Messenger’s Legacy (#3.5)

Humanity has been brought to the brink of extinction. Each night, the world is overrun by demons—bloodthirsty creatures of nightmare that have been hunting the surface for over 300 years. A scant few hamlets and half-starved city-states are all that remain of a once proud civilization, and it is only by hiding behind wards, ancient symbols with the power to repel the demons, that they survive. A handful of Messengers brave the night to keep the lines of communication open between the increasingly isolated populace.

Briar Damaj is a boy of six in the small village of Bogton. Half Krasian, the village children call him Mudboy for his dark skin. When tragedy strikes, Briar decides the town is better off without him, fleeing into the bog with nothing but his wits and a bit of herb lore to protect him.

After twenty years, Ragen Messenger has agreed to retire and pass on his route to his protégé, Arlen Bales. But for all that he’s earned the rest, he has no idea what to do with the rest of his life. When he learns Briar, the son of an old friend, is missing, Ragen is willing to risk any danger to bring him safely home.


“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.”


“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.”

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