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Strach. Strach przed otchłańcami. Strach przed nocą. Strach przed śmiercią. Strach to dobra rzecz. Dzięki niemu żyjemyJeph Bales z Potoku Tibbeta. Ojciec ArlenaArlen nie miał nic przeciwko cierpieniu, gdyż oznaczało ono, że przeżył tam, gdzie powinien zginąć. Tej nocy, kiedy spojrzał w ślepia demona, który miał istnieć tylko w legendach, kiedy życia nie chroniły mu zbawienStrach. Strach przed otchłańcami. Strach przed nocą. Strach przed śmiercią. Strach to dobra rzecz. Dzięki niemu żyjemyJeph Bales z Potoku Tibbeta. Ojciec ArlenaArlen nie miał nic przeciwko cierpieniu, gdyż oznaczało ono, że przeżył tam, gdzie powinien zginąć. Tej nocy, kiedy spojrzał w ślepia demona, który miał istnieć tylko w legendach, kiedy życia nie chroniły mu zbawienne runy, tej nocy zmienił zdanie...W „Wielkim Bazarze” zawarłem wszystko to, co kocham w Arlenie. Bez względu na to, czy jesteś nowym Czytelnikiem, czy też fanem serii, sądzę, że „Wielki Bazar” przypadnie ci do gustu.Peter V. Brett...

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Wielki Bazar. Złoto Brayana Reviews

  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    2019-04-28 06:55

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum fan of Peter V. Brett’s Demon Cycle series should check out this collection. I promise you won’t regret it! Not only does The Great Bazaar & Brayan’s Gold contain two excellent short stories, it also features fun little extras like “outtakes” from earlier versions of The Warded Man and a ward grimoire complete with illustrations of the wards themselves. While longtime readers of the series will likely be the ones to get the most out of this volume, I believe it can also serve as a great introduction and the perfect jumping-on point for newcomers to the Demon Cycle.Not usually being one to pick up short stories outside of main novels, I was really surprised how much I enjoyed this book. It probably helped that both The Great Bazaar and Brayan’s Gold take place during my favorite period of Arlen Bales’ life; that is, back when he was still a humble messenger traveling the world and going on his adventures, and before he was corrupted by demon’s flesh (and Renna Tanner – hey, I’m only being honest here) to become the Warded Man and the Deliverer.While this one certainly isn’t required reading, the story Brayan’s Gold alone probably makes this book worth picking up. Read on for a more in-depth analysis of this book’s contents.Brayan’s Gold – 5 of 5 starsArlen Bales, now 17, is an apprentice Messenger preparing for his first big assignment. But instead of a simple overnight trip, he and his companion are tasked to carry a dangerous cargo of thundersticks to Count Brayan’s gold mine, situated high up in the frozen mountains. The journey through the ice and snow will be treacherous, not to mention the threat of bandits on the road. And if that wasn’t bad enough, the giant rock demon known as One Arm still stalks Arlen every night, hungry for its revenge.What can I say, but this version of Arlen is the character I first fell in love with: inexperienced, but determined; idealistic, but full of spirit; brave, but just a little touch insane. Best of all, it is Arlen’s story all his own, and it is amazing how much substance Brett was able to pack here in about 70 pages. For a short story, the plot is surprisingly rich with plenty of action and suspense, drama of human relationships, and of course, a heart-stopping showdown with a never-before-seen type of demon.Its short length notwithstanding, Brayan’s Gold has become one of my favorite pieces of Demon Cycle­­-related fiction to date, and I can’t believe it took me this long to check it out. Loved it.The Great Bazaar – 3.5 starsIn the main series, Arlen finds the ruins of Anoch Sun, the ancient Krasian city in which he unearths the tomb of Kaji and retrieves the legendary warded spear. This great discovery, however, was actually preceded by a complex chain of events. The Great Bazaar tells how Arlen first managed to acquire the map to the ruins, a story that involves Abban, our favorite khaffit. From the sound of things, Brett first wrote this story around 2009 or 2010, right around the time before The Desert Spear came out (and the story itself takes place somewhere between Chapters 16 and 17 in The Warded Man), so this was still relatively early in his writing career. It showed in the writing, which was laden in places with awkward exposition. This is also around the time when Arlen’s character started to become aggravating, when his obsession for wards began to take over his life, resulting in unnecessary risks.The story was pretty decent though, with a very satisfying ending. It’s mostly filler, but I can’t deny that it was entertaining.Deleted Scene: ArlenPeter V. Brett made the right decision when he cut this following his editor’s advice. It would have felt out of place in the novel, though I appreciated Brett sharing the story about how his entire Demon Cycle series was born from the seed of this introductory scene. I can certainly understand the personal and emotional attachment to a piece like this, so even though it has no place in The Warded Man, it was still a fascinating little bonus.Deleted Scene: Brianne BeatenBrett explains that this was one of his favorite scenes, but since it added nothing to the narrative (it was supposed to show how badass Leesha had become, but it was already clear that Leesha was badass enough) he decided to cut it. It’s probably the right decision, though I wonder why he didn’t do the same for the latest installment of the series The Skull Throne, which I thought had its fair share of superfluous village scenes like this one too.Brianne Beaten could have been a mini-story on its own, and it read like a classic deleted scene. A village woman who feels animosity towards Leesha finally swallows her pride and lets the young herb gatherer help her. Leesha ends up saving the day and shows just how hardcore she has become. Yeah, leaving this scene in probably would have been overkill. But again, this was a fascinating look behind-the-scenes at Brett’s writing process.Krasian Dictionary and Ward GrimoireThe final sections of this book are mostly for reference. Readers already familiar with the series will know a lot of this information already, but the real treat are the illustrations of some the most common wards mentioned in the novels. The grimoire also kind of doubles up as a bestiary, useful if you need to brush up on your demons.Final Thoughts: This edition of The Great Bazaar & Brayan’s Gold is a wonderful contribution to the world of the Demon Cycle, packed with bonus content-like material that enhanced my experience with the setting and characters. Filled with goodies for fans of the series and yet still accessible enough for new readers, this volume both thrilled and fascinated me. Highly recommended.

