Original Title: The Great Bazaar and Brayan’s Gold: Two Demon Cycle Novellas
Year Published: 2014
Published by: Subterranean Press (an arc was kindly provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review)
Number of Pages: 135
First Sentence: Not applicable
Goodreads Rating: 3/5
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 and killing humanity 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.
But there was a time when the demons were not so bold. A time when wards did more than hold the demons at bay. They allowed man to fight back, and to win. Messenger Arlen Bales will search anywhere, dare anything, to return this magic to the world.
Abban, a merchant in the Great Bazaar of Krasia, purports to sell everything a man’s heart could desire, including, perhaps, the key to Arlen’s quest.
I made the mistake of requesting this on Netgalley without having read any of the actual Demon Cycle books. Which meant that I had no knowledge of the world, the characters or overall what it was about. It was like going orienteering without a map. Totally confusing.
Having said that, I must say that these novellas actually were interesting and got me even more interested in the actual books (they were already on my tbr). So if you already have read the Demon Cycle books then do check this out.
Do I recommend it?
Yes, but to read the actual books first.