The Core (The Demon Cycle, Book 5) by Peter V. Brett

The Core (The Demon Cycle, Book 5)

By Peter V. Brett

  • Release Date: 2017-09-28
  • Genre: Fantasy
Score: 4.5
From 80 Ratings
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Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author Peter V. Brett brings one of the most imaginative fantasy sagas of the twenty-first century to an epic close.

The war has begun…

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.

Two heroes arose—men as close as brothers, yet divided by bitter betrayal. Arlen Bales became known as the Painted Man, tattooed head-to-toe with powerful magic symbols that enable him to fight demons in hand-to-hand combat—and emerge victorious. Ahmann 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.


Praise for The Demon Cycle:

‘Peter V. Brett is one of my favourite new authors’
Patrick Rothfuss

‘There is much to admire in Peter Brett’s writing, and his concept is brilliant. There’s action and suspense all the way.’ Terry Brooks

‘[Peter V. Brett is] at the top of his game. I give this my highest recommendation.’

‘[Brett] confirms his place among epic fantasy’s pantheon of greats amid the likes of George R.R. Martin, Steven Erikson, and Robert Jordan.’
Fantasy Book Critic

About the author

Peter V. Brett is the internationally bestselling author of the Demon Cycle series, which has sold over two million copies in twenty-five languages worldwide. Novels include The Painted Man, The Desert Spear, The Daylight War, The Skull Throne, and The Core. He spends too much time on the Internet but occasionally unplugs to practice kickboxing and dad fu. He lives in Manhattan.


  • Awful ending

    By 6589044
    Rushed ending. Typical of the writer to just right trash for what could have been a great series. After the 2nd book it all just gets messy, no real character development or consistency at all. Worth a read if you like fantasy like me, but don't hold your breath it's not in the same patch of writing like robin hobb/Patrick rothfuss/Brandon Sanderson to name a few...felt that this could have been really good but failed to deliver for me
  • The core

    By Nqyvgnh
    A fitting finale to a wonderful series. Bringing an end to a fantastic story. This installment not quite reaching the heights of the previous books, but how could it when the previous installments were the razz a matazz that lead us to the fantastic finale. It is with sadness that I will never again encounter Arlen, Jardir, Renna, leesha and the crew let alone the outcome of Olive, Darin and Kaji. A trilogy that as travelled with me and will remain with me.
  • Disappointing

    By samshrimpy
    I loved books 1-4 and was eagerly anticipating the final instalment. Just finished reading and I’m sorry to say, I just feel like Mr Brett was desperate to finish. Felt quite anticlimactic and just didn’t read as well as it’s 4 precedents. Could have been Tolkien-esque. Shame