The Daylight War by Peter V Brett

Here we are, one of the few fantasy books I’ll read this year: The Daylight War by Peter V Brett. It seems like an age since I first entered the world of the Demon Cycle with The Painted Man, way back in March of 2009, and the wait since I read The Desert Spear has been a long one. I had high expectations of The Daylight War – simply a given considering how much I enjoyed its predecessors – and it’s safe to say that it’s a hugely impressive and enjoyable novel. Continue reading “The Daylight War by Peter V Brett”

The Desert Spear by Peter V Brett

Reviewed by Stephen Aryan

The Desert Spear is the second book by relative newcomer Peter V. Brett. This review contains some spoilers for the first book. At the end of the Painted Man there is a noticeable change in the world. The old battle wards have been discovered, Arlen has been transformed and many call him the Deliverer, even if he refutes it. So the landscape has shifted a bit, but if you boil the book down then at its core it’s still about fear. Fear of the dark and fear of what lurks out there. So now there is a fundamental shift in the world, or rather the possibility exists. But of course, people are still divided by their culture, their prejudice, desires and greed. A Deliverer, if not the Deliverer, a figure of myth and legend walks among them, who brings them weapons to fight back and yet, it’s still not enough for most people. Arlen’s approach is to arm people and leave them to fight back by themselves in their own time, but that’s not enough for some people. Just because they now have the weapons it doesn’t mean everyone will use them. The culture in the Free Cities that has existed for many years is to hide at night and wait for the dawn. Breaking that cycle is going to be incredibly difficult for some people as it is deeply engrained in them, whereas others, younger bolder people, eagerly embrace the new and want to be free of their fear. Continue reading “The Desert Spear by Peter V Brett”

The Painted Man by Peter V. Brett

Reviewed by Stephen Aryan

The Painted Man is a fantasy novel by newcomer Peter V Brett, which has taken over the world. And by that I mean almost literally, as a world map on Brett’s website shows the dozens of countries it’s now available from. I am always keen to discover new authors, however I’m also very wary of hype. The more insistent someone is that a book is the best thing ever, the more zealous and insistent they are about pushing a copy into my hands, the more nervous I get. I’m also less likely to read it, at first anyway. The Painted Man, and The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (which I will review soon) were two that I knew about but felt reluctant to approach. I finally received a copy last Christmas and picked it up from my To Read pile in late January 2010. I finished it a few days later. Continue reading “The Painted Man by Peter V. Brett”

Brayan’s Gold by Peter V Brett

I think it’s a fairly well known fact that I’m a sci-fi reader that dabbles in fantasy from time to time. Back in 2009 I read a debut fantasy from Peter V Brett called The Painted Man (The Warded Man in the US), and instantly became a fan. There was just something about it that ticked the right boxes for me – the setting, the history, the magic, the demons, the characters – all of these worked extremely well together. While waiting for the sequel, The Desert Spear, to be released Subterranean Press announced that they were going to be releasing a limited edition novella called The Great Bazaar. This was very welcome news, and when the limited edition I bought arrived I couldn’t help but drool over it. The quality was awesome, the art excellent, and the story and extras it contained well worth the money. Continue reading “Brayan’s Gold by Peter V Brett”

The Great Bazaar by Peter V Brett

Humanity has been brought to the brink of extinction. Each night, the world is overrun by demons—bloodthirsty creatures of nightmare that have been hunting and killing humanity for over 300 years. A scant few hamlets and half-starved city-states are all that remain of a once proud civilization, and it is only by hiding behind wards, ancient symbols with the power to repel the demons, that they survive. A handful of Messengers brave the night to keep the lines of communication open between the increasingly isolated populace.

But there was a time when the demons were not so bold. A time when wards did more than hold the demons at bay. They allowed man to fight back, and to win. Messenger Arlen Bales will search anywhere, dare anything, to return this magic to the world.
Abban, a merchant in the Great Bazaar of Krasia, purports to sell everything a man’s heart could desire, including, perhaps, the key to Arlen’s quest. Continue reading “The Great Bazaar by Peter V Brett”

The Warded Man by Peter V Brett

The time has come to stand against the night.

As darkness falls each night, the corelings rise–demons who well up from the ground like hellish steam, taking on fearsome form and substance. Sand demons. Wood demons. Wind demons. Flame demons. And gigantic rock demons, the deadliest of all. They possess supernatural strength and powers and burn with a consuming hatred of humanity. For hundreds of years the demons have terrorized the night, slowly culling the human herd that shelters behind magical wards–symbols of power whose origins are lost in myth and mystery, and whose protection is terrifyingly fragile.

It was not always this way. Once, men and women battled the corelings on equal terms. Once, under the leadership of the legendary Deliverer, and armed with powerful wards that were not merely shields but weapons, they took the battle to the demons . . . and stopped their advance.

But those days are gone. The fighting wards are lost. Night by night the demons grow stronger, while human numbers dwindle under their relentless assault.

Now, with hope for the future fading, three young survivors of vicious demon attacks will dare the impossible, stepping beyond the crumbling safety of the wards to risk everything in a desperate quest to regain the secrets of the past.

Arlen will pay any price, embrace any sacrifice, for freedom. His grim journey will take him beyond the bounds of human power.

Crippled by the demons that killed his parents, Rojer seeks solace in music–only to discover that music can be a weapon as well as a refuge.

Beautiful Leesha, who has suffered at the hands of men as well as demons, becomes an expert healer. But what cures can also harm. . . .

Together, they will stand against the night. Continue reading “The Warded Man by Peter V Brett”