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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Peter V. Brett brings one of the most imaginative fantasy sagas of the 21st century to an epic close.
For time out of mind, bloodthirsty demons have stalked the night, culling the human race to scattered remnants dependent on half-forgotten magics to protect them. Then two heroes arose - men as close as brothers, yet divided by bitter betrayal.
Arlen Bales became known as the Warded Man, tattooed head to toe with powerful magic symbols that enable him to fight demons in hand-to-hand combat-and emerge victorious. Jardir, armed with magically warded weapons, called himself the Deliverer, a figure prophesied to unite humanity and lead them to triumph in Sharak Ka - the final war against demonkind.
But in their efforts to bring the war to the demons, Arlen and Jardir have set something in motion that may prove the end of everything they hold dear - a Swarm. Now the war is at hand and humanity cannot hope to win it unless Arlen and Jardir, with the help of Arlen's wife, Renna, can bend a captured demon prince to their will and force the devious creature to lead them to the Core, where the Mother of Demons breeds an inexhaustible army.
Trusting their closest confidantes, Leesha, Inevera, Ragen, and Elissa, to rally the fractious people of the Free Cities and lead them against the Swarm, Arlen, Renna, and Jardir set out on a desperate quest into the darkest depths of evil - from which none of them expects to return alive.
©2017 Peter V. Brett (P)2017 Recorded Books
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By JReed on 10-17-17

I've always been a defender of this book series...

I can't tell you how disappointed I was with the final book. It is called the core but only 20% of it is really about the core.

Spoilers ahead!

You can actually feel the point when Peter got the call from the publisher saying to hurry up. There is painful detail about all these side stories and then he just wraps them up with a few sentences after the big Core fight. He sets it up as if all these side stories were important but apparently got tired of writing or got that call I mentioned. I can only hope that he did it because he is going to do another book.

Big Spoiler Ahead!

Also, pretty much ever character survives except our hero? Again, setting up another book I hope.

Lastly, this series has had so many painfully long details throughout the series. So, why was the final big scene and wrap up rushed and seems like an after school special? I though they might all hold hands and sing Kumbaya in the last few paragraphs.

Just a rushed, poor ending to one of my favorite series of all time.

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By Jaimi on 10-30-17

Felt rushed

The end was so disappointingly abrupt it felt like Mr. Brett just wanted to be done with it. The story, over all, was good but predictable, it is basically how I envisioned the final book to go, except the end and I don't mean loose ends, no saga can tie up all loose ends, I just the ending was hollow. also Rojur was very much missed in this book. I didn't realize how much his character brought to the tale till he was gone. Thank god Brett didn't kill off the Abin as well. Overall I liked the book, I just would have liked a bit more detail in the ending.

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