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 anyone has been able to survive.
A handful of Messengers brave the night to keep the lines of communication open among 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.
©2010 Peter Brett (P)2012 Recorded Books, LLC
While I love this series, this shouldn't be sold for $10. It is a short excerpt that really has little going for it.
It is entertaining for a fan of the series, but don't expect much.
Pete Bradbury takes the story engagement to another level.
Arlen Bales of Tibbit's Brook of course!
At 1hr and 29min, the story isn't too hard to listen to in one sitting.
I really love how Brett has taken his short stories and published them in book and audio-book form. I think it is something that more authors should consider doing to tide readers over until the next full manuscript is finished. If you haven't listened to The Warded Man and The Desert Spear, grab 'em! They are grade A pieces of fantasy that rival the work of Scott Lynch, Brent Weeks, and Joe Abercrombie.
You speak to me with burning tongue and I am ice, melting to quench your thirst.
I have already recommended it to everyone I know, especially if they have already had the pleasure to read 'The Warded Man' and/or 'The Desert Spear.' Although I agree with the author that it is not necessary to the worth of the series itself, 'The Great Bazaar' provides intriguing background information and a deeper understanding of Arlen's character and Abban's resourcefulness.
Pete Bradbury's versatility of voice is remarkable. Although he doesn't seem to change his voice at all, he does change the timber so that the listener has no trouble distinguishing one character from the next- important when there is no visual que.
I would definitely recommend adding this title to your Peter V. Brett collection.
Snyone who is a fan of The Waded Man and the Desert Spear should puck this short story up. It is a quick glimpse back into the world that Peter Brett so lovingly created. I can not wait for he Daylight Way o come out next year.
feels like a missing chapter front The Warded Man.
attach of the sand demons
great as usual
this such a tease. Mr. Brett can you just release the new book already.
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Nice short story especially for those who have read the trilogy "The Demon Cycle" beginning with "The Warded Man."
If you have read the trilogy do not fear to jump into this short story and "Bryan's Gold." It may seem that to jump back in the plot line temporally would be disappointing but it is not.
Delicious twist at the end of this missive.
Pete Bradbury has a great tone to his voice and his narration proves to be very smooth. I read the book as I listened with my Kindle Fire HD and enjoyed the overall experience. For my first Audible/Kindle whisper-sync venture, I was not disappointed. I enjoyed the concept enough to repurchase the first two books, as well as, their corresponding audible narrations.
For those who have grown fond of the Demon Cycle series, this book proves to be an enjoyable reflection set within the time of the Warded Man and the Desert Spear. There are several captions that were edited out of the original books that add additional insight into specific characters that serve to stand alone without detracting from the story at hand. Certainly worth the read especially prior to picking up the Daylight War.
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Shame on me for not having read Peter V. Brett???s The Warded Man and The Desert Spear yet. I have them on audio and I look forward to reading them ??? I just keep thinking that I???ll let Mr. Brett get further along in the series before I jump in (the series has been progressing slowly, but book 3, The Daylight War, comes out next February). Yet I???m attracted to Brett???s world and after reading his novella Brayan???s Gold, I wanted more, so I picked up the audio version of The Great Bazaar, another novella set in this land that???s overrun by various types of demons every time it gets dark.
Peter V. Brett explains in his introduction to the print version of The Great Bazaar and Other Stories that The Great Bazaar is chapter 16.5 of The Warded Man. Similar to Brayan???s Gold, it???s one of the short tales detailing Arlen???s work as a messenger. The stories were cut out of the novel to save space and make the story move faster. Brett explains that he???s got plenty of tales to tell about Arlen during this period of his life, so I expect we???ll be seeing more of these tales. Some can already be read in the print version of The Great Bazaar and Other Stories (available on Kindle for $5) and other deleted scenes can be found at Peter V. Brett???s website.
In The Great Bazaar, Arlen is travelling through the desert of Krasia with a map provided by Abban, a dealer in the bazaar. He???s looking for Baha kad???Everam, a deserted city famous for its expensive pottery. Nobody had been there for years because the place has been overrun by demons (including a type that Arlen has never heard of before), but Arlen hopes to find some pottery that will make him rich. Besides these new demons, Arlen also has to deal with the immortal rock demon he calls ???One-Arm??? who holds a The Great Bazaar by Peter V. Brettgrudge against Arlen and has been pursuing him for years. At the end of the story, Arlen sets out on another interesting quest. Will it be successful? I???ll have to read The Warded Man and The Desert Spear to find out.
I listened to the audio version of The Great Bazaar which was produced earlier this year by Recorded Books. The recording is 1?? hours long and is expertly read by Pete Bradbury who also reads the Brett novels. He does a really nice job and I???m definitely looking forward to beginning The Warded Man.
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