The Core by Peter V. Brett

The Core

For time out of mind, bloodthirsty demons have stalked the night, culling the human race to scattered remnants dependent on half-forgotten magics to protect them. Then two heroes arose—men as close as brothers, yet divided by bitter betrayal. Arlen Bales became known as the Warded Man, tattooed head to toe with powerful magic symbols that enable him to fight demons in hand...

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The Core Reviews

  • Terence

    The Warded Man Arlen Bales and the Shar'Dama Ka Ahmann Jardir in their passion to rid the world of demons have unintentionally triggered a swarm which threatens to devour mankind. All hope is not yet lost as Arlen has a plan to exterminate the Mother of Demons by going to the Core.

    Peter V. Brett saved his best for last as The Core is an exceptional novel and ending to the Demon Cycle series. All the characters from the series seem to have a part to play or a mention from Rusco Hog to Arlen's old

    The Warded Man Arlen Bales and the Shar'Dama Ka Ahmann Jardir in their passion to rid the world of demons have unintentionally triggered a swarm which threatens to devour mankind. All hope is not yet lost as Arlen has a plan to exterminate the Mother of Demons by going to the Core.

    Peter V. Brett saved his best for last as The Core is an exceptional novel and ending to the Demon Cycle series. All the characters from the series seem to have a part to play or a mention from Rusco Hog to Arlen's old sweetheart Mery. The tensions are high and every character displayed their true selves by the end...for better or worse.

    The fear of the night returned in The Core. Humanity thought the night was terrifying before the return of the combat wards, but they didn't know what terror truly was yet. The mindless demons were never far from a Mimic to lead them when the Mind's were away. The Mind demons made their former battles look like a warm-up act as the true show was displayed in The Core. I didn't imagine just how devastating or sadistic the Mind's could be.

    The true strength of The Core and the series as a whole was it's characters. The main stars lovingly grew from page to page and book to book until they were warriors worthy of the great demon war. My pulse raced as I devoured the book and anxiously sought to know what happened to everyone especially Arlen and Jardir.

    The Demon Cycle couldn't have ended in any finer way than it did in The Core. This book is now one of my all-time favorites. In fact I think I'll flip to page one and start reading it again.

    5 out of 5 stars

  • Kristy (Book Frivolity)

    If Joe Abercrombie's and Jackie Collins' books had babies, they'd be very proud of their children - The Demon Cycle Series.

    Ain't nothing wrong with having those legends as parents!

    A satisfying ending.

  • Obaid Haroon

    I can't believe the Demon Cycle is over. I started this book in high school when my best friend told me the main character reminded him of me. And here we are, years late and its over. Before I get into the meat of the review, be warned...here there be spoilers.

    Now as with many amazing books, I needed time to process and that time, coupled with my shitty memory means that I've forgotten a lot of the finer points.

    That's why we re-read folks.

    So this is going to be less of a sentence by sentence

    I can't believe the Demon Cycle is over. I started this book in high school when my best friend told me the main character reminded him of me. And here we are, years late and its over. Before I get into the meat of the review, be warned...here there be spoilers.

    Now as with many amazing books, I needed time to process and that time, coupled with my shitty memory means that I've forgotten a lot of the finer points.

    That's why we re-read folks.

    So this is going to be less of a sentence by sentence analysis and more of a rant talking about the parts that I still remember.

    Like the Children of the Deliverer or whatever they were called. Those hedonistic fuckers (literally) roaming around at night, fucking and fighting whatever they saw move. Watching Briar infiltrate then Renna bring them down was amazing. Especially when Renna went Wife As Fuck and beat the shit out of that preacher. Don't get me wrong I liked the whole 'living in the dark, one with the night' bullshit but it was becoming a cult with the heart eating and nightly orgies. Renna was dope shutting that shit down.

    Another great part was Ahmann and Inevera taking back control of the Skull Throne. It was literally a case of "when the cat's away the mice will play" meets "daddy's home".

    Also, is there any appreciation for Jardir falling out of the sky and then being thankful Arlen wasn't there to see it? Such a short and light hearted moment.

    But the Krasian power couple taking back control despite all of the shit that happened at Asome's hand. Made most of the previous book a little redundant but still was very cool to read. It had to happen as well. Sharak Sun is over. Sharak Ka has begun.

