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Early life[ edit ] Peter Brett studied English Literature and Art History at the University at Buffalo , graduating in , after which he spent more than ten years working in the pharmaceutical publication field before writing full-time. He developed an interest in fantasy from an early age. These are powerful beings with magical abilities and differing elemental natures, and each night they emerge from the planet's core to feed on humans, who must take care to be indoors before dark. Against this backdrop the three main characters Arlen, Leesha, and Rojer, pass into maturity and begin individual quests to bring an end to the terror. One is Arlen Bales, formerly of a small hamlet who, after many hard lessons, has become the Warded Man so called because he has covered himself in demon-warding runes. Another contender is a desert warrior, a former friend and betrayer of Arlen, who carries a mystical spear stolen from Arlen and heads a vast army intent on a holy war against the demons and anyone else who stands in the way.
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Ragen and Arlen tied off the mules in front of the store and went inside. The bar was empty. Usually the air inside the taproom was thick with bacon fat, but there was no smell of cooking from the kitchen today. Arlen rushed ahead of the Messenger to the bar. Rusco had a small bronze bell there, brought with him when he came from the Free Cities. Arlen loved that bell. He slapped his hand down on it and grinned at the clear sound. There was a thump in the back, and Rusco came through the curtains behind the bar.
He was a big man, still strong and straight-backed at sixty, but a soft gut hung around his middle, and his iron-grey hair was creeping back from his lined forehead.
He wore light trousers and leather shoes with a clean white cotton shirt, the sleeves rolled halfway up his thick forearms. His white apron was spotless, as always. Can't stand to see a man prosper. Well, that's worth a drink on the house, if anything is. What did you say your name was? Rusco tapped a keg, and plucked a slatted wooden mug off a hook.
The ale was thick and honey coloured, and foamed to a white head on top of the mug. Rusco filled one for Ragen and another for himself. Then he glanced at Arlen, and filled a smaller cup.
He had snuck a taste of ale from his father's mug at festivals, but had never had a cup of his own. In the end, he asked me to take his route until the Guild could find another. I had to take a caravan of salt to Angiers anyway, so I added an extra cart and swung this way before heading back north.
I stopped going to Krasia a few years ago, when I married. Too far, and too dangerous. Ragen laughed. The dukes still bickering? Rhinebeck needs Miln's metal and salt. They have to trade to survive, but instead of making it easy on themselves, they spend all their time trying to cheat each other, especially when a shipment is lost to corelings on the road. Last summer, corelings hit a caravan of steel and salt. They killed the drivers, but left most of the cargo intact.
Rhinebeck retrieved it, and refused to pay, claiming salvage rights. He went red in the face, and swore Angiers wouldn't see another ounce of salt until Rhinebeck paid. Ragen shook his head. Rhinebeck is angry at them now, for giving in to Euchor, but his face was saved and the shipments were moving again, which is all that mattered to anyone other than those two dogs.
The boy? Both men laughed. I have contacts there. Rusco considered it dubiously. I gave Selia a copy of the list,' he warned. She volunteered you. Rusco snorted. And if you didn't get what you needed on Seventhday, you had to wait until the next week, or go door to door. Now everyone can come here, any day, any time from sunup to sundown, and trade for credits to get whatever else they need.
Rusco's eyes narrowed. There's plenty on the far side of town suffering worse than having to read the mail. They were both silent for a moment, as was decent, then looked up at each other as one. Ragen's eyes narrowed. Arlen scurried over to the lantern, picking up the striker. He lit the wick and lowered the glass reverently.
He had never been trusted to hold glass before. It was colder than he imagined, but quickly grew warm as the flame licked it. Arlen tried to contain his excitement. He had always wanted to see behind the bar. They said if everyone in the Brook put all their possessions in on pile, it would not rival the wonders of Hog's cellar.
