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Brayan's Gold (The Demon Cycle #1.5)

4.04  ·  Rating Details ·  3,016 Ratings  ·  117 Reviews
Arlen Bales 17, apprentice Messenger in brand new armor, is ready for the first time beside a trained Messenger on a simple overnight trip. Instead Arlen finds himself alone on a frozen mountainside, carrying a dangerous cargo to Count Brayan’s gold mine, one of the furthest points in the duchy. And One Arm, giant rock demon, hunts him still. Novella.
Hardcover, First Edition, 94 pages
Published 2011 by Subterranean Press
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Vagner Stefanello He is in the middle of book 1, before Arlen travels to Krasia.

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mark monday
Jul 09, 2014 mark monday rated it liked it
Shelves: fantastickal
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
Dec 16, 2011 seak rated it really liked it
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
Jan 30, 2016 Claudia rated it really liked it
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
Vagner Stefanello
Jan 07, 2016 Vagner Stefanello rated it really liked it
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
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
Feb 01, 2016 Kristalia rated it really liked it
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
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
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

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
Ranting Dragon
May 10, 2011 Ranting Dragon rated it really liked it
Shelves: stephan
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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
Nov 08, 2016 Melanie rated it really liked it
Shelves: novella-short
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
Mar 24, 2012 Amanda rated it really liked it
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.
Tai Sanders
Mar 23, 2015 Tai Sanders rated it it was amazing
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. :)
Oct 02, 2015 Murat rated it it was amazing
It's a short story but still good to read
Travis of NNY
Dec 13, 2014 Travis of NNY rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
What a fantastic story of the pre body wards days. Essential reading for any demon cycle fans .
James Taylor
Oct 22, 2016 James Taylor rated it liked it
Arlen is a 'Messenger' that must deliver a cart of thundersticks (dynamite) to a mine. The world is full of nocturnal demons which can be fended off using magic wards which Arlen has imbued on his armour and shield. He also has the ability to draw them, so is well equipped for his journey.

The story is short, so only features a few encounters with these Demons, and only a few characters are introduced. Apart from these and the encounter with bandits, there's not much to talk about until the final
Tedd Wiessner
Nov 28, 2016 Tedd Wiessner rated it really liked it
If you like Peter Brett's other work, this is a decent short story that should be easily finished in an hour.
Oct 11, 2011 Mark rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Feb 05, 2015 Shane rated it really liked it
Brayan's Gold is Peter V. Brett's second novella in the Demon Cycle. His first being The Great Bazaar. The GB was a fantastic read and every bit on par with his full length novels. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for Brayan's Gold. Which isn't to say it's bad, just that it didn't meet my expectations. The purpose of the novella is to let readers get a peak into some of Arlen's work as a Messenger before finding the Deliverer's Spear. Arlen's time as a Messenger has always been something ...more
Sep 23, 2016 Keith added it
Oddly it raised more questions that it answered, but I thoroughly enjoyed the adventure. Makes the wait for The Core even longer, but now I'm going to finish the book and read the Great Bazaar and find Messenger's Legacy somewhere in the meantime.
Taylor P. Davidson
Aug 06, 2013 Taylor P. Davidson rated it really liked it
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
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
Kat  Hooper
May 29, 2012 Kat Hooper rated it really liked it
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

I’m really enjoying these little novellas that Sub Press puts out. Because they’re meant as stand-alone side-stories, they’re a great way for me to get a feel for an author’s world and writing style before jumping into a big series.

Peter V. Brett’s Brayan’s Gold is the story of how Arlen, one of the main characters in Brett’s Demon Cycle, goes on his first solo job and meets a snow demon. The episode is referred to in the story collection The Great Bazaar,
An Odd1
Sep 10, 2013 An Odd1 rated it really liked it
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
Razvan Zamfirescu
Sep 22, 2015 Razvan Zamfirescu rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, favorite
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
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
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
This illustrated novella is a fun read and a fast fix for fulfilling the desire for more books in the Demon Cycle series. The drawings are really enjoyable - particularly those of the corelings. It is always interesting to see how your imagination lines up against an artist’s vision of the same description. The Kindle version (even for the Fire) does not have have color images though, so there remains some mystery left for the reader. A new type of demon makes its debut here - a snow demon - but ...more
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Peter V. Brett is the New York Times and international bestselling author of the Demon Cycle series, which has sold millions of copies in 25 languages worldwide. Novels include The Warded Man, The Desert Spear, The Daylight War, and most recently, The Skull Throne. The final novel in the series, The Core, will be published in 2017.

In addition to his novels, Peter has written a series of novellas s
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The Demon Cycle (5 books)
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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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