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Brayan's Gold (The Demon Cycle #1.5)

4.04  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,838 Ratings  ·  112 Reviews
Return to the world of The Warded Man and The Desert Spear in an illustrated new novella by Peter V. Brett.

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 the surface for over 300 years. A scant few hamlets and half-starved city-states are all that remain of a once p
Nook, 88 pages
Published August 19th 2011 by Subterranean Press (first published 2011)
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mark monday
Messenger Arlen before he became the tattooed badass The Warded Man! a journey through the wilderness! demons seeping out of the ground to attack! magic wards creating protective circles! bandits! betrayal! a fight to the death! a lonely young lady, pregnant and brave! a rock demon! a snow demon! thundersticks! competent and unassuming prose, a lived-in world, an enjoyable protagonist. good fun.

now I love making love all night long, who doesn't, but sometimes I'm in the mood for a quickie. this
Jan 30, 2016 Claudia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
First of all, I want to thank Matt Bergin, who, had not been asking for this novella, we wouldn’t have been reading it now. (I just watched the Golden Globe’s awards… :D)

Well, Matt Bergin, friend and beta reader of Brett’s works, read about the snow demon being only mentioned in The Great Bazaar and Other Stories and he wanted to know more. And this is how this story was born.

It’s not a must, like the above mentioned one I think it is, but it’s a great story, telling one of Arlen’s mission when
Dec 16, 2011 seak rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
This is a novella set in the Demon Cycle universe (The Warded Man, The Desert Spear) covering a short portion in Arlen's know...before he became superman.

Brayan's Gold occurs during Arlen's time as an apprentice messenger. Messenger's are the brave and daring souls who brave the night and the corelings to deliver messages and other materials. His task, along with his master, Curk, is to escort a wagonload of easily combustible firesticks up into the high mountains to Brayan's Gold, w
Final rating: 4/5 stars

I really enjoyed in this short story - it was nice to read about Arlen's earlier days.

Also, this one is closely connected (somewhat connected) to the characters appearing in Messenger’s Legacy - another short story taking time after third book.

I loved this short story, all in all - although the edition I own is The Great Bazaar & Brayan's Gold - i'm just too bored to switch it over.

This one takes place somewhere in the middle of the first book - is it necessary to r
Vagner Stefanello
Jan 07, 2016 Vagner Stefanello rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review in Portuguese from Desbravando Livros:

Aproveitando que tinha acabado de ler O Protegido, escrito pelo Peter V. Brett, resolvi encarar esse conto e desbravar um pouquinho mais desse universo que eu gostei muito de conhecer.

A narrativa de Brayan's Gold se passa mais ou menos na metade do livro principal, quando Arlen está em Miln trabalhando com Cob e levando adiante o seu sonho de ser um mensageiro.

Em um de seus primeiros trabalhos como aprendiz de mensageiro, Arlen é encarregado de levar
Marc Aplin
Jun 14, 2011 Marc Aplin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Painted Man and The Desert Spear are among my favourite books ever written. Not only is the story absolutely brilliant, but Peter V. Brett's writing is just simply 'readable'. This is something Peter can do that I think other people lack in the genre right now...

The description is there, but it's not rammed down your throat. You don't have to know how many blades of grass there are to get a feeling of the area. What is more important and what is Brett's finest skill is that he can describe a
David Sven
Apr 28, 2013 David Sven rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
A nice short addition to the Demon Cycle story giving us the account of Arlen's maiden journey as an Apprentice Messenger. The first book of the Demon Cycle series The Warded Man skips a lot of the period between Arlen starting out as a messenger till he is uber badass so there is certainly room for a series of short stories to cover that period and add to the lore of The Warded Man.

This is intended as a standalone novella so you don't absolutely have to read the other books beforehand. However,
May 13, 2013 Kristina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this short story in the new The Great Bazaar and Brayan's Gold edition that was released in April 2013 so unfortunately I am not in on the illustrations, but I don't think it took away from the story. It is a short story about Arlen's first overnight run as a messenger's apprentice, but at the last moment it turns into a near two week run. This story takes during the middle of The Warded Man when Arlen is living in Miln.

