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Pariah (Bequin #1)

4.16  ·  Rating Details  ·  784 Ratings  ·  64 Reviews
Inquisitor Gideon Ravenor returns to action to hunt the most dangerous enemy he has ever encountered, a disgraced inquisitor, driven by obsession to bind daemons to his will and consort with heretics. For Ravenor, this is more than just a manhunt; it is personal. This foe was once his greatest ally and most trusted friend: his old mentor, Gregor Eisenhorn.
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published November 2012 by The Black Library (first published October 1st 2012)
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Oct 17, 2012 Joshua rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Someone please get to work cloning Mr. Abnett.
Oct 08, 2012 Richard rated it really liked it
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 more 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 ou
James Whitbread
Oct 02, 2012 James Whitbread rated it it was amazing
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 more. Bravo, ...more
Michael Alexander Henke
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.
Feb 03, 2014 Owen rated it it was ok
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.

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Dec 18, 2012 Vincent rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
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
Jan 05, 2013 Abhinav rated it it was ok
You can find the full review over at The Founding Fields:

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 Fields

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
Dec 15, 2012 Jean-Luc rated it it was amazing
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.

Ross Hamilton
Nov 03, 2012 Ross Hamilton rated it really liked it
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 more of a fantasy feel. The sci fi nature was not exactly hitting you over the head. Again, this did not
Sep 02, 2015 Frank rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Looking forward to the next one
Callum Shephard
Oct 05, 2015 Callum Shephard rated it liked it
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 ...more
Feb 15, 2014 Garrett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 bo
Aug 15, 2014 Kayla rated it really liked it
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 more "h ...more
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!
Oct 09, 2012 Aleksi rated it it was amazing
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.
Ash Barker
Oct 31, 2012 Ash Barker rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi

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.
Feb 25, 2016 Fizzy123 rated it it was ok
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 p
Jan 11, 2014 Kam rated it really liked it
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 autho ...more
Nov 28, 2012 Crispin rated it really liked it
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!
Jun 09, 2014 Jaye rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Now that's more like it! This is a Warhammer book that is capable of standing on its own, though it owes a lot to the Eisenhorn and Ravenor trilogies, and is likely to be incomprehensible to anyone not familiar with the setting.

When last we saw her, Alizabeth Bequin was brain-dead in stasis after a nasty encounter with a Chaos Titan. This book finds her clone being trained as an operative for the Inquisition, or so she thinks...

There were lots of surprises in this book. I knew Eisenhorn moved in
Skut L
Nov 12, 2012 Skut L rated it really liked it
Abnett once again proves he's one of the best BL has on its roster.
Dec 25, 2014 Matias rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 an
Mar 13, 2015 Mick rated it it was amazing
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 seri
Dec 09, 2012 Ben rated it liked it
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 was...alright. 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 co
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 al
Oct 13, 2014 Will rated it it was amazing
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Nov 15, 2012 Nathan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

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 anta
Жанна Пояркова
Том не вызвал ожидаемых эмоций, но, возможно, такова была задумка - мир глазами дисциплинированной парии. В переводе Елизавета Биквин рассуждает, словно робот, столкновение с сектой Когнитэ совершенно не ужасает, а разнообразных могущественных персонажей слишком много, чтобы они заинтересовывали. Но главное - нет драмы, нет развития характера, т.е. это просто филер. А я-то ждала постепенного столкновения Рэйвенора и Эйзенхорна. В глазах клона Биквин оба они - лишь болванки. И если первая часть к ...more
Feb 25, 2016 Ethan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: warhammer-40k
Dan Abnett's Pariah functions as an opening chapter in the Ravenor vs. Eisenhorn trilogy, it introduces us to the main character, Alizabeth Bequin, a name that should be familliar to readers of the Eisenhorn series. Abnett sets the stage for the conflict to come, but unfortunately doesn't do much more than that. I would probably recommend waiting to read this until you have the second book in hand so you can continue the story right away. Pariah unfortunately ends right when the action is heatin ...more
Feb 05, 2014 Guillaume rated it liked it
Cet opus devait sceller la rencontre du Maître déchu contre l'élève.

Et bien, c'est long, il faut des rebondissements et du rythme pour lancer un roman qui ne decollera jamais.

Ce n'est que par nostalgie que le feedback n'est pas plus sévère!
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