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The Martyr

(Covenant of Steel #2)

4.55  ·  Rating details ·  1,016 ratings  ·  96 reviews
Deadly feuds and ancient secrets spell war in the second novel of The Covenant of Steel, a new epic series of action, intrigue, and magic from a master storyteller who has taken the fantasy world by storm.

Times have changed for Alwyn Scribe. Once an outlaw, he’s now a spymaster and sworn protector of Lady Evadine Courlain, whose visions of a demonic apocalypse have earned
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Published June 28th 2022
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Jawad Khan Definitely but hey, its the 2nd book in his Covenant of Steel series. Go read The Pariah first. I read both Blacktounge and Pariah back to back and wh…moreDefinitely but hey, its the 2nd book in his Covenant of Steel series. Go read The Pariah first. I read both Blacktounge and Pariah back to back and while both are excellent books, the pariah was just out of this world. Highly recommended!(less)
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Jun 20, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Martyr by Anthony Ryan, Book Two of The Covenant of Steel, picks up where Book One ended.

Alwyn Scribe is still at Lady Evadine’s side as protector and adviser. Aside from her cult-like following, most, including the Crown, believe Lady Evadine and her prophetical visions of the coming of the Second Scourge to be a fraud. So, in a bid to get rid of her, King Tomas sends Lady Evadine and her company on what he believes is a hopeless mission of putting down a rebellion in the Duchy of Alundia.
LIsa Noell "Rocking the Chutzpah!"
My thanks to Orbit books, Anthony Ryan and Netgalley.
When I first started this series, I absolutely hated it! I'm not sure if I've reflected that in my first review, but? There it is!
The hate didn't last long.
I loved the first book!
This second book?
Yeah, I loved it too!
There is no middle book syndrome here. Matter of fact, it was just as good as the first.
I have no idea where Alwyn goes from here, but I'm so ready for it.
Oct 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

When I was reading The Pariah, I noticed that each Part of the story was preluded by a quote 'from the Pretender's account to Sir Alwyn Scribe'. And I kept asking myself:
How did an outlaw who mostly has a talent for talking himself out of trouble become a knight?
And then it was... How the hell did this guy who is thrown in the Pits become such an important Scribe his vocation literally became his last name?!
And then, when he unwillingly became Evandine's infantry fodder, it was: "But, how di
Jul 22, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This sweeping and brilliant military fantasy abounds with gritty siege warfare, witty writing, and the continuation of the overall story of Alwyn Scribe. Starting where the first book ends Alwyn finds himself thrust into bigger battles and more significant stakes as the Lady Evadines company is brought to quench a rebellion in the south and stop the religious persecution and genocide occurring there.

There is no middle book lag here, this one hits the story running and is littered with battle and
William Gwynne
Jun 30, 2022 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The Martyr is released today! Looking forward to diving into this second instalment of The Covenant of Steel.
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
3.5 Stars
This is a solid sequel that will please anyone who loved the Pariah. Once again, the characters and prose were strong. I tend to enjoy revenge stories, but it's a very classic fantasy trope. I like this series but it's too classic and tropey in order for me to truly love it.

If you enjoy a very familiar fantasy narrative then this will likely be one you'll really enjoy.

Disclaimer I received a copy of this book from the author.
May 27, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a read, spectacular from the first page till the last.

Highly recommended to all my good read friends who read fantasy.
Navneet Sharma
Jul 08, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love, faith, and duty. Three words to describe the book.

The storyline is very intriguing and fresh compared to other new fantasy books I've read recently. The depth and description provided for all the characters are amazing. The growth that the author's writing from Raven's shadow to Raven's Blade to Covenant of steel is evident in this book.

Aug 08, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You can find my review here! ...more
Shauna Lawless
Jun 29, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in the Covenant of Steel series – and if you haven’t read The Pariah yet, I highly recommend that you do. And just to help you on your way, here is my spoiler free review of The Pariah.

But onto The Martyr – what did I make of this book?

Once again we follow Alwyn – known as ‘The Scribe’ through a war torn kingdom. No longer an illiterate bandit, he’s fighting for and with Evadine, a beautiful woman who claims to be a ‘Risen Martyr’.

