The first three novels in New York Times best-selling 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 listeners breathless. Now the thrilling fourth volume, The Skull Throne, raises the stakes as it carries the action in shocking new directions.
The Skull Throne of Krasia stands empty. Built from the skulls of fallen generals and demon princes, it is a seat of honor and ancient, powerful magic, keeping the demon corelings at bay. From atop the throne, Ahmann Jardir was meant to conquer the known world, forging its isolated peoples into a unified army to rise up and end the demon war once and for all. But Arlen Bales, the Warded Man, stood against this course, challenging Jardir to a duel he could not in honor refuse. Rather than risk defeat, Arlen cast them both from a precipice, leaving the world without a savior and opening a struggle for succession that threatens to tear the Free Cities of Thesa apart.
In the south, Inevera, Jardir's first wife, must find a way to keep their sons from killing each other and plunging their people into civil war as they strive for glory enough to make a claim on the throne. In the north, Leesha Paper and Rojer Inn struggle to forge an alliance between the duchies of Angiers and Miln against the Krasians before it is too late. Caught in the crossfire is the duchy of Lakton - rich and unprotected, ripe for conquest. All the while, the corelings have been growing stronger, and without Arlen and Jardir there may be none strong enough to stop them. Only Renna Bales may know more about the fate of the missing men, but she, too, has disappeared....
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Fun and frustrating
The book starts off great, his jumping from character to character can be agitating at best and infuriating at worst when the focus on characters that have never held a main part and are just thrown in so he has some one to kill off. As the book progressed it was like he felt the need to emulate how game of thrones reads with rampant death and chaos. Rather than following his own the progression of the main characters, he takes other characters that have been minor parts to the forefront. This would be fine except they are not there to carry over to other books but are filler. Half of the book could have been covered with minimal explanation for what happens with these characters and he could have focused more on the main characters. Then he puts in a nasty twist at the end. You won't be pleased. If you Like game of thrones then this might be a good filler book while waiting on that but it is a drastic change of focus and writing progression from his first 3 books.
I might not get any more of his books if this change in writing is going to be the new normal. I enjoy game of thrones but I don't like it when a writer feel the need to take up that style of story direction in the middle of an establish series.