Tuesday, 4 August 2020

Peter V. Brett

Author Website | Reviews | Bibliography & Rights Information

The Demon Cycle | Biblio. & Rights Info
The Warded Man (UK: The Painted Man)
The Desert Spear
The Daylight War
The Skull Throne
The Core

Demon Cycle Novellas
The Great Bazaar and Other Stories (Short story collection)
Brayan’s Gold
(An Arlen novella)
Messenger’s Legacy
(A Demon Cycle novella)
Holiday in Tibbet’s Brook (A short story)

I Am Olive | Biblio. & Rights Info
The Desert Prince


For The Demon Cycle Series


“Brett’s debut builds slowly and grimly on a classic high-fantasy framework of black-and-white mortality and bloodshed. Brett’s gritty tale will appeal to those who tire of sympathetic villains and long for old-school orc massacres.”

—Publishers Weekly

“Brett ably blends fantasy and horror in this arresting first novel, the first in a planned series. An imaginative and exciting tale, recommended where there is interest in epic fantasy.”

—Library Journal
Starred review!

“Fast-paced and thoroughly enjoyable. Brett’s style is easy to read, and even at more than 400 pages, the book leaves the reader wanting more.”

The Miami Herald

“Brett’s fantasy debut is a highly readable adventure with a unique setting and three strong protagonists. Brett includes plenty of exciting battles, terrifying monsters, and heart-wrenching moments to make the focus of the story — the development of flawed, ordinary children into legends — believable. Consider the series this begins worth tracking.”


“A gripping adventure — a very promising start to a new series, and an excellent first novel.”


“An absolute masterpiece… for me, the novel was literally “unputdownable,” and certainly deserves to be the next Big Thing in dark fantasy.”

—Horrorscope (Australia)

“An assured and promising first novel… definitely worth a read and looks set to form the cornerstone of an epic fantasy series.”

SF Site

“A great page turner which soon becomes an irresistible read. The characters evolve into people you care about and the word is pleasantly engaging. I was pleased, though a little surprised, to place this in my top five Fantasy reads for 2008. There’s enough here to secure the future of a new writer who should be very pleased indeed with his debut.”

SFF World (Yon, on UK release)

“The story flows incredibly well and essentially, Brett has written an “unputdownable” book in THE WARDED MAN and one of my favorite books of 2009.”

SFF World (Bedford, on US release)

“A fabulous new fantasy series by Brett. The new world he has created is complete, complicated, and fascinating. Brett’s ability to make his creations feel real is the stamp of excellent fantasy. This is a series that is likely to become a classic.”

—Cairns Post (Cairns, Australia)

“It’s rare these days that I can’t put a book down without my fingers itching to pick it up again, and rarer still for it to be a debut book from a first time author. But Peter V. Brett’s The Painted Man comes up trumps. Brett has the knack of making you care about his characters and you want ot know what happens to them. And better yet, to make you hungrily look forward to the next book, The Desert Spear.”

—Dominion Post (New Zealand)

“Not since Patrick Rothfuss’ The Name of the Wind have I been this pleased with a debut. THE WARDED MAN is character-driven fantasy at its page-turning best. The three main protagonists are fully-realized people — magnificent and flawed at the same time. Watch them grow up in a world designed to beat them down. Can’t wait to see what happens next.”

Mysterious Galaxy

“Very likeable… a very accomplished debut fantasy, without doubt exciting and with exceptionally well-rendered characters — the fate of whom the reader cares very much about. How the fight against demonkind will develop, I cannot guess, but I will most certainly be visiting Peter V. Brett’s misty and murky world to find out. Recommended.”

SFRevu (UK)

“A very good fantasy novel… it’s original, it’s well-written, and it’s extremely absorbing… The book is one of the best debut novels I’ve ever encountered in the genre, and it wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest if it ended up claiming an award or two along the way.”

Black Gate

“Makes you genuinely excited by the idea of reading more… will leave you impatient for the next installment.”

SFX Magazine (UK)

“Not only did I enjoy what I’d read but I’m left in the position of eagerly waiting to find out what’s to come.”