I thought this was a great little short story. As it has no effect on
Sep 26, 2014 Hayat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The first book in this series gave me a thirst for more of Arlen's world and this novella gave me exactly what I wanted and more.

I got the graphic audio version of this novella complete with full cast of actors, narration, dramatic sound effects and cinematic music like a 3D movie in my ear! Arlen Bales first journey across the demon infested world as a brand new Apprentice Messenger was full of drama and very satisfying as all the thrills, chills, excitement, romance and betrayals had me at th
I decided to plough through some novella's from various series that I haven't gotten around to yet, and this was on the list. This review is actually for the newer edition I believe entitled The Great Bazaar and Brayan's Gold, which includes this and the main story from The Great Bazaar and Other Stories.

Arlen sets off on his first real Messenger mission with his mentor Curk, to deliver thundersticks to the mountain region known as Brayan's Gold so they can mine a new gold vein they recently dis
Ranting Dragon
May 10, 2011 Ranting Dragon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 06, 2011 Melanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick read, this book serves to fill in a bit more of the series of blanks left in Arlen's life after The Painted Man. It was intereting to see more of Thesia and learn more about some of the demons who inhabit this world, as well as more interaction between One-Arm and Arlen: you can really see the intense level of hatred between them in this book, which I don't think ever came across to the same extent in either TPM or The Desert Spear.

All in all, a nice little filler story to get my 'coreli
Oct 02, 2015 Murat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's a short story but still good to read
Benjamin Thomas
This is a nice little novella set in Peter Brett’s Demon Cycle world. It takes place during the events of The Warded Man, and focuses on one of Arlen’s adventures during his time as an apprentice messenger. Arlen journeys to a frozen mountainside to deliver a dangerous cargo of thundersticks (dynamite) to Count Brayan’s gold mine, quite a far distance away for a young apprentice. The story has a couple of nice demon fights in it including one with Arlen’s nemesis in those days, the huge rock dem ...more
Nicholas Miller
Jun 18, 2015 Nicholas Miller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books
(Note: this came in the Humble Bundle collection and is actually 97 pages long in ebook form.)

Right off the bat I will tell you that this is a fun novella. I was very pleased with everything about it. And by the way, I haven't read the books this is based off of.

We are introduced to our protagonist, Arlen. He is being fit into his armor by his master, Cob. Arlen is an apprentice messenger. After the opening scene we come to find out that he is going on his first assignment with a more experie
Mar 24, 2012 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: signed-books
Dang. Now I am out of new Peter Brett material to read. I will just have to wait for book three of the Demon Cycle to come out. Brayan's Gold was a fun, short glimpse of Arlen working as a messenger's apprentice. A must read for anyone that liked The Warded/Painted Man and The Desert Spear.
Adam Mendez
Jul 31, 2015 Adam Mendez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jim C
Aug 26, 2014 Jim C rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a short story and tells the adventure of Arlen and his first Messenger job. This is a very quick read as it is under 100 pages. It is a side story of The Warded Man. You don't need to read the novel first but it definitely helps.

I enjoyed this novella as I dive into this world once again. The author has created a terrific realm where demons come out at night. This novella further shows how Arlen isn't passive like other humans but willing to take chances and fight. Plus, any story where
Jul 24, 2014 Michael rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Fans of The Warded Man.
Recommended to Michael by: I read the first book and wanted more.
This is a fun, taut little story. The bandit plotline provided interesting characterization for Arlen in terms of his adherence to principles buttressed by a fundamental sense of mercifulness -- when it comes to his fellow human beings, at least. Brett could have done more with the Derek sub-plot, but the fabled snow demon is a fun idea. I didn't like the One-Arm interactions (view spoiler) ...more
May 04, 2016 Aaron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great little offshoot story from the main series, Demon Cycle. I feel these side stories allow authors to embiggen (it's a word, Patrick Rothfuss uses it!) their worlds and show more of their creativity outside of the main storyline.
In this story, we get to see more of the boldness and youthful foolishness of our hero as he makes a Messenger run.
If you haven't read the series, you could still have an enjoyable read, but to get the full appreciation for it, you'd need to read at least the first
Razvan Zamfirescu
Spicuiri din recenzia finala care se gaseste pe blogul meu


