The first three novels in New York Times best-selling author Peter V. Brett's groundbreaking Demon Cycle series - The Warded Man, The Desert Spear, and The Daylight War - set a new standard for heroic fantasy. The powerful saga of humans winnowed to the brink of extinction by night-stalking demons, and the survivors who fight back, has kept listeners breathless. Now the thrilling fourth volume, The Skull Throne, raises the stakes as it carries the action in shocking new directions.
The Skull Throne of Krasia stands empty. Built from the skulls of fallen generals and demon princes, it is a seat of honor and ancient, powerful magic, keeping the demon corelings at bay. From atop the throne, Ahmann Jardir was meant to conquer the known world, forging its isolated peoples into a unified army to rise up and end the demon war once and for all. But Arlen Bales, the Warded Man, stood against this course, challenging Jardir to a duel he could not in honor refuse. Rather than risk defeat, Arlen cast them both from a precipice, leaving the world without a savior and opening a struggle for succession that threatens to tear the Free Cities of Thesa apart.
In the south, Inevera, Jardir's first wife, must find a way to keep their sons from killing each other and plunging their people into civil war as they strive for glory enough to make a claim on the throne. In the north, Leesha Paper and Rojer Inn struggle to forge an alliance between the duchies of Angiers and Miln against the Krasians before it is too late. Caught in the crossfire is the duchy of Lakton - rich and unprotected, ripe for conquest. All the while, the corelings have been growing stronger, and without Arlen and Jardir there may be none strong enough to stop them. Only Renna Bales may know more about the fate of the missing men, but she, too, has disappeared....
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A little let down, thought this 4th installment would be such an epic...but I felt the over abundance of sexual situations a bit distracting. I also felt that the story didn't really grab me until about 3 hours until its conclusion. The previous three had my attention after a single chapter in. I'll still await the next installment, but am a bit disappointed with the lack of dramatic developments. Less bad ass more politics; and political fantasy novels have never been a favorite of mine. :( aw well. Performance was stellar as usual though!!!
Bottom Line: if you liked Robert Jordan’s meanderings, you will love this book. I however, was not a fan because this book did not move the overall story along. If some of the stories from this book were standalone novellas, they would be great. As a part of an overall series, however, there is little here of value.
I really liked the Warded Man. It was a great book. It was fast-paced and told an interesting story in an interesting setting. But the book created some false promises for the series—that the series would be fast-paced and focused on the survival of the human race. But instead of focusing on fulfilling the implicit promises of the Warded Man, we have a book focused on ancillary characters. As a result, there is little momentum and drive and little suspense. When it became clear that the main storyline wasn’t going anywhere, I ceased to care about the rest of the book because that part of the story didn't matter that much. Who cares if characters lived or died they will not have an impact on the larger story—the story I was invested in since the Warded Man?
This book didn’t need to exist as a standalone novel. Even though it is 700 pages long, very little happens in the overall story. It would have been much better as a couple ancillary novellas.
The narration of the story was quite good. I really like Pete Bradbury's work here.
Not even sure if this was worth a credit. As many others have commented, not much happens to move along the story. The book easily could've been a quarter of the length and it wouldn't have sacrificed anything relevant. Not sure why Brett continues to drag out the story but it's a big deviation from the first two books and not in a good way.
The story does not progress. It's like Brett read Game of Thrones and has tried to turn into Martin. This book is just an introduction of random new characters, weird sex depictions, and a political drama. Which, like Martin, has pointless death of a main character. I have listened to books 1-3 twice now but, will never listen to this again, and will recommended that other fans don't as well. Save your credit and your love of the series for the next book.
The book starts off great, his jumping from character to character can be agitating at best and infuriating at worst when the focus on characters that have never held a main part and are just thrown in so he has some one to kill off. As the book progressed it was like he felt the need to emulate how game of thrones reads with rampant death and chaos. Rather than following his own the progression of the main characters, he takes other characters that have been minor parts to the forefront. This would be fine except they are not there to carry over to other books but are filler. Half of the book could have been covered with minimal explanation for what happens with these characters and he could have focused more on the main characters. Then he puts in a nasty twist at the end. You won't be pleased. If you Like game of thrones then this might be a good filler book while waiting on that but it is a drastic change of focus and writing progression from his first 3 books.
I might not get any more of his books if this change in writing is going to be the new normal. I enjoy game of thrones but I don't like it when a writer feel the need to take up that style of story direction in the middle of an establish series.
I have not finished the audio book - it is too boring
The audio volume had to be constantly pushed up or down depending on the character. this was difficult during conversations between characters and totally frustrating for me, the listener.
I did like the books in the first set. They were interesting and had a lot of flavor. This book had to many offshoot characters. It almost felt like the author was trying to fill in space. To reiterate I have not finished the audio book - I'm over halfway through it. I will force myself to finish it, but I will be very selective of any future books. I will wait for others to comment before I commit to future titles.
I have always loved reading, helping people to find a passion for these amazing books lead me to work in a local bookstore.
This book does not deliver on any of the promise of the last book, skip it.
It feels like the author decided he needed to stretch the series and packed this books with chapter after chapter of unnecessary characters and dithering.
The other books in the series were good and moved the story forward. I didn't feel this book moved the overall story forward nor did it really fill in any gaps. The other books covered years where I believe this book covered several months. The narrator did a great job as always.
I will read the next book because the overall story is good as along as the story isn't drawn out just to put more books in the series. Its one thing to have a long series with a good story line, its another to just ramble on to make the book long.
Yes. As I said before the narrator did a great job as always.
I enjoy the back stories of the main characters and have enjoyed the previous books in this series. I just feel this book fell short of the mark compared to the other books in this series.
Yes. I've enjoyed all books in this series and there was a lot that had happened in this book that I am sure I could get more out of a second time around.
After reading all of the negative reviews or this book being "filler" or a "let down" I had prepared myself for this story have little substance. However as the story progressed I found myself thinking that it was exactly what I would expect for the next installment of the series. This book has a lot more character development of people other than Arlin which I really enjoyed (although Arlin and Jardir definitely play their own role in this as well). I'm not sure if people were disappointed that the focus was spread from Arlin to other characters such as Leesha, Rojer (and his wives), and Inevera. I really don't see how anyone would expect an action series like this that has already introduced many key characters and set up two warring nations without expecting further development. There is a lot more political plots than in previous books, but once again I don't see how you could expect this not to be present. I also have seen a few complaints about too much romance in this book, but I rolled my eyes more at Leesha and Jardir's relationship in the last book than I did during this whole story. While I normally find romance in books unnecessary, I really didn't not find it distracting in this book.
All in all, I wish that I did not let the reviews dissuade me or else I would have read this book much sooner. I enjoyed this book as much as the previous in this series.
I liked this series up till book 2 but lost interest after this book. I still powered trough hoping it would get better but alas it didn't. I found I wasn't invested in the characters and then sub plots.
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