  • Terence
    2019-05-17 01:57

    Before becoming the fearsome tattooed warrior The Warded Man, Arlen Bales was a messenger. The Great Bazaar and Brayan's Gold shows two of Arlen's notable messenger adventures.Brayan's Gold depicts Arlen's first overnight trip as a messenger. From nearly the beginning things go wrong for the demon magnet Arlen Bales, but Arlen is willing to do whatever it takes to ensure his trip goes as planned. Arlen's fearlessness is on display in this novella in absurd proportions.The Great Bazaar takes Arlen to multiple desert locations most notably Fort Krasia. Arlen has risked his life and wealth in search of the battle wards of old yet has repeatedly come up empty handed. Thanks to a boast from the khaffit Abban, Arlen is once more prepared to risk his life to obtain the battle wards.These short stories make me love that wild man Arlen Bales even more. Arlen repeatedly refuses to be swayed from his long term goal of freeing the world from demons. Arlen just doesn't seem to fit with most of humanity who cower behind their wards at night yet call that freedom.The story introductions, excisions, and Ward Grimoire are all interesting additions that show just how The Demon Cycle came to life for the author Peter V. Brett. I especially enjoy the Ward Grimoire because it has detailed explanations of all the wards in the series along with images of the wards.I love The Demon Cycle series and in world novellas so The Great Bazaar and Brayan's Gold give me the best of both worlds.5 out of 5 starsI received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Milda Page Runner
    2019-04-26 04:56

    Recommended for people who enjoyed the first book in the series and wanted more Arlen's adventures. This covers the sweet spot when Arlen already had the knowledge and the means to reasonably protect himself from the demons but before he found the god mode cheat.

  • Bob Milne
    2019-05-19 05:56

    Contained within the slim bounds of The Great Bazaar & Brayan's Gold are a pair of short stories, a pair of deleted scenes (one for Arlen & one for Brianne), and a pair of reference pieces (a Krasian Dictionary & a Ward Grimoire). While one could argue that anything related to The Demon Cycle is required reading, these are supplementary bits of storytelling, snippets that add to the enjoyment, but don't redefine anything we already know.Having said that, they're certainly worth the read, especially while we wait for Peter V. Brett to drag us down into The Core.The Great Bazaar was a fun story, because it hearkens back to an earlier, more innocent time when Arlen was still a messenger. It explores a bit more of the world, exposes some surprising corruption within the messenger ranks, and adds snow demons to our monster repertoire. More importantly, it answers a question I always wondered about regarding thundersticks. It's refreshing to see Arlen as a young man again, bold and confident, but not yet laboring under the weight of his own destiny.Brayan's Gold was less of a stand-alone story, feeling much more like the deleted chapters it really is, but it's exciting to have some scenes told from Abban's perspective. Again, this is a story of Arlen's early years, when he's already come to Fort Krasian and made an ally of the khaffit, but has yet to make his most important discovery. Here we are reminded of his treasure hunting past, and we understand a bit more of just how it is that he came to make that eventual discovery that would change his world.Given that all of this comes from the lost pages of The Warded Man, it's not surprising that One-Arm is such a prominent force in both stories, but it is rather shocking to see Arlen fully encased in warded body armor. Sometimes we forget how far a hero has traveled, so it's refreshing to recall the days when he was still very much mortal, and not yet chosen. As for the deleted scenes, they're just that - deleted scenes - rather than self-contained narratives. Interesting, but nothing remarkable.All told, though, The Great Bazaar & Brayan's Gold was a nice look back at the origins of Arlen and The Demon Cycle.Originally reviewed at Beauty in RuinsDisclaimer: I received a complimentary ARC of this title from the publisher in exchange for review consideration.This does not in any way affect the honesty or sincerity of my honest review.

