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The Great Bazaar And Other Stories (The Demon Cycle #1.6)

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Humanity is nearly extinct after 300 years of hungry demon corelings. A handful of Messengers brave the night between the increasingly isolated populace behind protective wards. Arlen Bales will search anywhere, dare anything, to save the world. Maybe Abban, a merchant in the Great Bazaar of Krasia who purports to sell anything, has the answer.
Kindle Edition, 104 pages
Published (first published January 1st 2010)
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Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads
2.5 stars

The Great Bazaar:

In THE WARDED MAN, one of Arlen's POV sections begins with him in the ruins of an ancient Krasian city where he finds the tomb of the Kaji. This is story of how he got the map to that city: hijinx ensue after his return from another abandoned city, having nearly been killed when he encountered a new type of desert demon.

Entertaining and informative, but not indispensably so.

Deleted Scenes: Arlen

Apparently, this was a writing assignment that birthed the DEMON CYCLE, but
Mark Lawrence
Sep 19, 2016 Mark Lawrence rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Peat gave me this years ago when we met in London with Myke Cole. A nice little booklet, signed and dedicated. I put it away for later. Later turned out to be five years later when I rediscovered it as I moved a bookcase from the upstairs hall to the living room under wife's orders.

It's a short story and takes less than an hour to read, so I sat down and read it rather than lose it again.

I really liked it. The story feels like a satisfying wedge of The Warded Man. It's told at a time where Arlen
Final rating: 3.75/5 stars

For the Great Bazaar - 4 stars.
For the other stories - 3.5 stars.

Was it worth it? It was - we were given some more insights in the new demons, and how Arlen got the map to the Anoch Sun.

It was good, all in all. I really love Arlen - thank god all these stories are about him ♥ #Fangirl signing out.


The Warded Man (Demon Cycle, #1)
Brayan's Gold (Demon Cycle, #1.5)
The Great Bazaar and Other Stories (Demon Cycle, #1.6)
Gamma Mouse
Apr 14, 2010 Gamma Mouse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Painted Man (also known as The Warded Man for those who like their books American-Made) is one of the best fantasy epics of recent years. Period, exclamation point, throw whatever other punctuation you want at it, doesn’t matter; the book seriously kicked it, bringing it like Beckham (That Posh has skillz!) The novel’s protagonist, the demon-fighting Arlen Bales, easily captures the mantle of greatest Arlen ever, (trouncing Senator Arlen Specter who doesn’t fight demons, he just works with t ...more
mark monday
well this was fun and served as a good reminder for me that I need to continue on with this series. Arlen remains an interesting protagonist - the annoying cliche parts of his personality (angry angsty guy always battling that voice of weakness in his head) are forgotten when chuckling over his willingness to be a dick to people who get on his nerves. I like seeing that in my heroes; it's usually a trait reserved for villains or anti-heroes.

clay demons were pretty fun, but even more fun was the
Jan 27, 2016 Claudia rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Lovely addition to the main series.
It contains the prologue and two chapters which were removed from the first book, from various motives (explained by P. Brett).

The main story, "The Great Bazaar", is a detailed one on how Arlen got the map from Abban and started looking for the lost city, Anoch Sun. There is also a battle on the way (prior to the scene related to this particular map) with some demons which do not appear in "The Warded Man".

The prologue, entitled "Arlen" (which is, in fact, the
Vagner Stefanello
Mar 28, 2015 Vagner Stefanello rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review in Portuguese from Desbravando Livros:

E aqui estou eu novamente para contar a minha opinião sobre The Great Bazaar and Other Stories, outro livro do Peter V. Brett que se passa no mesmo universo da série principal.

Situado entre os capítulos 16 e 17 de O Protegido, The Great Bazaar já nos introduz a Arlen como mensageiro e atualmente em Krasia, a Lança do Deserto. Sempre quis saber mais sobre o local, e esse conto sanou um pouco a minha curiosidade a respeito dos krasianos e como eles se c
David Sven
Apr 28, 2013 David Sven rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The Great Bazaar is a short story that sits somewhere between chapters 16 and 17 of The Warded Man and tells of how Arlen gets Abban to help him steal the map to the lost City of Anoch Sun from the Krasian Temple of Heroes. Brett says he chose not to write about the three year period between those chapters when Arlen is working as a messenger and has instead opted to possibly revisit that time period later on. In his own words

This was an exciting, adventure-filled period in Arlen’s life, and a v
Apr 11, 2010 seak rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
I probably don't need to mention this again, but I love the Demon Cycle by Peter Brett. It just gets me. It's not perfect, but there are so many great things about it that I can easily dismiss/overlook/completely ignore any shortcomings. I keep reading and I can't get enough.

Brett has created literary crack.

The Great Bazaar and Other Stories takes place somewhere in the middle (time-wise) of The Warded Man, book one of the Demon Cycle. Our hero, Arlen Bales, is working as a messenger -those who
Nj Sun
4,5 Sterne
Obwohl ich eigentlich schon so lange aus der Geschichte raus bin, habe den 1. Teil vor 3 Jahre oder so gelesen, war ich wieder sofort drin. Die 4 Kurzgeschichten fande ich wirklich gelungen und hat mir wieder Lust auf mehr gemacht. :)
Benjamin Thomas
This is a nice little companion book for the main Demon Cycle series. It includes a novella about Arlen’s formative years as a Messenger, recounting a tale of a trip to collect some rare artifacts on his way to the Great Bazaar of Krasia where he interacts with the merchant Abban. It’s a nice story and allows some more details about clay demons to come out. The book also includes two “cut scenes” from The Warded Man manuscript including the original story that the author wrote for his fantasy wr ...more
Jul 24, 2015 Marcos rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Very entertaining short read.
Oct 11, 2015 DaJa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, fantasy
Eine nette Geschichte mit Szenen die für die eigentlichen Bücher einfach zu lang sind.
Aug 01, 2011 Dawn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, read-in-2011
Good little addition to the Demon Cycle series. Nothing spectacular, but still worth reading if you enjoyed the other books in the series. I'd recommend reading it after Warded/Painted Man and before Desert Spear though, as all of the stories and deleted scenes are from Warded/Painted Man.
Jan 04, 2017 Bogdan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novella
The Great Bazaar was a better story than Brayan`s Gold and has a more signifiance level in the main story`s evolution.