    Arlen and Jardir waltzing down to the Core with a Demon Prince as their bitch was cool and what not but the greatest bit was the Spear of Ala. That bit actually fucking moved me. A monument of unbreakable faith and supreme dedication standing proud in the middle of enemy territory after five thousand years! A shining symbol of humanities capabilities hidden away and lost in time. Jardir walking into the city of the Shar Dama Ka wearing the Crown, Cloak and Spear was a bit I will never forget. Using the faith of that city to bring everyone together and talk for one last time. The entire scene was, in my opinion, the best in the book.

    The letter...From the last survivor, alone in a city, waiting for her death to someone she believed with every part of her being would return.

    Jardir's crisis of faith that followed. A man whose life had been shaped by his unwavering belief, tested as he journey's to the very Core of the evil he has sworn to eradicate. So well written. So well done.

    On the surface the Krasian story was better than the Greenlanders story. Especially Hasik's and Abban's. Going from place to place, castrating men and swelling their ranks. Turning to Nie's path. When I read that i just assumed that he had abandoned Everams way. It was a genuine shock when we turned that corner and found a goddamn Mind Demon in the fortress. But nothing was as big of a shock as Abban GOING MIND TO MIND WITH A FUCKING DEMON!!!

    YYEEEEEAAAAHHHHHHH BBBBBOOOOOYYYYYYY!!!

    There's that old Sharaj strength! His body may not be strong but even Arlen and Jardir had trouble holding their own with a Mind. And in hops Abban, tortured and starved and crippled but he does it. So much respect.

    The fight against the water demon at the end was insane. Such an amazing scene that was. Naval warfare and land both together and we finally saw the children of Ahmann and Inevera live up to their potential.

    Moment of silence for Sikvah...

    ...At least she's with Rojer now. And his funeral was heartwarming/breaking. But yeah I definitely enjoyed The Krasian side more.

    The Miln side was cool though. Following Ragen and Elissa return home and take control of their city from an idiot Duke and a petty council of Mothers. I won't say Ragen had to take back control of the guild because it was obvious that he never lost it.

    Them preparing the city to fight and holding it against the demons with their wands! Exceedingly good. And the final stand was pretty amazing. using music to fight them back. One thing I didn't care about was Arlen's ex girlfriend and his failed Jongleur friend.

    "You're a bitch"

    "You've got a little dick"

    "Well the guy with the big dick left you"

    It's not that I didn't like it, it's just I simply didn't care about them. They were side characters in book one and had a cameo in book two. And then Little Dick died. And no fucks were given. Even his wife didn't care, she just sat down on the piano and busted out some mad tunes.

    Leesha sneaking into the city was cool. The whole thing was some sort of covert black ops infiltration and they fucked up that demon. All the shit that Leesha pulled in books two and three made me hate her. But this book redeemed her as an utter bad ass. A real queen.

    Like when she confronted one of her rapists and realised he was mentally slow. She could have killed him. I WANTED her to kill him. But fuck me if she didn't rise above literally everyone else and boss that entire moment.

    It's like we could see her potential in book one but she in books two and three she kept moving away from it. but finally in four and five she took the weight of the future and gloried in it. But that's just my opinion. Because it's my review. See how that works?

    Another bit that shocked and amazed me was the descendants of the original Krasians. Still worshipping Everam despite not knowing anything about the faith apart from that single word.

    The fight at the end, between Renna, Ahmann and Arlen versus all those Demon Queens was amazing. But Arlen's death was perfect. Poisoned with something that no normal human could possibly handle, he managed to dissipate and kill every demon in Thesa.

    Every. Single. Demon. Was killed by Arlen son of Jeph of the house Bales. He was the true saviour of Thesa. Ahmann was the unifier, Arlen could never have brought people together under one banner. I don't think he wanted to. But the Deliverer was Arlen Bales and I will swwear that to my dying breath.

    Now that I write this, many details are coming back to me and I love all of them:

    Ahmann offering to marry Renna to provide for her and her son.

    Young Bales misting out of his crib.

    Briar and Kaji being friends.

    Arlen wondering if they had been looking for god in the wrong place.

    Elona getting bitch slapped by the woman who chains Gared Cutter. I really hate Elona. I really fucking hate her.

    All the kidlings getting to know each other because you fucking know they'll be pulling some shit in the potential next book.

    Young Bales future being full of misery.

    This book was just a phenomenal end to a brilliant series. As dark and as dirty as real life can be. Yet it still inspires you to be more. Gets in your head and demands more of you.