  • Vippi
    2019-04-24 07:15

    If you love the Demon Cycle, you can’t miss this collection of novellas and deleted scenes (plus Krasian Dictionary and Ward Grimoire).Of course you can enjoy the series even without reading this one. However, it’s a pleasant plunge into this amazing world.Since I LOVE his character and the two novellas (Brayan’s Gold – 324 AR & The Great Bazaar – 328 AR) offer a further glimpse of Arlen-before-becoming-the-fearsome-Warded-Man’s past, IMO they alone are worth the ride. “Any Messenger alive will tell you to stay out at night when you have to, not because you want to. The ones that want to always end up cored.”Arlen nodded, though even that felt little dishonest, because they both knew he did want to. […] There was something he knew he needed to prove. To himself, and to the night. ~Thanks Netgalley for providing a review copy in exchange for my honest review~

  • Nayeomi
    2019-05-13 03:22

    Book provided by the publishers via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.This was a sumptuous appetizer to the Demoncycle series.The book contains 2 novellas, Brayan's Gold and The Great Bazaar. Additonally, deleted scenes from The Warded Man has been included so readers can understand the intricacies of publishing and an author's mind a little bit more.My timing was perfect when i read this book. I have not yet picked up the Demoncycle series and reading the first novella has given me first glimpse into the series. It was a lot to take in and i know at some point i was reading some really spoilery things but it actually made me appreciate more on how the author built each of the characters in the first book. The spoilery things did not matter much as i was reading this back to back with the first book anyway.The first novella follows young Arlen making his way into the mountains as a Messenger to deliver goods to the Duke. I can tell right off the bat that Arlen has an excellent relationship with his Master as an apprentice and i was delighted to read this as i really wanted another Thomas Ward-Master Gregory good kinda relationship happening in another series that i'm gonna read and i found that here! Also, One Arm rock demon is so fierce and at the same time adorable! I wanted him to be a foe turned friend for Arlen at some point. The chemistry between these two characters was real. It was fun to read.The second novella was essentially meant to be chapter 16.5 of The Warded Man according to Mr. Brett. It is set around the time Arlen was enjoying being a messenger and roaming the cities, getting as much experience as he can while warding himself againt demons. I did not immediately read this part... I grabbed The Warded Man first, read up until chapter 15, stopped and resumed reading this novella. Just perfect timing for me, i tell ya. It made The Warded Man more enjoyable.This time, Arlen visits the Krasians which is a race that dwells in the dunes for trade. The dune people have aspects in their culture which resembles a lot of the Middle East and this actually worked for me because it made the whole scenario believable and relatable/knowable. The brilliance of this part was how the culture embraced different sects or distinct caste systems like warriors, merchants, and the roles of women in their society. It was an excellent introduction into one of the races that the author created for this world.At this point, i was so immersed into the world of the Demoncycle series that the two books have well blended into my brain and i cannot separate the two.Finishing this novella and halfway into The Warded Man, i am already delightfully invested into the world of wards and demons. I just love the writing because it doesn't have any useless fluff that i have to painstakingly read (hence the deleted scenes in this book). Brett's writing is direct to the point and action packed and quite honestly, this series is soooo good that the author could have easily added this in The Warded Man and it could have worked just as well. But he didn't and yet, the story was still as awesome as it was (at this point, i also have finished the first book)The chemistry between the series and myself is real, I am totally addicted.

  •  Charlie - A Reading Machine
    2019-04-21 03:05

    Brayan's Gold is a bit of what we missed in The Warded Man. I remember reading it and thinking it was a bit light on the training scenes which I happen to really like. This here is the closest we really get to one as we see Arlan sent on his first major messengering mission where he betrayed and attacked by thieves and encounters his first snow demon. He is only 20 or so at the time I would wager and it's nice to see the strength of the man was present in the boy. The Great Bazaar is more about Abban and how in reality he is a heartless prick. Yes he is big and loveable because we feel sympathy for him but he thinks very little of sending a young lad on a very dangerous mission without giving him any basic information to help him defend himself and in my mind that makes him a bit of shit.Both are very quick and easy reads and Brayan's Gold in particular would make a nice introduction to any one who has not had the fortune to read The Demon Cycle seriesThanks to the awesome folks at Tachyon Publications and in particular Jim for getting to me during my Peter V. Brett marathon session.

  • Tracey
    2019-05-10 08:17

    Oh, so that's what all the fuss is about with Peter V. Brett. The Warded Man has been on my radar for some time; I have it, somewhere, but somehow never cracked it open. I certainly will now. This pair of novellas (with extras) was an excellent introduction and inducement. I absolutely look forward to more of this world and of Arlen, Brett's hero. The writing was beautifully, deceptively simple and straightforward – it felt like a solid old-fashioned fantasy, and I mean that as a high compliment. Vivid settings, gripping adventure, strong characters, a truly marvelous and unique concept, and a sense of humor – what's not to love? I'm actually really happy that this was the first Brett book I've read. It will serve very nicely as a gateway drug. I received the ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review – which is this, with thanks.

  • Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe)
    2019-05-10 02:11

    3.5 starsI enjoyed Brayan's Gold the best, and thought it a good representation of the longer series. Arlen is reckless and refuses to be cowed by the demons that rise from the Core at dusk every evening, searching for prey to tear to shreds. I love the concept of this series: being outside after dark is almost a certain death sentence, unless you are protected by magic wards. Arlen is a gifted warder, and he won't live locked behind walls when there's a whole wide world to see and try to take back from the corelings. Brayan's Gold showcases his ability to think on his feet and not be ruled by his fears, though this almost costs him his life on several occasions. The rest of the content, while entertaining, didn't entrance me like Brayan's Gold. If you haven't started reading the Demon Cycle, this novella collection is a great place to start.

