The wait is finally over! Today, Voyager publishes Peter V. Brett‘s highly-anticipated fifth Demon Cycle novel! The culmination of the epic tale, here’s the synopsis for THE CORE…
Prepare for the final descent into darkness.
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 arosemen 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 combatand 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 Kathe 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 deara 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 evilfrom which none of them expects to return alive.
This is the final novel in the series. Voyager has published the first four, critically-acclaimed novels in the UK as well: THE PAINTED MAN, THE DESERT SPEAR, THE DAYLIGHT WAR and THE SKULL THRONE. Voyager has also published the novellas THE GREAT BAZAAR & BRAYAN’S GOLD and MESSENGER’S LEGACY.
Here are just some of the great reviews the series has received so far…
‘Brett’s debut builds slowly and grimly on a classic high-fantasy framework of black-and-white mortality and bloodshed. Brett’s gritty tale will appeal to those who tire of sympathetic villains and long for old-school orc massacres.’ — Publishers Weekly on THE PAINTED MAN
‘Brett ably blends fantasy and horror in this arresting first novel, the first in a planned series. An imaginative and exciting tale, recommended where there is interest in epic fantasy.’ — Library Journal on THE PAINTED MAN
‘Extends the author’s panoramic vision… Fans of epic fantasy in the tradition of Robert Jordan and George R. R. Martin will enjoy the arrival of a strong voice in multivolume epic fantasy.’ — Library Journal on THE DESERT SPEAR
‘A talented, talented man with the ability to create a world, expand upon it, throw in some excellent twists and really develop the characters… Everything you could possibly want from a book is here. If you haven’t read this, you really are missing out and I can tell you right now that until you do so you have not experienced fantasy at its finest.’ — Fantasy Faction on THE DESERT SPEAR
‘A tour-de-force fantasy epic – brilliantly written, wonderfully realised, and highly addictive. I loved this.’ — Civilian Reader on THE DESERT SPEAR
‘Along with Brandon Sanderson and Daniel Abraham, Peter V. Brett is at the forefront of purveyors of epic fantasy whose teeth were ground on the likes of Robert Jordan, George R.R. Martin, Terry Brooks, and David Eddings…in other words, with THE DAYLIGHT WAR, he’s at the top of his game. I give this my highest recommendation (including the first two novels in the series.)’ — Tor.com
‘All told, THE DAYLIGHT WAR is excellent epic fantasy–one of the most compelling in recent memory.’ — Staffer’s Book Review
‘Brett knows exactly what he’s doing… The book is very steadily paced – this a slow burn and much of it focuses on the interpersonal relationships between various characters. There are plenty of action-packed key scenes peppered throughout the book. The demons are mostly added as a spice here; Brett is setting up his world and the characters in order to tell his epic fantasy tale in a way that is both personal and global. It’s a page-turner, and quite possibly the best so far.’ — Starburst on THE SKULL THRONE
‘Peter V. Brett expands and deepens his endlessly fascinating and increasingly complex world.’ — Buzzfeed‘s Best Fantasy Novels of 2015, on THE SKULL THRONE
Zeno represents Peter V. Brett in the UK and Commonwealth, on behalf of the JABberwocky Literary Agency in New York.