Graeme’s Fantasy Book Review

“Like many fantasy epics before it, this debut from Peter V. Brett bursts onto shelves with much anticipation and plenty of buzz. On opening this promised gem of literature, I was surprised to find that this time the hype is largely justified… THE PAINTED MAN is a real treat, with Brett displaying a bucket-load of talent in making the familiar so gripping.”


“A strong debut. It’s highly inventive plot will captivate the imagination immediately. A page turner with a satisfying climax, it promises much more to come in future books.”

RT Book Reviews

“Brett is a spectacular writer. I cannot recommend THE WARDED MAN highly enough. It is thoroughly entertaining, having the right mix of suspense, action and introspection. It never bogs down for any of its length, as Brett paces the story masterfully. The world itself and the concept of the wards make the story unique among epic fantasies. The tale ends on a note of expectation, making me eager to read the second book, The Desert Spear, to find out what happens. THE WARDED MAN is truly unputdownable. Make sure you have plenty of time for reading it, because you will not want to leave its pages for anything.”

Grasping for the Wind

“Brett provides complex characters and plenty of action.”


“Captivating and well-written, quickly drawing readers in, THE WARDED MAN is a must-read for anyone looking for a new fantasy series to explore.”

—School Library Journal

“Brett says he hopes to bring further psychological depth to his demons as well as his mortals. Considering the fine start he’s made here in his first published novel, I think he’s likely to pull it off.”

—Locus (Faren Miller)

“Overall with superb characterization, suspensful action and accomplished writing, THE PAINTED MAN is a very assured debut that will make its way onto many Best of 2008 lists. Highly, highly recommended.”

Fantasy Book Critic

“The writing is incredible. Fast action sequences alternate with stretches of introspection, so you feel you really know the characters–both the good and the bad–and what they’re working towards. The world is written with such detail that you can almost step right into it. THE WARDED MAN is an epic novel that comes up with a lot of fresh ideas. An excellent read.”

SciFi Fan Letter

“This is hearty, muscular fare. There is no formula here and little to remind you of other writers. Brett has found his own way to his own world, on the F train. We’re glad to be along for the ride.”

January Magazine

“A stunning character focused fantasy set in a vividly realised world … such great promise to deliver an excellent story arc … I’m now officially a fan for life.”

Walker of Worlds

A lot of zing.  If you are looking for some great heroic epic fantasy, wiht a lot of action and character building (with a pretty cool magic system), THE WARDED MAN delivers this in full force.  One of the more exciting fantasy reads out there.”

Best Fantasy Books

“I loved this book… If you haven’t tried this series yet, please do. It has magic, demons, grit and drama. What more could a fantasy fan want?”

Fantasy Faction

“Peter Brett has a tremendous talent for story-telling … this is the series to get on board.”

Staffer’s Musings

It’s a bold debut, and it is no wonder that with it, Brett established himself in Epic Fantasy circles very quickly indeed. It’s a pure hit of epic fantasy.”

Functional Nerds

“I enjoyed THE WARDED MAN immensely. There is much to admire in Peter Brett’s writing, and his concept is brilliant. Action and suspense all the way; he made me care about his characters and want to know what’s going to happen next.”

—Terry Brooks

“Peter Brett’s tremendously readable first novel, THE WARDED MAN, is set in a harsh and feudal world in which demons rule the night. No one is free until a hero rises who is willing to defy the demons, but at a terrible price. THE WARDED MAN works not only as a great adventure novel, but a reflection on the nature of heroism.”

—Charlaine Harris,
The New York Times Bestselling author of All Together Dead

“Anne just gave me the good news about Peter Brett. Thank you! Thank you so much!!! I absolutely loved the book and I’d have been devastated not to get the rights to it. Yesterday night I was coming back from a weekend on the countryside with friends in a car, and we discussed characters and demons and everything for hours, like kids. Gosh, I’m so thrilled! I hadn’t been so genuinely enthusiastic about a Fantasy novel in a long time. Can’t wait for book two!”

—Stephane Marsan,
Pete’s acquiring editor at Bragelonne in France

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“Extends the author’s panoramic vision… Fans of epic fantasy in the tradition of Robert Jordan and George R. R. Martin will enjoy the arrival of a strong voice in multivolume epic fantasy.”

