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Publisher Description

The stunning debut fantasy novel from author Peter V. Brett.

The Painted Man, book one of the Demon Cycle, is a captivating and thrilling fantasy adventure, pulling the reader into a world of demons, darkness and heroes.


For hundreds of years these creatures have terrorized the night, slowly culling the human population. It was not always this way. Men and women did not always cower behind protective magical wards and hope to see the dawn. Once, they battled the demons on equal terms, but those days, and skills, are gone.

Arlen Bales lives with his parents on their isolated farmstead until a demon attack shatters their world. He learns a savage lesson that day: that people, as well as magic, can let you down.

Rejecting the fear that kills as efficiently as the creatures, Arlen risks another path in order to offer humanity a last, fleeting chance of survival.


Praise for The Demon Cycle:

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

‘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

‘[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

About the author

Peter V. Brett is the internationally bestselling author of the Demon Cycle series, which has sold more than three and a half million copies in twenty-seven languages worldwide. Novels include The Warded Man, The Desert Spear, The Daylight War, The Skull Throne, and The Core. He lives in Brooklyn.
Instagram: @pvbrett
Twitter: @PVBrett

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
8 January
HarperCollins Australia Pty Limited

Customer Reviews

SueBesure ,

Second time is even better!

After reading the first in the new series, I had to revisit the original series. Not disappointed!

UnhappywithMim ,

My favourite book

I am scarred. I have been unable to find a book as well written as this since I finished it. The benchmark is so high. Wonderfully written. Loved it!!!

The Authors Aprentice ,

This book deserves more attention!

This book was the first book by Peter V Brett that caught my attention, his attention to detail and the impressive description he uses allows for me to visualise the story as if it’s happening in front of me. The novel really entraps you in this fantasy world and makes you feel as tho your their witnessing everything as it happens, the way he merges the characters and brings to light modern issues really inspires me and explains the sacrifice that it takes to reach your dreams, the hard work and dedication made by Arlen really shows his power as a person. The way that the author manages to bring romance, action and a sense if thrill that has me on the edge of my seat the entire journey really shows his dedication to the novel. Peter V Brett (the author) has since become my favourite author after discovering this series, I am as of yet to read the entire series yet, but am continuing my collection whenever the chance arises. I hope this book really makes it the big screen and becomes a movie series as I’d love to see how they would do such a thing, the sense of challenge and perseverance really shows the exceptional character development,

To anyone who made it this far in reading my review I thank you for your time and thoroughly encourage you to read the entire series,

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