Book 1 in the series, follow up to the Demon Cycle series
A brand-new epic fantasy adventure set in the beloved world of the Demon Cycle, following a new generation of heroes, from New York Times bestselling author Peter V. Brett
Fifteen years have passed since the end of the war with demons, creatures of darkness who have hunted the night and plagued humanity since time out of mind. The heroes of humanity’s hour of need have become legend, and those who remain struggle to escape their shadows.
Olive Paper and Darin Bales have grown up in this new peaceful world. Demons have been all but destroyed, but dangers still lurk for the children of heroes.
Olive, Princess of Hollow, has her entire life planned out by her mother, Duchess Leesha Paper: a steady march on a checklist to prepare her for succession. The more her mother writes the script, the more Olive rails against playing the parts she is assigned.
Darin faces challenges of a different kind. Though free to choose his own path, the weight of legacy hangs heavy around his shoulders. It isn’t easy being the son of the man people say saved the world. Everyone expects greatness from Darin, but the only thing he’s ever been great at is hiding.
But when Olive and Darin step across the wards one night, they learn the demons are not all gone, and those that remain hunger for revenge. Events are set in motion that only prophecy can foresee as Olive and Darin seek to find their own places in the world in time to save it again.
There was a lot to love in this book…but also a lot to dislike, First and foremost, this is absolutely not the book you want to start with. It is the first of a squeal series in every sense of the word.
That being said, you can go into this book with pretty accurate expectations. Things you loved in the previous books, you’ll love here, and things you disliked are very likely present and accounted for again (I’d be shocked if there were new writing flaws people disliked here that they didn’t notice in previous books). This book really had all of the problems I expected it to have going in, while also delivering on some great action scenes and fresh twists.
If you finished the end of the first series like “okay, finally done!” then continuing on is very likely not going to be worth your time. But, if you’re just looking forward to returning to Brett’s unique world in general, with (the acceptance going in of) a heavy dose of rehashing of old material mixed in with some decent twists, then you’ll enjoy this as much as you did any other entry in his series.