Library Journal

“A gripping sequel… emphasizes political and romantic intrigue without losing the urgency of the demon war.”


“Well-drawn characters, fascinating world-building, action and conflict make for an exciting page-turner.”

RT Book Reviews

“Sure to leave fans on tenterhooks waiting for the next installment.”

Publishers Weekly

“An earthy, entertaining and traditional epic fantasy.”

Sacramento Book Review

“An epic and highly readable story. It seems likely that this author will take his place among the most important writers in his part of the genre.”

January Magazine

“With THE DESERT SPEAR, Peter V. Brett confirms that he is crafting 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

“I think it’s highly original and just can’t wait to make it.”

—Jeremy Bolt,
producer of the Resident Evil franchise

“Just as enticing, absorbing and mesmerizing as The Painted Man, and Brett makes every character pivotal and every action significant.”

Total SciFi Online

“Peter V. Brett is one of my favorite new authors.”

—Patrick Rothfuss,
The New York Times bestselling author of The Name of the Wind

“If you liked the first book as much as I did, you’ll consider this one essential reading.”

—Charlaine Harris,
The New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse mysteries

“A nice break from most of the recent fantasy novels I’ve read. Brett tells an exciting story and his set up is sufficiently novel to be interesting in its own right.”

Critical Mass

“One of those rare books where the sequel is better than the first book. Mr. Brett really comes into his own in this book … Each character’s story is interesting and heartbreaking in its own way.”

Sci-Fi Fan Letter

“An incredible piece of work.”

Fantasy Faction
Best of 2010

“Very worthy follow-up to his excellent first novel … a strong book in its own right, more than avoiding the pitfalls of that dreaded second novel curse.”

Fantasy Literature

A magnificent work that delivers everything a sequel should … an absolute masterpiece, and there’s no doubt in my mind that the Demon War books will come to be regarded as classics of the genre.”

HorrorScope (Australia)

“A gripping read … just about everything one could ask for in the second volume of a fantasy series.”

SFF World

“Dynamic and exciting throughout, this second book confirms the hype about this saga and author… La Lance du Desert offers us a credible universe, ‘known’ and yet original.”

—Joystick Magazine (France)

“An incredibly engaging read and I thoroughly enjoyed it and cannot wait to see what happens next.  I highly recommend you take a look.”

Walker of Worlds

“A talented, talented man with the ability to create a world, expand upon it, throw in some excellent twists and really develop the characters… Everything you could possibly want from a book is here.  If you haven’t read this, you really are missing out and I can tell you right now that until you do so you have not experienced fantasy at its finest.”

Fantasy Faction

“THE DESERT SPEAR will be a worthy contender for my year end lists.”

Fantasy Book Critic

“The world that Brett has created is impressive…a clever and fantastical storyline.”

Fantasy Book Review

“DESERT SPEAR is a delightful read that calls to mind the great epic fantasies of years gone by…The Demon Cycle may one day be considered on part with the Wheel of Time and other fantasy icons.”

Staffer’s Books Review

“The story has been very skillfully written, giving this book both a coming of age theme and a well-paced plot…it’s growing up to be one of the best fantasy series ever written.”

Ranting Dragon

“Deserves to be read by every fantasy fan out there … Do not miss this series.”

SF Site

“THE DESERT SPEAR is a tour-de-force fantasy epic – brilliantly written, wonderfully realised, and highly addictive. I loved this.

Civilian Reader


“Along with Brandon Sanderson and Daniel Abraham, Peter V. Brett is at the forefront of purveyors of epic fantasy whose teeth were ground on the likes of Robert Jordan, George R.R. Martin, Terry Brooks, and David Eddings…in other words, with THE DAYLIGHT WAR, he’s at the top of his game. I give this my highest recommendation (including the first two novels in the series.)”


“Brett’s prose, as always, is precise and fluid and vivid. It draws you in easily and keeps you in, never turning pedestrian or clumsy or repetitive… This is certainly one of my favorite series in fantasy and Book Three, which if you haven’t figured out I enthusiastically recommend, continues the story at its high, high level.”

