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In the city of Queen Mab, nothing is quite as it seems. Pariah, spy and Inquisitorial agent, Alizebeth Bequin is all of these things and yet none of them.
An enigma, even to herself, she is caught between Inquisitors Gregor Eisenhorn and Gideon Ravenor, former allies now enemies who are playing a shadow game against a mysterious and deadly foe. Coveted by the Archenemy, pursued by the Inquisition, Bequin becomes embroiled in a dark plot of which she knows not her role or purpose. Helped by a disparate group of allies, she must unravel the secrets of her life and past if she is to survive a coming battle in which the line between friends and foes is fatally blurred.
If you are a fan of Dan Abnett at all then you have certainly read the Eisenhorn series and its follow up Ravenor. Pariah is the third trilogy, in the trilogy of trilogies.
If that makes sense! And unless you have had your head buried really deep in the sand, you have been aware that this book has been coming. If you have not read the two previous series, do NOT start with this one as it will ruin many things for you.
Yeah, it would be that kind of spoiler. Personally, I couldn't wait for this book to release and I was pleasantly surprised when it arrived for review on our doorstep. It was with some trepidation that I opened the novel and began my return to the world in which some of my favorite characters in all of Warhammer 40k were present. I need not have worried in the slightest.
This material is very close to Mr. Abnetts heart and he was intent on doing this story justice. From the start, Pariah pulls you in and delivers an exciting mystery, investigation and action oriented story.
This being the first book in the new trilogy it really sets the stage for the incredible story to come. This is not to say that it doesn't wrap up some of the mysteries presented, but by the time you reach the end, you will be wondering where Alzibeth Bequin will go from here. The book sees a return to the first person perspective style in which Dan Abnett wrote Eisenhorn. I really enjoy this style and seeing things from one persons perspective can be very tricky to write, but Dan is a master of this style and you are fed just enough clues to keep you guessing.
In some cases you see the dots getting connected prior to the main characters, but then again, I was looking for them. Either way, the book is full of surprises. Allies can become enemies and vice versa in this tale, which focuses on the question "Who can you trust?
You can see that Bequin is going to be forced to make some incredibly difficult decisions. The motivations of the key players are laid out before you and I found myself wondering what decision I would make given the choices placed before her. While the series is alternatively titled "Eisenhorn vs. Ravenor", it does focus primarily on Bequin. She is most certainly the central character here.
For those who don't know, Bequin possesses a talent some would say a curse which makes her a "Null". The area around her, and she herself, essentially turn off psychic abilities. People with this ability are known to have the "Pariah Gene". This can cause even ordinary people to have extremely negative feelings towards the person who is a "null", even though they don't understand why. The beginning of the novel will leave you a bit confused as to the timeline of the events being described.
In particular if you are familiar with the previous two trilogies and Bequin herself. But the answers to all of those questions will be presented throughout the novel. So have faith. Once I had completed the book, it really struck me that what we are seeing here is high level Inquisitors and their retinues involved in an incredibly complicated and difficult investigation. The friction and differing viewpoints of the various factions of the Inquisition are coming into play as Puritan faces off against Radical.
Without ruining anything I will tell you that you will learn what has transpired over the intervening years for both Eisenhorn, Ravenor, and their inner circles of agents.
Both of the forenamed characters play a large part in this book, though they are relegated to a behind the scenes position for the majority of it. Don't worry though, they are present and I will admit I was absolutely thrilled to see them return when they did! The follow up book is titled "Penitent" and is slated for a release.
I will tell you that this is far to long for me to wait to see what happens next. This book is Warhammer 40k at its finest. It is brilliantly written and highly enjoyable. It has inspired me to go back and read both Eisenhorn and Ravenor again, just to remind myself of how awesome both of those series were. One last thing I will add here. Though it isn't necessary, there are a lot of nice nods in here to other Warhammer 40k works by Dan Abnett and others.
In particular the Horus Heresy series. As much as I am known for not having appreciated "Legion" by Dan Abnett. I am happy I read it before reading this book! View all posts by: Carl. You must be Logged in to post a comment. October 5, Seth Fontenot. I didn't quite get the random aloha legion ally Ive read them all and don't remember him. Leave a comment Click here to cancel reply. Social Network. Our Sponsors.
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A Somewhat-Twisting Maze of Secrets – A Review of Pariah by Dan Abnett
In the city of Queen Mab, nothing is quite as it seems. Pariah, spy and Inquisitorial agent, Alizebeth Bequin is all of these things and yet none of them. An enigma, even to herself, she is caught between Inquisitors Gregor Eisenhorn and Gideon Ravenor, former allies now enemies who are playing a shadow game against a mysterious and deadly foe. Coveted by the Archenemy, pursued by the Inquisition, Bequin becomes embroiled in a dark plot of which she knows not her role or purpose. Helped by a disparate group of allies, she must unravel the secrets of her life and past if she is to survive a coming battle in which the line between friends and foes is fatally blurred. If you are a fan of Dan Abnett at all then you have certainly read the Eisenhorn series and its follow up Ravenor.
Pariah by Dan Abnett (Book Review)
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Review – Pariah by Dan Abnett
The start of a new Inquisition trilogy, dubbed Eisenhorn vs Ravenor , the novel promised much in its premise, which is why I was so excited for it. The original review can be found here. Note: This review contains major spoilers. When Black Library announced last year that Dan Abnett was going to be penning a new installment for his Inquisition series, I was fairly excited. His novels with Inquisitors Gregor Eisenhorn and Gideon Ravenor are some of my favourites in all of Warhammer 40, and were my early reads as well. He put the war in warhammer in a very creative way by showing us life behind the frontlines of grand battles between two opposing armies.
Pariah: Ravenor Vs Eisenhorn