gaps for the more tightly focused main sequence. There is a lot of common ground in the two works, each richly painting physical details and characters in a manner that immerses the reader at once, and keeps them riveted to the account.