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A Pilgrimage of Swords

( The Seven Swords #1)

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It is two hundred years since the deity known as the Absolved went mad and destroyed the Kingdom of Alnachim, transforming it into the Execration, a blasted wasteland filled with nameless terrors. For decades, desperate souls have made pilgrimage to the centre of this cursed land to seek the Mad God’s favour, their fate always unknown.

Now a veteran warrior known only as P
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Published September 30th 2019 by Subterranean Press
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Petrik
Apr 17, 2019 rated it liked it
ARC provided by the publisher—Subterranean Press—in exchange for an honest review.

3.5/5 stars

Anthony Ryan is back with a brand new novella in a completely new world.


It’s been two hundred years since the Kingdom of Alnachim was destroyed by The Mad God. Alnachim, now called the Execration, has become a wasteland full of monsters and terrors. For decades, pilgrimages to reach the center of the Execration were made by desperate people so they can meet the Mad God and have their wish granted; none e
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Bookwraiths
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing novella. Full review to come.
Sarah
Sep 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, net-galley
3.5 stars. This is my first experience with Anthony Ryan. I don’t expect it to be the last. This novella isn’t bad, but it’s one of those times where honestly, I just wanted more. I wanted to know more about the world, more about Pilgrim and his intrepid band of… Pilgrims..

In A Pilgrimage of Swords, we follow a man called Pilgrim and his cursed sword on a trip across the wastelands to make a prayer to the Mad God. It’s a very difficult and dangerous journey, and few are ever known to have come b
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Karl
Oct 25, 2019 marked it as to-read
This hardcover is numbered 496 of 1000 produced and is signed by Anthony Ryan
Kaora
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Short stories are always tough because there is a limited time to establish characters, build a world and make the reader care.

Anthony Ryan does a fabulous job of this in the fast-paced novella "A Pilgrimage of Swords" which introduces a dark and gritty fantasy world that instantly captured my attention, and characters that I can't help but want more of.

Ryan is at the top of his game with this one and I can't help but be impressed.
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David S Meanderings)
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to NetGalley for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

A mysterious warrior carrying a sword imbued with a demon, a beast charmer, a priest, a scholar, an actor, a wife, and a husband go on a journey across a place called “The Execration” to make their petitions to a Mad God. What could go wrong?

Anthony Ryan’s first in a series of novellas was a fast paced, edgy journey that by the end I didnt want to stop reading. Getting to know the world through the eyes and discussi
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Shreyas
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very engrossing novella. I hope to read more from Ryan about this world, full of demons, decaying religions, and impossible landscapes.

Ratings:- ⭐⭐⭐⭐
FanFiAddict
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rating: ★★★★☆

Synopsis

It is two hundred years since the deity known as the Absolved went mad and destroyed the Kingdom of Alnachim, transforming it into the Execration, a blasted wasteland filled with nameless terrors. For decades, desperate souls have made pilgrimage to the centre of this cursed land to seek the Mad God’s favour, their fate always unknown.

Now a veteran warrior known only as Pilgrim, armed with a fabled blade inhabited by the soul of a taunting demon, must join with six others t
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RG
Apr 19, 2020 rated it liked it
For a Ryan book this is very short but its obviously a novella. Quite simple in comparison but its definitely fun. Would uave loved a more fleshed out version of this. Having only 100 or so pages doesnt allow for much extensive world buidling however I think its more so the characters that dont get a great background. Other than Pilgrim that was it. Would recommend his other work over this but if you want some quick fantasy fun then give it a go
Kelly
Sep 28, 2019 rated it liked it
I feel like I have a few of Anthony Ryan's books in my TBR pile for a while now but I've never picked them up. Too many books, too little time... you know? But when I saw his new novella (set up in a new world), I immediately requested an ARC. I was lucky enough to be accepted and now here I am, reviewing it.

A pilgrimage of swords follow Pilgrim, a man with a sword and a voice that talks to him and is asking for blood. We don't know his past or his story but we know he's going to go on a journe
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WS_BOOKCLUB
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with this book in exchange for my honest opinion. This will be released on September 30th.

Wow! Reminiscent of Tad Williams or Sean Russell, this book has everything I look for in an epic fantasy. The world building- especially the religious beliefs and how they’ve affected everything over the years- was masterful. It was well-thought out and delivered, without turning into the dreaded information dump. I loved the idea of the Mad God granting one prayer if
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Travis
May 21, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I find it hard to truly rate and review novellas, especially ones that are a series because there is so little time spent in the world and with the characters. Now with a Pilgrimage of Swords I see so much potential and promise within this world, but I think this would have benefited from being just a tad bit longer so that the characters and the world could have been fleshed out more. I could have seen this being a novel, maybe not a full scale epic but you know what I mean. I was really engage ...more
Flying Monkey
Jun 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020, audible
3 Stars!

I enjoyed this short novella. I wish it would have been a full novel as I really wanted to learn more about the characters.
Dezideriu Szabo
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Five stars for Anthony Ryan's ability to manage an excellent world building and to develop strong characters in 128 pages. ...more
Ashley Williams
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
This was a really interesting novella that I hope is the beginning of a series. There's so much potential in Ryan's world of demons and corruption. Overall, I really liked this manuscript and can't wait to see what Ryan has next.

ARC provided by Subterranean Press in exchange for an honest review.
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Elena Linville
Jul 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, arcs, loved-ok
You can find this review and more on my blog.

This was an okay novella. From what I understood, it serves as a prequel or introduction to a new series, and as such, it did a good job introducing the main character, Pilgrim, as well as giving us a tantalizing glimpse into the world he inhabits.