Ray Curto
Jun 25, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was given a free e-copy of Martyr by Anthony Ryan (author), Orbit (publisher) and Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. Martyr is the second novel in The Covenant of Steel series.

I read and reviewed Pariah, the first novel in The Covenant of Steel series, and rated it five stars.

This review will be spoiler free.

I would characterize Martyr as epic fantasy story that is light on magic and heavy on religious themes.

The world building appears to be of medieval Europe.

Magic System – Magic is
Jun 17, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aww man that was so good....
The second instalment in the Covenant of Steel series, where Alwyn Scribe continues to narrate his story.
I found this a very satisfying read and Alwyn is a great character, the story flows well, and there's a couple twists that you don't see coming.
Essential reading for fans of Historical fantasy - this will be going on my recommends shelf.
Thanks to Netgalley and Publisher for the ARC.
S. Bavey
May 29, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank NetGalley and Orbit Books for granting me access to a digital advance review copy of The Martyr by Anthony Ryan. My review is honest and my opinions are my own.

A continuation from the point we left off with The Pariah, this sequel is once more told by Alwyn Scribe now among the trusted advisors of the Risen Martyr, as the Anointed Lady Evadine Couravel is now known. The followers are heading to war and most of this book is set during the battles and sieges that constitute t
K.V. Johansen
The Martyr continues the swift pace and relentless action of The Pariah, and Alwyn continues to be an intriguing and occasionally somewhat mysterious narrator, with a new companion, Lilat, joining him -- she's definitely my favourite. Nothing horrible had better happen to her!
I find that although I enjoy Alwyn's adventures, "how is he going to get out of this one" piled atop "how is he going to get out of this one," and really love Ryan's depiction of the various battles and sieges in which Al
Nick Brett
Jul 03, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second book in the author’s new trilogy (?). The first book established Alwyn Scribe as a character, ex outlaw, with a passion for history, who becomes part of a religious army The Covenant Company, being led by the charismatic and serene Evadine.
Now, in the second book, Alywn is a trusted advisor although the reader is never quite sure where his loyalties lie and what his true agenda is. The company is being used in a political and religious war and there are questions about which is the tr
Aug 09, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ivanhoe on steroids

This and The Pariah seemed to start slow. Sometimes wordy but holy shit did they become awesome books. I have to say I think the second book is better which is rare for the fantasy genre. I cannot wait to read the third. Thank you Anthony! Everything you write is a must read going forward.
Ralph Smith
May 08, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 07, 2022 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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2.5 stars

The Martyr is the sequel to The Pariah and whilst I really enjoyed book 1 I was left a little disappointed by this one. We continue to follow Alwyn the Scribe on his adventures as he and the risen Martyr Evadine get sent by the King to pursue peace across the kingdom and ensure the loyalty of the dukes.

I think the main reason I didn't enjoy this book as much as book 1 was Alwyn as a character. In book 1 he had such a cheeky, charming, loveable vibe but in this book he literally just fe
Miguel Aguila
Jul 18, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Thank you to Orbit Books and Netgalley for the complementary eBook and physical ARC, in exchange for an honest review.

I'm going to start off by saying that I was NOT a fan of the first book, 'The Pariah'. it was decent, but I felt like I had to drag myself through multiple portions of it, and it really made me dread having to read 'The Martyr'. Luckily all that dread was for naught, and I wish I would have started reading 'The Martyr' right after 'The Pariah', because WOW did it take me by surpr
Jul 14, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Anthony Ryan is one of my favorite SFF writers in the game right now, and he's quickly rising to the pantheon of best SFF writers of all time in my mind. I loved the Draconis Memoria, which is why I picked up The Pariah. I loved The Pariah, and so I've been patiently awaiting The Martyr.

It did not disappoint.

