Brayan's Gold [US] [UK] [Kindle] is a novella set in the Demon Cycle universe (The Warded Man, The Desert Spear) covering a short portion in Arlen's life...you know...before he became superman.
This story occurs during Arlen's time as an apprentice messenger technically before The Great Bazaar and Other Stories (another novella in this universe) in time, but not publication. Both novellas are available on Kindle for only $4.99, whereas they're a bit harder to come by in the Subterranean Press edition.
Messenger's are the brave and daring souls who brave the night and the corelings to deliver messages and other materials. His task, along with his master, Curk, is to escort a wagonload of easily combustible firesticks up into the high mountains to Brayan's Gold, where Count Brayan has found his riches.
Mixing the perilous trail, firesticks, and possibly even the rumored snow demon, Arlen has some work cut out for him, along with some other surprises.
Now, I have to admit, I'm extremely biased when it comes to this series. This is one of my all-time favorite series and only two books in at that. There's something about this fear of the night and the demons that stalk and the magic of the wards. I have to have more and more, it's like crack.
So, needless to say, Brayan's Gold is worth it's weight in gold.
4 out of 5 Stars (Loved it)