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[ Read Online The Skull Throne ↠´ young-adult-historical-fiction PDF ] by Peter V. Brett ↠´ 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 Each Other 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 About The Fate Of The Missing Men, But She, Too, Has Disappeared Oh man Oh man I just can tOh manshall weman I can tfuck it let s do this If you haven t figured out by now that there are spoilers in my reviews then there is no hope for you Should we start with the Deliverers and their reflective crews Good Glad you agree So despite the fact that everyone and their alagai wanted to know what happened after the world s best exit, it is pretty obvious that this book wasn t about them But it was still interesting to see how their relationship evolved One time ajin pals turned hated enemies Then a fight to the death leading to an alliance of sorts Hell of a whirlwind bromance It was mostly from Jardirs POV and his reaction to Arlens story was perfect The grief at what his friend had been through at his hands and the pride and admiration at how his brother had survived Every moment was brilliant Then there s the plan itself Kidnapping a mind and marching to the core Insane, audacious and fantastic So they lay in wait at Anoch Sun, witness the literal shitting on the bodies of the Kajis men and here I thought it was a turn of phrase when Jardir said it My mistake Peter and baited a trap in the tomb of the man himself The ensuing battle was awesome Jardir fighting his way out of a solid floor was particularly cool and it ended with Renna misting away and killing every demon between them and escape After killing a mimic of course All in all they took up a much smaller portion than you d expect But it s definitely obvious that the final book will be heavily centred on these two Oh and there may have been two other Krasians there Maybe Now we delve into Everams Bounty Given that it s called The Skull Throne, you d be right in assuming most of the action is centred here First we start with Ashia A character who, if she has been in previous books, I did not pay attention to Boy was I wrong We get a quick glimpse into her past Forced into the Dama ting palace but denied the chance to become dama ting So what does she and her sisters do They train with one of the greatest sharusahk masters 20 hours a day for years, becoming some of the most dangerous people on earth Like a boss She s head of the personal guard for the Damajah and is married to a gay guy who is in love with her brother Yeah you read that right And the Damajah is trying to keep a crumbling army together while her two sons get into a dick swinging contest over who takes the throne Jayan, the eldest, displays his usual tactic of swinging it so hard, it flys off and takes his own eye out While Asome is subtle and uses his to pick the lock to the throne.
I m going to abandon the dick swinging metaphor now I regret using it But not enough to rewrite the last part And all the while Abban is doing his best to keep his own kingdom together at the same time as keeping the other one together Because let s face it Abban comes first Any of his wives could tell you that All the pettiness and jealousy that pervaded Krasian life before Jardir united then under his banner came rushing back and took the Krasians to the brink of implosion After a bit of domestic terrorism, funded by the Duchess Mother no less, Abban and Jayan are sent to take Laketown And while they are gone, Asome works his wiles to get in position to take the throne Making himself and his brothers stronger and gaining the friendship of his wife In the course of a few awesome water battles, Jayan manages to do the wrong thing most of the time and still comes out alive Thanks mostly to Abban and his crew But he doesn t make a complete mess of things Takes the docks and ships Encountered a truly unique little boy but on him later All in all a good time was had by all Krasians Until he gets it into his head to take his army and attack Angiers Because that was stupid Even for this crazy, cyclops Yeah, he lost an eye at his wedding Didn t I mention that Now while all this is happening, Asome is maneuvering into position He s getting the dama out into the night Killing demons and getting stronger He s letting people see him as a leader He s even getting into his wife s good side Yeahinto Asome is planning a coup Will be be successful Tune in next time to find out.
Let s take a break and see what the pale faces are up to Now here we see Leesha and Rojer doing what they do Leesha is doing her best to solve her baby daddy drama It s no secret that I didn t like this person in the last two books She went from being awesome to worse than stupid But here she came back Organising the healers.
Teaching them advanced healing.
Experimenting with warded soldiers.
Telling her mother she s an old whore Awesomer.