    I feel empty. The kind of empty you feel when a big part of your life comes to a satisfying end. The Demon Cycle is over. We will read it over and over again but for now at least, the journey is over. At this point, the only thing we can do, is remember the wards.

    From one Deliverer to another,

    Goodbye

  • Mark Halse

    I am utterly bewildered by the gushing four and five star reviews of this disappointing mess. Not since QUEEN OF FIRE have I been so disappointed with the final book in a series.

    The sad thing is that Mr. Brett is an awesome writer. I loved most of this series and it has a lot to do with this man's way with words. He's great but fuck this book.

    The sheer number of POVs widened so greatly by this installment that almost nothing happens for most of this book. You have to keep going back to this one

    I am utterly bewildered by the gushing four and five star reviews of this disappointing mess. Not since QUEEN OF FIRE have I been so disappointed with the final book in a series.

    The sad thing is that Mr. Brett is an awesome writer. I loved most of this series and it has a lot to do with this man's way with words. He's great but fuck this book.

    The sheer number of POVs widened so greatly by this installment that almost nothing happens for most of this book. You have to keep going back to this one and that one to witness baby steps towards the climax. The story has become much too shallow and stretched too thin. I don't care what all these ancillary characters are up to. I don't care about the political strife. I don't care about mankind banding together. I just care about the four or five main characters defeating the damn demon queen and this was the smallest part of the book.

    This problem was just beginning to show in the past couple of books but now it's a full grown issue. We want Arlen-mother-fucking-Bales! Everyone else can go to the Core.

    Skip it.

    PS - I just wanted to add one more thing: HERMAPHRODITE.

  • Mendhak

    A decent ending to the series, though not particularly satisfying if you were looking for a good explanation or answers to some of the mysteries involved. I'd stop short of calling it a deus-ex though it did approach something close to it...

    Part of the problem in here is now the sheer

    . The scope of the story is now wider than before, and that wideness makes it a bit shallow in terms of storytelling. The original main character, Arlen, is still now one-of-many. I understand

    A decent ending to the series, though not particularly satisfying if you were looking for a good explanation or answers to some of the mysteries involved. I'd stop short of calling it a deus-ex though it did approach something close to it...

    Part of the problem in here is now the sheer

    . The scope of the story is now wider than before, and that wideness makes it a bit shallow in terms of storytelling. The original main character, Arlen, is still now one-of-many. I understand the necessity of this - more people need to have their actions shown - but he still receives very little time.

    Some

    pretty well - It's good to see the various squabbling factions putting their differences aside out of necessity, or at least resolve them for a little while. The looming threat's importance is made quite clear to everyone.

    While it's always great to see strong female leads in a story, it needs to be balanced out properly to give it some context. In my opinion, this series has not done well in that aspect and has gone for the easier approach of "

    " trope - the male leads are either gone or relegated to background roles; those that stick around are constantly being put down or shouted at. Reminds me of the Wheel of Time series - minus the braid tugging and sniffing.

    The

    of the previous books is gone. The humans have gotten better at fighting the demons so the original fear that pervaded demon encounters was now a matter of just getting the encounter over with while everyone draws wards faster than breathing. However this was to be expected, after all it was Arlen and Rojer's purpose to make people stronger by giving them the necessary tools.

    The conversations between

    were well done - the constant undercurrent of challenge and rivalry was well written as their stories progressed. They have matured well through their experiences over time and with each other. But as I said before -

    or development! It's not enjoyable when a series goes from 1 protagonist to 20, much more preferable when this is done from book 1 rather than book 3, because the expectation is usually set early on.

    Overall - nowhere near the hyped 5* reviews this book is currently receiving, but not so bad either. A good simple series to read.

  • Petrik

    I binge read all Brett’s work in the

    series—novels and novellas included—within a month; that’s in total more or less ten years of his work and I can say with confidence that The Core is his best work, yes, even more spectacular than his de

    I binge read all Brett’s work in the

    series—novels and novellas included—within a month; that’s in total more or less ten years of his work and I can say with confidence that The Core is his best work, yes, even more spectacular than his debut, The Warded Man.

