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Barren

Barren

Peter V Brett

13th January 2019

The fourth short story from the world of the Demon Cycle - this time focussing on relationships between some of the minor characters from the series, and showing how their world and culture has evolved over time, neatly paralleling changes in the real world.

It was a nice chance to revisit this series after I read the conclusion of the main narrative earlier in 2018. My memory of the characters that appear here was a little sketchy, but that didn’t stop my enjoyment.

I hope that this is a sign that there will be some more trips into this world, but failing that I remain excited to see what Brett’s mind brings us readers next.

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The Core

The Core

Peter V Brett

26th May 2018

The grand finale of the Demon Cycle brings us back to a world infested by demons who rise from the ground each night to terrorise the human population.

We’ve gradually been introduced to a lot of characters over the course of this series, and I must admit I struggled a little to remember each of their backgrounds as they play their part in this story.

What struck me the most as I read further and further through was how close I was getting to the end of the book, and yet there was little sign of a resolution to the story in sight. And yet of course, as I knew, this is the last book of the series (excepting spin-offs) and the resolution did arrive. And yet despite this the conclusion did not feel rushed - it was perfectly paced and wrapped up the story of these characters in a satisfying manner.

I’ve really enjoyed this series, and hope that Brett goes on to create more worlds and more characters for me to read in the future.

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The Skull Throne

The Skull Throne

Peter V Brett

7th September 2017

The fourth novel in the Demon Cycle sees us rejoin the characters of the first three stories (and indeed the novellas) as they deal with the events that concluded the third novel, and the absence of two of their number.

It's... different. It's a while since I read the other books, but while they spent a lot of time world building from different cultures and different points of view, that almost felt like a secondary aspect here - touching only briefly on the backgrounds of new characters, and in one part featuring an extended (but shorter than usual) flashback recalling life so far.

Most of the narrative then is taking up with fighting. Indeed, apart from a brief pause in the middle of the book for some politics, almost the entire 750 pages is taken up with some sort of fight. I found this tiresome - action sequences in books rarely work for me as my imagination isn't amazingly visual, and slowing down to try to absorb what was happening blow by blow interrupts what for me is the enjoyable part of storytelling.

So overall a bit disappointed in part four. It feels a little like it's just shuffling pieces into place ready for the finale, and I hope that when it comes in a few months' time it's able to bring the series back up to its original high standard.

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Messenger's Legacy

Messenger's Legacy

Peter V Brett

6th July 2016

A short novella from Brett's Demon Cycle series, Messenger's Legacy is the tale of a young man, the victim of a prejudiced society and a horrifying accident. It's hard to say more without spoilers.

Apparently the first chapter has previously been published on its own, and it was clear how it could work as such, but the later chapters really turn the story up a notch and develop it in a way that I wasn't expecting.

It's an interesting new look into a world that already has a lot of different views, and if, as I'm led to believe, the events of this book have an effect on later events in the main series then it's a good extra to have read.

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The Great Bazaar

The Great Bazaar

Peter V Brett

6th January 2016

The second short story from The Demon Cycle depicts another moment in the life of Arlen, one of the main characters from the novel series, taking part in one of the moments that feel between chapters in (i think) the first novel, The Painted/Warded Man.

I found it fascinating to read from a number of perspectives. It adds some crucial worldbuilding that parallels events in the first novella, provides insight into two of the major characters from the series, and reveals an element from the plot that I hadn't even realised was missing from the main series.

A really enjoyable short read for anyone who is devouring Brett's novels that fills a pleasant half hour gap between the longer tomes.

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Brayan's Gold

Brayan's Gold

Peter V Brett

31st December 2015

The first of several short stories set in the world of The Demon Cycle sees us spending some time with Arlen, one of the series' main characters, as a young man in training to be a messenger. I read the short having already read the first three novels from the series, but it's set (I'm pretty sure) between the first and second and would make most sense to be read after book one.

The bulk of the plot is action, but it's action that shows the character of Arlen forming and building his character between how it originally appears and how he returns in book two. It shows some key elements evolving and I thought that was really interesting. It's a good short adventure that gives a taste of Brett's writing and is a nice dip into the world and character from this fantastic series without the commitment to an entire massive novel, but definitely isn't mandatory for readers of the main series.

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The Daylight War

The Daylight War

Peter V Brett

21st August 2015

The third book in Peter V Brett's Demon Cycle feels like the biggest of the lot - it just goes on and on, and it felt like it took much liger to read than other epic fantasy novels I've read recently.

The story continues from the end of book two, intermixed with flashbacks to earlier scenes from the life of Inevera, mirroring the introductions to other characters in the earlier stories and providing a fascinating second viewpoint on a number of scenes that the reader has already witnessed. In fact, I would have appreciated even more of this, as some of those parts felt a little glossed over where I would have enjoyed more detail.

Back in the 'present' we follow the characters as they prepare for 'The Daylight War', building to a surprise climax that I didn't see coming - partly because it didn't arrive until quite late and felt very quick and abrupt. Like in some other books, I struggled a little with the fighting / battle scenes - I think that my limited visualisation when reading doesn't help, but some authors still seem to come over better than others.

It's a great continuation of a good series and I'm particularly pleased with the way we keep getting new viewpoints added and are gradually dropped more information about the world in who b the stories are set. Looking forward to reading more.4

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