Fantasy Literature
5/5 Stars!

“That his world is not the standard castles and knights backdrop is a breath of fresh air, and the Middle-Eastern-influenced cultures and locales of the world about which he writes are captivating, alluring, deadly, and full of intrigue.”


“For an epic story, a deep and memorable cast of characters and for continuing one of the best new series in fantasy I give THE DAYLIGHT WAR a score of 9.5/10. I would recommend this series to any fan of the Fantasy genre, any at all. I meant what I said above, I truly do think that one day The Demon Cycle will be in the same league as A Song of Ice and FireLord of the Rings or Sandman.”

The Founding Fields

“We can feel the fear of the villagers, sense the pride of the warriors, almost taste the evil emanating from the demons…It was spectacular. It was action-packed, unpredictable and thoroughly satisfying…I loved this book. I was utterly entranced from beginning to end. The world, the action, the characters, they all delivered.”


“Brett’s prose and flow remains virtually flawless, providing for a smooth read… I really, really loved this book.”

Fixed on Fantasy

“If you like your Fantasy big, dramatic, and with characters you grow to love the Demon Cycle will be quite memorable. With THE DAYLIGHT WAR, Brett reaffirms his high place in modern Epic Fantasy.”

Mad Hatter Reviews

“This is a superb follow-up.  If you haven’t read Peter Brett and like well written fantasy, I urge you to give him a try.”

Sci-Fi Fan Letter

“Peter V. Brett is the perfect example of a modern fantasy author. He knows his world inside out, his characters are so well-rounded that it is impossible to class them as good or evil, and his writing is some of the most atmospheric and powerful you will ever come across.”

Fantasy Faction
The #1 “Anticipated Fantasy Book” for 2013

“All told, DAYLIGHT WAR is excellent epic fantasy–one of the most compelling in recent memory.”

Staffers Book Review

“An out and out thrilling storyline that mixes action, intrigue and amazing characters, Peter V. Brett’s THE DAYLIGHT WAR is his best work so far and rather upends the bar steeply for this series.”

Fantasy Book Critic

“…this volume will leaves series fans impatient for more.”


This is one of those fantasy series that fans of the genre will feel entirely comfortable recommending to their friends or colleagues that normally don’t read this type of book. It’s that much fun.”

SF Site

“[THE DAYLIGHT WAR is] compulsively readable… A lot of it is down to Peter V. Brett’s deft styling and plotting, keeping his reader hooked without sacrificing artistic integrity…Brett has crafted an effective and engrossing installment for his Demon Cycle.”

Fantasy Literature

“THE DAYLIGHT WAR goes above and beyond the brilliance of the first two books in style, character and worldbuilding, action, suspense…basically all the elements that make a book worth reading over and over again…A wonderful third part to a breathtaking series, THE DAYLIGHT WAR deserves no end of attention and acclaim.”

Fantasy Faction

“The twists and turns of the plot will keep readers engaged until the last white-knuckle chapter. THE DEMON CYCLE is an extraordinary work.”


“Brett is an amazing storyteller. This series is what epic fantasy is all about. It’s phenomenal. There were passages where I literally found myself with goosebumps on my arms.”

Book Chick City


“Brett knows exactly what he’s doing…The book is very steadily paced – this a slow burn and much of it focuses on the interpersonal relationships between various characters. There are plenty of action-packed key scenes peppered throughout the book. The demons are mostly added as a spice here; Brett is setting up his world and the characters in order to tell his epic fantasy tale in a way that is both personal and global. It’s a page-turner, and quite possibly the best so far.”

Starburst Magazine

“Complex and engaging…all I can do is recommend this book to readers. I tore through this volume, and many nights I would stay up late to read just another chapter…or four. I can’t wait to see how this diverse cast of characters takes on the demons once and for all.”

Fantasy Faction

“I’ve been thoroughly enjoying Peter Brett’s Demon Cycle series from the beginning, and the most recent addition, THE SKULL THRONE, continues to impress….the characterization remains sharp, with characters either continuing to grow and mature, revealing sides of themselves previously hidden, or making some sharp (yet wholly believable) turns.”

