Brayan's Gold

Brayan's Gold

Book - 2011
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This novella presents Arlen Bales, a seventeen-year-old apprentice Messenger carrying a dangerous cargo to Count Brayan's gold mine as One Arm, the giant rock demon, hunts him through the duchy.
Publisher: Burton, MI : Subterranean Press, 2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781596063631
1596063637
Branch Call Number: SF BRETT, PETER
Fiction
Characteristics: 94 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.

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unbalancedbutfair Apr 12, 2013

I very much enjoyed Brett's novels, but I didn't really care for this novella. Maybe I'm just spoiled by the larger arcs I've come to expect from Brett--which he explicitly states this novella isn't. Your mileage may vary. My advice though is: give it a shot but don't expect a whole lot.

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sykch
Jun 23, 2011

Great insertion for The Warded Man...could probably be read as stand-alone novella. For readers of the trilogy (3rd book forth coming), this novella follows a bit of Arlen's early life...the transition from apprentice to Messenger...same great narrative and imagery as The Warded Man. For new readers...demons come up at night and there are not many humans left...that is until special folks find their dharma and rise to the occasion to fight the Corelings by capitalizing on their strengths. Fantasy fiction is not my reading repertoire...have only read Tolkein, Le Guin, and Holdstock, but I enjoyed Warded Man, Brayan's Gold, and Desert Spear a lot...easy to read and difficult to put down...not high literature, but high on imagery. Strong story-telling with morality tales. For high school paper, could compare Le Guin's Earthsea with Warded Man/Brayan's Gold.

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