Her love for Thamos was good to see After jumping from Arlen to Ahmann and back again, it was nice to see her happy But it could not last At the moment he asked her to marry, she told him the truth And it all went heartbreakingly downhill And while she was dealing with a failed romance, Rojer was dealing with the man who ruined his life and killed his friend But while that is daunting, his wives provide much neededrelief This is probably my favourite part of the series The growing relationship between him and his wives The learning about each other and the happiness they find sob I can twe ll get there So if you thought two wives was enough, apparently giving blood to a dying woman makes you married So he ends up with three Kendall being added to his life in a memorable time in the bath But the happiness could not last The whole group was summoned to Angiers to get Gared married Nothing good ever happens in Angiers Nothing The journey was rather uneventful Apart from Thamos being the embodiment of a great leader and protecting the helpless, Leesha being lured off the road by Arlen who wasn t Arlen but a mimic resulting in Thamos charging to the rescue All in allstandard Thesan journey So we get to Angiers It starts off rather well The boys go hunting and then they go HUNTING And Rhinebeck manages to act like both a dick and a pussy Which is impressive in a way And Thamos, I must say I didn t like him in book 3 But he is such a great guy in this that I feel bad hewe ll get there too Next we visit the place where Rojer spent most his childhood A brothel Is it worrying I wasn t surprised by that While we are there we see another touching scene between Rojer and Amanvah, are introduced to a Weed Gatherer and meet the future Baroness Cutter So I walk into this whore house, titties everywhere and this girl asks to see my dick And that, kids, is how I met your mother Yes He met his soon to be wife in a brothel But let s be honest he isn t exactly a paragon of virtue And she s sharp as a whip I see good things for these two Partially because neither are important enough to kill But then againBrett But rich white people love their balls, so even though Gared knows who he wants, they go through the whole song and dance He ignores every simpering sycophant in the room until she walks in, and then ignores everyone but her Everyone is angry at having been robbed of the chance to marry into a Barons family except Jasin who knew exactly who she was While Leesha and Thamos were having a quickie in the corridor followed by a meeting with a wonderfully intriguing boy called Briar, Rojer and his wives were being attacked en route to his rooms by none other than Secondsong It would have been the fiddle wizards endif not for the fact that his bodyguard was a Sharum and he was married to a warrior princess no not Xena and an assassin Coliv killed most before being cut down himself, Amanvah and Sikvah handled the rest and Rojer, he killed Jasin with his own two hands And that was when the guards found them So despite the fact that a big ass group attacked four people, who gets arrested The guy holding the knife Political bullshit.
Ok now this is where the stories converge In the aftermath of the ball, Thamos was ordered by Rhinebeck to attack the Krasian army at Laketown.
Thamos attacked.
Thamos fought Jayan.
Thamos died.
It was then, at the urging of a dama ting, that he marched on Angiers And Briar left for Angiers with a note from Thamos to Leesha I forgive you Dammit but this book stabbed me in the heart Briar A little boy who is somehow half Krasian and half Thesan Who, as the dama says, outran the Sharum in Laketown, went up against a sharusahk master and lived and attacks demons as calmly as most people visit the privy Delivers are not born They are made Well wellBack to Jayan He sends a messenger first Bearing Thamos head This was swiftly followed by the messenger trying to kill everyone in the room He did a damn good job at it too Would ve succeeded if not for Leesha and her meddling wand This leaves Angiers surrounded by an army of Sharum Various types of them Veterans, noobs, reverse coconuts, the whole lot And Rojer has a great view from his tower jail cell But he s not alone Sikvah is there too Just hanging around Things rapidly come to a head The quickest political marriage between the only surviving son of the Angiers family and the ugly duckling from Miln results in the Milnese contingent coming to battle But before the glorious charge, Amanvah gets sent to the same cell as her husband A friend for the end of the world right So the Sharum charge the city They jump climb the walls and the gates are broken Thousands of warriors from the most dangerous army in the land, run screaming at about four hundred Miln soldiers And they get blown apart Yes That s right Miln has guns GAMECHANGER BITCHES This is a whole other level Not only is the Krasian army routed, but the secrets of fire have been put to use With the army gone, Jayan loses control of Hasik The disgraced warrior kills Jayan and then kidnaps Abban Making him totally fucked By a eunuch no less And while all this shit was going down, Jasins uncle thought this was the perfect time to send a team of killers after Rojer It went as well as you could expect Assassin brides and what not But then something terrible happened They tried to kill Amanvah And Rojer did the only thing he could He threw himself in front of his wife and took the blade Rojer is deadWHERE ARE MY TEAR BOTTLES I refused to believe it I could not WOULD NOT But they carried his body out The world became a little less happier Less bright His last request for his wives to keep singing will haunt me We will miss you fiddler.
