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Peter V. Brett Books In Order

Publication Order of Demon Cycle Books

The Warded Man (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Desert Spear (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Brayan's Gold (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Daylight War (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Messenger's Legacy (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Skull Throne (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Demon Cycle Collections

The Great Bazaar and Other Stories (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Graphic Novels

Red Sonja: Unchained (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle


He is describing himself as a good citizen of the United States, famous for not having a criminal record, brown-eyed and black-haired “Peat” to his friends, born on February 8, 1973, in New Rochell, New York. His known relative is his daughter, Cassandra, with whom he lives in Brooklyn, NY. His name is Peter V. Brett and he is a fantasy novelist.

Peat is generously influenced by The Hobbit and X-Men #162, for the latter being grateful to his older brother of leaving the copy unintentionally within reach. Writing grabs him in high school. The endeavor leads him to the University at Buffalo, where he studies not only English Literature and Art History to obtain his BA, but also dragons, the sport of fencing, and… girls, as he himself advises. He manages a comic shop for a short period of time afterwards. For more than a decade, he worked in the field of pharmaceutical publications before devoting to full-time creative writing.

Everyone wants a “piece of an action”, knowing Brett’s constantly moving fiction world, but before having an idea of any movie rights under discussion, his books live their own lives.

The idea of a “piece of an action” stems from his Demon Cycle envisioning six novels, and standalone novellas: The Warded Man (or The Painted Man) and The Desert Spear, as well as The Daylight War. The Core builds on the laid foundations of the previous books and constitutes the climax of the main series with ending the storylines of Arlen, Rojer, Leesha, etc., while outside the main series a standalone novel comes to the fore, sharing the main characters. The pending question “Who is the Deliverer?” falls into the readers’ assessment.

The novellas The Great Bazaar and Brayan’s Gold are released between novels.

It is The Warded Man that as Brett’s debut novel counts for some 450 pages. The story of demons interacts with people’s lifetime experience until the moment when the Deliverer, and all mankind furnished with magic wards prove successful in an epic war against the demons. Rather not! The Coreling demons are back. The magic wards are lost in the course of the legend, never to have them regained, but a few. Separate lives, two boys and a girl fuse to challenge the unbeatable beyond the protection of the wards. An aspect of Brett’s style specific characteristics is his coming-of-age approach for all of his protagonists. He develops his characters, walking miles of their lives in their shoes, considering the events that change and shape their views. It is also in The Warded Man that Brett’s coming-of-age pattern brings the readers in a process of observing the evolution of the characters and identifying with their choices. This creates a pro-active involvement in the common challenge to find solutions in complex situations. The flavor of the different cultures and environments painted in the epic penetrate its colorful world.

In the Desert Spear an interesting concept is launched of the demons, not always acting only according to their basic instincts. Brett’s, conceiving his magic paradigm, finds the place of “smart” demons at the top of their hierarchy. It is a provocation to the reader to pull the acts of the villains into the skin of empathy. The emotional business in the book is of particular interest as well, as a reflection of real-life relationships that are complicated and can evolve. In that respect, some of Brett’s evocations gain him the reputation of being one of the darkest fantasy writers. He elaborates on that as having the ambition to strike a fair, realistic tone and approach. And he promises to add even more POV characters in the series, as well as encode more complications in the protagonists, Inevera for example.

There are nuances and ingredients of the traditional fantasy settings in Brett’s epics, but he challenges with a broader range of landscapes and cultures. The Krasian references in The Desert Spear and The Daylight War paint a rich culture of antagonists carrying their sins, but firmly striving for saving the world. Brett believes that line is a silver thread in today’s world behavior for which we are inclined to demonize people we’ve never met.

Brett confesses that he dreams of being a comic writer before he starts writing novels. He compares his dreams as being similar to becoming an astronaut or sheriff for a day. His consolidated one-shot comic Red Sonja: Blue is a materialization of the dream. Brett admits that in a fight between Red Sonja and Spider-Man his preference goes to the latter as he proves to be fully resistant to female manipulators. On Wednesdays Brett goes to a comic shop in Manhattan that he promotes to search for new releases. He reveals that elaborating on a comic needs the synergy of the storytelling skills for a screenplay and the angle and shot considerations how to put the story on the exact number of panel pages to make it have its particular beat. The comics writing influences his Demon Cycle, building the chapters as complete stories with their culmination that is leading to the next chapter. The visual effect also stamps his prose images.

Brett likes saying his epics are not to be squeezed into movies as the latter avoid protracted story and character builds.

He is a perfectionist to the level of obsession.

A message he delivers with his works is that people and stories are never as simple as they may seem.

He is eager to attend, at least once a year, an international science fiction and fantasy convention.

In Poland he finds some of his most devoted followers.

He exploits social media for quick responses to interact with his dedicated audience that, sometimes, can have a Demon Cycle piece tattooed on their arms.

Brett would pick his Gared Cutter character to fight on his side in a bar quarrel.

He loves writing on the train, like on the F train Brooklyn direction. As there is almost no Internet signal on the New York subway network, Brett turns off from the digital connections to go writing while traveling.

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