    If you’ve at least read The Desert Spear, you’ll most likely know what’s in store for you; Sharak Ka (the great war against the demonkind) is finally here. Brett has teased us with the existence of this war since the second book, and the fourth book in the series itself can be viewed as a complete preparation installment for this finale. He delivered on his promise like the Deliverer. Not only was the final war with the demons to end this cycle gripping, this is also hands down the darkest and most violent book in the series to date. Some events in this book make a lot of grimdark fantasy seem tame in comparison. I’m talking about a man who eats penis, literally; this book has the highest count of genital mutilation in a single book I’ve ever read.

    One of the most important qualities that I found missing in the third and fourth books was the tension produced by the fear of the night or the demons. In the first book, it was scary just to leave any village or cities at night; any demonic appearances brought a sense of fear to the reader. This emotion dissipated as the series progressed, which made the series lack tension for me. However, I’m very pleased to say that the tension and fear I missed are back in full force. Every kind of demon makes an appearance in Sharak Ka, and to see the humans finally struggle again in the fight against the demons made a huge difference in quality from the previous books. Plus, this is also the most action-packed installment in the series; once the book reached its halfway point, you will be treated to hundreds of pages of actions with a gradual increase in tension until the well-written climax sequences.

    I won’t lie, I had my doubts about this book because I had mixed feelings about the third and the fourth book of the series. The changes in storytelling directions, with the long flashback inclusions and some of the character development through stupid decisions, were infuriating to read. Luckily, it all paid off in a big way here, all of those writing decisions made this conclusion more impactful.

    The entire series spanned around thirty years and we’ve seen some of the characters growth from their childhood. Brett made sure that every single character has a role in this finale. With the knowledge of the characters' pasts, flaws, and the obstacles they had to go through to survive in this harsh world, the realization of how meaningless their conflicts, politics, and squabbles in the face of Sharak Ka felt more meaningful. There are no loose ends for the main characters and the way everyone comes together, despite all their differences, to protect their loved ones and have a chance in the upcoming battle is something I thoroughly enjoyed reading.

    I don’t think I can ask for anything else out of this book; as a conclusion it did everything right for the last book of a series. I do, however, think that the ending ended a bit abruptly. Rather than only a six-page epilogue, I can’t help but feel that a longer exposition would make this book have a more lasting impact. This, however, is just a minor peeve of mine and it didn’t change the overall greatness of the book.

    For the fans of the series, I can assure you that the wait for The Core will be worth it and that you won’t regret reading this conclusion. For anyone who had their doubts like me, Brett will prove you wrong with this book. The finale of this series is truly worth your journey, and this is coming from someone who actually has mixed feelings on the third and the fourth books. I’ve answered the call of the Core; it’s time for you to do the same and experience the amazing conclusion to this series that the Deliverer, Peter V. Brett, has delivered.

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  • Stefan

    A truly satisfying conclusion to one of the series that

    interested in reading fantasy books after discovering

    series and fearing how I will not find anything remotely as good as that.

    Now, I’m not saying this is as good as

    series, no. But now, after couple of years reading books in this genre – out of which many aren’t even close to these ones – I realize how it did served to show me what author is capable of

    A truly satisfying conclusion to one of the series that

    interested in reading fantasy books after discovering

    series and fearing how I will not find anything remotely as good as that.

    Now, I’m not saying this is as good as

    series, no. But now, after couple of years reading books in this genre – out of which many aren’t even close to these ones – I realize how it did served to show me what author is capable of, how imaginative his worldbuilding could be, how different set of characters can hold the story together and your imagination vivid.

    It showed me differences in this

    of stories, transition from basic

    story to story of

    etc.

    Bold choices that he made in his second book I considered as interesting back when I was yet discovering the genre; choices – and his integrity to stick to them even after many complained – today I’m able to respect because, unfortunately, there’s not much authors out there who would dare making them.

    Of course, it’s the series that also showed me how to distinguish problems:

    Of someone’s characterization – when a character is omnipotent there’s not much room to character build-up or reader’s empathy for him;

    Or problems out of personal preference – out of all atrocities, why do we need to read about rape in fantasy? In literature?

    Now, about the book itself.

    The story starts right after where we left our characters in fourth book.

    Coping with loses of those closest to our heart, while welcoming new ones. And with new ones came interesting and shocking revelations.

    And I have to be honest, it left me speechless and wondering was it even necessary to do that?

    But, after few minutes of thinking about the issue I figured out it doesn’t even bother me.

    And why should it?

    Because of spoilers I can’t say what the issue was.

    Those of you who have read it know what I’m talking about.