Things went quickly after that The wives killed the uncle, Leesha snuck them out and they all went back to the Hollow Keeping Up With The Krasians pt 2Ok so after the aftermath of the colossal cluster fuck that was the assault on Angiers, the ramifications for The Skull Throne were huge The dama ting that tricked Jayan into attacking the city, was working with the dama ting who got her hand fucked up by going against Inevera as a child I call her Claw So Claw and her lover got Jayan killed with the intention of killing Inevera and taking the throne with Asome Epic fail Inevera killed them both but not before Asome killed his uncle and his dama brothers killed the tribe leaders assuming leadership Except Aleverak That wily, one armed bastard killed his challenger and went toe to toe with Asome He died But damn did this guy earn your respect At that moment Asomes lover tried to kill his wife but that didn t end well For him Ashia killed him in front of Asome and fled to the Damajah More violence ensued and people died at Ashias hands And at the end of the day, Inevera sits beside her son as he becomes Shar Darma Ka And finally, the Deliverers get the mind demon into the tower and spend months trying to get him to talk Except he can t talk Until he takes a Krasian mouth puppet Pleasantries were exchanged Chronology corrected And a threat was delivered There will be swarm Holy shit What a book Easily the best one so far, continuing the trend Like everyone else, I wanted the majority to be about Arlen and Jardir But like a child, I didn t know what I really wanted, which was an epic book And Brett delivered what was needed An in depth look at the politics underpinning the Krasian empire and the tenuous relations holding Thesa together Key points Amanvah, Sikvah and Leesha are all pregnant The dama hold almost total control of Krasia Briar is an amazing young man read his story in The Messengers Legacy The Unifiers have no plans to return to the world anytime soonI don t know about you but I lost my shit reading this PVB took us on one hell of a ride one I was not prepared for I cannot imagine what is going to go down in the next book But one thing is for sure It is going to be legend wait for itPRE REVIEWSo here we are 4 5 Over half way in The Demon Cycle To most people this would be time to answer a few questions Right a few wrongs All the while whetting the readers whistle for the grand finale But does PV Brett play by the rules Does he f That is something we ve all figured out On this journey we ve seen Arlen walk a terrible path alone, almost loosing his humanity, only to have it truly returned by Renna We have witnessed Rojer come into his own as a jongleur, then as a man and most recently as a husband to two wives Brave man.
And we saw Leesha get progressively idiotic There have been many other struggles as well.
Renna fighting back against a lifetime of abuse to stand tall in the night next to her spouse Gared learning to think with his empty skull instead of his bulging breeches Jardir, Inevera and Abban realising that in spite of all the hatred and adultery, they are particularly suited to one another.
And then, in all his wisdom, PV Brett brings the two leaders together Do they set aside their differences to save man kind Does one cede to the other Do they try for a partnership No Instead HE THROWS THEM OFF A GODDAMN CLIFF Never before has there been such an ending to a book and I have no idea where he s gonna go The title suggests electrum will play a part in the book as they coated The Skull Throne with it towards the end if no.
3 in order to increase its power But that was before Jardir became a desert pancake.
Even if he does survive, which he has to being the mind hunter, it will be a while before he s fighting fit Unless he learns to mist out as I like to call it But that would make the whole end scene of no.
3 a giant middle finger to the readers So I m thinking while he s out for the time being Arlen will wreak a little havoc amongst the Krasians, some of whom are starting to see HIM as the deliverer And while that s going on, Leesha and Inevera are going to have issues over Leesha s baby daddy But they are zhaven so we will see what goes down there Rojer, as always, will remain on the periphery amusing us as always while Abban works his intrigues between meals of pork and anal intercourse Then when we reach the end of The Skull Throne, and we are torn between the desire to bask in awe, shred the book in rage, or laugh in shock at where he s taken us, there is one thing that s for certain PV Brett will have once again raised the game that he himself created, 3.
5 5 StarsThe Skull Throne is a good penultimate installment to the Demon Cycle series.
When you re playing a video game, especially role playing games, usually before the final boss you re going to do every side quests before you proceed to finish the game These side quests are usually important for character developments, info on the world building, and gaining all the necessary weapons and power to make the confrontation in the end either easier or satisfying The Skull Throne encapsulated this situation.
