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The Skull Throne (Demon Cycle #4)

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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, 681 pages
Published March 31st 2015 by Del Rey
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    Kristina
    Apr 20, 2015 Kristina is currently reading it
    04/06/2015
    Almost two years to the day since this original post and I must say, I AM SOOO EXCITED to see all the 4 and 5 star reviews that keep popping up. I am starting this on Wednesday, and I CAN'T WAIT!!!





    04/05/2013
    Just finished The Daylight War... now I wait...

    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
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    Obaid Haroon
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    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 http://bibliosanctum.com/2015/03/16/b...

    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
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    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
    Kaitlin
    This book, as some of you may know, was actually the book I had been most anticipating this year. After picking up the previous 3 books in very quick succession way back in 2012/2013, I was left with a massive desire to have more of the characters, and world where everything took place.

    I believe one of the things I most enjoy about Brett's works is his ideas and the way that he manages to get these wacky, crazy demons to seem slightly less crazy than some of the humans in the book. Basically thi
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    Ademilson Moraes
    I had really high expectations for this book. Sadly, they were not entirely matched. The thing that got me into reading this series was Brett's ability to write characters is such a manner that, more than anything, made it possible to understand their feelings and thoughts. In the first three books he did so flawlessly. More than six hundred pages, then, felt like sixty; on this one there were parts where a thirty-page chapter felt like forever. The first one-fifth or so was great, but I already ...more
    Amanda
    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
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    Jareed
    Dec 04, 2013 Jareed marked it as to-read
    07/21/2013

    A masterpiece is never rushed. Thank you Brett for teaching me once again that patience is a virtue.
    Terence
    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
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    Joel Pearson
    I came into this book about as nervous as I could have been. Nervous about the direction it would go, nervous about how it would handle the already growing pile of loose ends, and nervous about whether it would address issues and be a bounce-back after what I felt was a much more flawed book in The Daylight War.

    Overall, it handled all of these things rather well.

    The Skull Throne picked up where The Daylight War left off - with Jardir and Arlen flying off a cliff to their alleged deaths. It jump
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    seak
    After finishing this, why the heck was Renna on the cover?

    Full review to come!
    Lisa
    Full Review at Tenacious Reader: http://www.tenaciousreader.com/2015/0...

    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
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    Matthew
    Epic in scale and execution, Peter V. Brett returns with a bang with his latest instalment of the Demon Cycle series entitled The Skull Throne. As a reader and reviewer I had been looking forward to this book for a long time. The final pages of Brett's previous instalment (The Daylight War) left me, like everyone else, hanging, and I just wanted to know what happened to Arlen and Jardir! Well The Skull Throne answers both this question and more, as the demon infested nights grow more dangerous a ...more
    Loki
    May 25, 2014 Loki rated it 5 of 5 stars
    Recommends it for: Everyone
    Recommended to Loki by: Everyone else
    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
    Mia
    ***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
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    Brett
    The first book of this series was good. The main character was someone you could root for. The story was unique and interesting. The world and magic were interesting and readers got to follow the main character doIng interesting things.

    I'm not sure what made the author decide politics, particularly politics of some quasi-islamic, closed minded, hateful culture, was what made the series worth reading, but he certainly commited to that idea in a big way.

    With the latest book, I find myself skippi
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    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
    Amanda
    Amazing, fantastic, wonderful, brilliant, captivating, and every single adjective you can think of.

    I anticipate the fifth and final book of The Demon Cycle far more than even The Game of Thrones next release. And that truly speaks volumes.

    I cannot say how outstanding Peter Brett's story telling is. Hell I even caught myself liking Inevera in this book and I did not think that would ever be possible.

    Simply perfect

    I think I'm going to go and start rereading the first three books again. Only one
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    Sueij
    It's definitely getting harder to keep track of all the characters in this series, partly because it has been a while since I read the last book, and partly because this book (I think for the first time) draws all of the characters together rather than focusing on one person's history and story. There are also a lot of Krasian characters whose names start with "A", and while most authors don't allow character sets to do that, it actually is more true to how families and cultures work.

