The Skull Throne: Book Four of The Demon Cycle by Peter V. Brett

The Skull Throne: Book Four of The Demon Cycle

By Peter V. Brett

  • Release Date: 2015-03-31
  • Genre: Epic
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY BUZZFEED

The first three novels in 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 readers breathless as they eagerly turned the pages. 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 one another 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. . . .

Look for Peter V. Brett’s complete Demon Cycle:
THE WARDED MAN | THE DESERT SPEAR | THE DAYLIGHT WAR | THE SKULL THRONE | THE CORE

Praise for Peter V. Brett’s novels of The Demon Cycle

The Warded Man

“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

“[A] fast-paced and thoroughly enjoyable dark fantasy.”The Miami Herald

The Desert Spear

“Inspired, compelling, and totally addictive: the most significant and cinematic fantasy epic since The Lord of the Rings.”—Paul W. S. Anderson, director of Resident Evil: Afterlife

“Fans of epic fantasy in the tradition of Robert Jordan and George R. R. Martin will enjoy the arrival of a strong voice in multivolume epic fantasy.”Library Journal

The Daylight War

“Highly entertaining, fast-paced, and action-packed.”—SF Site

“[Brett is] at the top of his game.”Tordotcom

The Skull Throne

“Heart-thumping, adrenaline-pumping . . . The crescendo is near perfect.”—Book Frivolity

“As soon as we dive into The Skull Throne, it quickly becomes obvious that Brett knows exactly what he’s doing. . . . Brett is setting up his world and the characters in order to tell his epic fantasy tale in a way that is both personal and global. It’s a page-turner, and quite possibly the best so far.”Starburst Magazine

Reviews

  • Awesome!!

    5
    By TDH 2009 sucker
    Almost lost faith in the author and this series halfway through this book. Fantasy writers have a tendency to drag on a story unwilling to sacrifice characters or commit to advancements in the story line... I was wrong!!!
  • Leaves a lot of questions

    5
    By BLTMRCPowell
    Normally all the books in this series are a 5++ star. This one is not on "par" with the other 3. To be honest I feel Mr Brett rushed this one. I think all his fans are at fault for that. We want it fast. We are all so enamored with this world he has created, we need more! Well, personally I would have him write them at his pace not at what we want! Mr. Brett thank you for the great stories. I can't wait for the next installment.. I will be re-reading the entire series 6-7 times before the new one comes out I'm sure! Ben
  • Intense

    5
    By JMAsh0612
    Incredible story, the book series keeps getting more and more intense I can't wait for the fifth book.
  • The Skull Throne

    5
    By Counselr1
    So deliciously in-depth and detailed, with plenty of both action and character development of multiple great characters. I loved it!
  • Such a. Good book

    5
    By Deisic1
    Best book in the series so far. The author came through with lots of unexpected changes and new story lines. Very impressed.
  • Horrible Dialogue

    2
    By GSU17
    I love the story. However, the way the dialogue has evolved throughout the series is maddening. I have read all 3 and probably will not be able to finish the 4th. The characters' use of language seems become more stereotypical with each page. It hurts my eyes...
  • Good but needed more meat

    3
    By Johnny71
    Enjoyed the book but it did not really advance major plot lines. This was supposed to be a five book series and if so there was a lot of heavy lifting left for the fifth book. I just hope that this is not another Jordan/Martin thing where the author was written themselves into a corner and has no idea on how to get out of it.
  • Not as good as first three

    3
    By Linkeg
    I am a huge fan of this series , bought the books as soon as they appeared . But i was dissapointed when i read the skull throne , in my opinion it was not as good as the first three , many many chapters felt like filling to lead to a fifth book , while it could have ended with the fourth book if more focus was given to arlen and jardir's quest instead of all these chapters on what happened in their leave .
  • REALLY?!??!!

    2
    By Nxjskxn
    Are you kidding me?!?? This was the most infuriating book I have ever read. 20 or so straight chapters of LEESHA FN PAPER!!! REALLY?!??!! One chapter for Arlen and Jadir who are the only characters people care about?!! Im horribly disappointed in this book. I demand better Mr. Brett!!
  • PVB maintains the momentum.

    5
    By Saint Daddybone
    It is going to be hard waiting for Book 5.

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