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The Great Bazaar and Other Stories (The Demon Cycle Series) [Kindle Edition]

Peter V. Brett
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Book Description

Dear Readers,

Please note that The Great Bazaar and Other Stories is not a full length book. It contains Peter V. Brett's roughly 60 page title story, as well as a number of deleted scenes from his novel, The Warded Man.


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.

In addition to the title novelette, The Great Bazaar and Other Stories contains a number of scenes not included in The Painted Man (published in the US as The Warded Man) as well as a glossary and a grimoire, making it an essential guide to one of the most exciting epic fantasy series currently being published.

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From Publishers Weekly

Technically a short story collection, this slender volume is better understood as the DVD extras to Brett's 2009 debut novel, The Warded Man. The universe's conceit—demon corelings rise from the land each night, keeping the populace trapped indoors—is explained in the title story, a fully realized tale that challenges belief when the main character takes a foolish risk for no obvious reason, and Arlen, a scene deleted from the novel, which offers a charming snippet of childhood foreshadowing but no plot. While the setting is less relevant to Brianne Beaten, those who haven't read The Warded Man may be perplexed by the tale of a healer's solution to an ethical dilemma. A glossary and grimoire round out the offerings, which should help hold fans until The Desert Spear comes out in April. (Jan.)
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Product Details

  • File Size: 302 KB
  • Print Length: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Subterranean Press (November 30, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004FV50A0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,579 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for fans of The Warded Man May 17, 2010
When I read The Warded Man last year it became one of my favourite books I'd ever read. It had everything I wanted and Peter V Brett told the story in such a way that I just couldn't put it down until I reached the last page. The sequel, The Desert Spear, became one of the top three books I was looking forward to this year, but when Subterranean Press announced The Great Bazaar I knew I had to have it. Fortunately I managed to get my order in and when it arrived I quickly managed to get over my fanboy giddiness and jumped straight into it. It was just what I needed to tie me over until The Desert Spear hit the shelves!

To make things clear, The Great Bazaar is a short novella, but also contained here are two deleted scenes from the novel along with an appendix of Krasian phrases and what they mean plus a section on the various wards in the world of the Demon Cycle. Because of this it's very difficult to go into too much detail without spoiling anything for those that haven't read it. However, here's a short bit about each of them:

The Great Bazaar
The highlight of this short book by far. It follows Arlen during his messenger days before he finds the old combat wards. It revolves around the Krasian city of the Desert Spear where Arlen once again meets up with Abban who provides him with details of a deserted Krasian settlement about a weeks journey from Krasia itself. Abban promises great finds here and specifies just what he could find, but not all is as easy as it seems and Arlen find himself caught off guard when he reaches the place Abban has told him about.

I really, really enjoyed this short story and thought it proved a very good foundation to head into The Desert Spear. Not only that, but seeing some more of a younger, pre-painted man Arlen was good.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Whets the appetite. April 6, 2010
This book consists of a stand alone short story that takes place during Arlen's time in the desert, and also a couple of out takes from the Warded Man. There is a good amount of action in the short story, and some insight into the culture and the inhabitants of the Desert Spear. My only complaint is that I read it too fast! The book itself is well made (which is important to me as I'm a fan of books) and has a beautiful dust cover. Subterranean Press didn't print a whole lot of these so I advise fans of the first book to pick this up sooner rather than later.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's pretty good September 6, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This short "deleted scene" was a good addition to the already amazing story that is the warded (painted) man. I also understand why is was cut from the noval, in the sense that the book moved along without it. Though I must say the grimoire was an excellent surprise at the end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars More stories by Peter V. Brett August 8, 2012
Originally posted at FanLit.

Shame on me for not having read Peter V. Brett's The Warded Man and The Desert Spear yet. I have them on audio and I look forward to reading them -- I just keep thinking that I'll let Mr. Brett get further along in the series before I jump in (the series has been progressing slowly, but book 3, The Daylight War, comes out next February). Yet I'm attracted to Brett's world and after reading his novella Brayan's Gold, I wanted more, so I picked up the audio version of The Great Bazaar, another novella set in this land that's overrun by various types of demons every time it gets dark.

Peter V. Brett explains in his introduction to the print version of The Great Bazaar and Other Stories that The Great Bazaar is chapter 16.5 of The Warded Man. Similar to Brayan's Gold, it's one of the short tales detailing Arlen's work as a messenger. The stories were cut out of the novel to save space and make the story move faster. Brett explains that he's got plenty of tales to tell about Arlen during this period of his life, so I expect we'll be seeing more of these tales. Some can already be read in the print version of The Great Bazaar and Other Stories (available on Kindle for $5) and other deleted scenes can be found at Peter V. Brett's website.