  • Kelly
    2019-05-16 06:52

    The Great Bazaar & Brayan's Gold is a collection of short novellas and stories that are part of Peter V. Brett’s Demon Cycle.Having finished The Warded Man only yesterday, I was eager to read anything set in Peter V. Brett’s world, particularly if it was an Arlen story. "Brayan’s Gold" fit the bill perfectly. Set during Arlen’s apprenticeship to Cob, "Brayan’s Gold" tells the tale of Arlen’s first encounter with a fabled snow demon.Arlen has undertaken a few trips to the Duke’s mines but, since being rescued on the road at age twelve, he hasn’t travelled overnight, so he’s pretty excited. Fans of The Warded Man and ‘The Demon Cycle’ will smile fondly in reminiscence of the younger Arlen. When the scheduled run is postponed so they might take a shipment of thundersticks farther into the mountains to Brayan’s Gold, Arlen is fairly bursting with eagerness. Ten days on the road! The messenger he is to accompany is harder to convince, but enough gold to pay his bar tab and settle him into retirement proves to be the right price."Brayan’s Gold" being a novella, I don’t want to give any more of the story away. Suffice to say, it’s as a good a read, with plenty of action and adventure as well as another look at Arlen’s keen sense of justice. There might also be another encounter with One Arm, the rock demon he cripples in The Warded Man. As an introduction to ‘The Demon Cycle’, the novella works well. Arlen is an engaging hero. I enjoyed the chance revisit his character, seeing as he changes so much after his apprenticeship. "Brayan’s Gold" is the perfect episode to remind us just who Arlen is.Each story in this volume is prefaced by an introduction. In introducing "The Great Bazaar", Brett explains how writing a novel is as much about what you leave out as what you put in. In a story spanning fourteen years, this is particularly important. Arlen, Leesha and Rojer’s journeys to adulthood are an important part of The Warded Man, but not every day, month or year needs to be accounted for. In skipping much of Arlen’s time as a messenger, Brett was better able to show the contrast of who he became. Still, those years were obviously filled with great stories and authors love nothing more than telling stories.In The Warded Man, finding the lost city of Anoch Sun is a turning point for Arlen. "The Great Bazaar" is the story of how he got the map. Maybe. Abban has given Arlen the map to a deserted hamlet and a promise any pottery he finds there will bring a great price. Arlen does find the pottery but also a type of demon he has not encountered before. Upon his return to Krasia, Arlen takes Abban to task for this and he effects surprise that Arlen has never heard of this particular type of demon. In recompense, they agree on a new exchange: a book of wards for the demons plaguing the desert and a map of the location of the fabled city of Anoch Sun. Obtaining this book and map are not a matter of simple barter, however.What makes this short novella worth the read is the opportunity to spend more time with Abban, the merchant Arlen befriends in Fort Krasia. The scenes from his point of view offer a unique insight to a culture that obviously fascinates the author as much as it does Arlen. There is also plenty of excitement. I flipped through the pages in less than an hour and immediately moved on to the other two stories included in this volume, which are both deleted scenes from The Warded Man. Brett’s notes detail the reasons they were cut and his excitement at finally being able to share them.The Great Bazaar And Brayan’s Gold is rounded out by a Krasian Dictionary – useful in preparing the reader for the next book in ‘The Demon Cycle’, The Desert Spear – and an illustrated guide to many of the Wards.While this collection of stories may serve as an introduction to ‘The Demon Cycle’, I do think they’ll be more appreciated by fans. For me, they bridge the gap nicely between the first and second books of the series, even if the stories are all set during the time period covered by The Warded Man. I hope Peter V. Brett is inspired to write more short adventures for Arlen and his companions.Written for SFCrowsnest.

  • Rinn
    2019-05-02 05:55

    I received a copy of this book for free from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. Also posted on my blog, Rinn Reads.I first discovered Peter V. Brett’s Demon Cycle series three years ago, when I picked up The Painted Man from my local library. I absolutely fell in love with the series, and have now read and reviewed all three books in the series so far. The first book is definitely my favourite of the three, so I thought it would be interesting to go back to Arlen’s roots with these short stories.However, fans of Abban and Leesha will also be pleased, as they each have their own short stories in this volume. My favourite was the first, the story of Arlen and the thundersticks, his first encounter with snow demons and another battle with One-Arm, the rock demon hellbent on killing him.I’ve mentioned in previous reviews of short stories that I find them difficult to review, because often I’m left a little disappointed and wanting more. This volume does not suffer from this, being an accompaniment to a longer series, but it didn’t really add anything necessary. However, it was interesting nonetheless, and something to quench the thirst until I can get my hands on the recently released fourth book. A recommendation for anyone who enjoys Brett’s writing, and especially those who can’t wait for book five!