He watched as Rusco pulled a ring on his floor, opening a wide trap. Arlen came forward quickly, worried old Hog would change his mind. He went down the creaking steps, holding the lantern high to illuminate the way. As he did, the light touched on stacks of crates and barrels from floor to ceiling, running in even rows stretching back past the edges of the light.
The floor was wooden to prevent corelings from rising directly into the cellar from the Core, but there were still wards carved into the racks along the walls. Old Hog was careful with his treasures. The storekeeper led the way through the aisles to the sealed barrels in the back.
He considered a moment, then chose at random. Rusco grunted and hauled out the barrel in question. Some people called his work easy, but his arms were as hard and thick as any that swung an axe or scythe.
He broke the seal and popped still be heard. Game pieces! I told them I'd trade the gold for a carved wood game set I had in the back, they thought I was doing them a favour! Ferd even came by the next day to thank me! Arlen felt like he should be offended by that laugh, but he wasn't quite sure why. He had played the Millers' game many times, and it seemed worth more than two metal disks, however shiny they might be. Rusco smiled. As the cloth flattened on the counter, more bright coins spilled out, along with chains and rings and ropes of glittering stones.
It was all very pretty, Arlen supposed, but he was surprised at how Ragen's eyes bulged and took on a covetous glitter. Again they haggled, Ragen holding the stones up to the light and biting the coins, while Rusco fingered the cloth and tasted the spices.
It was a blur to Arlen, whose head was spinning from the ale. Mug after mug came to the men from Catrin at the bar, but they showed no signs of being as affected as Arlen. What will become of her? With the money from this trip, she should have enough to get by for a time. She's young, though, and it will run out eventually unless she remarries or finds better work. My Guild brothers and I have sworn that. One of us will take her in as a Servant before that happens. As Ragen reached for it, though, Rusco pulled it back suddenly.
You stick around a few days while we pen and collect more, and maybe help pen a few, and I'll compensate you.
Hog smiled. Arlen was excited during the ride back. Old Hog had promised to let him see the Jongleur for free if he spread the word that Keerin would be entertaining in the Square at high sun the next day for five credits or a silver Milnese moon.
He wouldn't have much time; his parents would be readying to leave just as he and Ragen returned, but he was sure he could spread the word before they pulled him onto the cart.
There may be others beyond the mountains or the desert, but none that I know have seen them. Further south lies the great lake, and on its surface stands Lakton.
Their wardnet is proof against wind demons, and no people can ward against water demons better. They're fisherfolk, and thousands in the southern cities depend on their catch for food. Without Rizon, the other Free Cities would starve. No food nor water but what you carry, and nothing to shade you from the scorching sun. Arlen's eyes widened. The Krasians kill their share, but the corelings give better than they get.
There are less Krasians every year. Arlen was thrown back in his seat, and took a moment to right himself. When he did, he looked at the tree, which was coming up fast. He leapt from the moving cart, hitting the ground hard, but he bounced to his feet, darting towards Cholie. He got up under the man, but one of Cholie's thrashing feet kicked him in the mouth, knocking him down. He tasted blood, but strangely there was no pain.
He came up again, grabbing Cholie's legs and trying to lift him up to loosen the rope, but he was too short, and Cholie too heavy besides, and the man continued to gag and jerk.
Somebody help! The Messenger drew back and threw with hardly a moment to aim, but his aim was true, severing the rope and collapsing poor Cholie onto Arlen. They both fell to the ground. Ragen was there in an instant, pulling the rope from Cholie's throat. It didn't seem to make much difference, the man still gagged and clawed at his throat. His eyes bulged so far it looked as if they would pop right out of his head, and his face was so red it looked purple. Arlen screamed as he gave a tremendous thrash, and then lay still.
Ragen beat Cholie's chest and breathed huge gulps of air into him, but it had no effect. Eventually, the Messenger gave up, slumping in the dust and cursing. Arlen was no stranger to death. That spectre was a frequent visitor to Tibbet's Brook. But it was one thing to die from the corelings or from a chill. This was different. Arlen didn't need to be told that Uncle Cholie had taken his own life. He understood that instinctively. What he didn't understand was Or did they run and hide?