Primul este Brayan’s Gold. Personajul principal este Arlen care este încă mesager ucenic și care primește sarcina de a livra alături de Cob mai multe bețe de foc minei Brayan. Bineînțeles că se întâlnesc cu niscai bandiți cărora Cob le arată spatele, iar tânărul ucenic le ține piept dând dovadă de o ușoară demență (demență pe care o vom recunoaște în Omul pictat care a devenit Arlen). Nu lipsește
Tai Sanders
Mar 23, 2015 Tai Sanders rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved reading about a new demon( Snow Demon). It was interesting to hear how Arlen had tried to kill One Arm to no avail even then. :)
Dec 21, 2011 Dawn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, read-in-2011
Another good short story in the Demon Cycle series. Nothing spectacular, but a fun quick read for fans of the series.
Travis of NNY
Dec 13, 2014 Travis of NNY rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
What a fantastic story of the pre body wards days. Essential reading for any demon cycle fans .
Joel Neff
Apr 29, 2015 Joel Neff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brayan's Gold is listed as story 1.5 in Peter V. Brett's Demon Cycle. I was previously entirely unaware of the Demon Cycle, I'm now planning on reading it. Which is the highest praise I can give.

However, to elaborate, Brayan's Gold tells a story of Arlen Bayles, an Apprentice Messenger, on a long mission. There are setbacks, betrayals, rescues, and, of course, demons along the way. I enjoyed the language of the story, from its discussion of casual magics and demons to its odd turns of phrase, as
An Odd1
Sep 10, 2013 An Odd1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Lively with innocence and courage of youth. Arlen Bale, apprentice Messenger, battles humans, demons, and plays matchmaker. His horse pulls a cart of thundersticks to mountain mining town of Branyan's Gold, after the regular Sandar sends word of a broken leg. When bandits (view spoiler) scare off senior Curk, apprentice Arlen Bale continues alone, attacked by night demon "corelings". Most persistent on his trail is a huge rock "One-Arm", made famous by a ly ...more
I wasn’t going to read this because it’s limited edition, the first real limited ultra special book I’ve ever bought (only 700 copies were made of this particular edition, which makes me want to lock it up in a glass container and shout at people when they even glance at it or something), but I couldn’t help myself.

I. Cracked.

I’m glad I did because now I know a little bit more of Arlen’s story and world outside the Demon Trilogy. Even though it is from the Demon trilogy and follows the same main
Taylor P. Davidson
Brayan's Gold, Peter V. Brett

In Brayan’s Gold, Peter V. Brett gives us yet another slice of Arlen’s unwritten story as he tells of a daring messaging run he makes while he is still a young guild apprentice. Being deep into the mountains, the run can only be described as arduous at best and wouldn't normally have been given to an untested messenger at all. That is, of course, if the usual messenger hadn't broken his leg. With no-one else to turn to, the messenger’s guild must give the mission to
Oct 11, 2011 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-read
I think it's a fairly well known fact that I'm a sci-fi reader that dabbles in fantasy from time to time. Back in 2009 I read a debut fantasy from Peter V Brett called The Painted Man (The Warded Man in the US), and instantly became a fan. There was just something about it that ticked the right boxes for me - the setting, the history, the magic, the demons, the characters - all of these worked extremely well together. While waiting for the sequel, The Desert Spear, to be released Subterranean Pr ...more
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Raised on a steady diet of fantasy novels, comic books, and Dungeons & Dragons, Peter V. Brett (“Peat” to his friends) has been writing fantasy stories for as long as he can remember. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Art History from the University at Buffalo in 1995, and then spent over a decade in pharmaceutical publishing before returning to his bliss. He live ...more
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Other Books in the Series

The Demon Cycle (5 books)
  • The Warded Man (Demon Cycle, #1)
  • The Desert Spear (Demon Cycle, #2)
  • The Daylight War (Demon Cycle, #3)
  • The Skull Throne (Demon Cycle, #4)
  • The Core (Demon Cycle, #5)

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“Don’t go getting swollen because you got lucky once. Any Messenger alive will tell you to stay out at night when you have to, not because you want to. The ones that want to always end up cored.” 4 likes
I will respect the corelings, Arlen thought, but I will never stop fighting them. 3 likes
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