Fantasy Literature

“Brett does a good job of keeping the action rolling along. This series is similar to those of Django Wexler, Daniel Abraham, and Patrick Rothfuss. Fans of their series will find something to enjoy here as well.”

SF Revu

“I have been enjoying The Demon Cycle through the first three books and even more after THE SKULL THRONE; I love the world building and enjoy the characters, but is also rewarding to see a writer’s skill and prowess grow from one novel to the next… I cannot wait to see how Peter brings this epic tale to conclusion. Highly recommended.”

SFF World

“Get ready for deep intrigues and a lot of politics.  This book is fast paced and a quick read, despite its near 700 pages.”

SciFi Fan Letter

“Peter V. Brett expands and deepens his endlessly fascinating and increasingly complex world.”

“The 32 Best Fantasy Books of 2015”

“One of the best original magic systems I’ve ever read. . .I love it! And you will too.”

Strange Currencies
“Top 5 Books Published in 2015”

“Heart thumping, adrenalin pumping consequences. The crescendo is near perfect!…The last chapters were amazing. There were hints in hindsight, but I affected some very wide eyed expressions as things unfolded, along with some evil giggling. Cliff-bloody-hanger!..Check THE SKULL THRONE, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised! Possibly overjoyed, as I was!”

Book Frivolity

“The Skull Throne is exploding with action that will leave you breathless and wanting more!”

Faire’s Fair

“I love getting stuck into one of Peter V. Brett’s books because I know that I’ll be fully engrossed in a magical world filled with characters that are both totally alien and yet very human. Balancing fast-paced action with the ordinary tales of life for poor villagers and wealthy courtiers, ‘The Skull Throne’ was a pleasure to read and, long after I’ve finished it, I still find my thoughts returning to the events contained within its pages. Another satisfying book from Brett and I can’t wait to see how it all concludes in the next book.”


“The Demon Cycle has proven to be a series that demands binge reading, leaving me now in a state of extreme book-hangover. Needless to say, I’m looking eagerly forward to reading The Core!”

Critiquing Chemist


“Brett has managed to pull off a mostly satisfying conclusion that retains the high standards of the previous books.”

Fantasy Literature

“…[T]his series as a whole is in my top 10 I have ever read . . . I give THE CORE by Peter V. Brett 5 out of 5 stars. This was truly a great series and I not only recommend it, I insist that you go read it!”

The Blogin’ Hobgoblin

“The final battle was hard fought and gave a very satisfying ending for the series.”

Sci-Fi Fan Letter

“Brett delivered a conclusion . . . that was satisfying in a lot of ways and felt earned for each of the main characters. A war concluded, a peace delivered, and a saga ended…for now.”

SFF World

“Wow. This, ladies and gentlemen, is how you conclude one of the pivotal fantasy epics of the 21st century. THE CORE is not just a fitting conclusion to The Demon Cycle, it is (by far) the greatest book of an already impressive saga. Peter V. Brett has saved the best for last in a story that is big, bold, and brilliant . . . [It]  is an ending so perfect, I honestly cannot find a single flaw in how it all played out.”

Beauty in Ruins

“There’s plenty of political intrigue and machinations, a few twists and turns, and a last act that is going to keep you turning pages until late in the night.”

Six Colors (Dan Moren)
“Our favorite books of 2017”

“Only very rarely does a long epic fantasy series conclude satisfactorily. With THE CORE, Peter V. Brett manages to hit all the right notes, delivering the perfect ending to a great series. Through the years, Brett’s Demon Cycle became one of my very favorite fantasy series. Everything that was started throughout the series, all the potential hinted at in previous books, it all paid off in the end. THE CORE is one of the best finales I’ve ever read. If you’ve been waiting to read The Demon Cycle until it’s completed, I can very much recommend you pick it up in 2018!”

The Ranting Dragon

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For The Demon Cycle Novellas

“[The novellas] 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.”


“I was fascinated by the rune-warding system and the varieties of demons…THE GREAT BAZAAR & BRAYAN’S GOLD is a good introduction to Brett’s style for new readers, as well as the larger world of his Demon Cycle series. Readers who are already familiar with that series should also enjoy the extra glimpses into the life of Arlen as he battles demons and wanders the world.”

