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The Great Bazaar and Brayan's Gold

(Demon Cycle #1.5 + 1.6)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  2,192 ratings  ·  133 reviews
Humanity has been brought to the brink of extinction. Each night, the world is overrun by demons – bloodthirsty creatures of nightmare that have been hunting and killing humanity for over 300 years. A scant few hamlets and half-starved city-states are all that remain of a once proud civilization, and it is only by hiding behind wards, ancient symbols with the power to repe ...more
Hardcover, 121 pages
Published April 25th 2013 by Voyager (first published April 16th 2011)
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Every fan of Peter V. Brett’s Demon Cycle series should check out this collection. I promise you won’t regret it! Not only does The Great Bazaar & Brayan’s Gold contain two excellent short stories, it also features fun little extras like “outtakes” from earlier versions of The Warded Man and a ward grimoire complete with illustrations of the wards themselves. While longtime readers of the series will likely be the ones to
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Before becoming the fearsome tattooed warrior The Warded Man, Arlen Bales was a messenger. The Great Bazaar and Brayan's Gold shows two of Arlen's notable messenger adventures.

Brayan's Gold depicts Arlen's first overnight trip as a messenger. From nearly the beginning things go wrong for the demon magnet Arlen Bales, but Arlen is willing to do whatever it takes to ensure his trip goes as planned. Arlen's fearlessness is on display in this novella in absurd proportions.

The Great Bazaar takes Arle
Milda Page Runner
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Recommended for people who enjoyed the first book in the series and wanted more Arlen's adventures. This covers the sweet spot when Arlen already had the knowledge and the means to reasonably protect himself from the demons but before he found the god mode cheat. ...more
2.5 stars.

Apr 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-epic
Contained within the slim bounds of The Great Bazaar & Brayan's Gold are a pair of short stories, a pair of deleted scenes (one for Arlen & one for Brianne), and a pair of reference pieces (a Krasian Dictionary & a Ward Grimoire). While one could argue that anything related to The Demon Cycle is required reading, these are supplementary bits of storytelling, snippets that add to the enjoyment, but don't redefine anything we already know.

Having said that, they're certainly worth the read, especia
 Charlie - A Reading Machine
Brayan's Gold is a bit of what we missed in The Warded Man. I remember reading it and thinking it was a bit light on the training scenes which I happen to really like. This here is the closest we really get to one as we see Arlan sent on his first major messengering mission where he betrayed and attacked by thieves and encounters his first snow demon. He is only 20 or so at the time I would wager and it's nice to see the strength of the man was present in the boy.

The Great Bazaar is more about
Book provided by the publishers via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was a sumptuous appetizer to the Demoncycle series.

The book contains 2 novellas, Brayan's Gold and The Great Bazaar. Additonally, deleted scenes from The Warded Man has been included so readers can understand the intricacies of publishing and an author's mind a little bit more.

My timing was perfect when i read this book. I have not yet picked up the Demoncycle series and reading the first novella has given me
Jul 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you love the Demon Cycle, you can’t miss this collection of novellas and deleted scenes (plus Krasian Dictionary and Ward Grimoire).

Of course you can enjoy the series even without reading this one. However, it’s a pleasant plunge into this amazing world.
Since I LOVE his character and the two novellas (Brayan’s Gold – 324 AR & The Great Bazaar – 328 AR) offer a further glimpse of Arlen-before-becoming-the-fearsome-Warded-Man’s past, IMO they alone are worth the ride.
“Any Messenger alive wi
Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe)
3.5 stars

I enjoyed Brayan's Gold the best, and thought it a good representation of the longer series. Arlen is reckless and refuses to be cowed by the demons that rise from the Core at dusk every evening, searching for prey to tear to shreds. I love the concept of this series: being outside after dark is almost a certain death sentence, unless you are protected by magic wards. Arlen is a gifted warder, and he won't live locked behind walls when there's a whole wide world to see and try to take b
Sep 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, netgalley
Oh, so that's what all the fuss is about with Peter V. Brett. The Warded Man has been on my radar for some time; I have it, somewhere, but somehow never cracked it open.