    I’m not trying to be politically correct here, I had issue with it because I didn’t see how it will serve the story. And after few pages turning I realized while the story doesn’t benefit from it, it doesn’t spoil anything in it either.

    After many more pages turned I saw that actually it was implemented in the story quite well. It made me think of some ramifications of wielding magic while being pregnant in this world. It’s a risky business, for sure.

    But those ramifications awaits new generation.

    Of course, I can’t tell you what

    or any of other major characters, were doing without spoiling, so you’ll have to find that out for yourself.

    All I’ll say is that their stories had a fitting journey to their endings.

    It was really enjoyable to see some of them coming the full circle – at the very end wanting that same things from which they were running from their entire lives.

    There, I really said more than enough.

    It was also interesting to see more of that handsome fellow on the cover and his kind. Exploring them and obviously the

    itself, as well as new species of demons on the surface and seeing existing ones evolving to something above a mindless herds of nature’s wickedness.

    After four books, it was really refreshing seeing them in 'new light'.

    All in all, it was really fun roaming this world. I’m leaving it… content.

  • Eon ♒Windrunner♒

    4.5 Stars

    At the outset of the story our main characters have embarked on what amounts to a suicide mission in order to take down the demon queen and hopefully bring an end to both Sharak Ka and Sharak Sun.

    The descent into the Core is of course only the main thread of a multitude that permeates the story, but they are woven adeptly and will satisfy most readers, including those that d

    4.5 Stars

    At the outset of the story our main characters have embarked on what amounts to a suicide mission in order to take down the demon queen and hopefully bring an end to both Sharak Ka and Sharak Sun.

    The descent into the Core is of course only the main thread of a multitude that permeates the story, but they are woven adeptly and will satisfy most readers, including those that did not care much for the book entries subsequent to The Warded/Painted Man. Yes, Mr Brett did make some mistakes with the earlier books, but he clearly learned from those and is nearly faultless in this entry. Plot, pacing & characters - all achieve full marks with the story unfolding at a brisk pace and setting all the characters in place for the final battle, like pieces on a chessboard. While the people we have come to love and hate are all given ample page time, do not for one second think that their safety is guaranteed on account of the author’s love for his creations. Nope. This is war for the survival of humankind after all and every single character plays a pivotal role. The stakes in The Core are as high as they can be, and where fear of Alagai had diminished to a large extent in earlier books as our protagonists became more powerful, this time around the tension is ratcheted up to lofty levels as the drones and their tactics, under the leadership of the mind demons are a vastly different and dangerous beast, by orders of magnitude.

    A word of warning: There is no holding back in The Core. Savage. Grisly. Sickening. I am pretty sure there was more than once that my jaw dropped open.

    While this book clocked in at almost 900 pages, it felt like the story would still be short changed as I came to the end. I could not see how it would all be resolved in the amount of pages left and this brings me to the only complaint I have with the book, albeit a minor one. The story was indeed successfully brought to a close, despite my misgivings. But while it was very good, it felt sudden and the epilogue imparts scant information on the fallout of the war and the survivors. Like I said, minor, but I wanted more. I am not without hope though… Brett has hinted that while

    story is FINITO, he will likely write one more book in this world and it will possibly be set 15 years after the events of The Core, featuring new characters, with some familiar faces as a supporting cast.

    Yes, please!

    The takeaway though, is that Peter V Brett has managed to write an excellent final book that enthralls throughout and delivers, for the most part, a satisfying denouement to his debut series. I am looking forward to see what he delivers next.

  • Bradley

    While I have been honored with a review copy from the publisher, let me be very clear about something: I practically demanded it. :)

    I read the rest of the series at the beginning of the month and grew so hooked on it that I couldn't pause to read anything else. And then, thanks to a friend, I pushed my luck and asked the publishers directly for a copy. I admit that I was practically foaming at the mouth, too, and nothing much changed when I received my copy.

    So what is this? A raving from a fanbo

    While I have been honored with a review copy from the publisher, let me be very clear about something: I practically demanded it. :)

    I read the rest of the series at the beginning of the month and grew so hooked on it that I couldn't pause to read anything else. And then, thanks to a friend, I pushed my luck and asked the publishers directly for a copy. I admit that I was practically foaming at the mouth, too, and nothing much changed when I received my copy.

    So what is this? A raving from a fanboy?

    Yup.

    But let me be also very clear about something else: this book is amazing all on its own, or I should say, it caps the rest of the series like the Spear of Ala, as magical and grand a the city below the Earth, the bastion of magic that has withstood thousands of years of swarming demons, unaided.

