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The Skull Throne (Demon Cycle #4)

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  589 ratings  ·  54 reviews
The first three novels in New York Times bestselling 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 readers breathless as they eagerly tu ...more
Hardcover, 704 pages
Expected publication: March 31st 2015 by Del Rey
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Terence As of 10/24/14 The Skull Throne will be released on March 31, 2015 instead of March 24 due to a production delay.

Graham Bell No, this is the 4th of 5 books, though hopefully we'll see even more of this world in the future!
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Dec 04, 2013 Kristina marked it as waiting-for
Just finished The Daylight War... now I wait...

Obaid Haroon
Mar 24, 2015 Obaid Haroon is currently reading it
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Dan 1.0
Are Arlen Bales and Jardir dead or just missing? Who will step up to fill the power vacuum left in Jardir's absence? And what of Leesha Paper and the child inside her, or Rojer Half-Grip and his ever-growing group of wives? And what of Count Thamos? All of these questions and more will be answered in the penultimate volume of the Demon Cycle, The Skull Throne!

I got this from Netgalley.

After the wreckage that was the Daylight War, I decided nabbing an ARC was the only way I cared to continue the
Myke Cole
I am one of the fortunate few who has gotten to read the manuscript pre-publication. I will not say anything other than that Brett continues to get better with each book, and you are all in for a treat. The Skull Throne is his best work yet.
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

I’m going to be keeping this a spoiler-free review and I won’t be revealing anything that’s not in the book description…because I get it. Even after the crazy cliffhanger Peter V. Brett left us with at the end of The Daylight War, I refused to read the first chapter of The Skull Throne that he’s had on his website for the longest time. Despite my burning curiosity, I was sure I didn’t want to know how anything resolved u
Bob Milne
The first three Demon Cycle novels were stories of heroes. Through them, we confronted the age-old question of whether heroes are born, or whether they are made. They were also, at their heart, stories of betrayal. In them, we bore witness to two men, friends and allies, who turned upon one another in a battle to be named The Deliverer. We watched as one betrayed the other in a desperate attempt to claim that title, and then watched as the other betrayed everything he'd been taught, just to surv ...more
Dec 04, 2013 Jareed marked it as to-read

A masterpiece is never rushed. Thank you Brett for teaching me once again that patience is a virtue.
Ahmann Jardir and Arlen Bales, the two men believed to be the Deliverers of the world by many, are missing after Arlen threw them both from a cliff during their fight to the death. Their respective followers are forced to regroup and learn how to move forward without them.

In Everam’s Bounty, Inevera attempts to keep a firm grasp on her power while keeping her sons, Jayan and Asome, from starting a civil war in order to claim their fathers’ throne.

In Hollow County, Leesha Paper and Rojer Inn are
***NOTE: This is the fourth book in the Demon Cycle series. Read the first three books before beginning this one. This review necessarily contains details from preceding books. Even with this caveat, I shall withhold many details because Mr. Brett introduces several new pivotal characters, interactions and twists best discovered during your own reading, sans even the slightest hint.***

***THE STORY SO FAR. In THE DAYLIGHT WAR, Arlen and Jardir fought a duel straight off a cliff. Nobody knows thei
May 25, 2014 Loki rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Loki by: Everyone else
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I found the Skull Throne to be an improved reading experience from what I had with the Daylight War. To be honest, I was not sure if I wanted to continue the series, but my enjoyment of the first two books convinced me to give the series another shot. Thankfully my key complaints in the Daylight War were not carried through to The Skull Throne.

First, while Arlen does still have a bit of an accent, I don’t think it was anyth
After finishing this, why the heck was Renna on the cover?

Full review to come!
John Gregory Wynn
Was lucky enough to read an ARC

After the cliffhanger from book 3 was glad to get this book started. Standard Peter V Brett( A good thing). Lots of action, suspense and surprises. This book is does not have a lot of Arlen, Renna and Jardir. Lots of Rojer and Leesha. Cant wait for Book 5!

PS I wont start tweeting to ask Peat the status of Book 5 for a couple more weeks
Chris Robinson
From the time I opened this novel until the time I turned the last page I don't believe I was aware of anything happening in the real world. It's not that it's a roller coaster ride of battles and fury it's more that the intrigue is so compelling that you have to see how each move plays out. Once Rojers choice is made and we see the results the reader then finds that he/she must find out what the fallout is and how everyone reacts to that. Did Leesha ruin everything by doing what she did or will ...more
Kristy (bookfrivolity)
Gather round little corelings! Anybody that knows me can attest that I raved about The Painted Man (or Warded Man, depending on your location), and I debated The Desert Spear but I ranted about The Daylight War. Due to my dwindling affection, I was hesitant to take on The Skull Throne ARC but my curiosity won out in the end. Glad it did, because The Demon Cycle is back in business.

My major gripes in the past were the lengthy nonessential flashbacks, the florid fantasy porn and some character de
This is the fourth installment in Brett's Demon Cycle - a book I've been anxiously awaiting for the past two years! Usually, with epic fantasy series, I re-read the earlier books to enjoy the newest one with everything fresh in my memory, but the third book with its literally cliffhanger of an ending, was so memorable that I'm going to just read this one!!

