Barren by Peter V. Brett


New York Times bestselling author Peter V. Brett returns to his groundbreaking Demon Cycle series with this enthralling novella—the latest story set in his much-loved fantasy world.Each night, the world is overrun by bloodthirsty demons. For centuries, humanity survived only by hiding behind defensive wards—magical symbols with the power to repel the demons. Now, the rediscovery of long-forgotten combat wards has given them the magic they nee...

Details Barren

Release DateSep 25th, 2018
PublisherHarper Voyager
GenreFantasy, Magic, Fiction, Epic Fantasy

Reviews Barren

  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    Review first posted on Fantasy Literature (along with two of my co-reviewers' 3.5 star reviews):Notwithstanding the publicity materials for this novella, I’m here to say that Barren is not, in fact, a particularly satisfactory entry point for the DEMON CYCLE series. (I’ll also attest to the fact that I found the dialect, especially the repeated use of the word “ent” for “ain’t,” annoying.) I’m a complete newbie to the series, but ...
  • Terence
    Tibbet's Brook has embraced the arrival of the fighting wards. The Brook has formed a militia and many of the town's elders have reaped the rewards of magic by growing younger once more. Selia Square, the woman known as Barren, is one such woman. The return of her youth has rekindled many parts of her. Selia seeks love in the arms of a young woman while trying to protect the Brook from the coming demon swarm.Barren was an interesting story that r...
  • Marc Rasp
    I really enjoyed this novella. We get to journey back to Tibet’s Brook and hear more of Selia’s tale and how she never gives up helping the town. I’ve enjoyed all of the novellas that have accompanied the Demon cycle. I personally think this is the best of them. I think it must be difficult writing a book that takes place in a world that doesn’t respect differences, much like our world, but Peat finds a way to do it in a way that works ou...
  • Amber
    I won an ARC of Barren in a fan art contest. I read the entire book in one sitting. It was incredible and I feel like I need some time to process everything that happened in such a small story. Barren has earned a place as one of two tiny blue novellas which are very close to my heart.
  • Jon Adams
    I missed this series. This is a great return.
  • Adron Buske
    The short version:If Little House on the Prairie existed in a grim world of nightly demon attacks, Barren’s Selia Square would be a venerable but beleaguered Laura Ingalls, protecting a rural community against a backdrop of social politics and persecution over her own sexuality.* * * * *Rating:I waver between 3 and 3.5 stars. I think a long-time fan of the Demon Cycle series will find much more to enjoy here. That said, it was still a compellin...
  • Leigh009
    Tired.......poor! Disgrace!An absolute disgrace to read this book in line with the other books. Money making drivel!! No proper plot, characters thin with no substance! Why DO author's do this?? Ruin perfectly fine stories by extending its draw! YOU have told the story! Move on to different pastures! You're ruining your hard earned reputation, from great books, to drivel!!DO NOT waste your time and money on this essay, marked at a D-! With a see ...
  • Melanie
    A nice return to Thesa, here. Mind blowing? No. Cool and easy to read? Yes. And in some ways, I found this more enjoyable than The Core.
  • Samuel Wood
    I received a free copy from HarperVoyager in exchange for an honest review.I've loved this world since I first picked up The Desert Spear of all books (made for an interesting experience, going back to read book one) and getting an opportunity like this to dig into the world and the minor characters that make it feel real, that people live in it, was amazing. Set during the messy business of the last couple books of the Demon Cycle, Barren focuse...
  • Craig Evans
    Dark, brutal and once again bloody brilliant! Pun intended! One of my all time favourite authors. Superb writing that’s a joy to read.
  • Rowen
    Short, but a lovely companion to the demon cycle, and answered a few questions I had as well as some I hadn't thought of
  • Marzie
    3.5 StarsUpon accepting to review this novella, I read the first two books in the Demon Cycle series to try to learn about the setting, the magic system, and frankly to gather my own thoughts about a series that I've seen alternately praised and reviled by readers as stunning but filled with violence, especially sexual violence. I can definitely say that The Painted/Warded Man and Desert Spear are violent books, with ample sexual violence (female...
  • Patrick St-Denis
    I continue to be way behind on my Peter V. Brett reading, with no excuse to offer to explain this. And now that the sequence is complete, I figure I will have to do something about this sooner rather than later. Still, having enjoyed all of the author's previous novellas, I was happy to give Barren a shot when I was offered an early read.If, like me, you are not up to date with Brett's Demon Cycle, keep in mind that this novella contains minor sp...
  • Shay
    Disclaimer: I received a free advance review copy of this title from the publisher.Structurally, the novella moves back and forth between Selia’s past, where she lives with her parents, and helps her mother run the local school, and the present where she serves as Speaker, and lives alone, but risks exposure to the community by taking up with a woman five decades her junior. Given the short length of the book, Selia is the only character who fe...
  • William Bentrim
    Barren by Peter V. BrettThis is a novella which surprisingly does not mean a small nova. If you have read any of my reviews you have to be aware that my sense of humor is an acquired taste. The book takes place as part of the Demon Cycle that is Brett’s bread and butter. Selia, the town speaker, is forced to defend both her body and her reputation as the demons demonstrate new threats. The author attacks preconceived notions on sexuality. He do...
  • Bob Reiss
    One of the problems with epic fantasy series is that as the story progresses and the world gets bigger, often the smaller tales slip through the cracks. In Barren, Brett brings us back into the world of his Demon Cycle and gives us a small glimpse at how the town that was the original home of Arlen Bales has progressed. Its great to return to this world and see look at how these characters have developed. Plus, plenty of demon killing action. Nar...
  • Tonya Nardi
    A nice addition to the series and it’s a pleasure to get Selia’s backstory but it seemed a little pat.
  • Allan van der Heiden
    This was a short but great add on to the painted man story. Peter V Brett can make many more of these side stories and they will all be great.