Ryan's excellent worldbuilding, character development, fight choreography, and dialogue all shine here, just as they do in his previous works. What really makes this book stand out, though,
Jul 16, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well the Martyr was a step in the right directions for this series. I really enjoyed my time with this sequel. I think it had a more focused story from beginning to end. Alwyn Scribe is still a character I am not entirely rooting for but I am more so by the end of the Martyr. There was a touch more action then there was in the Pariah which is always a good thing because Anthony Ryan writes action incredibly well. We also got some more insight on the world and lore in the Martyr which was actuall ...more
On the Same Page
ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

CWs: violence, murder

First off, there's no need to reread the first book. The author has included a very detailed summary in the form of a letter written by someone who is reporting on Alwyn's autobiography, which I thought was very clever.

Just like the first book, this really worked for me. This is mostly because Alwyn is a very compelling character, and we've been getting hints that there is so much more to him t
Darren McGowan
Jul 04, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Better then the first

While I truly liked the first installment of this series, this one blows it out of the water. Everything in this story gets intensified ten fold. The plot deepens to which we have plots within plots and greater powers toying with everything. This story is broken up nicely so that we have battles then a section of info dump,then battles, then different plots take the forefront. Not once was I bored or looking forward to something else. All this with solid characterization. As
Sarah Rice gallego
This is the second novel in The Covenant of Steel series from Ryan and like the first, it's a wonderful and compelling piece of storytelling.

Alwyn Scribe continues to narrate his tale as he rises up from an outlaw, in a world where religion and politics are constantly at war with each other. The narrative is completely absorbing and although this is a long novel, it certainly doesn't feel like it! The worldbuilding is fantastic, you genuinely feel as though you are there along with Alwyn as he s
Thus Kvothe The Raven
“The Martyr” continues the tale author Ryan started in “The Pariah” in this gripping second part of “The Covenant of Steel” trilogy. If you’re looking for a story that engages all of your senses, this one will do it. The sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and tactile feel of battle, travel, and dreams (among other things) come to life here.

The characters are complex, even down to passing tertiary people who briefly appear once (I’m looking at you, former drover). The world-building is likewise nota
Donna Bull
Jul 02, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Martyr continues the Covenant of Steel series and book two thoroughly satisfies and is just terrific!! The journey of Alwyn Scribe with the Risen Martyr Evadine continues as they take up the King 's charge to go to Alundia, secure Walvern Castle and fight the local heretics. There are difficulties aplenty including assassins, a derelict castle to repair and plots and secrets to uncover all the while trying to train people who have never fought before. There are battles and skirmishes through ...more
May 19, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked The Pariah when I read it last year and The Martyr was just as enjoyable. Ryan continues the story he started and builds on it, so it becomes a multi-layered and very interesting book.

I continue to like Alwyn as the main POV character and it’s great to see him develop more throughout the novel. I like his interactions with the other characters and his narration is always entertaining.

One of the things Ryan does very well is seamlessly weave the politics and religion of the world into the
Jun 28, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4 1/2 Stars
The Martyr is the second book in Anthony Ryan’s brilliant Covenant of Steel series. It picks up not long after the events of The Pariah and it is a non-stop thrill ride from start to finish as we continue to follow the life of Alwyn Scribe. With a few exceptions, we follow him as a full Supplicant Blade in Evadine Courlain’s Covenant Company, as they battle to fight the Imposter King Tomas from taking the throne. There are many battle scenes in The Martyr and I continue to be impresse
Jul 25, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The Martyr is the second installment in Anthony Ryan’s enjoyable Covenant of Steel series. In this installment, our protagonist – Alwyn Scribe, the former outlaw turned protector of the (Joan of Arc-esque) “Anointed Lady”, Evadine Courlain – finds himself embroiled in political intrigue, battles, and the war between various religious and secular factions . . . all while hiding the truth behind Lady Evadine’s Risen Martyr status. The plot can best be described as a blend of Robin Hood, Joan-of-Ar ...more
Luke Borchy
Jul 16, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite an at-times overindulgent exercise in battle worship, Ryan pens an exciting, mysterious, and dramatic sequel to 'The Pariah' that sees our beloved miscreant, Alwyn Scribe, embark on yet more adventures. 'The Martyr' succeeds in most respects where many second-parters often fail. Ryan wastes no time with padding; from the offset, we are cast back in Alwyn's world and follow his exploits in this big, battle-burdened world. Ryan's ability to capture Alwyn's developing moral compass and unde ...more
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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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