I certainly will now. This pair of novellas (with extras) was an excellent introduction and inducement. I absolutely look forward to more of this world and of Arlen, Brett's hero. The writing was beautifully, deceptively simple and straightforward – it felt like a solid old-fashioned fantasy, and I mean that as a high compliment
Jul 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Great Bazaar & Brayan's Gold is a collection of short novellas and stories that are part of Peter V. Brett’s Demon Cycle.

Having finished The Warded Man only yesterday, I was eager to read anything set in Peter V. Brett’s world, particularly if it was an Arlen story. "Brayan’s Gold" fit the bill perfectly. Set during Arlen’s apprenticeship to Cob, "Brayan’s Gold" tells the tale of Arlen’s first encounter with a fabled snow demon.

Arlen has undertaken a few trips to the Duke’s mines but, since
I received a copy of this book for free from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. Also posted on my blog, Rinn Reads.

I first discovered Peter V. Brett’s Demon Cycle series three years ago, when I picked up The Painted Man from my local library. I absolutely fell in love with the series, and have now read and reviewed all three books in the series so far. The first book is definitely my favourite of the three, so I thought it would be interesting to go back to Arlen’s roots with these sho
A Reader's Heaven
(I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)

In young Arlen’s homeland, vicious demons rise from the earth each night. Villagers are terrified, hiding behind magically warded walls. As Fort Miln’s newest and most reckless messenger, Arlen dreams of taking the night back from the nearly invincible corelings. But first, he’s got a job to do.
The Great Bazaar & Brayan’s Gold is the much-anticipated volume of Arlen’s early life. This chronicle features full-l
May 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What a great addition to the Demon Cycle!

This book is essentially two mini stories that happen during the time frame of the first book, The Warded Man, that you never really get to see because they happen during the years long gaps in that story. I admit that I read it after I had read The Daylight War, so it was kind of a shock to see Arlen in armor, but even in armor he was so... Arlen.

I would highly suggest picking up a copy it you are a Demon Cycle fan. If you've heard about the series and h
Mr. Brett's a great storyteller, also a one of the best new voices in fantasy genre. Here is the beginning of a hero, set in the world THE DEMON CYCLE, including the travel, the mision and fight scenes. What more could you ask for?

PLUS it can be enjoyed by everyone, no necessarily just for the demon cycle fans but also fantasy readers.
Stefano G.
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first read Barayan’s Gold and The Great Bazaar on my train trip back from Frankfurt last year (2019). Both stories are easy reads and fill some of the time skipped in Arlen’s story arc in Book 1, unfortunately I must add as I really liked Arlen’s POV pre-warded man. Both add to the world-building of the Demon Cycle series, so definitely recommended for fans of the series!

Note that at the end of this collection there is a Grimoire of Wards, which is not even present in the main books... this wa
Seregil of Rhiminee
Originally published at Risingshadow.