And don`t forget that you have the ocassion to meet again Abban the most ruthless merchant at haggling from the whole Krasian Empire.
Mar 20, 2010 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-read
When I read The Painted Man last year it became one of my favourite books I'd ever read. It had everything I wanted and Peter V Brett told the story in such a way that I just couldn't put it down until I reached the last page. The sequel, The Desert Spear, became one of the top three books I was looking forward to this year, but when Subterranean Press announced The Great Bazaar I knew I had to have it. Fortunately I managed to get my order in and when it arrived I quickly managed to get over my ...more
Mar 10, 2011 sabisteb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Der große Basar ist eines Sammlung aus 2 Kurzgeschichten und 2 weggefallenen Szenen aus Das Lied der Dunkelheit, die aus den unterschiedlichsten Gründen gestrichen wurden.

Die Kurzgeschichte Der große Basar erzählt von Arlens und Abbans Geschäftsbeziehung und wie Arlen in den Besitz der Karte kam, die ihn nach Anochs Sonne führte.

Die Kurzgeschichte "Brayans Gold" erzählt von Arlens erster langer Tour als Kurier auf welcher er als erster Mensch einem Schneedämon begegnet.

Diese beiden Kurzgeschicht
Feb 08, 2014 Cristina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Em O Ciclo dos Demónios, de Peter V. Brett toda a história roda em torno de um simples facto que fez divergir este mundo do que conhecemos: os demónios. Todas as noites estes seres mágicos se erguem do núcleo para atacar os humanos, e todas as noites os humanos se escondem por detrás das runas, caracteres com os quais tecem barreiras mágicas. Estes sucessivos ataques terão feito regredir uma civilização que, pelas pistas deixadas ao longo das histórias, terá sido bastante evoluída.

Por receio de
Jan 09, 2014 Becky rated it it was amazing
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 Brayan's Gold, so I don't know what the 'other stories' in this version actually are I'm afraid!

Arlen is in the desert region of Krasia, searching the desert sands for a village that was lost to the demons, but which may still contain some valuabl
Nov 18, 2013 Kathrin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book contains two short stories and two deleted scenes from the first novel of the series. The book also contains a little appendix for the Demon World.

The short stories are a good addition to the first novel and I truly enjoyed reading them. They give some more insight into Arlen's way to becoming a messenger.

The two deleted scenes were presented with an additional note on why they didn't make it into the book. This part was highly interesting for me as I like to know more about the way a
Jan 12, 2015 Terence rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-stars
I loved it. The Great Bazaar absolutely should have been in The Warded Man, it would've help show the seriousness of acquiring a map to Anoch Sun.

I always enjoy reading about Arlen and seeing his unique blend of boldness and luck. Arlen seems like the perfect blend between Krasian and Greenlander because he wants to fight demons even when it seems impossible, but he sees value in all people not just Sharum, Dama, and Dama'ting.

Abban is really a great character and it's reinforced in The Great B
Aug 27, 2016 Wickedshizuku rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Brandon Sanderson fans, Jim Butcher fans, High Fantasy and Sci-fi fans
Recommended to Wickedshizuku by: previous books
I wasn't absolutely thrilled with The Great Bazaar. Brett does put an interesting twist on religion, and it seems to me that it is mimicking Islam in a fictitious way. That; I do find interesting and at the same time infuriating. The magic system is very well thought out and executed. Brava!
That's all for now.
Cheers Pretties!
Dec 22, 2011 Suzie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epic-fantasy
Lived being able to see Arlens story continue through the eyes of another character. I love Abbaan, he's such a scoundrel.
Mar 28, 2010 Scrambles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short, sweet and a great refresher before moving onto The Desert Spear. Bring on The Desert Spear.
Tim Childress
Decidedly meh. I didn't need to read a sidequest.
Peter V. Brett é um bom contador de histórias. A pentalogia “Ciclo dos Demónios”, da qual conhecemos apenas os primeiros três livros, decorre num mundo em que, com a noite, chegam os demónios e em que a “língua” das guardas, progressivament e resgatada ao tempo e à história, cria uma barreira ou as armas necessárias para os manter ao largo (ou para os eliminar, como percebemos melhor na sequência dos livros).

Apesar da luta comum travada contra os demónios, as personagens tanto se aproximam como
Dec 29, 2016 Carrie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
Another great short story. Arlen, Abban and the map for the city of Anoch Sun. Even better was the short "deleted" Leesha scene at the end. I need to re-read this series.
Feb 18, 2017 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can see why it was cut, but still good.
Jan 14, 2017 Steven rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this series of books and this is no exception. Two short stories following the story of Arlen Bales. Fantastic stuff.
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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.

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“Every day away from succor was another night spent outside with the corelings, and not even Arlen took that lightly, but he had a deep and driving need to see things that no other man had seen, to go places no other man had gone. He had been eleven when he ran away from home. Now he was twenty, and had seen more of the world than any but a handful of other men.” 3 likes
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