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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 civilization, 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.

Briar Damaj is a boy of six in the small village of Bogton. Half-Krasian, the village children call him Mudboy for his dark skin. When tragedy strikes, Briar decides the town is better off without him, fleeing into the bog with nothing but his wits and a bit of herb lore to protect him.

After twenty years, Ragen Messenger has agreed to retire and pass on his route to his protégé, Arlen Bales. But for all that he's earned the rest, he has no idea what to do with the rest of his life. When he learns Briar, the son of an old friend, is missing, Ragen is willing to risk any danger to bring him safely home.

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 civilization, 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.

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  • By Skuldren on June 9, 2015

    Messenger’s Legacy is a nice little story that leads into The Skull Throne. It focuses on two characters, Arlen’s old messenger mentor Ragen, and a new character named Briar. They bridge the old novels with the new. Whether you’ve read The Skull Throne already or not, this is one novella you’ll definitely want to pick up.The story opens with Briar, a young boy out in the sticks. He has a Krasian father and a her gatherer mother. He gets teased by his older siblings and receives guidances from his dad. Readers get a glimpse of his life before he’s touched by the demons.Breaking off, the story touches base with Ragen on his last trip to Lakton and back before retiring. He comes home to his wife, Arlen, and a life of leisure from the road. As the story flashes forward, we see what becomes of him and his fate ties back to Briar. One last adventure takes him back out into the night. Face-to-face with the demons, Ragen learns first hand what changes Arlen has brought to the world. Unlike his previous messenger days, he now has combat wards.The story leads into the events of The Skull Throne two fold. One one hand, it reflects the Krasian’s push north. On the other hand, it tells Briar’s tale, a character who pops up in The Skull Throne.In retrospect, it might be better to read this story before The Skull Throne, but it works either way. Peter V. Brett shows his talent by weaving great characters in a tightly focused story. It packs punch with just 137 pages. For fans of The Demon Cycle series, I highly recommend checking out Messenger’s Legacy. This one is well worth your time and money. I give it a five out of five.

  • By A Buyer on March 5, 2015

    Enjoyed the tale, but way too short - it just got going and then ended in a rush. Interesting new characters and some old favorites, but I was left feeling like I had paid for a feature and only got a trailer.

  • By Dwood07306 on May 9, 2015

    This can be read as a stand alone novella or as a precursor of "The Skull Throne". If you have not read the "The Skull Throne: Book 5 of the Demon Wars" Series it would behoove you to read this first.. It is the introduction of a new character in the series. I am glad I read it before "The Skull Thrones" because having done so gave it an added depth, a deeper understanding of Briar Damaj ..."The Messenger's Legacy" is his back story...rich in detail..The moment Briar Damaj character came into play I knew who he was and his the reason for his questioning of the choices he had/has made. .If you are a fan of Peter V Brett's "The Warded Man" &/or "The Demon Wars" Series....IT IS A MUST READ....grab it

  • By Stephanie K. Brehe on December 14, 2014

    Not worth the extremely high price. Story is unformed, and doesn't quite feel finished/completely evolved. This is a short story, not a novel, despite the pricing. You're not missing anything that will add to the enjoyment of Brett's actual books. If the price lowers ($21 book/$7 kindle when I bought it), it might be of interest, but anything over $2.99 is too much for this item. The current pricing is taking advantage of fans, and abuses our trust. Not cool. Knowing that Brett pulls this stuff on readers guarantees that I won't purchase another short from him.

  • By K.U. Reader on February 20, 2015

    Peter asked the fans if we'd like to read the rest of, Mudboys' story on Facebook. He received a resounding, yes! I thoroughly enjoyed the story, and as with all of his stories, wish for more. Tyvm, Peter, for making it happen.

  • By Jeff Smith on March 16, 2017

    I bought this as an ebook after reading the reviews, and I'm glad I did. If I had paid hardcover prices for this glorified short story, I would be outraged.It's short, shallow, and perfunctory. There's no character development or themes being explored - to paraphrase The Simpsons, "It's just a bunch of stuff that happens." It reads like it might have been written by a ghost writer, not Brett himself, because Brett is a very good writer and the Demon Cycle, which this is spun off from, is very good. This doesn't feel much like a Demon Cycle book, though. It feels more like a story that was written for some other purpose, and then someone went through it and changed some of the words to crowbar it into the Demon Cycle.It's a pretty transparent attempt to rip off the fans by putting as close to zero effort into something as possible, bringing it to the bare edge of what could be considered a complete book and then charging as much money as they can get away with for it.Do NOT pay full price for this. If you feel that you absolutely have to read it as a Demon Cycle completist, then get it on Kindle.

  • By Thomas L. Wiscombe on March 16, 2018

    Fun reading more of the books related to the demon cycle series.

  • By Ima on December 29, 2015

    An excellent introduction to a new character. A bit pricey, perhaps, given the length, but I enjoyed the read. Upon reading the novel that follows this, I found this to be quite useful in building up an understanding of a character, and found myself invested in them more than I would have been given only the material found in the novel.Had the contents of this been shoe-horned into the novel itself, it would have been quite hard to keep the same pacing or feel. I am pleased with this in every regard but price, and tolerate it on that point, as it was quite the enjoyable read.


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