The Demon Cycle

Mankind has ceded the night to the corelings, demons that rise up out of the ground each day at dusk, killing and destroying at will until dawn, when the sun banishes them back to the Core. As darkness falls, the world’s few surviving humans hide behind magical wards, praying the magic can see them through another night. As years pass, the distances between each tiny village seem longer and longer. It seems nothing can harm the corelings, or bring humanity back together.

Legends tell of a Deliverer: a general who once bound all mankind into a single force that defeated the demons. But is the return of the Deliverer just another myth? Perhaps not. Out of the desert rides Ahmann Jardir, who has forged the desert tribes into a demon-killing army. He has proclaimed himself Shar’Dama Ka, the Deliverer, and he carries ancient weapons—a spear and a crown—that give credence to his claim. But the Northerners claim their own Deliverer: the Warded Man, a dark, forbidding figure. Once, the Shar’Dama Ka and the Warded Man were friends. Now they are fierce adversaries. Yet as old allegiances are tested and fresh alliances forged, all are unaware of the appearance of a new breed of demon, more intelligent—and deadly—than any that have come before.

Now, the Skull Throne of Krasia stands empty and the world is thrown into chaos as the survivors of the human race battle each other for power and freedom.

The Skull Throne, the exciting fourth installment of the Demon Cycle, will be available in U.S. on March 31, 2015. U.K. release is set for April 9th, 2015.


Each avatar represents one of the main POV characters in the Demon Cycle, and will appear at the beginning of any chapter in which they appear. Artwork by Lauren K. Cannon (, copyright by Peter V. Brett. You are free to use these images, but please be sure to credit the artist.

The Painted Man / The Warded Man

The Desert Spear

The Daylight War

The Skull Throne


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In addition to the amazing portrait of the Painted Man above, Lauren Cannon designed the wards that appear on the site and various other places. Here are her original designs.

Ward artwork designed by Lauren K. Cannon.  Copyright © Peter V. Brett.

Fan Art

Friends and fans have created a lot of lovely images based on my work. I am proud to be able to include them here.


Wall Art



Painted Man

Fan Art Contest

The Desert Spear ARC Contest

Homemade Heroes Contest

Warding Contest

Cosplay Contest

Fan Art Contest #2

Coreling Contest

Creature Contest

Daylight War Covers Contest

Wear Your Wards Contest

Warding Contest 2

#Shelfie Contest

Skull Throne Covers Contest

Skull Throne ARC Contest

DeviantArt Fan Art

Demon Cycle Tattoos

Warded Lanterns

Warding Contest 3


Below, from left to right, is the map from Brayan’s Gold, the updated map from The Daylight War and the map of Krasia. After that is the crappy map I made on a D&D mapmaker program for personal use while writing, as well as the professional map from the UK edition of The Painted Man. (This map is displayed with the kind permission of HarperCollinsPublishers UK, copyright HarpercollinsPublishers UK 2008. Not for sale or distribution, all rights protected.) The UK map was designed by Andrew Ashton.