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The Core Audiobook

The Core: The Demon Cycle, Book 5

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Publisher's Summary

Sunday Times and New York Times best-selling author Peter V. Brett brings one of the most imaginative fantasy sagas of the 21st 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.

©2017 Peter V. Brett (P)2017 Harper Collins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"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." (Tor.com)

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    "Generally enjoyable"

    A good, enjoyable read. Annoying conveniences and the author labouring to explain away contradictions to what we've been taught are the laws of his universe detract from the enjoyment at times. However, this is nevertheless a pleasing end to the series. Recommended.

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    An excellent finale. Fifteen words needed apparently a a a a a a a a.

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    "Fantastic with the wait"

    Brett has out done himself this time I love this series of books , the Painted man or the Warded Man depending on the release , was one of my first audio books, Peter V Brett instantly became one of my favourite Authors
    I was hooked on the series so if your reading this and you haven't Read or listened to the painted man then stop reading & go buy it , this is a great instalment a great lister Colin Mace does a great job bringing all these loved characters to life , the personalities in this series are endless , you will wince, laugh out loud , cry , meet the despicable the truly evil the kind and the Brave , I could go on all day so just read list this book/ series it is awesome.

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    "only sad thing is you want more, "

    great end to a great series listened to the whole thing I a week brilliant, Colin mace bring these characters to life..

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    "Why did it have to end!!"

    Well it's finally over, been following this series for God knows how long now! and I'm really sad it's done, enjoyed the final book, felt the ending was a little weak but it rounds it off well. hoping there will be some spinoffs of a few other characters that I feel need a far more info, like the children and the Prince of lies that had so much build up and emphasis put on them through this book but nothing was answered!! fingers crossed

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    "one of the best series i have ever read.."

    All four books have been outstanding i was unable to stop listening if it was not for sleep i would have..

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    Kamal 04/11/2017
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    wonderful story, loved it. I would recommend this series of books to all who love fantasy, it's a great read and an epic story.

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    Wonderful end to a great series of books! I just hope ,this is not the last we see of the marvellous world Peter v Brett has created.

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    This is one of my best audiobooks to listen too. I love all The Painted Man story’s . From the first book to current book The Core to listen to. I hope the author will write a next new book.
    Please do not stop writing any more of these stories.

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    MD 08/02/2018
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    "Enjoyable fan fiction"

    Firstly, I did enjoy this book. The world building of this series is unique and exciting so if you liked the other books you will enjoy a return to this world. Keeping this in mind is key to enjoying this book. There are a lot of events that are enjoyable enough in isolation but could happen in any order or be ignored completely and wouldn’t change the story.
    It's a big 'sandbox' adventure, if you like the sand its great but don't expect any cohesion.

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    "worth the wait"

    I thought it would disappoint but it delivered on all counts. A fantastic series that I will surely enjoy reading again and again.

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    "amazing!"

    one of the best books in the series, really kept me in the car while listning!

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  • Trevis Jervis
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    "Loved this series and audiobook did it immense justice"

    Waited years for this finale and the audiobook does what they do best, bring an unparalleled level of realism and atmospheric magic. Thank you Peter for seeing it through and I'm eagerly awaiting your next venture. Ripping Core-Spawn of a conclusion, and an ending that leaves room for more in Ala-verse!

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  • Leszek
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    "Satysfying and entertaining.Time well spent."

    Excellent addition to a verystrong cycle.Captivating storytelling from start to finish that gives the main chatacters and their interwoven fates the scale and justice they deserve.The world of Alla and its dark depths come to life trough Peter Brett's words. Offering a satysfying conclusion and teasing the prospect of more tales yet to come.

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  • Helen Foster-Turner
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    "An excellent conclusion brilliantly read!"

    Given the time and place it is not surprising that there are times when this feels like one long series of fight sequences but it is a very worthy book. My biggest challenge where listening were getting enough time without interruptions to keep up with all that was going on.

    I don't think you could read this book without having followed the series but if you have you are in for a treat.

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  • Michael
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    "Awesome book - below average narrator "

    Great series of books awesome author the other books I have are read by someone else, I found this book really hard to follow due to the way the Narrator spoke I’ve listened to the other books 2/ 3 times each and know the names/ story pretty well but I struggled with the names with this guy.

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