And Brett does insert subtle enough reminders to jog a reader's memory (though I wouldn't start the series here!) that I didn't regret not re-
Mar 23, 2015 Liviu marked it as started_finish_later
oddly not that engaging now that the main heroes have been isolated from the rest; will try again later
The Skull Throne is the fourth volume in the Demon Cycle series by Peter V.Brett. In this book things has really stepped up for our characters as they struggle with political war, alliances, family struggles and threats from the demons that wants to end the world.

The Daylight War was a bit of disappointment to me so I was a bit hesitant going into this, but it ended up being pleasantly surprising. Is it as good as the first two books in the series? Sadly, no.

Like I said, I did enjoy this a lot
(Disclaimer: I received an advanced reading copy in exchange for an honest review).

My first impression of this book is that it was very, very long. I routinely digest large volumes but this story was just so incredibly big. Fortunately, it was equally entertaining.

As in previous books the point of view jumps around, this time spending relatively little time with the original protagonist, Arlen. Some might find this egregious but the time spent with the other main characters is very enjoyable. Th
Wow! Another fantastic book in a fantastic series!

Was thrown by the convergence of two of the main characters story lines for the first half of the book and then we don't hear from them again until much much later. The other story lines were great. Not happy with how things turned for some but still left me turning pages excitedly.
Great series for epic fantasy fans with a unique magic system and setting. The series has gotten better with each volume.

My only complaint is that the point of view would run a number of chapters on one part of the story and then switch to another and so forth. I would have liked for them to switch around a little more from story line to story line. It sometimes felt as if you were reading a string of novellas yet they all came back together at the end.... What do I know it was still a great boo
Jovan Vujnović
Three stars only because of the clifhanger at the end.
Oh dear lord. Have you read this series?

If not, stop what you're doing right now and go pick up The Warded Man. Seriously, the worldbuilding is unique and fantastic, and the more you read, the more you get sucked into the story.

Now, once you're done with the first three books in the series, you will arrive at Skull Throne. And you will want it with every fiber of your being, and you will read it as quickly as you possibly can, because you have to, because you NEED TO KNOW.

And it will destroy you
Stephan van Velzen
This book, guys! This book.

It spent way too much time focusing on the daylight war, and not nearly enough on the fight against the demons. It got very GRRM in the end. And let me just say, I passionately hate anything GRRM writes. It ended on a horrible cliffhanger...

And yet. I love it! In fact, I love it as much as I loved the first two books. It's more political, more dramatic, and more awesome. The heroes grow stronger, and the demons reveal that we ain't seen nothing yet. The stakes are rai
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
This is the fourth book in the Warded Man Series. The books are about mankind's war with the Demons that come at night. At the end of the third book Arlen threw himself and Jardir off a cliff during their combat to decide who was the Deliver. It was a true cliffhanger. The prologue shows the response of the parties watching the single combat, Brett then moves on and throws a twist into the story. It appears that he will continue his habit of retelling part of the story from previous books from a ...more
Anne Monteith
I’ve been waiting for this book for two years and started reading it the moment it arrived and am writing this review six hours later, because I could not put it down.

After the second book I was upset with the authors’ way of giving us a back-story for characters that I felt were fleshed out enough. However, as I’ve continued reading the series this has become o of my favorite aspects of the series. With a span of 18 to 24 months between books it is usually necessary fir me to at least speed re
I'm also one of lucky ones who got hands on the ARC. Im still looking forward to the final one. So here are my impressions.

Frankly, this book really pissed me off. Turning more and more G.R.R.M. style for me. And i dont care much about The Game of Thrones... Had to skip pages sometimes (what i never did in previous books, well yes i did but just in the Ahman/Inevera childhoods) not to loose patience. But the story is really good. So dont be afraid, you gonna love it and maybe swear sometimes hah
When I saw this book available via Amazon Vine I couldn't possibly click to select it fast enough. This series hits all of my reading sweet spots - great characters that are full of growth and change, fantastic world-building, compelling action, strong emotional content, and it keeps me guessing. If you're interested in this series, definitely don't start here. There is so much backstory and history between characters at this point that you'd be missing major content.

At first, the book picks up
Judy Lesley
It was really good to feel that this fourth book in the Demon Cycle series has gone back to a closer resemblance to the book I like most, The Warded Man. Here we have Arlen Bales (the Warded Man) and Jardir (Shar’Dama Ka – the Deliverer for the Krasian people). For those not familiar with this series, as night falls demons manifest from The Core (beneath the earth usually) and any person or creature unprotected by magic wards is killed. The Krasian people have long held the ruling of all the des ...more
Matt Carlson
Aug 28, 2014 Matt Carlson marked it as to-read
Haven't actually read this but just wanted an excuse to write how excited I am to read this next novel in the series. Easily my favourite series of the last ten years (along with First Law trilogy). Can't wait. Oh and my arrow tattoo featuring piercing ward design is finally underway! Keep up the good work Peter. I'll make another review once I read but I've given a 5 star to the others so I'd anticipate the same this time around!
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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

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