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Cover art designed by David G. Stevenson and illustrated by Tommy Arnold[1]

HarperVoyager cover art[2]

The Desert Prince is the first book in the sequel Nightfall Saga trilogy to the The Demon Cycle that takes place 15 years after the ending of The Core[3] telling the tales of two young protagonists, Olive Paper[4] and Darin Bales, and featuring cameos of The Demon Cycle characters and occurring in familiar settings.[5] Main characters will include with Selen Cutter, Rojvah Inn, and Arick Inn.[6] It was released on August 3, 2021.[7][8]

In a Q&A with Goodreads, Peter V. Brett said the first book, The Desert Prince, is expected to release in Spring 2021.[9] It became available for pre-order in August 2020 with a stated release date of May 11, 2021.[10] However, near the end of 2020, the date was pushed to August 3, 2021 according to Peter V. Brett's Twitter and personal website.[11][12]

On March 8, 2021, the Del Rey Books' official Twitter account announced that there would be first look on Gizmodo's io9 website.[13]

The novel was effectively finished around early April 2021 as Peter V. Brett posted a photo of a box of ARCs (Advance Readers' Copies)[14] and of him giving an ARC to Lauren Panepinto (Orbit Books/Hachette).[15]

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From io9 Gizmodo sneak peek:[1]

Fifteen years have passed since the end of the war with demons, creatures of darkness who have hunted the night and plagued humanity since time out of mind. The heroes of mankind’s hour of need have become legend, and those who remain struggle to escape their shadows.
Olive Paper and Darin Bales have grown up in this new peaceful world. Demons have been all but destroyed, but dangers still lurk for the children of heroes.
Olive, Princess of Hollow, has her entire life planned out by her mother, Duchess Leesha Paper: a steady march on a checklist to prepare her for succession. The more her mother writes the script, the more Olive rails against playing the parts she is assigned.
Darin faces challenges of a different kind. Though free to choose his own path, the weight of legacy hangs heavy around his shoulders. It isn’t easy being the son of the man people say saved the world. Everyone expects greatness from Darin, but the only thing he’s ever been great at is hiding.
But when Olive and Darin step across the wards one night, they learn the demons are not all gone, and those that remain hunger for revenge. Events are set in motion that only prophecy can foresee as Olive and Darin seek to find their own places in the world in time to save it again.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Gizmodo - Get an Exclusive Peek at Peter V. Brett's Return to the Demon Cycle World With The Desert Prince by Cheryl Eddy March 8, 2021 1:30PM
  2. Harper REACH - The Desert Prince
  3. Petervbrett ico.gif Peephole in my Skull - New Demon Cycle Series by Karen April 12, 2018 8:00 am
  4. Introduced in The Core
  5. The Bookseller - HarperVoyager buys Brett trilogy in high six-figure deal by Heloise Wood April 11, 2018
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Twitter - @PVBrett: The Desert Prince (May 2021) kicks off an all new 3 book #DemonCycle series starring Olive Paper, Darin Bales, Selen Cutter, Rojvah & Arick Inn. Cameos by some of the (surviving) favorites from the original series.
    11:15 AM · Oct 16, 2020
  7. Twitter - @DelReyBooks 9:45 AM · Aug 3, 2021: Happy book birthday to @PVBrett's THE DESERT PRINCE! A brand-new epic fantasy adventure set in the beloved world of the Demon Cycle, following a new generation of heroes, you won't want to miss this summer read! Available today! https://bit.ly/3BVVnOP
  8. Twitter - @HarperVoyagerUK 12:50 AM · Aug 3, 2021: #TheDesertPrince is here at last!
    Cast your wards. Embrace the darkness. And enter the world of @PVBrett's Demon Cycle once more https://smarturl.it/SignedDesertPrince...
  9. goodreads - Ask the Author: Peter V. Brett: Peter V. Brett Aw, thank you so much! And yes! The Desert Prince will publish Spring 2021!
  10. Penguin Random House - The Desert Prince By Peter V. Brett
  11. Twitter - @PVBrett: Are blogs still a thing? I posted about the release date for THE DESERT PRINCE
    http://petervbrett.com/2020/12/17/desert-prince-release-date/
    tl:dr — Aug. 3, 2021 US, Aug. 4, 2021 AU, Aug. 5, 2021 UK
    1:57 PM · Dec 17, 2020
  12. 12.0 12.1 Petervbrett ico.gif Peephole in my Skull - Desert Prince Release Date by PeatB, December 17, 2020 4:53 pm
  13. Twitter - @DelReyBooks: We're thrilled to share an exclusive first look at THE DESERT PRINCE, @PVBrett's return to the Demon Cycle world, via @io9 ! THE DESERT PRINCE is coming on 8/3!
  14. Twitter - @PVBrett 8:27 AM · Apr 8, 2021: Ten advance read copies (ARCs) of #TheDesertPrince! 2 for me. 1 for my mom. 2 for friends who helped along the way. That leaves FIVE copies to give away! Any ideas for a fan contest? Leave them in the replies!
  15. Twitter - @PVBrett 11:18 AM · Apr 10, 2021: Gave away my first ARC irl, from a safe distance! Thanks, @Planetpinto for a decade of friendship and creative advice. 💚

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