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Brayan's Gold (The Demon Cycle #1.5)

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  2,386 ratings  ·  95 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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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
Dec 16, 2011 seak rated it 4 of 5 stars
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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
Vagner Stefanello
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
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
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,
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

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
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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
Nicholas Miller
(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
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 Menendez
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Jim C
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 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
Tai Sanders
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. :)
Another good short story in the Demon Cycle series. Nothing spectacular, but a fun quick read for fans of the series.
Travis of NNY
What a fantastic story of the pre body wards days. Essential reading for any demon cycle fans .
Joel Neff
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
Brayan's Gold is a fun Demon Cycle novella which is about what ends up being Arlen's first solo messenging trip. It has all the enjoyable familiarity of the series particularly the beginning of The Warded Man.

Brayan's Gold really demonstrates that Arlen is nearly fearless. (view spoiler)
An Odd1
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 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
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
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
Kat  Hooper
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,
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 I ...more
This book is set in Brett's Demon Cycle world and stars Arlen Bales. This takes place before the Warded Man novel, but I recommend reading that first as that novel explains the setting well and this one largely assumes you know the setting already. That said, this is a nice self-contained novella that would likely make a good introduction to the series. You will just enjoy it more if you read the warded Man first, I think.

Great story, lots of action, and interesting setting. I really enjoyed it
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
went back to this one of the first books in the series but a novella in its own right. a short story about arlen bales who turns out to be one of the biggest heroes of the series but is still starting out as a messenger in this book. A fun read but one which shows which way arlen is going to follow, he kills his first demon and shows what an honourable man he is going to turn out to be when he encounters and advises a man who minds the lodge on the mountain!!
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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)
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 Great Bazaar and Other Stories (Demon Cycle, #1.6)

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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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