Volume One of the Bequin TrilogyIn 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 fVolume One of the Bequin TrilogyIn 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.
Pariah Volume One of the Bequin TrilogyIn 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
Someone please get to work cloning Mr Abnett.
I am a big fan of the Warhammer 40K series of novels I ve read several and this is one of the first ones that the story did not revolve around Space Marines To me that was novel.A Pariah is a psyker that has no soul Due to this they are unaffected by the Warp and psyker abilities Beta Bequin is one such person Raised as an orphan by a strange offshoot of the Inquisitores Ordos she becomes a skilled intelligence agent Except the Inquisition has THREE Ordos Xenos aliens Malleus Daemons and Heretic [...]
Pariah For those who waited years for the final trilogy of trilogies, closure is upon us Pariah had me hooked from the very beginning, as Bequin is back from her coma Or is she and is embroiled in a complex plot with many a twist and turn I constantly asked myeslef The hell is going on here and powered through the novel in two days Of course, I had even unanswered questions by the end and will have to wait god knows how long for the next book and hope for Penitent I ll call out one part of the [...]
wow I was hooked from the very beginning In fairness, I had been waiting for this book for a very long time, so expectations were high Dan Abnett, as always, did not disappoint The characters are fantastic, brilliantly portrayed and intelligently written When the twists come, they come in such a subtle way that you feel your jaw drop when the full impact of what you have just read sinks in As for the ending, well that had me grinning from ear to ear and yanking at my hair for Bravo, Mr Abnett, [...]
This book started out quite slowly I loved the Eisenhorn and Ravenor trilogies, so I was super pumped for this come out I was disappointed at first, the titular characters of Eisenhorn and Ravenor are nowhere to be found in the first two thirds or so of the book I m glad I stuck with it and trusted Abnett to deliver a great story He wraps everything up, brings it all together, and leaves the story on such an awesome cliffhanger that I can t wait for the next book.
You can find the full review over at The Founding Fields thefoundingfields 2013 01 Shadowhawk reviews the latest Inquisition novel from Dan Abnett In the battle of expectations versus reality, it s my expectations that got bombed to hell The Founding FieldsWhen 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 [...]
I was excited about this book, because I liked Bequin, and I wanted to see what would happen next for her, Eisenhorn, and Ravenor However, while the book had some exciting, interesting, and creepy parts, it feels like a bit of a bait and switch view spoiler First off, it s not about the same character It s another person who is also named Bequin, who seems to be a modified clone of the original Bequin She s being trained as a spy assassin, and she s interesting in her own right But she s a diffe [...]
If you haven t read the Eisenhorn trilogy or the Ravenor trilogy, then in my humble opinion you should put this down This isn t for you.You may be surprised I certainly was , but Dan Abnett doesn t care what I think He wrote this book with the knowledge that a reader new to the Warhammer 40,000 universe and or Dark Heresy could pick up this book, and everything is described in a way so that no previous experience is required.Not explained, described They are 2 very different things.Alizabeth Beq [...]
Pariah was a little slower to get going than some of Abnett s other works although this did not count against it as a story However Ravenor and Eisenhorn did not actually enter the story until quite late in things, making the Ravenor vs Eisenhorn subtitle seem a little superflous As I read, I had a curious sense of while knowing it was a Warhammer 40,000 novel, there was at the same time of a fantasy feel The sci fi nature was not exactly hitting you over the head Again, this did not count agai [...]
Once again, all cards on the table I am a big Dan Abnett fan and I was a big supported of both the Eisenhorn and Ravenor series This is billed as a continuation of those, but really it is a third series that the previous two inquisitors make an appearance in The main character would be familiar to readers of those series Alizebeth Bequin But it is not the same person and this is not the same series The tone and style of the book is different from previous books, but still well written and weaves [...]
Oh my god Dan Abnett once again shows why his the best in the business Pariah cannot be described properly with words It was pure brilliance and certainly a worthy sequel to the amazing Eisenhorn and Ravenor trilogies Really cannot wait for Penitent.Seriousy, buy Pariah, read Pariah, love Pariah.
I think I ve found my new favourite Warhammer 40k book I couldn t stop reading, and that s what I was doing whenever I was home The book has a steampunk feel to it, which I quite liked although others may disagree There are some new characters, some old characters, and a plotline where I think anything I say would be a spoiler
As a set up for existing fans, it will be a confusing twisty slide around unknown territory with the odd familiar face For people new to the series but fans of 40k, it may just seem a glorious mess with far too many players.
Odd book, took me awhile to get into it But i did at the end and now i want the next book quickly I would recommend re reading the Eisenhorn trilogy before reading this I wish i had
Abnett once again proves he s one of the best BL has on its roster.
Dan Abnett is the best Black Library author.Can t wait for Penitent 2014.