This Tachyon Publications edition of The Great Bazaar & Brayan's Gold is an excellent collection for fans of Peter V. Brett (this edition will be published in July 2015). It's a collection of two novellas, both of which are set in the world of The Demon Cycle. They offer an interesting glimpse into the author's rich fantasy world in which humanity has survived a demonic onslaught and where being outdoors after the sun has set is dangerous and deadly because o
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Although I`m not a lover of short stories, these two were gripping and filled in some gaps in the series about Arlen Bales fight with the (corlings) demons that materialise at night and plague his world. I am now eagerly looking forward to reading the latest and I suspect the last in the series. Peter Brett has an easy and captivating style which really makes the narrative live. ...more
Jul 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Peter V. Brett is a well known name in the fantasy world, being the author of the highly praised The Demon Cycle series. The series has been running strongly featuring the books, The Paintend/Warded Man, The Desert Spear, The Daylight War and The Skull Throne so far. The fifth addition, The Core is set to be published in 2018 (according to Goodreads). In expanding his universe, Peter V. Brett has written various short stories and t
Jessica Strider
Jul 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a collection of 2 short stories and 2 passages that were cut from The Warded Man. Each story has a short introduction from the author explaining either where the ideas came from or why the scene was cut. The stories were originally published as limited edition hardcovers by Subterranean Press, with this new combined edition being published in trade paperback by Tachyon Publications. The book also includes a short Krasian dictionary, which is not really necessary as all the required terms ...more
These were both pretty good short stores about Arlen before he became the warded Man. It was a quick read. nothing really spectacular happens but you get to experience a few of Arlen's earlier adventures. ...more
Apr 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book contains two short stories from the Demon Cycle series, in addition to a glossary at the end of different wards used throughout the book by Arlen, plus a short Krasian dictionary. The stories in this book take place in the same time scale as that of the first book, The Warded Man. Both stories tell the tale of Arlen while he is on "Messenger duty" - Arlen's first overnight messenger trip is detailed in Brayan's gold, while The Great Bazaar is later in his Messenger career. Arlen is fac ...more
Sep 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Netgalley. I received a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review

I really loved this book! I loved to read about Arlen, about something that happened in his past, something that we cannot see in the main book. And I totally loved to read about the "born" of Arlen. Brett, you did well! No! You did awsome!
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
LOVED THESE STORIES. So good to immerse myself back into the world and writing style of Peter V Brett and I just adore these quick snipits which give background details behind the original books. Highly recommended!
3 stars

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Does not add anything to the story, but I like getting back into this world. I enjoy it!

Overall 3 out 5 Snow and Clays Corelings!
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I really enjoyed this book. I read it after i finished book 2, the Desert Spear, and before I started the Daylight War. The book contains two short stories about Arlen that fit time-wise into the period of the first book, the Warded Man, though I am glad I waited til after Desert Spear to read the Great Bazaar. The book also contains two deleted scenes from the Warded Man, one about Arlen and one about Leesha. The two short stories were pure action and excitement, showing Arlen in the days he wo ...more
Truth be told, I would probably never have picked this book up if it hadn't been in the library. Not that I wasn't interested - additional stories from one of my favourite book series in recent years? Yes please! I just didn't think that two short extras for a story I'd already finished were worth buying above all the other books I was excited to read.

And honestly? I stand by that assessment now. The Great Bazaar and Brayan's Gold were both good, but I wouldn't say they were worth £9.99. They ce
Apr 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
*copy from Netgalley in exchange for a review*

This collection actually contains two novella length pieces by Peter V. Brett. Both are set in the universe of ‘The Painted Man’ (‘The Warded Man’ in the US) and concern the actions of one of the protagonists from that series, Arlen Bales. There’s also some other materials – for example, some analysis of the wards that characters in Brett’s universe draw in order to stop themselves being devoured by demons, a vignette with Leesha, one of the central
Feb 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two short novellas telling tales of The Warded Man when he was still Arlen Bales. These are not essential, but they are easy reading and fun to read.

The Great Bazaar is Arlen with Abaan, and it tells of an adventure to the dead city in the second book (forgot the name) that had the valuable clay pots. It's good to revisit that dead city, and it fleshes out Arlen by giving you some information about questions you might have had after reading The Desert Spear.

Brayan's Gold is another early story
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Peter V. Brett is the internationally bestselling author of the Demon Cycle series, which has sold over two million copies in 25 languages worldwide. Novels include The Warded Man, The Desert Spear, The Daylight War, The Skull Throne, and The Core. Other works include the Red Sonja: Unchained graphic novel and the Demon Cycle novellas The Great Bazaar, Brayan's Gold, Messenger's Legacy, and Barren ...more

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Demon Cycle (5 books)
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