The Great Bazaar and Other Stories
Please note that The Great Bazaar and Other Stories is not a full length book. It contains Peter V. Brett's roughly 60 page title story, as well as a number of deleted scenes from his novel, The Warded Man.
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 Painted Man (published in the US as 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.
Return to the world of The Warded Man and The Desert Spear in an illustrated new novella by Peter V. Brett.
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.
Arlen Bales is seventeen, an apprentice Messenger in brand new armor, about to go out for the first time alongside a trained Messenger on a simple overnight trip. Instead Arlen finds himself alone on a frozen mountainside, carrying a dangerous cargo to Count Brayan’s gold mine, one of the furthest points in the duchy. And One Arm, the giant rock demon, hunts him still.
But Brayan’s Gold may offer a way for Arlen to be free of One Arm forever, if he is willing to wager his life on the chance.
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Excellent short stories!
I received a free copy of this from Netgalley.
This is the first thing that I have read by Brett and I am now looking forward to reading more. He says in one of the introductions that he hopes that these stories might be a good spot for people who are not familiar with his work to jump in and, for the most part, I think he is right.
The main two stories and the third cutscene are fun, quick reads that flesh out his character, Arlen, pretty well. You definitely get a feel for him and his motivations after reading them. The fourth story is another cutscene and is a little harder to pick up on from the perspective of not having read the rest of his work, but is still a well written scene and enjoyable.
He also includes some index information describing the differents wards and some other information about the world he has created. Overall, I really enjoyed this one and am now looking forward to reading the Warded Man at some point in (hopefully) the very near future.
I would recommend this to fans of fantasy, particularly if you are a fan of Joe Abercrombie or Brandon Sanderson.
The great bazaar and brayars gold
Excellent short stories.