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The Pariah – Released in the UK Today

The Pariah – Book One of The Covenant of Steel – is released today in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

UK ebook: Amazon.co.uk –  Apple Books –  Kobo –  Google Play

UK hardcover: Amazon.co.uk –  Waterstones –  WH Smith –  Wordery – Bookshop.orgThe Broken Binding

Audiobook:  audible.co.uk

“Ryan (the Raven’s Shadow series) impresses with this fantasy trilogy opener… The author makes buy-in easy thanks to three-dimensional characters and intelligent prose that grips from the opening sentence.” – Publisher’s Weekly starred review.

The Pariah is a sharp, brutal tale and a brilliant introduction to the Covenant of Steel series. While the story itself is grim and bloody, Ryan’s prose and characterization are a beacon in the darkness. A remarkable story that I did not want to end.” – FanFiAddict.

About the book:

The Pariah begins a new epic fantasy series of action, intrigue and magic from Anthony Ryan, a master storyteller who has taken the fantasy world by storm. 

Born into the troubled kingdom of Albermaine, Alwyn Scribe is raised as an outlaw. Quick of wit and deft with a blade, Alwyn is content with the freedom of the woods and the comradeship of his fellow thieves. But an act of betrayal sets him on a new path – one of blood and vengeance, which eventually leads him to a soldier’s life in the king’s army. 

Fighting under the command of Lady Evadine Courlain, a noblewoman beset by visions of a demonic apocalypse, Alwyn must survive war and the deadly intrigues of the nobility if he hopes to claim his vengeance. But as dark forces, both human and arcane, gather to oppose Evadine’s rise, Alwyn faces a choice: can he be a warrior, or will he always be an outlaw?


Blood Song – Ten Year Anniversary Giveaway

July 31st 2021 will mark ten years to the day since I first published Blood Song on the Smashwords self-publishing site. For a more detailed version of my pro-writer origin story check out my essay ‘The Long Overnight’ on the Penguin Blood Song page (scroll down to the ‘Author Essay’ bit). Suffice to say, a lot has happened since. One decade, eight (soon to be nine) published novels, a bunch of novellas, and over a million books sold later, I think it’s fair to say I owe it all to that one click of the mouse ten years ago. Funny old world. 

On July 31st members of my mailing list will be given the chance to enter a draw for a rare 1st edition, signed, lined and dated US hardcover edition of Blood Song. One second-place winner will receive a signed US edition mass market paperback. Five third-place winners will receive signed Blood Song bookplates. All winners will also receive one of these snazzy Pariah bookplates provided by Orbit and signed by me. 

To have a chance of winning please ensure you subscribe to the mailing list before midnight on July 30th. 


Speaking of The Pariah, the US audiobook is now available for pre-order here: Audible.com.

And just a reminder:

Pre-order links for all formats are on The Pariah book page.


The Pariah Gets a Starred Review from Publisher’s Weekly & Goodreads eARC Giveaway

I’m pleased to report that Publisher’s Weekly has given The Pariah – Book One of The Covenant of Steel – a starred review.

“Ryan (the Raven’s Shadow series) impresses with this fantasy trilogy opener… The author makes buy-in easy thanks to three-dimensional characters and intelligent prose that grips from the opening sentence.” – Publisher’s Weekly.

You can read the full review here – warning for mild plot spoilers for those who prefer to come to the book completely cold. 

Congratulations to the winners of the signed Pariah advance review copy who have been chosen and notified today – check your spam folders to make sure you haven’t missed the notification. Thanks to everyone who took the time to enter and for the many nice comments, apologies I couldn’t respond to everyone.

Any US readers who would like a second chance can enter the Goodreads giveaway for 100 e-book review copies currently being run by Orbit US – sorry, US readers only. The giveaway ends on May 2nd. Go here to enter: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/322986-the-pariah

I’ll be running my own giveaway for signed hardcovers and paperbacks closer to the release date in August so watch out for that. Make sure you’re signed up to the mailing list to ensure you don’t miss out on a chance to win one.

The UK audiobook, narrated by Steven Brand, is now available for pre-order from audible.co.uk. No US pre-order yet, I’ll update the book page when I have one.

And finally, I’m happy (and relieved) to report that, as of two days ago, I finished the first draft of Book Two in The Covenant of Steel trilogy. There’s still some work to do on the text and the title is yet to be finalised, but it’s always a good feeling when I get to type these words:


Announcing ‘The Pariah’ – Book One of the ‘Covenant of Steel’

Many thanks to Fantasy Inn for hosting the cover reveal for my new novel The Pariah – Book One in the all new The Covenant of Steel trilogy. 

Cover illustration by Jaime Jones who also painted the UK cover for The Waking Fire – see more of his work at www.artpad.org. Cover design by Lauren Panepinto (@Panepinto).

About the book:

The Pariah begins a new epic fantasy series of action, intrigue and magic from Anthony Ryan, a master storyteller who has taken the fantasy world by storm. 

Born into the troubled kingdom of Albermaine, Alwyn Scribe is raised as an outlaw. Quick of wit and deft with a blade, Alwyn is content with the freedom of the woods and the comradeship of his fellow thieves. But an act of betrayal sets him on a new path – one of blood and vengeance, which eventually leads him to a soldier’s life in the king’s army. 

Fighting under the command of Lady Evadine Courlain, a noblewoman beset by visions of a demonic apocalypse, Alwyn must survive war and the deadly intrigues of the nobility if he hopes to claim his vengeance. But as dark forces, both human and arcane, gather to oppose Evadine’s rise, Alwyn faces a choice: can he be a warrior, or will he always be an outlaw?

The Pariah will be released by Orbit in the US on August 24th and in the UK on August 26th, 2021.

Pre-order Links

UK ebook: Amazon.co.ukApple BooksKoboGoogle Play

UK hardcover: Amazon.co.ukWaterstonesWH SmithWorderyBookshop.org

US ebook: Amazon.comNookApple BooksKoboGoogle Play

US paperback: Amazon.comBarnes and NobleIndieboundBookshop.org

No pre-order links for the audiobook yet but watch this space. Thanks to everyone at Orbit for their hard work in making this happen and to you, Dear Reader, for patiently awaiting news of what I’m writing next. 

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In other news, the UK paperback edition of The Black Song – Book Two of The Raven’s Blade – releases on February 11th. I was going to do another signed book giveaway but recent, I assume, COVID-related experiences with international shipping means I’ll hold off until the US paperback comes out in June when, vaccines permitting, things will have calmed down a bit. 

You can pre-order the UK Black Song paperback here:

Amazon.co.ukWaterstonesWH SmithHive.co.uk

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In yet more other news, Slab City Blues – The Collected Stories is now available in hardcover from Amazon.co.ukAmazon.com.