  • A Reader's Heaven
    2019-05-10 10:00

    (I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)In young Arlen’s homeland, vicious demons rise from the earth each night. Villagers are terrified, hiding behind magically warded walls. As Fort Miln’s newest and most reckless messenger, Arlen dreams of taking the night back from the nearly invincible corelings. But first, he’s got a job to do.The Great Bazaar & Brayan’s Gold is the much-anticipated volume of Arlen’s early life. This chronicle features full-length adventures, deleted scenes from Brett’s novels, world-building extras, plus new additions to Brett’s grimoire of magical runes. A perfect introduction for new readers, and a must-have for fans, The Great Bazaar & Brayan’s Gold is an exciting expansion to Brett’s universe.I haven't read the Demon Cycle series - but I thought this pair of short stories would help me decide whether it was something I wanted to try. And I do...Both stories contained enough action, new worlds, demons and adventure to keep most people happy. Even though I hadn't read the series, there was enough backstory included for me to understand what was happening, who the major characters were and what was actually going on. I am definitely going to track down the series now and I do believe I am going to seriously enjoy it!PaulARH

  • Kristina
    2019-04-26 07:16

    What a great addition to the Demon Cycle!This book is essentially two mini stories that happen during the time frame of the first book, The Warded Man, that you never really get to see because they happen during the years long gaps in that story. I admit that I read it after I had read The Daylight War, so it was kind of a shock to see Arlen in armor, but even in armor he was so... Arlen.I would highly suggest picking up a copy it you are a Demon Cycle fan. If you've heard about the series and haven't picked it up yet, I honestly don't know what you're waiting for. If you like epic fantasy, or stories about demons, or great adventures, go buy the first book!

  • Dany
    2019-05-02 10:06

    Mr. Brett's a great storyteller, also a one of the best new voices in fantasy genre. Here is the beginning of a hero, set in the world THE DEMON CYCLE, including the travel, the mision and fight scenes. What more could you ask for?PLUS it can be enjoyed by everyone, no necessarily just for the demon cycle fans but also fantasy readers.

  • Seregil of Rhiminee
    2019-04-23 06:14

    Originally published at Risingshadow.This Tachyon Publications edition of The Great Bazaar & Brayan's Gold is an excellent collection for fans of Peter V. Brett (this edition will be published in July 2015). It's a collection of two novellas, both of which are set in the world of The Demon Cycle. They offer an interesting glimpse into the author's rich fantasy world in which humanity has survived a demonic onslaught and where being outdoors after the sun has set is dangerous and deadly because of the demons.I consider Peter V. Brett to be one of the best new fantasy authors, because he writes good and fluent entertainment for adult readers (I've enjoyed reading his Demon Cycle novels).This collection offers interesting entertainment to his fans and also to new readers who haven't read any of his novels yet, because the stories tell about Arlen's adventures.Here's a bit of information about the stories:Brayan's Gold:- This is a story about Arlen's first major mission as a Messenger. In this story Arlen is sent on the mission to the mountains where he encounters bandits and a snow demon.- This is quite an insightful and intriguing glimpse into Arlen's life.The Great Bazaar:- This story is set in Krasia. In this story Arlen visits the Krasians and finds a map of the village of Anoch Sun.- According to the author's introduction to this story, it's chapter 16.5 of The Warded Man, taking place during the three-year gap between chapters 16 and 17, when Arlen is working as a Messenger traveling throughout the Free Cities.- This is an important and interesting story, because it fills in the big gap in Arlen's life that wasn't explained in the first novel.This collection also contains two deleted scenes ("Arlen" and "Brianne Beaten"). Both of these scenes will be of interest to fans of The Demon Cycle.Peter V. Brett is one of those talented authors who have a natural ability to hook readers with their stories. Although these novellas are shorter than novels, they easily hook and thrill many readers, because the author has created them well and writes fluently about the characters, happenings, magic and action scenes. (What more could you possibly ask for in an entertaining epic fantasy?)"The Great Bazaar" and "Brayan's Gold" are welcome additions to the world of The Demon Cycle, because they add depth to the world and also to the characters. They're stories about Arlen, and they reveal what has happened to him on his journeys. They shed some light on a few interesting things.Peter V. Brett has created a fascinating fantasy world, because he writes convicingly about people, cultures and different places. I admire his ability to write believably about the world without getting stuck on too many details. There are plenty of details in the author's novels and also in his novellas, but everything works well, because the author concentrates on moving the story forward and doesn't bore his readers with unnecessary happenings.The author writes fascinatingly about the demons - wind demons, wood demons, clay demons, rock demons etc - and what they can do and how they try to harm people. It's great that he writes about how demons can have personal grudges against humans (the One Arm rock demon in "Brayan's Gold" doesn't like Arlen, because Arlen crippled it).I enjoyed reading about how Arlen encountered a new kind of a demon (a snow demon) in "Brayan's Gold", because it was a well written and thrilling scene. It's one of the best fight scenes I've ever seen in fantasy novellas. I'm sure that fans of Peter V. Brett will enjoy reading about Arlen's encounter with a snow demon.I also enjoyed reading about Abban the khaffit in "The Great Bazaar", because he's a well-created character (khaffit is the lowest caste in Krasian society; khaffit are men who fail warrior training and have to take a craft). It's great that the author writes about Abban from his own point of view, because it adds depth to the story. Another reason why I like this story is that the author writes believably about a different culture and its customs.Characterisation and character interaction works nicely in both novellas. In my opinion, Peter V. Brett writes surprisingly well about Arlen and Abban and pays attention to their characteristics and traits. Both of them are fascinating characters and it's enjoyable to read about their deeds.This collection has Krasian Dictionary, which is useful to readers, because it allows readers to check words and terms. The Ward Grimoire is also useful to many readers, because it contains information about the different kind of wards.If you've never read anything by Peter V. Brett, reading these novellas is an excellent way to test whether you like his writing style and stories or not. I think that most new readers will find these stories intriguing, because they're good and entertaining stories for fantasy readers. (If you happen to find these stories interesting, you shoud take a look at the author's novels, because they're good fantasy novels.)I give this collection strong 4.5 stars on the scale from 1 to 5 stars for its entertainment values, because I enjoyed reading the stories and the deleted scenes.Peter V. Brett's The Great Bazaar & Brayan's Gold is an entertaining collection of two novellas. It's a must-read collection for fans of Peter V. Brett because of its thrilling blend of traditional fantasy elements, action, magic and originality, but it'll also please newcomers who haven't read any of the author's novels. If you're looking for entertaining fantasy stories to read, you can't go wrong by reading this collection, because it offers fantasy, demons, good characterisation, action and originality in one package.Good and well written fantasy entertainment for adults!