Fantasy Literature

“I love Brett’s writing and this series is easily one of my favourites, across all genres…A superb, short foray back into the world. I really enjoyed reading about Arlen and his early adventures again. These two stories are perfect for fans who need a fix before the next book’s release…In both of these short stories, Brett’s skill as a writer shines through. His prose has that superb quality that pulls you right on through the story, whizzing through the pages at an alarming rate. Really engaging, it’s no wonder this series is so popular, and continues to do so well…Really very highly recommended, this is a must-read for all fans of the series.”

Civilian Reader

“Every fan of Peter V. Brett’s Demon Cycle series should check out this collection. I promise you won’t regret it!….[It] 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.”


“Peter V. Brett is one of those talented authors who have a natural ability to hook readers with their stories…[The Tachyon edition of BRAYAN’S GOLD and THE GREAT BAZAAR] is 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!”




“Should delight all fans of epic fantasy. Brett’s prose is nimble and accessible and he leaves the reader wanting to know more.”

—Sacramento Book Review

“Highly enjoyable … will be enjoyed by his existing fans and could serve to draw in new readers.”

  • San Francisco Review of Books

“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 loved this novella … the right levels of everything … on par with the very best.”

Fantasy Faction

“Go read it, it’s great.”

Only the Best Science Fiction & Fantasy

“I often look at novellas such as these as a gift to the readers of the series… [they] act like deleted scenes in a movie, adding more depth to tales we already know. They also offer a taste of the dark beauty Brett puts into his world.”

The Guilded Earlobe

“Loved it…Would recommend this in a heartbeat. Fans should check it out for sure.”

Walker of Worlds


“A fun adventure.”


“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….BRAYAN’S GOLD is the perfect episode to remind us just who Arlen is.”


An important read … DO NOT MISS IT!”

Fantasy Faction

BRAYAN’S GOLD is highly enjoyable episode in Brett’s greater tale that will enjoyed by his existing fans and could serve to draw in new readers… Strong Recommendation.”

—SFF World

“…full of adventure and wonderful characters and Brett’s penchant for imagery and detailed world building come shining through.”

The Gilded Earlobe

“The quality was awesome, the art excellent, and the story it contained was well worth the money…A thoroughly enjoyable read, and works perfectly … awesome.”

Walker of Worlds


“Peter’s world is so dark and haunting, full of amazing and terrifying demons…If you love Peter V. Brett’s previous work then this novella will be exactly the kind of thing you need to calm your cravings for the fourth book…Friendship, love, bravery and survival against the odds are key themes in all of Peter’s work and you will find them weaved artistically within this novella – a wonderful addition to The Demon Cycle canon.”

Fantasy Faction

“Anyone who’s already a fan of the Demon Cycle is sure to enjoy MESSENGER’S LEGACY. Brett has created a fascinating demon-infested world…I enjoyed spending time with these characters and look forward to seeing more of them.”

Fantasy Literature

“The scenes at night, as Briar or Regan (or both) dealt with the corelings are superb — the author is always advancing the readers’ understanding of how these demons function in the world… A great short story, and also a great lead-in to the fourth novel in the series, The Skull Throne… This series has my highest recommendation. A must-read.”

Civilian Reader

“The amount of depth that Brett manages to get into his short stories and novellas never ceases to amaze me and MESSENGER’S LEGACY is no exception . . . [F]or avid fans of the series, it’s one that’s worth adding to the collection. Once again, I thoroughly enjoyed getting stuck into Brett’s world and my only disappointment was that it ended so quickly.”



“Readers will be drawn into the hearts and minds of his characters and deeply moved by the themes of acceptance and community.”

Publishers Weekly

“If you’re a fan of Peter V. Brett and The Demon Cycle, then you’re definitely going to enjoy this novella set in the same world.”

New York Library Journal

“Complex, rich, and moving.”

Fantasy Literature

“BARREN is a satisfying little book, perfect for when you need a punchy story to give you a break between bigger tomes or successive instalments in that series you’re currently reading. It’s a must for fans of The Demon Cycle.”

