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The Core: Demon Cycle, Book 5

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New York Times best-selling author Peter V. Brett brings one of the most imaginative fantasy sagas of the 21st century to an epic close.

For time out of mind, bloodthirsty demons have stalked the night, culling the human race to scattered remnants dependent on half-forgotten magics to protect them. Then two heroes arose - men as close as brothers, yet divided by bitter betrayal.

Arlen Bales became known as the Warded Man, tattooed head to toe with powerful magic symbols that enable him to fight demons in hand-to-hand combat-and emerge victorious. Jardir, armed with magically warded weapons, called himself the Deliverer, a figure prophesied to unite humanity and lead them to triumph in Sharak Ka - the final war against demonkind.

But in their efforts to bring the war to the demons, Arlen and Jardir have set something in motion that may prove the end of everything they hold dear - a Swarm. Now the war is at hand and humanity cannot hope to win it unless Arlen and Jardir, with the help of Arlen's wife, Renna, can bend a captured demon prince to their will and force the devious creature to lead them to the Core, where the Mother of Demons breeds an inexhaustible army.

Trusting their closest confidantes, Leesha, Inevera, Ragen, and Elissa, to rally the fractious people of the Free Cities and lead them against the Swarm, Arlen, Renna, and Jardir set out on a desperate quest into the darkest depths of evil - from which none of them expects to return alive.

©2017 Peter V. Brett (P)2017 Recorded Books

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    Jason M. Ross Pataskala, Ohio 10-23-17
    Jason M. Ross Pataskala, Ohio 10-23-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Good ending to a series but..."

    The book left me wanting more. There are still many questions left unanswered as if Brett is setting the stage for another book in the future.

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    ancientcampus 10-23-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A masterful end to the anthology"

    This book was an exciting and cathartic finale to the book series. Though book four was my least favorite of the series, book five comes highly recommended.

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    Trey DALLAS, TX, United States 10-23-17
    Trey DALLAS, TX, United States 10-23-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Full of throw away chapters"

    Mid way through, I got extremely tired of the 'side story' chapters. Many of them were back to back. Sure it's back story, but it never seemed to actually impact the story as a whole. I started to skip whole chapters and I honestly feel like I didnt miss anything. By the end of the novel, all was righted.

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    Travis Kent 10-23-17
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    "wtf"

    this is the most cop out b.s ending Ive ever read. Such potential wasted due to laziness. you could have copied and pasted the ending of literally any other book and it still would have been better than this rushed ending. truly let down

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    Anonymous 10-22-17
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    "Very good. minus 1 for evolution ending."

    Good magic. Good ending. sad evolution was subtally tied in. but still good book. 4 stars.

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    Shawn Scott 10-21-17
    Shawn Scott 10-21-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Bittersweet end"

    Last book in the series. It wraps things up. I'd wish there was more, but I think it would only dilute what was written. I laughed, I cried, and I was captured by the story. May we all walk the lonely path in honor.

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    Ryan 10-21-17
    Ryan 10-21-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved it"

    I'm sad this series is over because I liked it so much. I did find it funny that the narrator kept saying the word "loud" instead of "lowed"

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    Steven 10-21-17
    Steven 10-21-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story line, but bad ending"

    I am a huge fan of the demon cycle, I waited for it seems like forever for the last book to come out!, now that it has and have listened to it I was disappointed in the end. It seemed to me the author tryed to cram everything in to finish the book where personally I think that another book, the core 2 should have been made. I feel like there was also a lot left. I still have mixed feelings on how it all ended, could have been better

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    D. Fyler 10-20-17
    D. Fyler 10-20-17 Member Since 2014
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    "I loved this book"

    Great end to a great trilogy! Pete Bradbury was tremendous. I hardly ever give 5s accords the board but this book was just about perfect.

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    Taylor GREENVILLE, TX, United States 10-20-17
    Taylor GREENVILLE, TX, United States 10-20-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Closure"

    I have read, grudgingly Peter Brett's books since The Warded Man, first came across my eyes, years ago. Before the Desert Spear, back when everyone was just tired of the two extra characters.

    I told my friends about the series, and maybe i was slightly in-sensed from reading Terry Goodkind, or maybe it was the recent struggle with frustrations of Martin (Whom I refuse to read)... But I glossed over the graphic or crude scenes. And found interest in the story, I truly did, but after the first book. I noticed that the Desert Spear, didn't really hold my attention as much. I liked some of the things, but didn't really and truly appreciate the differences.

    Only when I read the Daylight War, did I completely stop gouging my friends to read Brett... Having given up hope, I read the Skull Throne, because I truly am a glutton for punishment, and honestly I hadn't given up hope on the story.

    It wasn't some story that twists the beliefs of all in a new way, it wasn't needless violence or unnecessary damage. This was a book, about people coming together against a common force, and unity from the Daylight War, brought unity in the War of Night... Except, well... It didn't. In fact, if anything the Demons paled in comparison to the vile natures that the humans portrayed. The Humans were ever more adept at doing more damage to them as a people than the Demon's wanted to... Because the Demon's wanted to eat the people, and use them as food. People, just wanted power.

    Ok. So here is my problem, the characters in the books 3 through 5 that are created... Are chucked aside at a moments notice. There was no progression in any of those books.

    The characters from books 1 are the only ones who are really important.

    Also... Everything is a demon ploy, for hundreds of years, demons could have taken these places of power, but they just never thought of it till... now? Demon's didn't really seek the subjugation of people because they were too busy fighting among each other, but somehow there are 12 Prince-lings and another 12... maybe another 12... that all co-existed peacefully and plucked flowers together, and could send thousands of people past traps that even the hero's of this take took months to make this journey.

    But mind's were able to do it before people starved... with minimal losses.

    Also apparently books lie, except they don't... except maybe they do... except maybe they don't.

    I was so tired of this book when it ended, I was completely done with this series. I know it's mostly my hate at a side character that was created on whim being one of the series' most hardcore character's outside a 10 month old boy, and another old man who was able to do something no other character in the series could really accomplish... But I am just tired of the story, it's like a poorly rolled D&D campaign where the party is split, by larger than life circumstances, and the main characters all miraculously make decisions based on knowledge of the future that no one else could possibly know, except these creatures whose bones they are using... They know that, just we completely manage to sneak past those plans.

    Rant is really only starting, I know it's his magic system I know it's his story, but this series is vile, and crude at the lowest baring. I wouldn't recommend the book to any, I did truly like the world, and think that it would be interesting. But it really doesn't make sense.

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