    But regardl
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    Maxine
    The Skull Throne is the forth installment in The Demon Cycle series by Peter V Brett and it takes up where The Daylight War stopped with the battle between Arlen and Ahmann which ended abruptly when they threw themselves off the cliff leaving the world without a Deliverer and the Skull Throne without an occupant. The struggle for control of the throne pits Ahmann’s sons against each other. In her attempt to prevent chaos, Inevera uses the dice to convince Jayan, her first-born son to lead an inv ...more
    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
    Brianne
    This book made me mad. The trend that Game of Throne began is beginning to wear on me. Must all authors kill off their most likable characters? It seems so. I feel like half of the cast died in this book. Also, the "main" story barely moved. Arlen and Jardir got like... three chapters? Maybe four? What was seen was a bit repetitive for my taste.

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    Franklin
    This series started off very strong, but it has turned into a pile of shit. The main reason for this, the krasians. At some point in this book Rojer thinks what his life would have been like if his parents had lived. I look at the this series in that way concerning the krasians and their lame ass backwards culture. If they had only remained the stepping stone for Arlen becoming the Warded Man, all would have been good. Unfortunately they have spread into this series like a disease with their ext ...more
    Andy
    Disappointing rubbish. Much like previous books in this series, there were only a handful of pages devoted to the main plot, mostly at the start and end of the novel. The rest felt like filler, with unlikable characters experiencing brutality (for a first, no rape as backstory in this one), awkwardly agreeable conversations and weird amounts of wish-fulfillment, while the narrator explains everything that everyone's thinking, all of the time. (view spoiler) ...more
    Dri-g
    What happens when a power vacuum is created because there's a daylight war, demons at night, and the Deliverer and the Not-Deliverer (depending on who you are, take the characters and flip the names) are nowhere to be found? Go read "The Skull Throne" and let the fun begin.

    I will say (as many other reviewers said before me) that the Arlen Bales page count is low. However, that didn't stop me from reading way past my bed time to finish. I liked getting a view and understanding of the other charac
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    Christopher Smith
    In this epic installment of the Demon Cycle series, Renna and Arlen join forces with Jardir to capture a mind demon and hold him captive for seven hundred pages.

    No, seriously. That's pretty much all they do. For the entire book.

    I'll grant that Rojer, Leesha, and the Krasians keep pretty busy doing side-plot things. But to be honest, it all feels a bit aimless. Who cares about the exploits of musicians and healers or the intrigues of dukes and warlords when there's an apocalyptic war to fight? At
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    Liviu
    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
    Kristy (Book Frivolity)
    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
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    • Queen of Fire (Raven's Shadow, #3)
    • The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer, #4)
    • The Thorn of Emberlain (Gentleman Bastards, #4)
    • Shadows of Self (Mistborn, #5)
    • The Autumn Republic (The Powder Mage, #3)
    • The Spider's War (The Dagger and the Coin, #5)
    • Half a War (Shattered Sea, #3)
    • The Providence of Fire (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, #2)
    • The Price of Valour (The Shadow Campaigns, #3)
    • Fool's Quest  (The Fitz and The Fool, #2)
    • The Dread Wyrm (The Traitor Son Cycle, #3)
    • The Liar's Key (The Red Queen's War, #2)
    • The Aeronaut's Windlass (The Cinder Spires, #1)
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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)
    The Warded Man (Demon Cycle, #1) The Desert Spear (Demon Cycle, #2) The Daylight War (Demon Cycle, #3) The Great Bazaar and Other Stories (Demon Cycle, #1.6) Brayan's Gold (Demon Cycle, #1.5)

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    “You came to lands that were not yours, murdered thousands of men, raped their women, enslaved their children, and think your soul is clean because their holy book’s a little different from yours! You keep the demons from them, ay, but chickens on the chopping block don’t call the butcher Deliverer for keeping the fox at bay.” 1 likes
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