    Any issues I may have had with the previous novels are wiped clean away. Indeed, all of the characters, small and great, have their place in the upcoming battle that tears apart all the cities and hamlets, all of which withstand or fall under an endless onslaught of demons great and small.

    The title also gives it away. Arlan and Jadir and Renna go deep into the bowels of the Earth to take on the Core and all the spawn and let me just say... it is amazing. So magical, so dangerous, so mind-blowingly huge.

    This fantasy series is easily one of my favorites. Part grimdark, part extremely magical fantasy filled to the brim with demons, and part character study. Any kind of patience you give the previous books will be repaid with pure gold in this one, but be forewarned: there's some really graphic stuff here. There's another author who does a Eunich Army, of course, but George doesn't come anywhere as grim and descriptive as this.

    Hell, I'm tempted to start it all up again and enjoy it afresh now that I've grown to love all the different peoples and cultures.

    All I can and should say is Bravo! :)

    I'm so very happy to have read this series. :)

  • Gavin

    I felt like The Core was a decent conclusion to the Demon Cycle series even if it was probably the weakest of the full Demon Cycle books. It was still an entertaining read. The Demon Cycle series has a lot of flaws but the thing it really has going for it is that Brett is a fantastic storyteller. It is easy to get caught up in the happenings even if those happenings are often as annoying as they are exciting!

    This last instalment of the series saw Sharak Ka, the final war against demonkind, fina

    I felt like The Core was a decent conclusion to the Demon Cycle series even if it was probably the weakest of the full Demon Cycle books. It was still an entertaining read. The Demon Cycle series has a lot of flaws but the thing it really has going for it is that Brett is a fantastic storyteller. It is easy to get caught up in the happenings even if those happenings are often as annoying as they are exciting!

    This last instalment of the series saw Sharak Ka, the final war against demonkind, finally arrive. Arlen and Jardir headed to the Core with a few allies and the captured Alagai Ka in tow with the intent of riding the world of Alagai Ting'Ka and her children! The rest of the humans including Abban, Leesha, Briar, Inevera, Reagan, and all the others we have met along the way, were spread out protecting the remains of humanity on the surface against the deadly Swarm of demons sent from the Core.

    The plot had both hits and misses. Arlen and Jardir's journey to the Core had some cool moments but it also had some dull spots. I liked the dynamic between the members of the group but was a little disappointed that most of the time they were just battling mindless drones. The fact that we were only invested in the "heroes" squashing some monsters rather than people on both sides of the conflict reminded me a bit of reading the Forgotten Realms books. Which is a pity as the human vs human conflicts in this series were its real strength and offered the depth that simpler old school series like Forgotten Realms lacked. Alagai Ka, the talking demonic prince, had some entertaining moments but on the whole I felt like he was a bit of a flop. I expected a devious talking demon "mind" to be a lot cooler than this!

    The demons remain the enigma of the series. Their very existence is the backbone of the worldbuilding and there is no doubt that Brett's world is a fascinating and exciting one and a big strength for the story. Sadly, the demons themselves only really filled the role that mindless zombies might have in a post-apocalyptic story. When the demon "minds" were introduced I hoped it would provide the level of emotional depth to the demon war that we got in the series through the various human conflicts but that never quite materialized.

    As I've mentioned before the real strength of the Demon Cycle books was the human conflicts. Brett has a talent for making the reader invest emotionally even in the most horrid characters to the point that you were always interested in their stories regardless if you were rooting for or against any specific POV character.

    The flaw of this final instalment was the fact that we got less of the human conflicts and more of them just struggling to survive the attack of the mindless demon horde. That battle did have some exciting moments but as I've mentioned the Night War was never as interesting for me as the Daylight War.

    The one big success for this final book in the series was that a lot of characters showed positive, but still realistic, growth in a positive direction. I'm always a big fan of that! While I did feel like Brett got the pacing wrong, probably for the first time in the whole series, as the most boring bit of the book ran from the 85% mark to the 95% mark, I did think the last 5% saved things and I was quite satisfied by the way Brett concluded all the various story arcs.

    All in all this was a decent ending to a good, if flawed, fantasy series and I'll definitely be eager to pick up any future books published by Brett.

    Rating: 4 stars.

    Audio Note: Peter Bradbury did a good job with the narration of this series.


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