The Great Bazaar & Brayan’s Gold

Peter V. Brett

From the dangerous world of the Demon Cycle comes the early adventures of Arlen, Peter V. Brett’s essential fantasy hero. These exciting origin tales follow Arlen as he learns to navigate a demon-infested world where he relies upon his cunning wit at least as much as his strong arm.


The Great Bazaar & Brayan’s Gold

by Peter V. Brett

ISBN: 978-1-61696-197-8

Published: July 2015

Available Format(s): Trade Paperback

From the dangerous world of the Demon Cycle comes the early adventures of Arlen, Peter V. Brett’s quintessential fantasy hero. These exciting origin tales follow Arlen as he learns to navigate a world where the elemental forces of evil conjure themselves from the earth each night.

Humanity has barely survived a demonic onslaught by using magical wards that protect their cities and homes. Only a handful of mercenaries and explorers risk traveling after the sun sets. Arlen, seeking adventure and fortune, is barely protected by the warded armor upon which he has inscribed intricate defensive runes. From a journey ferrying a wagonload of dynamite to a mountain stronghold, to a dangerous mission to recover desert treasures, Arlen faces friends and enemies with a strong arm and a cunning wit.

Praise for The Great Bazaar & Brayan’s Gold

“A handsome and affordable trade paperback edition. It something no fan of Peter V. Brett will want to miss.”
Black Gate

“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.”

“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.”
The Bibliosanctum

 “…the stories are high quality…. If you’ve never read Brett, it’s a great sampler of his work and will whet your appetite for more.”
Sci-Fi Fan Letter

“…this collection is entirely worth your time.”
Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reviews

“If you’ve read the series and want to know more about Arlen’s history: grab this book.

If you haven’t read the series and want to know whether it’s worth your time: grab this book.”
There Are Inkspots on My Page


Peter V. Brett is the bestselling author of The Demon Cycle, which includes The Painted Man (re-published as The Warded Man in the U.S.), The Desert Spear, and The Daylight War, and has two more forthcoming novels in the series. In addition to the quintet, he has published three standalone novellas and has one standalone novel forthcoming. After writing The Painted Man during his commute on the F train, he left his day job to pursue writing full time, and currently lives in Brooklyn with his daughter Cassandra.


On The Warded Man, Book One of the Demon Cycle

“This is hearty, muscular fare. There is no formula here and little to remind you of other writers.”
January Magazine

“…superb characterization, suspenseful action and accomplished writing.”
Fantasy Book Critic

“I enjoyed The Warded Man immensely. There is much to admire in Peter Brett’s writing, and his concept is brilliant. There’s action and suspense all the way, plus he made me care about his characters and want to know what’s going to happen next.”
—Terry Brooks

The Warded Man works not only as a great adventure novel but also as a reflection on the nature of heroism.”
—Charlaine Harris

“An absolute masterpiece…. The novel [is] literally ‘unputdownable,’ and certainly deserves to be the next Big Thing in dark fantasy.”

On The Desert Spear, Book Two of The Demon Cycle

“The most significant and cinematic fantasy epic since The Lord of the Rings. Inspired, compelling, and totally addictive!” 
—Paul W. S. Anderson, director of Resident Evil: Afterlife

“Peter V. Brett is one of my favorite new authors.”
—Patrick Rothfuss, New York Times bestselling author of The Name of the Wind

On The Daylight War, Book Three of The Demon Cycle

“Climaxing in a breathless confrontation between Arlen and Jardir and ending with a bang, this volume will leave series fans impatient for more.”

“[Brett is] at the top of his game. I give this my highest recommendation.”

“[Brett] confirms his place among epic fantasy’s pantheon of greats amid the likes of George R. R. Martin, Steven Erikson, and Robert Jordan.”
Fantasy Book Critic

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From Chapter One of Brayan's Gold

It was a cool morning, dawn still an hour away, but Arlen was already sweating profusely in the new armor—solid plates of hammered steel linked at the joints by rivets and fine interlocking rings. Beneath, he wore a quilted jacket and pants to keep the plates from digging into his skin, but it was scant protection when Cob tightened the rings. 

“All the more reason to make sure I get this right, Cob said. “The better the fit, the less likely that will happen when you’re running from a coreling on the road. A Messenger needs to be quick.” 

“Don’t see how I’ll be anything near quick wrapped in bedquilt and carrying seventy pounds of steel on my back,” Arlen said. “And this corespawned thing’s hot as firespit.” 

“You’ll be glad for the warmth on the windy trails to the Duke’s Mines,” Cob advised. 

Arlen shook his head and lifted his heavy arm to look at the plates where he had painstakingly fluted wards into the steel with a tiny hammer and chisel. The symbols of protection were powerful enough to turn most any demon blow, but as much as he felt protected by the armor, he also felt imprisoned by it. 

“Five hundred suns,” he said wistfully. That was how much the armorer had charged—and taken months in the making. It was enough gold to make Arlen the second-richest man in Tibbet’s Brook, the town where he had grown up. 

“You don’t go cheap on things that might mean your life,” Cob said. He was a veteran Messenger, and spoke from experience. “When it comes to armor, you find the best smithy in town, order the strongest they’ve got, and bugger the cost.” 

He pointed a finger at Arlen. “And always . . .” 

“. . . ward it yourself,” Arlen finished with his master, nodding patiently. “I know. You’ve told me a thousand times.” 

“I’ll tell it to you ten thousand more, if that’s how long it takes to etch it into your thick skull.”