Pariah’s Lament

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Available to order worldwide in paperback and eBook.

Copies can be ordered from your local bookstore upon request.

“So often it’s the forgotten who possess the power to change the world.”

When an attempt is made on the life of Ashara, Keeper of Yurr, his young, hapless advisor Edvar must uncover and stop those behind it. With enemies in the capital city and the belligerent Tesh, Keeper of neighboring kingdom Karrabar stirring trouble in the Borderlands, can Edvar hold together Ashara’s brittle reign? 

The troubles ripple throughout Yurr, affecting an ancient race of people known as the Amast, who in their time of utmost need, turn to pariah Isy for salvation. Rejected by society, kith and kin, can Isy guide the Amast to safety during the greatest turmoil Yurr has known since the War of the Damned?


Readers of Joe Abercrombie and George RR Martin will appreciate the gritty realism of Richie Billing’s writing, yet at times it possesses a light-hearted and humorous touch akin to the works of James Barclay and Nicholas Eames. 

And for those who adore the heroes and character-driven plots of Brandon Sanderson and Patrick Rothfuss, you’ll find protagonists that will whisk you away on an epic journey of discovery, intrigue, friendship and love.

Reviews and Praise

Richie Billing has created something a bit special here,” Ebookwyrm. Read the full review here.

I went from being hooked to utterly absorbed into the story. I picked up the book every moment I could snag a free minute or two.Geeks Under Grace. Read the full review here.

A great read that will keep you spellbound as you traverse the world alongside Isy and Edvar,” Books Behind The Title. Read the full review.

“I think this book really shines in the details, though, giving each character something to work through personally while also trying to sort out the external situations.” E.G. Stone, Quill and Pen Society. Read the full review.

“A tale of acceptance and confidence with breathtaking worldbuilding.” Jessica Mack, Jem Edits Book Blog. Read the full review.

“The character journeys are incredibly well-constructed.” Laura Buckley, Book Blogger. Read the full review.

“The story was perfectly paced and I was so wrapped up in the story, wanting to know how it was going to end that I read the entire thing in one go.” Worlds Unlike Our Own. Read the full review. 

“There is a glorious balance of elements in Pariah’s Lament. You have deep political intrigue, strong, engaging characters, humour in even the darkest moments, and dynamic pulse-quickening action.” Bookends and Bagends. Read the full review.

“Billing shrewdly delves into the very relatable, human need to actualize and belong.” Mark Brooks, Author

“Billing has a knack for writing descriptions that can make readers feel like they’re walking in the character’s shoes.” Anna Civolani, Editor

“With themes of vengeance, betrayal, and unity, Pariah’s Lament made for an exciting and adventurous read. The raw emotional concerns of the characters added a much-needed touch of humanity throughout, something you don’t get with a lot of modern books.” Ellie Mitchell, Bookish Beyond. Read the full review.

“Other than Brandon Sanderson, Billing has written my favourite battle scenes where they’re epic, grand, but not confusing, leaving me lost.” Sarah Lillian Books. Read the full review. 

“Pariah’s Lament is a book full of political intrigue, warfare, and action. However, it is  also a book about the dispossessed and rejects of a society finding the courage in themselves to save the world that rejects them.” Bibliophilia Book Reviews. Read the full review. 

“The plot blends politics, romance and battles in strands that feel familiar to fans of this genre, but the worldbuilding really stands out, with the Amast, the Keepers, and the backstory of the magical daggers that must be contained to avoid further separation of the world’s races.” Bookshine and Readbows. Read the full review.


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Interviews About Pariah’s Lament

I’ve taken part in a good few interviews surrounding the release of Pariah’s Lament and in the months after. Below, you can find links to all of those interviews so far published.

The talented Robb Wallace kindly invited me to take part in an interview for his awesome series of fantasy author interviews. You can read it in full here. 

Click here to read my interview with the brilliant Laura Buckley.

Head here to listen to hear me nattering on with Steve Holder on Holding On With Holder

Or head here to see my interview with Herminia Chow.

Head here to see my interview with Jem Interviews.

And below you can listen to my interview with LCR FM (Liverpool Community Radio).


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pariah's lament

Artwork by Mark Vernall. 


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Map of Yurr and Karrabar
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World Map of Soria

Artwork by Mark Vernall


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