Unfortunately, the story fell rather short for me. We follow the journey of several characters who are thrown together because all of them chose to undertake a pilgrimage into the domain of a mad god, in th
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Frank
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
A wonderful novella from Ryan, who to his credit has released two solid trilogies to date.
This story is strictly a short quest novel, and Ryan stuffs a great deal into so few pages.
THE BIBLIOPHILE (Rituranjan)
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
A brilliant novella, and one of the best things Ryan has ever written after Blood Song. A thrilling quest based story packed with action and mystery, excellent world-building, and interesting characters. The scope is epic, but it is condensed roughly into some 81 pages, and hence, the story left me wanting for more. The writing is simply elegant, and it maintains a grim tone to it balanced with a tragic current that underlies the story.

The short length of the novella was a setback in my opinion.
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Hannah Langendoerfer
I was honored to be given an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I am a big fan of Anthony Ryan, so it's no great surprise that I loved this novella. My only complaint is that it is too short. I wanted more, but what we are given in the short page count is something exciting, terrifying, and compelling.

You will not find a wasted word anywhere. Every piece of the novella either moves the story forward, teaches us some history or develops the characters. It moves at a breakneck pace and is hard
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Lael Walters
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
LOVE this cover. Not sure what exactly drew me in but ever since I first saw it I wanted to read it -- but since I'd never read anything by Anthony Ryan I was reluctant to shell out the money (Subterranean Press' books are beautiful and high quality but NOT cheap!). So I was very excited to see it on Netgalley and happy to get a chance to review it.

And this novella lived up to the cover. The story reminded me a lot of the feelings I got reading Andre Norton novels so long ago -- the people unde
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Andreas
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A group of people is travelling to the Mad God. It is said that he will grant one prayer while all others will suffer a cruel fate. The protagonist is simply called Pilgrim and he is in possession of a demon sword. During the course of events the reader will learn a lot more about him, his companions and the world they live in.

I very much enjoyed the flowery prose, the dark setting and the different characters. Each of them hides something and as only one prayer will be fulfilled, nothing is re
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Brandon
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have yet to read anything by Anthony Ryan that I haven't been quite taken with, this was no exception. My largest and only gripe is that a novela is far too short a medium for a story of this caliber.

The world, characters, and backstory that we get mere glances of would entice me to read a series of massive tomes expanding on all of it.

This is a very fine piece of work, and I would recommend it without reservation to anyone that can handle the heartbreak of it ending all too soon.
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Bob
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a dark adventure. What will you pray for, if you make it to the end of this pilgrimage? My second level healer survived this journey.
Kesara
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-favorites
Review - Pilgrimage of Sword by Anthony Ryan

[4 stars]

I received a free e-arc of this book provided by the publisher - Subterranean Press via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

You can continue to read my review down below, or check out my video review here:https://youtu.be/Soqd05fuS-Y

I ended up really like this book a lot more than I was expecting. I was really excited going into this book because I have never read anything by Anthony Ryan before, and I really wanted to try his work. Sin
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nixitN
Jul 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Perfection is an impossibility. It is through our imperfections that we come to know ourselves.”



Now I’m sure I’ll read the author’s other books as well. This is a very well written short story. It gave me a pleasant reading. All the characters were interesting characters in some way. It’s an exciting and action-packed story. I wouldn’t say for sure it was a unique story, but it was very exciting to read. Pilgrim became my favorite character, I liked his adjuvant intention that he wasn’t selfish
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Traveling Cloak
Sep 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
A Pilgrimage of Swords is a novella and the first in the Seven Swords series. I find it very interesting the way author Anthony Ryan is taking on this series by releasing as a set of novellas instead of a set of full-scale books. It feels very episodic, which I enjoy. Pilgrimage is more or less an introduction to the series, which I categorize as adventure fantasy meets grimdark. The characters in this book are going on a quest, and it also contains elements of violence and dark elements. This w ...more
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A Unique, fantasy quest, that hits the sweet spot!

I really enjoyed every bit of this novella. It started quick. Before you know it, we are introduced to a small a group of people, who have sacrificed much to get to this point. Each character was written so well. I had no difficulties imagining each one from the start. I find it usually takes me awhile to get the hang of who's who in most books. Each kept me curious about the lives they led, before embarking on a path that would lead them to the
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Will
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 / 5 ✪

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So, a talking sword, a mysterious cast of players, a quest for one wish from a mad god. We follow Pilgrim and his talking sword on this quest, accompanied by only five other seekers and their guide, Priest. That’s Pilgrimage of Swords in a nutshell.

Well, I didn’t care for the beginning, despite that it kinda tied in later on. I would’ve liked a bit more backstory or something before diving into the epic quest, or maybe even just begun the story at t
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Alyssa (Intotheheartwyld)
So this was my first ever book by Anthony Ryan, and honestly starting out with a novella was probably a bad choice on my part, as I wasn't super impressed with this.

I enjoy novellas, they are usually a good break from large series, and I can get through them in an hour or two, but this took me 3 days to read, a lot of this was due to it doing nothing to call me back to it to keep reading it. I would just stop and forget about it, it wasn't able to hold my attention for even an hour.

It felt very
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Mark Redman
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Pilgrimage of Swords is the first book in the Seven Swords series. One point to note this is a novella and the page count is 110 pages, so it’s short, don’t let that deter you from reading this book!

Set in a completely new world to his previous books. This story is centred around veteran warrior called Pilgrim, armed with a fabled sword, inhabited by the soul of a demon. Accompanied by a youthful priest, a beast-charmer, a duplicitous scholar, an effete actor and two exiled lovers, Pilgrim must
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Anthony Ryan was born in Scotland in 1970 but spent much of his adult life living and working in London. After a long career in the British Civil Service he took up writing full time after the success of his first novel Blood Song, Book One of the Raven’s Shadow trilogy. He has a degree in history, and his interests include art, science and the unending quest for the perfect pint of real ale.

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