I know it sounds like madness, Arlen, but deep down, men want to fight, like they did in tales of old. They want to protect their women and children as men should. But they can't, because the great wards are lost, so they knot themselves like caged hares, sitting terrified through the night.
But sometimes, especially when you see loved ones die, the tension breaks you and you just snap. He understood the need to fight. He had not expected to win when he attacked Cobie and his friends that day. If anything, he had expected to be beaten worse than ever. But in that instant when he grabbed the stick, he hadn't cared. He only knew he was tired of just taking their abuse, and wanted it to end, one way or another.
It was comforting to know he wasn't alone. Arlen looked at his uncle, lying in the dust, his eyes wide with fear. He knelt and reached out, brushing his eyes closed with his fingertips. Cholie had nothing to fear any longer.
Got the scars to prove it. But I was always more interested in getting away, or keeping them away from someone else, than I was in killing any. Jeph and Silvy had already packed the cart and were waiting impatiently to leave, but the sight of the body diffused their anger at Arlen's late return.
Silvy wailed and threw herself on her brother, but there was no time to waste, if they were to make it back to the farm by nightfall.
Jeph had to hold her back as Tender Harral painted a ward on the tarp and led a prayer as he tossed Cholie into the pyre. The survivors who weren't staying in Brine Cutter's house were divided up and taken home with the others. Jeph and Silvy had offered succour to two women. Norine Cutter was over fifty summers old. Her husband had died some years back, and she had lost her daughter and grandson in the attack. Marea Bales was old, too; almost forty.
Her husband had been left outside when the others drew lots for the cellar. Like Silvy, both slumped in the back of Jeph's cart, staring at their knees.
Arlen waved goodbye to Ragen as his father cracked the whip. The Cluster by the Woods was drawing out of sight when Arlen realized he hadn't told anyone to come see the Jongleur. Silvy had little energy for cooking, so they ate a cold meal of bread, cheese, and sausage, chewing with little enthusiasm. The demons came soon after sunset to test the wards, and every time the magic flared to throw them back, Norine cried out.
Marea never touched her food. She sat on her pallet with her arms wrapped tightly around her legs, rocking back and forth and whimpering whenever the magic flared. Silvy cleared the plates, but she never returned from the kitchen, and Arlen could hear her crying.
Arlen tried to go to her, but Jeph caught his arm. They went into the small room that housed Arlen's pallet, his collection of smooth rocks from the brook, and all his feathers and bones. Jeph selected one of these, a brightly coloured feather about ten inches long, and fingered it as he spoke, not looking Arlen in the eye.
Arlen knew the signs. When his father wouldn't look at him, it meant he was uncomfortable with whatever he wanted to talk about. Sometimes people live through an attack, but die anyway. Jeph looked at him in surprise. No one can.
There's nothing to be gained by getting yourself killed. I hit Cobie and the others with that stick, and they didn't bother me again. All the old stories say so. He says it can be done. It's not brave to fight a battle you can't win. Who would hunt and herd and plant and slaughter?
Who would seed the women with children? If all the men die, the corelings win. Bullies keep coming when you don't fight back. Don't you want to fight sometimes? When it matters, when it really matters, all men are willing to fight. Animals run when they can, and fight when they must, and people are no different. But that spirit should only come out when needed. Do you understand the difference? Arlen's dreams that night were filled with images of hills that touched the sky, and ponds so big you could put a whole town on the surface.
He saw yellow sand stretching as far as his eyes could see, and a walled fortress hidden in the trees. But he saw it all between a pair of legs that swayed lazily before his eyes. He looked up, and saw his own face turning purple in the noose. He woke with a start, his pallet damp with sweat. It was still dark, but there was a faint lightening on the horizon, where the indigo sky held a touch of red. He lit a candle stub and pulled on his overalls, stumbling out to the common room. He found a crust to chew on as he took out the egg basket and milk jugs, putting them by the door.