This book doesn t have a lot of main plot development, almost everything in it is just a setup for the final entry in the series, at least that s how I see it I m mostly okay with this storytelling direction, especially when the beginning and the last section of the book was really well written The last section of this book in particular is the best in the series so far Also, almost every character s development made sense and the most important thing, only one flashback chapter Yes, you heard that right, only one flashback chapter on a new character, Aisha, and I have to admit that it was great Do note the word almost because every positive thing in this book doesn t revolve around Leesha, at least not for me.
The middle section was where it fell short for me, because of again, Leesha I honestly don t know what Brett is trying to achieve with her character here, her development is too different and illogical compared to how she started in the first book I hope I don t sound like a broken record here but Leesha s character development truly hurt the quality of the series for me, it s been that way since the second book, and it s still the same here There s around two hundred pages of soap opera drama in the middle that provide close to zero importance to the main plot By soap opera, I seriously mean that the story revolves around who get to marry who, who get to fuck who, who get to bang Leesha from behind and left their sperm dropped to the floor It s been this way ever since the second book, it got worse in the third book, eased down a bit here but it s still the same situation.
Anyone who followed my reviews would know that I have a reading pace of around 150 200 pages each day even during weekdays where I have a full time job to attend to The first and the last 150 pages of this book both took me a day to read, but the remaining 300 pages in the middle took me five days to read because it bored me.
Leesha started to redeem herself at the end of this book, which is good, but I can t deny the feeling that this series could ve been cut down into four book instead of five in culmination up to now, there s at least 600 pages of unnecessary content that hurt the quality of the series for me.
That said, every other character, especially Rojer, received much better treatment when it come to their development Also, even though the true main characters doesn t have a lot of spotlight due to plot reason, and there s a few demon fighting, Brett has provided something that has been missing for me ever since the second book, a sense of danger for the character I do, however, hope that the last book would make the demons scarier because right now, everyone is practically superhuman and the demons are a joke.
The Skull Throne is another good installment in the Demon Cycle series, in my opinion it s still a better book compared to The Daylight War, but it still fall short in comparison to Brett s amazing debut I can t wait to heed the call of the Core because with this book, everything has been setup for the big conclusion All that remains is to see whether Brett could deliver the conclusion that this series deserves or not, and I m going to find out about it soon You can find this and the rest of my Adult Epic High Fantasy and Sci Fi reviews at Booknest Certainly this book frustrated me on a number of occasions, and the use of terminology and naming conventions grated, but I enjoyed reading it Peter V Brett remains an author high on my to read list I may not like all the choices he has made with his books, but I respect his decisions and try to see and enjoy the story he wants to tell, even if it is not the story I thought I wanted His work continues to improve in complexity, characterisation and style, and it is worth reading.
I m left feeling like the bulk of important things that happened in this book happened in the last couple hundred pages There certainly were key things before then, but wow, there some major events right up to the very end Lots of action, plotting, quests for power Pretty much, it was war And with that can come unpredictability and changes that will impact everything else yet to come.
Without giving away the why and the how of it, the second half of the novel deals directly with the clash of cultures and the battle over ideas It s epic, it s violent, and it s filled with betrayals than you can count Despite what you might be thinking after the first half, especially given the size of the book, this is not just an attempt to pad the story and squeeze out another book Big stuff happens here Important stuff Crucial stuff Up until now, the fate of mankind has rested almost solely on the shoulders of Jardir and Arlen, but no longer We ll have to wait and see what the true consequences of this book will be, but the world we re left with at the end is not the one our heroes began fighting for Sadly, we ll be a few heroes and villains short going into the last book, but those wounds are far too fresh for me to even dance around, much less tease or spoil All I will say is that these are not cheap deaths they happen on the page, in full view of the reader, and they re as horrible and heartbreaking as you could possibly fear or hope.
Ironically, for a book where the demons take a back seat to the evils of man, those very same demons are the one flaw in the story for me We ll have to wait and see how Brett develops what he started here, but I m a bit uncomfortable with how he shifted them from monsters to enemies The Skull Throne lets us inside their heads, and I think that takes away from the awe and the terror Having said that, there s a throwaway line towards the end the really intrigued me, leaving me to wonder how he ll reconcile history and mythology in the final book but you ll just have to read it for yourself.
Are Arlen Bales and Jardir dead or just missing Who will step up to fill the power vacuum left in Jardir s absence And what of Leesha Paper and the child inside her, or Rojer Half Grip and his ever growing group of wives And what of Count Thamos All of these questions and will be answered in the penultimate volume of the Demon Cycle, The Skull Throne I got this from Netgalley.
