Cover of The Core.

The Core

author: Peter V. Brett (2017)
series: The Demon Cycle #5
date read: 2018-10-24
pages: 781
lists: fantasy
rating: β˜… β˜… β˜† β˜† β˜†

The Core concludes the Demon Cycle series by Peter Brett, and it was a disappointment to me. While we still get a couple of cool side characters, the main cast has grown unrelatable to me. The story often felt like a mix of fanfiction and a detailed narration of a video game: hack, slash, get your dreams, feel mandatory doubt and off you go to your heroic journey, filled with never-too-difficult enemies. The bit of relevant character development itself (Renna, mostly) seemed to have taken place between books.

Also, we get a whole new generation of kids, just for the sake of it, it seems. They take up an inordinate amount of pages (pregnancy, birth, carrying them around) for no contribution, really. I hope they’re not meant to be the tie-in for a sequel series. They felt as cringe-y as the Harry Potter kids, down to the names.

In conclusion: I really liked the first book in the series, and the following books felt middling-to-good. This one didn’t even reach this level. A good part of that may be that my patience with the vastly annoying and stereotyped Krasians (a vaguely muslimic hurr-durr warrior culture) never paid off, but I’ll spare you the rant about that.

Related books Books related to the whole series are linked at the first part of the series.