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The Core

The Demon Cycle, Book 5
Narrated by: Colin Mace
Series: The Demon Cycle, Book 5
Length: 30 hrs and 23 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (452 ratings)

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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

Critic Reviews

"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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  • Ben
  • 30-10-2017

Excellent series!

I've never been a big fan of fantasy but this series is amazing! I hope the author does another book in the series because I feel it still has legs for another book. I cannot recommend this series more highly.

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Luke Ian Robertson

It is sad that the journey is over.
I hope, nay, desire this 'universe' to be expanded upon.

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overall good

The storey was boring to begin with. But the ending was good. The narrator was excellent. The series as a whole was really good.

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Thrilling and exciting

the best book I've ever read, almost put me in tears at the end.

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Best book and Narration

The final book was amazing. The author knows how to write an interesting world. Also big applause for Colin Mace narrating. An excellent job reading it out doing the voices.

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holy mother of God

I can't deal with just how amazing this ending is to this series. It's perfect in every way.

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Brilliant!

Loved every minute of it! Highly recommended the whole series! Narrative was perfect! If you are after a magical adventure these books are a definite winner.

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Fabulous

A satisfying end to a fabulous series. So many rich characters I can’t believe this will be the end!!

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Loved it!

This book was an awesome end to a great series read. It had me on the edge of my seat up until the final few moments of the story. Many threads have been left open for possible follow up series. Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys fantasy novels with a Game of Thrones flavour.

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It's so hard to pick which book was the best when they are all so good. So many goose bumps through the book

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  • Allen
  • 02-02-2018

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-01-2018

amazing!

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

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  • Trevis Jervis
  • 11-12-2017

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
  • 04-12-2017

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
  • 18-11-2017

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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  • Claus Aarup Rasmussen
  • 24-05-2019

awesome book and series

Cant wait for the next series. i heard the series in a few weeks.

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  • Enrique
  • 01-05-2019

An epic conclusion to a great series

This was amazing, the story was so well planed. I wish there was a next one.

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  • ari
  • 03-11-2018

This is a spectacular series, great ending

The trails this book goes through, both in the storyline, the way you grow with the book and characters, and the the way it is written, is by itself and adventure. WOW, what a ride!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-08-2019

Good story, bad word

The story itself is an amazing piece of art, However from the start I was not a fan of the idea that the only supernatural /fantasy creatures in the world were demons.

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  • Michael
  • 29-10-2017

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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  • Tom
  • 18-02-2018

Dissapointing end to a series that petered out.

The first two books in this series were AMAZING, yet from there it's all really fallen apart.

Oversexualised, ridiculous character directions, lazy deus-ex solutions epitomised by an awful ending that was beyond lazy. I forced myself to read this as the reviews were more positive than books 3 and 4 and it is a better book, but that's not difficult.

Colin Mace continues to do a great job.

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  • peter
  • 11-12-2017

A disappointing end to a series

The painted man series started with great characters and a good pace. A pity then that the author chose to kill one of the three main characters in the fourth book and then drag out the story into a fifth book. It would have been better as a faster paced trilogy rather than a five book series that you just wanted to have an end to.

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  • Jon Lymposs
  • 06-12-2017

So disappointed

First listened to the painted man read by ,peter Joyce ,and
Then the second book in the series some years ago. Absolutely loved them..totally engrossed
10 stars all if I could .....
From then on the story seemed to lose its way as ( it seemed to me ) The Author stretched the story to make 5 novels.
Nevertheless I was excited when the Core arrived....
Sadly I just couldn’t get into it at all . The characters I’d grown to
Love , just didn’t exist any more ..
I very poor ending to a story which showed such early promise.



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  • John
  • 05-11-2017

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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  • jimbob21
  • 01-11-2017

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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  • Darren
  • 09-02-2019

Are you kidding me?????

I have followed this series and like some others I was impressed at first but this has to be the most lazy ending to any book I've ever read/listened too. It's as if Mr Brett sat down to complete his Magnum Opus and then his mother said he couldn't go out to play with his friends until he had finished writing his book. It might as well just ended with the sentence "and they all lived happily ever after." It rattles along nicely and then just ends. I can't decide wether it was a four book build up to an ending or no build up at all. Very disappointed

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-02-2019

2 books too many

Needs more of the coring deliverers. There is far to much padding with stories that go no where like Elisas mum having a kid, ragons wife injuring her leg. 30 hour book with what it feels like only 2 hours spent in the core with the best characters. Then to end it all the way it does, it has no pay off at all. Life lesson learned - if it's a series of books read reviews of the last book first to make sure it doesn't start to drag

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  • Kamal
  • 04-11-2017

A fantastic read


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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  • steven laing
  • 19-10-2017

Great story

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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  • neil
  • 23-04-2019

Any chance of an ending?

What happened? Full developed novel after four excellent ones preceding and then....?????? Cheap. Disrespectful to readers

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