by Peter V. Brett
Cover Artist: Dust jacket and interior illustrations by Lauren K. Cannon
Review by Bill Lawhorn
Subterranean Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9781596066984
Date: 30 November 2014 List Price $25.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK
In a world overrun by demons, Messengers keep the world together. Briar Damaj makes one mistake and pays a terrible price. He runs off and hides from everyone in Bogton. He must learn to avoid the demons that plague the world.
Ragen Messenger comes upon the scene of the accident. He has long been friends with the Damaj family. He searches briefly for Briar, but soon must continue his route. Later rumors of someone hiding in the bogs come to him after his retirement. Ragen plans to make one more trip to search in hopes of finding Briar.
Messenger's Legacy is a novella set in the world of the Brett's Demon War Cycle. There are some characters from the series mentioned during the course of the story, but a new reader can follow the action without having read the series. In fact, I did just that.
The Demon War Cycle has been on my to-be-read pile for some time. The story here was good enough, that I finally started The Warded Man. So far I have not been disappointed. Legacy was a good starting point for me, I got to dip my toe in before committing to the series. If you are not sure if the series is for you, pick up Legacy and give it a try.
I find Peter V. Brett's writing to be quite good. I find myself getting lost in the story and having time pass by as each tale unfolds. Legacy sucked me in to the point where I finished it in one sitting. I got caught up in The Warded Man to the point where I didn't realize it was 3 AM. At that point I was only half finished, but decided that I couldn't keep reading through. Fortunately it was a Saturday night and I didnít have to be anywhere in the morning.
I have seen Brett compared to Patrick Rothfuss and Daniel Abraham, which I can see. I would also add in Brent Weeks. This is a fine short story that adds to the universe a snippet that can be enjoyed on its own or in concert with the main series.