  • Jasper
    2019-05-19 08:54

    originally published at: V. Brett is a well known name in the fantasy world, being the author of the highly praised The Demon Cycle series. The series has been running strongly featuring the books, The Paintend/Warded Man, The Desert Spear, The Daylight War and The Skull Throne so far. The fifth addition, The Core is set to be published in 2018 (according to Goodreads). In expanding his universe, Peter V. Brett has written various short stories and two of them: The Great Bazaar and Brayan's Gold have been compiled by Tachyon Publishing into an omnibus edition sharing with the names of the stories as title. This for me was the first encounter with the Demon Cycle series and I tell you it has been a pleasant one! The first story in this omnibus is that of Brayan's Gold. Brayan's Gold takes place in between the first book, The Pained/Warded Man and the second book, The Desert Spear. The story focuses on the main protagonist of the series, Arlen Bales, who is setting his footsteps in the trade of being a messenger. Arlen is a young adult of 17 years old, who is trained by his master Curk to become a full messenger. Messengers in the universe of Peter V. Brett are brave souls who venture long distances to deliver valuable, well it might sound boring but it's these brave souls that have to stay out at night or travel at night. And at night, the world transforms, bringing the demons out to play. Now back to the story, so Arlen is set on a task to deliver some very explosive items to Count Brayan who uses these items in his excavation endeavors. Again bringing stuff from point A to B is easy but not with demons and other people that wants something from you. Early on in the story Arlen is faced with troubles, not the demonkind, which he solves rather drastically. During this early encoutner it really comes to show that Arlen is a boy who sticks with his promises, it might give him a certain degree of naivete but it also with the stunt he pulls makes him very dangerous and not person you want to mess with. Of course Arlen also has to face of with some demons, because well, he travels in the dark hours as well. In the end Arlen does make it intact to Count Brayan to deliver the good, but here again he is faced with problems of a different degree and for me it came to show that Arlen, though apprentice messenger by trade, is something much more. The Great Bazaar is the second story of the omnibus and is actually a chapter from The Painted/Warded Man, this chapter was set somewhere in between 16 and 17 of the book. It does happen later than Brayan's Gold. Here Arlen is already a bit more grown up and no longer feels like the apprentice messenger he was said to be in the first story. In this story Arlen receives a map from Abban. Abban runs a shop at the Bazaar in the desert of Krasia, and he wants Arlen to find a treasure, a very expensive and valuable piece of pottery which is said to be located in a small desert village. The reason why Abban cant retrieve said pottery is because the town is overrun by demons and demons can only be fought with wards. So naturally Arlen will be the best suited person for this task as he knows wards and how to use them. The trek to the desert town is a tough job where Arlen faces a number of known demons to him, who he can easily outsmart. But once in the city he stumbles upon species of demons he has never seen before and will make this task a lot harder on him. If you are new to the Demon Cycle series like me, both Brayan's Gold and The Great Bazaar make up for a very good an clear introduction/teaser for the bigger series, they can be easily read and understand as standalone books. The strength for me in these two stories really are the protagonist Arlen, he is a cool guy, as I said a bit naive but when he has to do things he will make sure the job gets done, and most importantly he sticks to his guns, no matter how dire the situation is. Another thing is the part of the whole demon fighting and the bigger idea behind it. I am a big fan of cool fighting scenes and unique systems with advantages/disadvantages and limitations and this is precisely what Peter. V. Brett utilizes in these two stories. This short omnibus edition featuring Great Bazaar and Brayan's Gold has definitely wet my appetite for more!

  • Jessica Strider
    2019-04-28 08:06

    This is a collection of 2 short stories and 2 passages that were cut from The Warded Man. Each story has a short introduction from the author explaining either where the ideas came from or why the scene was cut. The stories were originally published as limited edition hardcovers by Subterranean Press, with this new combined edition being published in trade paperback by Tachyon Publications. The book also includes a short Krasian dictionary, which is not really necessary as all the required terms are explained in the stories themselves, and some examples of wards and the types of demons they’re used to protect against, which is pretty interesting to read. ***** Brayan’s Gold - While an apprentice messenger, Arlen and his master are assigned a longer run than usual, transporting thundersticks to Brayan’s Gold, high in the mountains. But while the compensation is generous, the risks are also high: bandits, harsh conditions, and several nights outdoors with only warded circles as protection against demons. This is a fantastic story with a lot of different elements to it. There’s a surprising amount of variety to the troubles Arlen faces as he heads into the mountains.***** The Great Bazaar - Using a map procured from Abban, a khaffit from the great bazaar in Fort Krasia, Arlen hunts for treasure, and discovers demons he’s never faced before. This story has scenes from both Arlen and Abban’s point of views. It’s a pretty focused story, but you do get to see a little more of what life is like for the underclass in the bazaar.Brett manages to pack a lot of content into both stories and writes them in such a way that they fill in gaps left by the novels but explain everything required to enjoy them if you haven’t read the books.***** Arlen - This is a prologue that didn’t make the book, dealing with Arlen’s life before the events of The Warded Man. It’s an interesting look at his youthful personality and how he was already pushing boundaries.**** Brianne Beaten - This passage deals with a scene from Leesha’s life that kind of stands on its own, though it involves an unmentioned incident that ruined a friendship. It helps to know what that incident is, but the scene still works if you don’t. It’s a pretty short book, but the stories are high quality and help flesh out Arlen’s character. If you missed the Subterranean Press editions, then this is a good time to get the stories. If you’ve never read Brett, it’s a great sampler of his work and will whet your appetite for more.

