Review: Brayan’s Gold by Peter V. Brett

Humanity has been brought to the brink of extinction. Each night, the world is overrun by demons—bloodthirsty creatures of nightmare that have been hunting the surface for over 300 years. A scant few hamlets and half-starved city-states are all that remain of a once proud civilisation, and it is only by hiding behind wards, ancient symbols with the power to repel the demons, that they survive. A handful of Messengers brave the night to keep the lines of communication open between the increasingly isolated populace.

Arlen Bales is seventeen, an apprentice Messenger in brand new armour, about to go out for the first time alongside a trained Messenger on a simple overnight trip. Instead Arlen finds himself alone on a frozen mountainside, carrying a dangerous cargo to Count Brayan’s gold mine, one of the furthest points in the duchy. And One Arm, the giant rock demon, hunts him still.

But Brayan’s Gold may offer a way for Arlen to be free of One Arm forever, if he is willing to wager his life on the chance. Continue reading

BTT: First

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How about First Editions? Are they something special? Or “just another book” to you?

All books are special to me, even the older ones that aren’t even first editions, but there’s always something extra special about a first edition. I was given one as a present several years ago of The Queen of The Damned by Anne Rice and since then I have started a little mini collection.

I have a lot of first editions, but I treat them the same as most of my other books, it’s a select few that have a special place. They’re usually ones by certain authors or of a particular subject or if they have an unusual cover.

However I’m not going to go out of my way to buy a first edition for a ridiculous amount of money or venerate one in a display case more so because it is a first edition. If I came across a book in a display case that was old, it wouldn’t matter to me if it was a first edition or not, because I think all books are beautiful in some way and I don’t care how corny that sounds.