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Pariahs (Ilings Book 1)

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In a land of monsters and soulless creatures, there is a secluded compound terrorized by a fallen demon-killer, the Grand Apwor. He's claimed its youngest occupant Vijeren as his son. The Grand Apwor can’t be killed, he can’t be escaped, and his punishments are severe and horrific. Somehow, he knows where Vijeren is at all times. When a law enforcer named Zhin appears like ...more
Kindle Edition, 421 pages
Published November 1st 2018
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Christi M
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
In this highly imaginative world, the author creates a story filled with terrific world building. And even though the main characters are what we might classify as monsters, it is also a story about family and knowing where you belong.

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Pariahs is a book like no other that I’ve read in quite a while and to be honest I’m not sure where to start. Sometimes fantasy can take too familiar of a path – stories filled with creatures and races that we’ve known for ages: dwarves, elves, magic syste
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Antara Roy
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A very engaging read! The world of Vijeren and his brothers is so vividly described, and the scenes of terror made me cringe, and yet I longed to read more. The author creates a complex universe and just as deftly and expertly weaves in the elements of terror and suspense. The fight scenes were amazingly described and what I loved most about this book was the heart and soul of the characters who faced every danger and obstacle with a spirit similar to ours. They may appear to be physically diffe ...more
Christine Marshall
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An action-filled monster adventure with a focus on family! My 15 year old son read the book and had this to say: This book is great, just don’t read it as a bedtime story for your kids! I would have read it sooner if the summary on the back had specified that it was a high-action adventure rather than a horror story that spent lots of time in a compound with a wasteland of monsters everywhere else (no offense to the author, but that’s how I interpreted the summary). The new vocabulary takes some ...more
Norma Nikutowski
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book transports you to a fantastic world of monsters and creatures. The author masterfully introduces the unique characters and the book also comes with a glossary with the extraordinary creatures and a description. The adventure starts right away with Vijeren who is trying to show his brothers how brave he is. Danger lurks everywhere. This action packed fantasy adventure kept me turning pages to see what was going to happen next.
Michelle
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Pariahs is not my normal genre but Ms. Benally wrote a compelling fantasy story. The imagery held my attention as did the characters. The story moved along quite well, with little heart-stopping action. I'll be recommending this read to all fantasy reader. ...more
J.M. Brister
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
A Pariahs Review

Welcome to the world of monsters and soulless creatures. It’s a unique fantasy world with cool races and interesting characters. If you’re looking for an awesome fantasy novel that’s different from the usual fair, I highly recommend reading Pariahs. You will not be disappointed.

Vijeren is a kid just trying to live his life. Unfortunately, he lives in this compound with the Grand Apwor, a villain you just love to hate. He’s a cruel and evil guy, and when Zhin who is a law enforcem
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E.J. Dawson
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
The artful way this book was written, with its unique description, ventures into an fantasical world where fantasy is re-imagined. The story of three boys, trying to prove their worth against a series of politics and social customs that are foreign and odd. Each of the boys has their own unique gifts, and its great to see these unfold. The story's unusual and flowering language can lend itself to repetition and distraction during some points, which I found took away from the author's voice rathe ...more
Lee Benally
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This novel is the most exciting wonderful book that I have read in years. The only thing that could possibly be more so is the sequel coming up in about a year or so!!! The story is unusually family friendly and satisfying. Its setting is on another world which the author has filled with different races and her brand of dinosaurs, demons and flora and fauna. No other world I have ever read can compare. I have reread this over 20 times and each time loses nothing in the telling. You will not regr ...more
Iseult Murphy
Jan 20, 2020 rated it liked it
An interesting second world fantasy set in a society where fatherhood is akin to ownership and unclaimed children are vulnerable to predation by a whole host of dangerous beings. Living in the land of Ilo are three foster brothers - 23 year old N’Nar, teenage Sibare and 12 year old Vijeren. Separated and hunted by three unique entities, will the brothers find each other and defeat their foes?
I liked the originality of the world and the creatures that inhabited it. The physical differences and th
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