He turned, startled, to find Norine staring at him. Marea was still on her pallet, though she tossed in her sleep. Norine nodded. I'll help you with your chores. After chopping wood in the Cluster, how hard could it be to slop pigs and plant corn?
With Norine's help, the chores went by fast. She was a quick learner, and no stranger to hard work and heavy lifting. By the time the smell of eggs and bacon wafted from the house, the animals were all fed, the eggs collected, and the cows milked.
She bit her lip. Let the Jongleur put a smile on his face. Surely there's nothing that can't wait. When the boy showed his sullen face, he asked, 'How much is Old Hog charging to see the Jongleur?
Nothing more than a wagon track of hardpacked soil that Jeph and a few other locals kept clear, it went well out of the way to the bridge at the shallowest park of the brook. Nimble and quick, Arlen could cut the trip in half by skipping across the slick rocks jutting from the water. Today, he needed the extra time more than ever, so he could make stops along the way.
He raced along the muddy bank at breakneck speed, dodging treacherous roots and scrub with the sure-footed confidence of one who had followed the trail countless times. He popped back out of the woods as he passed the farmhouses on the way, but there was no one to be found. Everyone was either out in the fields or back at the Cluster helping out.
It was getting close to high sun when he reached Fishing Hole. A few of the Fishers had their boats out on the small pond, but Arlen didn't see much point in shouting to them.
Otherwise, the Hole was deserted, too. He was feeling glum by the time he got to Town Square. Hog might have seemed nicer than usual yesterday, but Arlen had seen what he was like when someone cost him profit. There was no way he was going to let Arlen see the Jongleur for just two credits.
He'd be lucky if the storekeep didn't take a switch to him. But when he reached the square, he found over a hundred people gathered from all over the Brook.
There were Fishers and Marshes and Boggins and Bales. Not to mention the town locals, Squares, Tailors, Millers, Bakers and all. None had come from Southwatch, of course. Folk there shunned Jongleurs. Well done! The Messenger winked at him. Dasy and Catrin were selling food and ale for the show. He was twice the Jongleur's weight, and none of it fat. As Hog promised, Arlen got a seat right in front, in the area usually left for the younger children.
The others looked on enviously, and Arlen felt very special. It was rare for anyone to envy him. The Jongleur was tall, like all Milnese, dressed in a patchwork of bright colours that looked like they were stolen from the dyer's scrap bin. He had a wispy goatee, the same carrot-colour as his hair, but the moustache never quite met the beard, and the whole thing looked like it might wash off with a good scrubbing.
Everyone, especially the women, talked in wonder about his bright hair and green eyes. As people continued to file in, Keerin paced back and forth, juggling his coloured wooden balls and telling jokes, warming to the crowd. When Hog gave the signal, he took his lute and began to play, singing in a strong, high voice. People clapped along to the songs they didn't know, but whenever he played one that was sung in the Brook, the whole crowd sang along, drowning out the Jongleur and not seeming to care.
Arlen didn't mind; he was singing just as loud as the others. After the music came acrobatics, and magic tricks. Along the way, Keerin made a few jests about husbands that had the women shrieking with laughter while the men frowned, and a few about wives that had the men slapping their thighs as the women glared. Finally, the Jongleur paused and held up his hands for silence. There was a murmur from the crowd, and parents nudged their youngest children forward, wanting them to hear.
Arlen had given her family a few pups from one of Jeph's dogs that spring, and now she clung to him whenever he was near. He held her as Keerin began the Tale of the Return, his high voice dropping into a deep, booming call that carried far into the crowd.
There was a time when humanity lived in balance with the demons. Those early years are called the Age of Ignorance. Does anyone know why? Much like today, humans would build what they could during the day, and the demons would tear it down each night.