Looking forward to the next one
I m one of those readers who enjoys a good twist in any story I m reading I like it when authors surprise me with something completely out of left field, when they catch me off guard with something I like it that way because I have a tendency to guess what will happen next the result of reading far too many mysteries at a rather young age, I suppose I m willing to make room for certain genre conventions such as the happily ever after for a couple in a romance novel , but any time the author does [...]
The trouble when talking about Pariah is, well, it s very existence A great legacy hangs over the whole book, meaning that even when it stands out on its own you might be left feeling disappointed It s like that lesser sequel you ll see to a smash hit, Psycho II for example On it s own and judged by its own merits it s solid, perhaps even excellent However, because it s so intrinsically tied to something far greater, with knowledge of that work required to enjoy it, it becomes extremely hard to [...]
First posted at Fantasy Review Barn How does one review a book that follows two distinct trilogies A fan who has already read through Eisenhorn and Ravenor with no doubt be going after Pariah, and no one else is going to bother So, if you have not read Eisenhorn, check it out and see if it is for you It is the best written tie in fiction I have found for whatever that is worth , and I wrote a real rough review for it in February It was followed by the Ravenor trilogy, which was almost as good Pa [...]
Am I a hypocrite for not liking Pariah as much as I thought I would Am I After writing a story as complicated as Secret War.Don t get me wrong it wasright I found it a little too convoluted, to many factions were involved Way to many, I count about six, all vying for one thing, Bequin It s hard to write this review without spoilers So I won t, argg there be spoilers from here on.Alright I m writing this while on a energy drink rush, so it may not be coherent.The start of the story confused me, I [...]
I ve made no secret of my admiration for Dan Abnett and his Inquisition series in my reviews of previous volumes Eisenhorn and Ravenor The Omnibus These books, I argued, not only rank among the best examples of tie in fiction but transcend the genre This has a lot to do with author Dan Abnett, who respects the property enough to write convincingly within it but always leaves it transformed, and with the property s owner Games Workshop, who allow him the freedom to do so The Inqusitition series h [...]
The book s awesome Now that I ve read it again after reading its prequels, I tell you, this is awesome My previous horrible review was Pariah is by far one of the better 40K novels I m rather a 40K fan than a Dan Abnett fan, although I consider him as one of my three favorite 40K writers Having said that, I must also confess with great shame that I haven t read Eisenhorn Omnibus or Ravenor Omnibus Currently I don t know where to purchase them since there s none in Black Library, GW and Pariah st [...]
I didn t think much of the War40k universe until I read Abnett s Eisenhorn and Ravenor trilogies I came rather late to the party, but the advantage of doing so was that I got to read the whole Eisenhorn trilogy over the span of a week or so I enjoyed it greatly, and of course, promptly went out later to purchase the entire Ravenor trilogy and read that as well The reason I mention this is because reading PARIAH has been a different experience for me the tension I felt after finishing the book wi [...]
Normally Dan Abnett novels have me burning through their pages because I need to know what happens next This time, I found myself pushing through the first ten chapters to get to the parts that make me read quickly to find out what happens I was starting to feel slightly disappointed and then I started chapter eleven It just went exponentially uphill from there Even though a few plot points were glaringly obvious, I believe they were meant to be It wasn t about who is this it was how and why is [...]
This is the first book in a trilogy that pits Dan Abnett s two most famous characters against each other But this is a curious book in that neither Ravenor nor Eisenhorn make an appearance until half way through the book and don t speak to the 1st person narrator until basically the last 30 pages This sounds frustrating, but I kinda like this approach It builds up the narrator s character, a young woman who usually has no trouble handling her own in a very violent three or four way clash of powe [...]
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Story is mostly told in first person perspective where the Priah of the books tells us her life story She begins by mentioning how she will only tell stories that relate to the main, most important one and then proceeds to waffle on about nothing interesting for 2 3 of the book Then stuff finally kicks off, there s some badassory giant genetically modified marine thing glad in pink and gold armour wielding double golden swords versus war traumatized man mech thing with giant cyborg dog Yes pleas [...]
By far the most disappointing thing I ve read from Dan Abnett, and I ve read all of Eisenhorn and Ravenor and the related short stories, nearly all of Gaunt s Ghosts, and some of his Horus Heresy work The book s name and description are extremely misleading There are barely any appearances by the titular characters, and instead the book is a slow plodding set up centered on a new character that isn t all that interesting There are a few really good set pieces in the book, but many of the antagon [...]
For those of you who are not fans of the 40K verse or Dan Abnett I can recommend this as a good gothic sci fi novel It s not some grand epic but there is plenty of very well written action and intrigue and you don t need to have read the previous books to enjoy it but Throne does it help Ok for those of you who are fans of Dan Abnett s 40K work let me tell you right now that you are in for a treat There is no way to explain why without giving away major spoilers but trust me when I say that the [...]