The Skull Throne (The Demon Cycle, Book 4) by Peter V. Brett

The Skull Throne (The Demon Cycle, Book 4)

By Peter V. Brett

  • Release Date: 2015-03-31
  • Genre: Epic
Score: 4.5
From 116 Ratings
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In the grand tradition of George R.R. Martin and Robert Jordan, Sunday Times bestselling author Peter V. Brett continues his critically acclaimed Demon Cycle with the next dramatic instalment: THE SKULL THRONE.

The Skull Throne of Krasia stands empty.

Built from the skulls of fallen generals and demon princes, it is a seat of honour and ancient, powerful magic, keeping the demon corelings at bay. From atop the throne, Ahmann Jardir was meant to conquer the known world, forging its isolated peoples into a unified army to rise up and end the demon war once and for all.

But Arlen Bales, the Painted Man, stood against this course, challenging Jardir to a duel he could not in honour refuse. Rather than risk defeat, Arlen cast them both from a precipice, leaving the world without a saviour, and opening a struggle for succession that threatens to tear the Free Cities of Thesa apart.

In the south, Inevera, Jardir's first wife, must find a way to keep their sons from killing one another and plunging their people into civil war as they strive for enough glory to make a claim on the throne.

In the north, Leesha Paper and Rojer Inn struggle to forge an alliance between the duchies of Angiers and Miln against the Krasians before it is too late.

Caught in the crossfire is the duchy of Lakton – rich and unprotected, ripe for conquest.

All the while, the corelings have been growing stronger, and without Arlen and Jardir there may be none strong enough to stop them.

Only Renna Bales may know more about the fate of the missing men, but she, too, has disappeared…


Praise for The Demon Cycle:

‘Peter V. Brett is one of my favourite new authors’ Patrick Rothfuss

‘I enjoyed THE PAINTED MAN immensely. There is much to admire in Peter Brett’s writing, and his concept is brilliant. There’s action and suspense all the way.’ Terry Brooks

‘THE PAINTED MAN works not only as a great adventure novel but also as a reflection on the nature of heroism.’ Charlaine Harris

‘[Peter V. Brett is] at the top of his game. I give this my highest recommendation.’

‘[Brett] confirms his place among epic fantasy’s pantheon of greats amid the likes of George R.R. Martin, Steven Erikson, and Robert Jordan.’ Fantasy Book Critic

‘The most significant and cinematic fantasy epic since THE LORD OF THE RINGS. Inspired, compelling, and totally addictive!’ Director Paul W. S. Anderson

About the author

Raised on a steady diet of fantasy novels, comic books, and Dungeons & Dragons, Peter V. Brett has been writing fantasy stories for as long as he can remember. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Art History from the University at Buffalo in 1995, and then spent over a decade in pharmaceutical publishing before returning to his bliss. He lives in New York.


  • Meh, it's good

    By Tempt1
    I love this series, the other books had intwining characters or background stories, this had too many other players, just fillers as another review says, not that one main character or lead building for something great, just meh and confusion with hundreds of tribes and families I can't keep up with. Where are the demon fights!!!! too much politics/ alliances and I wanted more Arlen and jadir, they seemed barely in it to me, they are the reason I read this series. Still a most have read if your into the books.. Can't skip one can we. let's hope not to wait another 2 years plzzzz! SECOND READ 2 YRS LATER MUCH MORE TO TAKE IN & MUCH BETTER, BRUTAL HARDCORE STRUGGLES FOR POWER ARE BRILLIANT, AND NEW CHARACTERS TO LOVE, NOT LONG B4 THE CORE COMES OUT 👍👍
  • Won't be buying the next book

    By Max.13
    This series started well but the story has fallen apart and I've lost interest. Might not even finish this book. For me the author has taken the central premise of wards to the point of being completely ridiculous. If you liked the first book, it's probably a good place to stop.
  • Skull Throne

    By Roscadsno
    Very disappointed, nothing much has happened in this series. Loved the other books, but could easily have skipped this one and gone straight to the next book (that's if it's ever written). Feel a bit ripped off. Having said that, I will definitely give the author a chance to redeem himself in the next instalment (whenever)as the story line is great as are the characters.
  • Ok, but dragging out

    By Freeman Snr
    May just be me, but I expected the story to move more than was the case. Story went off on an interesting side line related to the story line, however it didn't move to any closer to the conclusion that has been building in the first 3 books. Well written and constructed as you'd expect - just disappointing it seems more filler than substance. If you haven't started the series, park it and wait and hope it doesn't draw out like a Robert Jordan series...l
  • Yes and no

    By Sazmaba
    It was good, but not amazing. The book was just a big fill and far too political for my liking. Too many new characters, too many plots within plots and too much useless story. The author has definitely set up for a potentially amazing last book, if he can tie all the loose ends together, but it's kinda disappointing that we have been set up for a great next book, rather than being able to feel like we just had a great read and look forward to the next. And he killed some of our favourite characters..... I don't know if I would read the series if I knew that loved characters were going to be killed. That put me off the entire Game of Thrones series, and I wont pursue series that show that tendency. Anyway, just my feelings towards the book.
  • forget review 1

    By keep away
    I don't know if the reviewer from review 1 even read the same book. What a grand continuation of the series. Well done. How this is not a high end computer game and/or HBO style mini series is beyond me, what a gold mine. Brilliant as the last 3. Hopelessly looking forward to the next.
  • Good but not as good as the first 2

    By Nalla_2_2
    I enjoyed this book but it's not as good as the first couple , it had a lot of nothing filling the pages up, I really need the next book to come out now lol, there just wasn't enough to get my teeth into, by the time I was sucked into the book it was pretty much finished.
  • Another wait now

    By ikoeper
    I really liked the painted man. Volume 2 was also ok, whereas Volume 3 was quite disappointing. And the came the long wait. When I started the current volume, I had forgotten quite a bit of the story, so it took a fair amount of time to get back into it. Which is a shame, because the story is certainly getting better again. However it doesn't feel as if we got much closer to the end. So my main questions now are: do I have to wait another 2 years for the next one and how many are still to come. If you haven't started the series: don't do it and come back once everything is published.
  • Thoroughly enjoyable

    By Grodonicus
    I very much enjoyed this latest addition to the series. There's plenty of action and the plot weaves some new twists and turns. The characters are intriguing and continue to develop (well, the ones that live - there's a war going right?). Well written and paced, I recommend this book and others in the series.
  • Love the Plot Twist

    By guyfrmars
    Didn't see that coming even with your dices ehh inevera.. Ok if that didn't get you excited on buying this book then I suggest 1. Read the whole series again. Long narrative and sometimes winding but once you connect the dots and they will make sense. 2. Have some pancakes and read it because pancakes makes everything awesome!