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Publisher's Summary

Sunday Times and 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.

The war has begun....

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.

Two heroes arose - men as close as brothers yet divided by bitter betrayal. Arlen Bales became known as the Painted Man, tattooed head to toe with powerful magic symbols that enable him to fight demons in hand-to-hand combat - and emerge victorious. Ahmann 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 Harper Collins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"Peter V. Brett is one of my favourite new authors." (Patrick Rothfuss)
"There is much to admire in Peter Brett's writing, and his concept is brilliant. There's action and suspense all the way." (Terry Brooks)
"[Peter V. Brett is] at the top of his game. I give this my highest recommendation." (Tor.com)

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Loved this series and audiobook did it immense justice

Waited years for this finale and the audiobook does what they do best, bring an unparalleled level of realism and atmospheric magic. Thank you Peter for seeing it through and I'm eagerly awaiting your next venture. Ripping Core-Spawn of a conclusion, and an ending that leaves room for more in Ala-verse!

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Satysfying and entertaining.Time well spent.

Excellent addition to a verystrong cycle.Captivating storytelling from start to finish that gives the main chatacters and their interwoven fates the scale and justice they deserve.The world of Alla and its dark depths come to life trough Peter Brett's words. Offering a satysfying conclusion and teasing the prospect of more tales yet to come.

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An excellent conclusion brilliantly read!

Given the time and place it is not surprising that there are times when this feels like one long series of fight sequences but it is a very worthy book. My biggest challenge where listening were getting enough time without interruptions to keep up with all that was going on.

I don't think you could read this book without having followed the series but if you have you are in for a treat.

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Awesome book - below average narrator

Great series of books awesome author the other books I have are read by someone else, I found this book really hard to follow due to the way the Narrator spoke I’ve listened to the other books 2/ 3 times each and know the names/ story pretty well but I struggled with the names with this guy.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-07-17

Closure

An excellent finale. Fifteen words needed apparently a a a a a a a a.

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  • Mr G.
  • 11-10-17

Generally enjoyable

A good, enjoyable read. Annoying conveniences and the author labouring to explain away contradictions to what we've been taught are the laws of his universe detract from the enjoyment at times. However, this is nevertheless a pleasing end to the series. Recommended.

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  • gary
  • 11-06-17

Fantastic with the wait

Brett has out done himself this time I love this series of books , the Painted man or the Warded Man depending on the release , was one of my first audio books, Peter V Brett instantly became one of my favourite Authors
I was hooked on the series so if your reading this and you haven't Read or listened to the painted man then stop reading & go buy it , this is a great instalment a great lister Colin Mace does a great job bringing all these loved characters to life , the personalities in this series are endless , you will wince, laugh out loud , cry , meet the despicable the truly evil the kind and the Brave , I could go on all day so just read list this book/ series it is awesome.

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  • Chef
  • 11-06-17

only sad thing is you want more,

great end to a great series listened to the whole thing I a week brilliant, Colin mace bring these characters to life..

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  • John
  • 11-05-17

Why did it have to end!!

Well it's finally over, been following this series for God knows how long now! and I'm really sad it's done, enjoyed the final book, felt the ending was a little weak but it rounds it off well. hoping there will be some spinoffs of a few other characters that I feel need a far more info, like the children and the Prince of lies that had so much build up and emphasis put on them through this book but nothing was answered!! fingers crossed

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  • Kamal
  • 11-04-17

A fantastic read


wonderful story, loved it. I would recommend this series of books to all who love fantasy, it's a great read and an epic story.

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  • jimbob21
  • 11-01-17

one of the best series i have ever read..

All four books have been outstanding i was unable to stop listening if it was not for sleep i would have..

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  • Adam
  • 10-20-17

update to last review.

finally got to the end. the end was rather weak. the passing of the character lacked depth and tried to use the moment of what happened to sell itself but it just lacked impact.

plenty of scope for next book but won't be waiting as eager as was for this one.

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  • steven laing
  • 10-19-17

Great story

Wonderful end to a great series of books! I just hope ,this is not the last we see of the marvellous world Peter v Brett has created.

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  • chris
  • 12-12-17

loved it

I really hope there is more to come from the demon cycle ! ! !

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  • Ben
  • 10-30-17

Excellent series!

I've never been a big fan of fantasy but this series is amazing! I hope the author does another book in the series because I feel it still has legs for another book. I cannot recommend this series more highly.

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  • luke
  • 10-21-17

Luke Ian Robertson

It is sad that the journey is over.
I hope, nay, desire this 'universe' to be expanded upon.

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  • Artyom
  • 12-12-17

Great conclusion to an amazing series.

Did not expect the series to end this way, some questions remain unanswered. The big reveal kind of means that this whole mess could have ended ages ago and undervalues the sacrifices everyone made in the war against demons.
Ends kind of abruptly.
When all is said and done, this work is still 5/5 stars.

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  • Paul
  • 12-12-17

Great read

The story was amazing thrilling and chilling. It was well presented and overall I am happy with my purchase. Unfortunately I didn't like the end.

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  • Carly
  • 12-08-17

A fitting conclusion.

As wonderful as the ending was, I am devastated to say goodbye. Thankyou Mr Brett.

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  • Lakester
  • 12-01-17

Great

I'm not ashamed to admit there were moments in this book where I had tears in my eyes. Both through the fantastic action of the book and the superb narration. by far the best narrator I've listened to in all my books from Audible.

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  • jordan
  • 11-30-17

Great read

Matched his other books in the series very well in terms of story and character development. Ending was unique.

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  • coatzie
  • 11-14-17

top shelf

loved this series and the last book hasn't disappointed me. grate storytelling and a fantastic finished

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-18-17

Not worth listening too

Struggle to get through, a boring conclusion to a decent series, i couldn't make it past halfway

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