  • Sibil
    2019-04-28 10:08

    4.5Thanks to Netgalley. I received a copy of this book in exchange of an honest reviewI really loved this book! I loved to read about Arlen, about something that happened in his past, something that we cannot see in the main book. And I totally loved to read about the "born" of Arlen. Brett, you did well! No! You did awsome!

  • Kaitlin
    2019-05-05 04:05

    LOVED THESE STORIES. So good to immerse myself back into the world and writing style of Peter V Brett and I just adore these quick snipits which give background details behind the original books. Highly recommended!

  • Marc
    2019-05-05 06:52

    Does not add anything to the story, but I like getting back into this world. I enjoy it!Overall 3 out 5 Snow and Clays Corelings!

  • Jana
    2019-05-13 04:56

    3 starsReview can be found at here at

  • Tony
    2019-04-20 08:59

    I really enjoyed this book. I read it after i finished book 2, the Desert Spear, and before I started the Daylight War. The book contains two short stories about Arlen that fit time-wise into the period of the first book, the Warded Man, though I am glad I waited til after Desert Spear to read the Great Bazaar. The book also contains two deleted scenes from the Warded Man, one about Arlen and one about Leesha. The two short stories were pure action and excitement, showing Arlen in the days he worked as a Messenger before he found the Spear of Kaji. When I read the Warded Man I remember feeling like I had missed out on a lot of Arlen's development as he skipped from a boy suddenly to an invincible and haunted demon warrior. I would've loved to have more of these stories and more exploration of the world before that first book ended. Arlen took time to explore much of the world and many ruins, but we as readers missed out. These two stories give an exciting view into some of that part of Arlen's life. The mountain setting of Brayan's Gold was especially new and refreshing. The first deleted scene in this book is the original sketch of Arlen written by Peter Brett long before the Warded Man was written. He explains that he wanted to include it in the Warded Man but was convinced not to. I am glad it was not included, because while it's charming in a fairy-tale sort of way, the voice and mood of the passage is mismatched with the opening of the Warded Man, and a lot of information that was allowed to develop organically in the Warded Man here in this passage seems rushed and blunt. It's an interesting glimpse of Arlen's childhood, but I believe it's good that it's presented separately here in this book. The last deleted scene in this book is a story of Leesha and Brianne which I also really enjoyed. The scene shows us a little more of these characters and the relationship between them, set again in that rich Thesan hamlet setting, and it shows a bit of Leesha's strength growing as she apprenticed to Bruna. Brett wrote that he cut the passage because the Warded Man was already 3,000 words, which I thought was unfortunate. I think I would've appreciated the extra detail. Overall, after reading through a rough start in Desert Spear, reading this book left me looking excitedly towards Daylight War and the rest of the series.

