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.
AS DARKNESS FALLS, THE DEMONS RISE
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’
‘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 over two million copies in twenty-five languages worldwide. Novels include The Painted Man, The Desert Spear, The Daylight War, The Skull Throne, and The Core. He spends too much time on the Internet but occasionally unplugs to practice kickboxing and dad fu. He lives in Manhattan.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Nailing both sensitive character studies and ambitious world-building, Peter V. Brett kicks off his Demon Cycle series with this far-ranging adventure. The Painted Man sweeps across the imperiled cities and ruins of Thesa, examining just what makes a hero as characters come of age amid rampaging demons and magical warfare. Beyond the bracing action, drama and hard-bitten banter lies a universal story about keeping our own personal darkness at bay.
Customer ReviewsSee All
Keep coming back to this book. Love the chracters and humour.
Patiently waiting for the third installment in thus well written series.
Absolutely brilliant fantasy book. This and the sequel are by far the best books I have read in recent years. I couldn't put them down and having finished the second book, picked up the first one straight away and started reading again. Please hurry up with the third book - I can't wait till 2012!
The last book I read this good that engaged me as well as this was the "Magician" which cast great characters and developed a very good story Line that made the reader want to continue reading. The 2nd book is just as good ANC hopefully the 3rd will be out soon.