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A great legacy hangs over the whole agnett, meaning that even when it stands out on its own you might be left feeling disappointed. Sprawling, secretive and operating in the shadows, the Inquisition has guarded humanity for countless millennia.

Pariah by Dan Abnett

Holding places of power in the most obscure worlds, it operates and trains its warriors in plain sight, waging its wars among an unknowing populace. All of who are very interested in Bequin, and the enigma behind her very existence….

Serving as the viewpoint abnety throughout the entire book, the famed Inquisitors Eisenhorn and Ravenor appear very late on. Or, at least you might think so. As the start of a trilogy this is a very slow burner, gradually developing and focusing far more upon setting the stage than anything else.

With the Eisenhorn and Ravenor trilogies ending with such finality, Abnett needed to spend time building a new world for them to battle in and establishing the new ideas.

This might have what put some readers off during their initial experience, yet when you actually focus upon the world building at hand, it becomes one of the best examples to date in M Woven throughout the core narrative, we see each tier of its social structure, powers and examples of its history built up chapter by chapter.


It pariay starts to overtake the story at times and you might be left focusing upon this over the actual main story at times.

Compared with the likes of other books, which all too often simply turn their characters into examples of their factions, the groups here are far more three dimensional, and played out more as suspects in a murder case than figures in a war.

Being set amid an invisible war, the book is one of many twists, quite a few of which you will not see coming. So, with all this in mind, what are its problems exactly? The foremost one of these is the apparent reliance upon fan service.

Along with some rather hand-waved explanations justifying the return of characters who should have departed the series by now, old elements seem to be brought up purely for the sake of tying it closer to the old trilogies. One in particular, a rather famous enemy from Xenosemerges long after they should have in all rights been soundly beaten.

Silent Hill fans tired of seeing Pyramid Head wheeled out again and again will be all too familiar with this feeling. Something not helped by the addition of a Adn War rocket at one point.

Problems are further hampered by Bequin herself, who proves to be a rather underwhelming character. Prone to purple prose even more so than many other characters — far past the point of adding colour to the environment — she often seems utterly out of control.


It honestly feels as if the main meat of the book is always taking place just out of sight and, much like a certain Adn Ex title, the actual protagonist seems all too superfluous to the actual story. Perhaps the final point truly worthy of note as a serious failing is that, as a starting point, Pariah is very lacking in many regards.

It seriously starts to pick up the pace in the final chapters, seriously begins to be moving towards something substantial, and then abruptly ends with little fanfare.

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Also with some fan service, and the first actual acknowledgement of a major plot point which had been hanging over the minds of fans since the involvement of Eisenhorn was mentioned. Long time reader of novels, occasional writer of science fiction and critic of many things; Bellarius has seen some of the best and worst the genre has to offer.

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