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Publisher's Summary

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 the surface 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 repel the demons, that they survive. A handful of Messengers brave the night to keep the lines of communication open between the increasingly isolated populace.
Arlen Bales is seventeen, an apprentice Messenger in brand new armor, about to go out for the first time alongside 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, the giant rock demon, hunts him still.
©2011 Peter V. Brett (P)2012 Recorded Books
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3 out of 5 stars
By JPaladin on 03-30-13

Short fix while waiting for more from Brett

Like his other novella's this is not an amazing work of stand alone fiction. However, if you're already steeped in the world and invested in Arlen from reading the main books in the series than it is a pleasant return visit. I wouldn't pay full price for it (or equivalent credits), but if it's on sale (or priced commensurate with its length) than its a nice jaunt back with Arlen.

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5 out of 5 stars
By C@t on 10-07-17

Read after Demon marked

the novella fills in some story line for Arlen before he finished running as a messanger in the first book. This is my second read through since the latest book release of "The Core" the order I am reading this time around:
1. The Warded Man (Demon Cycle, #1)
2. Brayan's Gold (Demon Cycle, #1.5)
3. The Great Bazaar (Demon Cycle, #1.6)
4. The Desert Spear (Demon Cycle, #2)
5. The Daylight War (Demon Cycle, #3)
6. Messenger’s Legacy (The Demon Cycle, #3.5)
7. The Skull Throne (Demon Cycle, #4)
and then finally the new addition to the series...
8. The Core (The Demon Cycle, #5)

happy reading!!!

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