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The Skull Throne

(The Demon Cycle #4)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  36,057 ratings  ·  1,701 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 769 pages
Published March 31st 2015 by Del Rey
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Terence As of 10/24/14 The Skull Throne will be released on March 31, 2015 instead of March 24 due to a production delay.

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Mark Lawrence
[slight spoilers possible for books 1-3]

The penultimate installment in Brett's demon cycle quintology (the V in Peter V Brett is in fact the Roman numeral for 5, it was always going to be a quintology).

Another great read that I consumed in chunks over the course of 6 weeks.

At first I was confused by the sheer number of names of ranks and people that I'd forgotten since the last book. But at the Grim Gathering Peter pointed out to me that I was an idiot (with great diplomacy) - there's a family
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

***Spoilers from previous books and minor spoilers from this one.***

Peter V. Brett’s DEMON CYCLE began with a truly excellent first installment, but it's been all downhill from there.

I've been struggling with a feeling since about midway through book 2, but I've been reluctant to give it voice . . . b/c it would mean admitting that once upon a time . . . I watched soap operas.

Not of my own volition! I spent a lot of time with one of my grandmothers who watched them, a
Sep 17, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5/5 Stars

The Skull Throne is a good penultimate installment to the Demon Cycle series.

When you're playing a video game, especially role playing games, usually before the final boss you're going to do every side quests before you proceed to finish the game. These side quests are usually important for character developments, more info on the world-building, and gaining all the necessary weapons and power to make the confrontation in the end either easier or more satisfying; The Skull Throne enca
Dana Ilie
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Certainly this book frustrated me on a number of occasions, and the use of terminology and naming conventions grated, but I enjoyed reading it. Peter V. Brett remains an author high on my to read list. I may not like all the choices he has made with his books, but I respect his decisions and try to see and enjoy the story he wants to tell, even if it is not the story I thought I wanted. His work continues to improve in complexity, characterisation and style, and it is worth reading.

I’m left feel
Obaid Haroon
Apr 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Mar 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-goal-88
Another year has passed. I tried to make this book last forever because I know the next is still a long time coming. I finished today though, and ... I need time to process what just happened...

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!!!

Just finished The Daylight War... now I wait...

Sep 18, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
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
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Mayim de Vries
Two stars and let it be known that I am beyond caring. Truly.

Therefore, dear Reader, if you are after a review stop right now, this ent a review, this is a rant. And full of spoilers.

Spoilers first. (view spoiler)

I am still unable to get over the fact that she got herself pregnant with Jardir like a teenage girl and NOT the most brilliant Herb Gatherer of the millenniu
Myke Cole
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Deborah Obida
3.5 stars

As much as I love this series, I have to agree with everyone, this is by far the weakest book in the series, it wasn’t boring or anything of that nature, but what happened in this book has very little to do the initial plot. I know it was important to know about the politics and how things are working in the absence of the both Deliverers but it was dragged too much. It was fun to read but tiring at the same time.
That wasn’t even the worst part, the worst part was the near absence of A
Sep 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've found I've had the most difficult time reviewing this book and the problem I'm running into is not making it sound like a huge fanboy love-fest.

Not only do I love this series, but this was quite possibly the best yet. There's so much to it. So much action and so many things happening and barely a flashback to be seen. I enjoyed the flashback in The Daylight War quite a bit, but for some reason I loathed the thought of another lengthy one in this one. I think you can do one well, but more t
Mar 31, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.

First and foremost I have to admit that I’m unashamedly a huge fan of The Demon Cycle Series by Peter V. Brett. I’ve read every book and novella in the series multiple times. The Skull Throne is a worthy sequel and it sets the
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
I'm very pleased with this one, maybe even a bit more than the previous two novels. There's quite a bit of court intrigue and Leesha and Rojer are everywhere. I admit to liking those bits a lot more than the whole Krasia bits, but upon a reread I might change my mind.

I'm honestly amazed at just how much magic, fighting, magic fighting, and just how much plain good story there is in-between. It never gets boring at all, and here's the interesting trick: Arlen his new best friend and his promised
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I thought this was a good instalment in the Demon Cycle series. Brett has a super engaging storytelling style and that makes it easy to get caught up in the story even during the times that it is focusing on characters that I really dislike!

The weird thing about this fourth book was that Arlen, Jardir, and the Demons were basically just afterthoughts. The story focused on how well the Crasians and the Hollow dealt with their absence and the continuation of the Daylight War. It worked out quite
Apr 13, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Kitty G Books
Aug 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-sff-faves
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
Final rating: 5/5 stars

I can't tell you how much I love this series. But this gotta be the most brutal book of all so far. So many things happened, so MANY THINGS, that I don't even know where to start. This book shocked me and highly moved me and I cried a lot. I love most of the characters in these books. But what I admire the most is Brett's ability to write them so good, make them feel so real. We know everything about our characters, hell, we even followed some of them from when they were b
Milda Page Runner
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Not without flaws but still quite entertaining.
The beginning was a bit slow introducing new character Ashia on Krasian side. I can’t say I cared much for the new Povs in this book since we already have big enough cast of characters we know and love. Briar was a bit easier to root for because I knew his backstory from Messenger’s Legacy. Once we move to Hollows and main characters, plot becomes more gripping. There is a fair share of soap opera here: who’s the father of the baby, how many wi
Nov 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-epic
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
Eon ♒Windrunner♒
The fourth book in this series is pretty much on par with the first book and thus a return to form IMHO. It did have some minor flashbacks, but nothing like the the middle books (2 & 3). It was perfectly great all the way through and then the last few chapters just propelled it into awesome-land. Peter V Brett is definitely evolving as an author and I cannot wait to see what the last book in this series holds in store.

PS: Renna might be on the cover, but neither she nor Arlen feature much in thi
Gautam Surath
In one word. This was really disappointing. This was Game of thrones meets Sword of Shannara. Lots and lots of political mongering and heavy prose with no movement in the story line. Clearly, Brett is just dragging this out. The editing too is a let down and some jumps are too hasty. The only interesting part is when Briar pops up and entertains us for a while. The count is wasted, Leesha bores us with her ever escalating problems and the Krasian society and its Dama's are now grating. The next ...more
Mar 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 03, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, epic-fantasy
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
May 19, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Hmm, I am quite failing to see why so many people find this worth or 4-5 stars.

I've read all 4 books in the past week+, and since book 3 have found it to be getting more of a slog through the bog than an enjoyable read.

Yes, Peter's built many interesting characters, enough so that I continue to read the series. However, I am really tired and fed up, up to here with the following:

1. I'd bet that almost 50% of the series since book 3 is made up of nothing more than flashbacks, and what can be term

A masterpiece is never rushed. Thank you Brett for teaching me once again that patience is a virtue.
Shelly K
Apr 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
There's a simple work:enjoyment ratio I like to employ when reading for leisure. I expect to get as much enjoyment from a book as the amount of work I put into reading it. Some books take no work at all, but I don't mind working. Work often leads to a more satisfying enjoyment factor.

I like this series. I'm happy I started Demon Cycle, but by book 4, I've put more work into reading it than the enjoyment I've gotten out of it.

Why is this?

Well, book 1 had me hooked on Arlen's character. After b
Mar 13, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook

It took forever for me to listen to this story. I don't mind reading about the minor characters but it did not add to the main plot line. This book was 75% filler.
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Peter V. Brett is the internationally bestselling author of the Demon Cycle series, which has sold over three and a half million copies in 27 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 Legac ...more

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