After the wreckage that was the Daylight War, I decided nabbing an ARC was the only way I cared to continue the series Fortunately, I got my wish Was it worth the time That s hard to say In many ways, I thought this was A Feast for Crows for the series Why do I say that Arlen and Jardir are barely in it Once the cliffhanger from the last installment is resolved, I d say they barely get 50 pages total The rest of the book is split between the Krasians, Leesha and Rojer, and what s going on in Angiers.
While it didn t focus on Arlen and Jardir, what we did get was better than the Daylight War Maybe not having to experience Arlen and Renna s fake seeming relationship actually perked up the story a bit I do like where the book seems to be heading for the conclusion of the saga, though Too bad we get barely a taste of that in this volume, though.
My two main gripes with the series as a whole are that it seems to have been Martinized after the first book in that a lot of extraneous characters have been introduced and some of the existing ones have been detailed to an excruciating degree Also, when the main character is the least charismatic of the bunch, you have problems While I like Arlen in a DD character sort of way, I don t really find him very interesting.
I m giving this a 3 since I liked it than the Daylight War but didn t like it like it.
04 17 2016Another year has passed I tried to make this book last forever because I know the next is still a long time coming I finished today though, and I need time to process what just happened 04 06 2015Almost two years to the day since this original post and I must say, I AM SOOO EXCITED to see all the 4 and 5 star reviews that keep popping up I am starting this on Wednesday, and I CAN T WAIT 04 05 2013Just finished The Daylight War now I wait The first book of this series was good The main character was someone you could root for The story was unique and interesting The world and magic were interesting and readers got to follow the main character doIng interesting things I m not sure what made the author decide politics, particularly politics of some quasi islamic, closed minded, hateful culture, was what made the series worth reading, but he certainly commited to that idea in a big way With the latest book, I find myself skipping chapter after chapter to find a story about characters I care about Sadly Rojer, Leesha, Inerva, what ever the fuk all the other fanatic characters are called, are not those characters The bits about Arlen are good, the general arc is good, the remaining 80% is not good Frustration would sum up my feelings for this book, for a good story squandered The author seems to be following the path of George R Martin, make some interesting characters and ignore them I would generously give this book two stars since I skipped most of it because there is a good story in there somewhere.
Two stars and let it be known that I am beyond caring Truly Therefore, dear Reader, if you are after a review stop right now, this ent a review, this is a rant And full of spoilers Spoilers first view spoiler It was obvious that Thamos will die from the moment he sticked Leesha so I cannot say I was overly surprised hide spoiler Reviewed by Rabid Reads Spoilers from previous books and minor spoilers from this one Peter V Brett s DEMON CYCLE began with a truly excellent first installment, but it s been all downhill from there.
I ve been struggling with a feeling since about midway through book 2, but I ve been reluctant to give it voice b c it would mean admitting that once upon a time I watched soap operas.
Not of my own volition I spent a lot of time with one of my grandmothers who watched them, and then later I had a babysitter who watched the same ones, and, well, I watched them too.
This series feels a lot like a soap opera.
An aging beauty sleeps with her in the bloom of her youth daughter s ex betrothed whose father was the one who got away, except not really, b c despite marrying someone else, she kept sleeping with him too.
Beautiful Daughter falls alternately for two men who were once like brothers, but who are now archenemies, becoming pregnant by one, but refusing to marry him and become wife 15 , and in an attempt to protect her child and her reputation , she falls into bed with handsome new royal in town with the intent of passing the child off as his, but, wonder of wonders, she falls in love with Duke, and can t bear beginning their life together on a lie bangs head against wall Honestly, if that was my only complaint, I could ve handled it It would ve kept the series from my favorites list, but drama in fiction it s inevitable.
But there s also the virtual disappearance of 1 MC from this installment, so there still hasn t been sufficient page time with him and his brand new that came out of nowhere wife for me to used to the idea.
Then there s what I m forced to conclude aren t significant headaches that for some reason warrant mention every time our focus is on Leesha, as well as her bladder requirements, b c why waste time with plot developments when you can consistently fill up page space with everyday bodily functions But what finally made me call it quits was view spoiler Thamos getting killed hide spoiler I am one of the fortunate few who has gotten to read the manuscript pre publication I will not say anything other than that Brett continues to get better with each book, and you are all in for a treat The Skull Throne is his best work yet.