Ultimately, I found the story beneath the sound effects, accents, and ear-splitting shrieks to be one that I knew I would enjoy if I’d read it myself. I haven’t read The Warded Man on paper yet, but I will, and soon. Why, you ask?
A few weeks ago I was contacted by San-Francisco-based Tachyon Publications, who asked if I’d like to review an upcoming release of Peter Brett’s. THE GREAT BAZAAR & BRAYAN’S GOLD contains two novellas from the Demon Cycle, as well as two deleted scenes from The Warded Man. I jumped at the opportunity, and am glad to report that my prediction was entirely accurate. Sitting down and reading the book, I found myself transported in a way that the audio version of The Warded Man was never able to achieve. In these two novellas, I got a taste for how great the “real” thing is, and an understanding of why so many people are so entranced by the series.
The book also includes two deleted scenes from The Warded Man. The first provides fans with the source of the whole shebang — Peter Brett’s first foray into this world, in the form of a short story written for a classroom assignment. It’s pretty good too, despite the (necessary) caveat that it was written in one night, as homework. The second is a moment where Leesha — one of the protagonists in The Demon Cycle — in the course of her studies to become a medicine woman, years-since ostracized by her community for perceived indecency, confronts one of her old friends, whom she discovers is being beaten by her husband. Leesha is a character who is hardened by the cruelty of her world, threatened by demons from without and social constructs from within. No splitting hairs here — this world isn’t kind to women. Leesha is empowered by Bruna, the healer before her, and with the mantle of a healer grows into her own. In this scene we find a Leesha who manages to be impartial and objective, and simply help someone who desperately needs it, despite the difficulties this particular young woman caused her. I can understand why Peter Brett cut it from the final version of The Warded Man, but I was glad to read it here.
The bottom line is that I was on the fence about the Demon Cycle. I went into great detail about that in my review of The Warded Man. These stories helped me fall to one side — the one that’s ready to read more. Now I want to hop into The Desert Spear and keep the momentum going. I highly recommend this to fans of the Demon Cycle. It’d be a bit tough to pick up and digest if you’re new to the world, but not hard enough that you won’t enjoy yourself. An altogether great read.
Read the rest Samuel’s review at THE WARBLER.
Peter V. Brett’s second novel in the Demon Cycle, The Desert Spear, became an international bestseller, and the next two books in the series made him one of the top-selling authors on the market. So it’s no surprise that The Great Bazaar and Brayan’s Gold, two limited edition novellas from P.S. Publishing, set in the world of the Demon Cycle, and detailing Arlen’s early adventures, have been sold out for years.
Now Tachyon Publications is releasing an omnibus collection of both novellas in a handsome and affordable trade paperback edition. It something no fan of Peter V. Brett will want to miss.
Defensive ward against: Clay Demons
First appeared: The Great Bazaar
Ward by Lauren K. Cannon, copyright by Peter V. Brett.
For more info about THE GREAT BAZAAR & BRAYAN’S GOLD, visit the Tachyon page.
Cover design by Elizabeth Story.