SF Crowsnest

“I am taken aback by how connected I felt to this world and its inhabitants after spending but a hundred or so pages with them. Take my word for it, if you have not yet explored this series, do so. Succinctly put, I loved it from start to finish. Now go get your own copy!”

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1. THE WARDED MAN (UK: The Painted Man)
2. THE DESERT SPEAR (US: Del Rey, UK: Harper Voyager)
3. THE DAYLIGHT WAR (US: Del Rey, UK: Harper Voyager)
4. SKULL THRONE (US: Del Rey, UK: Harper Voyager)
5. THE CORE (US: Del Ray, UK: Harper Voyager)
A. THE GREAT BAZAAR (novella with deleted scenes, Subterranean Press)
B. BRAYAN’S GOLD (richly illustrated novella, Subterranean Press)
C. MESSENGER’S LEGACY (novella, Subterranean Press)
D. BARREN (novella, world English: Harper Voyager)

  • Book #2 — a #9 Sunday Times (UK) hc bestseller!
  • Book #2 — a #35 NY Times hc bestseller!
  • Book #2 — a #16 Der Spiegel bestseller!
  • Book #3 — a #3 Sunday Times (UK) hc bestseller!
  • Book #3 — a #5 Der Spiegel bestseller, on the list for 2 months!
  • Book #3 — a #19 New York Times hc bestseller!
  • Book #3 — a #50 USA Today hc bestseller!
  • Book #3 — an iBook Best of 2013 pick!
  • Book #4 – a #13 New York Times bestseller!
  • Book #4 – a #4 Der Spiegel bestseller!
  • Book #4 – a #5 Sunday Times (UK) bestseller!
  • Book #1 — Amazon UK’s Best of 2008! Also chosen as Waterstone’s sf/fantasy Book of the Month for April 2009
  • Book #1 — ALA Top Five Fantasy of 2009! Also selected as Best Book of 2009 by Fantasy Book Critic’s Mihir Wanchoo, named an Honorable Mention on sfsite.com Top Ten of 2010.
  • Book #1 — #43 on UK Bookscan hardcover fiction list, #13 on UK Bookscan fantasy list, #2 on UK Bookscan hardcover fantasy list
  • Book #1 — #4 on Eslite Foreign Literature chart in Taiwan
  • Book #2 — #3 on Eslite Foreign Literature chart in Taiwan
  • Book #1 — #1 on Yentha’s Best Books of the week for August 4, 2014  in India
  • Book #1 — in 15th US mm printing, 5th UK mm printing, 3rd Chinese (complex) printing
  • Book #1 — One of Entertainment Weekly’s 30 Books to Read If You Love Game of Thrones”
  • Book #1 — one of Booknest’s Top Books of Our Century
  • Book #1 — In 25th US mm printing
  • Book #2 — in 2nd US hc printing, 5th UK hc printing, 9th US mm printing
  • Book #3 — in 5th US mm printing
  • Books #1-4 – Picked as one of “The 51 Best Fantasy Series Ever Written” by Buzzfeed!
  • Book #2–named one of the Best of 2010 by Fantasy Faction, SFF World, Ranting Dragon, Fantasy Book Critic, Goodreads.com
  • Book #2 nominated for David Gemmell Legend Award
  • Book #3 named a “Best Book of the Month” (Feb. ’13) by Amazon.com
  • Book #3 named the #1 most “Anticipated Fantasy Book for 2013” by Fantasy Faction
  • Books #1-3 named a “Top 25 Series” by The Founding Fields
  • Books #1-3 SF Book Club Selections!
  • Book #3 picked as a semifinalist for 2013 GoodReads Choice Awards in the Best Fantasy category
  • Book #3 named one of the “Top 25 Books of 2013” by Founding Fields
  • Book #3 named one of the Top 10 New Releases of 2013″ by Only the Best Science Fiction & Fantasy’
  • Book #3 named one of the “Top 20 Best Fantasy and Science Fiction Novels of 2013” by The Ranting Dragon
  • Book #3 – a finalist for the David Gemmell Legend Award!
  • Book #4 – A “100 Science Fiction and Fantasy and Horror Books to Look Forward to in 2015 (Part 1)” pick by Kirkus