In The Great Bazaar, Arlen is travelling through the desert of Krasia with a map provided by Abban, a dealer in the bazaar. He's looking for Baha kad'Everam, a deserted city famous for its expensive pottery. Nobody had been there for years because the place has been overrun by demons (including a type that Arlen has never heard of before), but Arlen hopes to find some pottery that will make him rich.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars IT'S NOW AVAILABLE FOR KINDLE December 13, 2010
Although the Kindle version is not linked to this page, this title is available for pennies on the dollar for those who own a Kindle.
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3.0 out of 5 stars filler April 5, 2014
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This is a good filler for between releases .Nothing new here just some tie in short stories filling in gaps that were not needed in main books.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing groundbreaking April 4, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
While the stories are written with the same quality as the other Demon Cycle books, little that's New or Important happens here. These two stories merely fill in a few brief gaps. Not bad, but not groundbreaking. Best to read if you need your Demon Cycle fix between the long wait for the next book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fans of The Warded Man will love The Great Bazaar April 2, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
If The Warded Man was a Director’s Cut DVD, The Great Bazaar and Other Stories would be the second disc filled with all the Extras. More story, deleted scenes, a ward grimoire; it’s all here. Even Brett offering context and insight into the scenes. Love The Warded Man? Then you’re going to love this collection, since it features more of what made that book so great.

The majority of the collection is devoted to the short story “The Great Bazaar”, a fantastic piece that works incredibly well as a standalone introduction to The Warded Man universe. The story follows Arlen Bales, now settled down, and proprietor of the Bales Motel. Arlen lives with his mother in a nearby house overlooking the motel. One night a blond demon, escaping from her past, checks into the motel…Alright, I’m lying. Really, did you think I was going to give it away; the story’s short, go read it. Abban, a merchant in the Great Bazaar”, is the rockstar in the story. Forget Team Jacob or Team Edward, Abban will have the love-struck pre-pubescents shrilling like wind demons after they catch his deeds in “The Great Bazaar.”

If I hadn’t read Brett’s debut, this story would have forced me to; it’s such a wonderful scene. Much better than you’d imagine, and not what you’d expect from material that didn’t make the original volume. Often, one hears the phrase deleted scenes, and thinks, This is the stuff that wasn’t good enough to make it in. That’s far from the case in The Great Bazaar and Other Stories; all the material here has the same high level of quality found in the novel.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars good short stories
I enjoyed the stories alas they were to short and I read the book in a couple hours and I like to read slow taking in each story imagining the place, time and people in my mind
Published 13 months ago by rona
5.0 out of 5 stars Great world building fill in the gap in the main story
You would want to have more. The three main books are massive on their own, but the world is much bigger. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Zveron
5.0 out of 5 stars I always wondered...
I loved reading about Abban and how he procured the map to Anoch Sun. I really like Abban and the dynamic he brings to this series.
Published 19 months ago by Tyler S
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful series
Both me and my 17 year old son read this series. He read them first and then recommended them to me. We both loved them!
Published 22 months ago by nincin
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Side Story
Peter Brett's writing is always engaging and fun, and this is a nice short side story that gives you yet another glimpse of Arlen's life before the major events in Desert Spear. Read more
Published on May 10, 2013 by Ari
4.0 out of 5 stars Warded Man Bonus!
Desperate for more of the series, I purchased the digital copies of both of Brett's novellas. This first one was a brief collection. Read more
Published on March 14, 2013 by Yolanda S. Bean
3.0 out of 5 stars The great bazaar
Short, nothing really new or astounding but not bad. Though not as interesting as the GRRM Dunk and Egg stories.
Published on March 4, 2013 by Monty Sauder
4.0 out of 5 stars Good additonal info
This one is a good short story that fills in some blanks and keeps me satisfied until the next book!
Published on August 13, 2012 by Kindle Customer
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Raised on a steady diet of fantasy novels, comic books, and Dungeons & Dragons, Peter V. Brett ("Peat" to his friends) has been writing fantasy stories for as long as he can remember. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Art History from the University at Buffalo in 1995, and then spent over a decade in pharmaceutical publishing before returning to his bliss. He lives in Brooklyn.

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It is now available as a UK eBook as well! Sorry for the delay, there was some red tape to cut through.
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