  • Chris
    2019-04-19 08:00

    *copy from Netgalley in exchange for a review*This collection actually contains two novella length pieces by Peter V. Brett. Both are set in the universe of ‘The Painted Man’ (‘The Warded Man’ in the US) and concern the actions of one of the protagonists from that series, Arlen Bales. There’s also some other materials – for example, some analysis of the wards that characters in Brett’s universe draw in order to stop themselves being devoured by demons, a vignette with Leesha, one of the central characters of the saga, and a previously-excised chapter from the first novel, giving us a little more insight into Arlen’s childhood.Lets take the last of these first; the narrative is itself preceded by some notes from the author as to why the scene was deleted. He makes a reasonable argument for its removal, but notes that he had some personal attachment to it, which is why it’s been shared here. It’s actually…pretty good. The reader is introduced to an Arlen even younger than his first previously published appearance. We’re given an insight into his character, into his need to travel, and his need to run. The theme here is one of thwarted constraint – Arlen is portrayed as longing to break free, both from the confines of his village, and from the childhood and life this entails, but being unable to do so. Brett picked this theme up again in the published text of The Painted Man, but this vignette provides even more emphasis. It also gives a slightly broader view of Arlen’s family life – there’s some remarks on his relationship with his parents which aren’t earthshattering, but do add context and texture to that portrayed in the novel this chapter was removed from. It’s narratively sparse, but really does help evoke that tone of fear and confinement that the people in Arlen’s life subsist under at the start of The Painted Man.Moving on, there are the two novella’s for which the volume is titled – ‘Brayan’s Gold’ and ‘The Great Bazaar’ ‘Brayan’s Gold’, is a story focused around one of Arlen’s first runs as a ‘Messenger’, who braves the demon-haunted nights in order to move cargo and news between warded enclaves of humanity. It gives the reader a bit more insight into the world that Arlen inhabits during ‘The Painted Man’ – a westernised fantasy realm with restricted movement and communication and a stratified social structure, where travel is both lucrative and dangerous. It has a lot of scenes that take place in various secured areas, and give the reader some insight into how the deprived, the average and the privileged population of this world manage to maintain themselves.It also has demons. Lots and lots of demons. Arlen manages to spend quite a bit of his time trying to avoid getting into a fight with a demon, and also somehow managing to fail. There’s some fairly hectic chase scenes, and some genuinely raw and impactful combats. Brett writes fast-paced, gruesome fights, and they’re entirely believable. His non-protagonist characters don’t have quite the same depth, but this is more of a stricture of length than anything else – they’re certainly excellent foils for Arlen, and the reader does get a broader understanding of both the world and Arlen’s character from the narrative. It helps that it’s a page turner; the spaces between action are less lulls, and more necessary breathers.The same applies to the second novella in this collection, ‘The Great Bazaar’; this one takes place a little before the start of the second volume in the wider series, ‘The Desert Spear’. Here the reader is given an older, more experienced Arlen, and (re-)introduced to Abban , one of the supporting cast from the second book in Brett’s Saga, The Desert Spear. Here, Arlen is sent into the desert wilds by Abban, in an effort to retrieve some priceless pottery from a town destroyed by demons. All does not, as you might expect, go entirely to plan. There’s also a highly convoluted and extremely entertaining sub-plot dealing with Abban’s interactions in the “Great Bazaar” of the title, struggling to deal with the enmity of a wounded warrior-turned-merchant.As with Brayan’s Gold, this story gives us a great deal of fast-paced action. Arlen manages to do some incredibly stupid things and get away with them, at least partially through luck; but the chases, the fights, they’re page-turners, every one. At the same time, the reader is getting more context for the larger trilogy. Arlen as a younger man, possibly less angry, more easily thwarted perhaps, and not as cunning as he might be – but still driven, still recognisably the protagonist of Brett’s larger series. His careful, respectful relationship with Abban is fleshed out a bit more in this text than it has been before, and gives a new layer of meaning to their interactions in other slices of Brett’s narrative. The Great Bazaar is less of a journey story than Brayan’s Gold, but it feels like it puts a bit more meat onto the bones of extant characters, and it’s a lot of fun to read.Overall then, this is a pretty good adjunct to Brett’s main series. We’re given a lot of Arlen Bales, to be sure, but Arlen is quite fun to read about. There’s a lot of action, a lot of death-defying, and quite a lot of hectic chases, all of which are a great read. Where all of the narratives in this collection shine though is in the characters – in the quiet moments of interaction, of shared glances, of moments of understanding which help put another layer of humanity, a patina of truth, over them.The piece with Leesha is good fun, a quirky look at life in Cutter's Hollow. Leesha's on fine form here, slowly establishing her role in village society, and confounding the expectations of those who remember her differently. It's interesting to see this context, this sign of character growth. It feels like a relatively short scene, and it's a satisfying one, though not particularly load bearing - still, it gives us a little more of Leesha's character, and expands the world of Cutter's Hollow slightly, and is a decent quick read.Overall, if you’re already a fan of Brett’s Demon Cycle books, this is an excellent adjunct to that series. If you’re coming to it fresh, these are perfectly fun standalone novellas – you actually don’t need to have read the rest of the series to ‘get’ them; that said, I’d recommend you do, because if you have, there’s more understanding to be had. In either case, this collection is entirely worth your time.

  • Amarinske
    2019-04-28 02:22

    This was perfectly enjoyable. I really appreciated all the explanations about the backgrounds of the short stories and why the deleted scenes were cut.This collection is the perfect starting place for people who haven't read in this world before as we get an entire recap of the magic system. sometimes I found that unnecessary, but it is also very useful for the newbies.I totally recommend reading this as the writing style also makes this an incredibly fast read. I read this almost twice as fast as my normal speed for these kinds of books.Goodbye my reading slump

  • Krista
    2019-05-13 03:56

    I thought these novellas were good and did a good job of explaining how Arlen became who he is in 'The Warded Man'. I felt like the change from Arlen to The Warded Man was a bit forced and strained. How did this little boy who he enjoyed people and who went out of his way to learn other languages just to talk to other people turn into this revenant who hates humans and avoids them?These stories didn't really explain that transformation, but they did give more insight into his character and were entertaining.

  • Joe
    2019-05-07 02:18

    A solid couple of stories in his unique world. Great writing in this series. Worthy of a re-read or two.

  • Tina Tofte-Johansen
    2019-05-10 10:17


  • Aj Andree
    2019-05-18 04:04

    enjoyable side stories. just waiting for the 5th book to come out now

  • Teis
    2019-04-24 10:09

    It was good fun to meet Arlen Bales once more. The stories definitely reminded me that I am looking very much forward to The Core.I would recommend to anyone having read the Demon Cycle.

  • Jennifer Henschel
    2019-05-11 02:08

    Loved the extra and deleted scenes in this novella. I'm craving more of this series!