  • Book #4 – A “2015 Six Pack of My Favorite 2015 SFF Books So Far” pick by Rob’s Blog o’ Stuff
  • Book #4 — A “Best Fantasy Books of 2015” pick by Waterstones
  • Book #4 — A “32 Best Fantasy Books of 2015” pick by Buzzfeed
  • Book #4 — A “Top 5 Books Published in 2015” pick by Strange Currencies
  • Book #4 — A “Favorite Fantasy Novels of 2015” pick by Rob’s Blog o’ Stuff
  • Book #4 — A “Best Fantasy Books of 2015” pick by Fantasy Faction
  • Book #4 — A finalist for “Book of the Year 2015” in Poland
  • Book #4 — In 8th US mm printing
  • Book #5 — 2nd HC printing (before publication)
  • Book #5 — 2nd HC printing (before publication)
  • Book #5 (part 1) – a #2 Literatur Spiegel (Germany) bestseller!
  • Book #5 (part 2) – debuted at #6 on the Literatur Spiegel (Germany) bestseller list and reached the #1 spot!
  • Book #5 — One of “Our favorite books of 2017” by Six Colors
  • Book #5 — A “Best of 2017” pick by Beauty in Ruins
  • Book #5 — One of “My Ten Favorite SFF Reads of 2017” by The Ranting Dragon
  • Book #5 — One of the “Best Fantasy Books of 2017” by Fantasy-Faction
  • Book #5 — One of Barnes & Noble’s “Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of October 2017
  • Book #5 — Hit #1 on Börsenblatt‘s “Bestseller List” for Fantasy
  • Book #D — #44 on Germany’s Der Spiegel bestseller list!
  • Book #D — One of the “All the New Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books You Need to Put On Your Radar This Fall” from i09.com
  • Book #D — One of “The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Books of September 2018” from B&N’s Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog
  • Book #D — One of the “Best New Sci-Fi & Fantasy Books for September 2018” from NerdMuch
  • UK rights to Harper Voyager (entire series)
  • Audio rights #1-6, #A, #B to Recorded Books
  • Initial Film Rights Option to Director Paul W. S. Anderson (Resident Evil series & more) and his producing partner Jeremy Bolt!
  • Brazilian rights #1-3 to Darkside Books
  • Bulgarian rights #1-4 to Colibri
  • Dramatic audio rights #1-3, A, B to Graphic Audio
  • Chinese rights (Mainland) #1-4 to Chongqing
  • Croatian rights #1-2, A, B to Hangar 7
  • Czech rights #1-5, A, B, C to Triton
  • Danish rights #1-3 to Dreamlitt
  • Dutch rights #1 to Mynx***
  • Estonian rights to #1-5 to Varrak
  • French rights #1-5, A, B to Bragelonne
  • German rights #1-5, A, B, C, D to Heyne
  • Greek rights #1 to Fantastikos Kosmos
  • Hungarian rights #1-5, A, B to Konyvmolykepzo Kiado
  • Italian rights #1 to Newton Compton
  • Indonesian rights #1 to Matahati
  • Japanese rights #1 to Hayakawa***
  • Korean rights #1 to Seoul Cultural***
  • Polish rights #1-5, A, B, C, D to Fabryka Slow
  • Portuguese rights #1-5, A, B, C to Gailivro
  • Romanian rights #1-4 to Nemira
  • Russian rights #1-5, A, B, C to Azbooka
  • Serbian rights #1-5 to Laguna
  • Spanish rights #1-3 to Timun Mas***
  • Taiwanese rights #1-5, A, B, C to Gaea
  • Turkish rights #1-4 to Epsilon
  • Film rights sold to Tannhauser Gate and Bolt Pictures***


2. TBC
3. TBC

  • German rights #1-3 to Heyne
  • Polish rights #1-3 to Fabryka Slow

***Three asterisks (***) placed after the record of a foreign territory sale indicate that those rights have expired and are available for purchase in that market for that title(s).***

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