The Great Bazaar and Other Stories (#1.5)

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 and killing humanity 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.

But there was a time when the demons were not so bold. A time when wards did more than hold the demons at bay. They allowed man to fight back, and to win. Messenger Arlen Bales will search anywhere, dare anything, to return this magic to the world.

Abban, a merchant in the Great Bazaar of Krasia, purports to sell everything a man’s heart could desire, including, perhaps, the key to Arlen’s quest.

In addition to the title novelette, The Great Bazaar and Other Stories contains a number of scenes not included in The Warded Man as well as a glossary and a grimoire, making it an essential guide to one of the most exciting epic fantasy series currently being published.


“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 Reviews

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

San Francisco Review of Books

"Technically a short story collection, this slender volume is better understood as the DVD extras to Brett's 2009 debut novel, THE WARDED MAN. The universe's conceit—demon corelings rise from the land each night, keeping the populace trapped indoors—is explained in the title story, a fully realized tale..."

Publishers Weekly

“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

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