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The Painted Man (The Demon Cycle, Book 1): 1/3 (Demon Cycle 1) Paperback – 2 Apr 2009

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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (2 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007276141
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007276141
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 3.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (459 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 214,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter went to the University at Buffalo, where he studied Dungeons & Dragons, fencing, and girls. Somehow, he also managed to earn a (totally useful!) Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in Art History in 1995.

Following college, Peter spent approximately 8 months managing a comic shop and pondering what to do with his life. He then went into medical publishing, squandering ten years of his physical prime sitting in a cubicle. He contented himself with writing books he never hoped to sell.

In June of 2007, his hard work and perseverance paid off, as he sold his 4th novel, THE PAINTED MAN, and in October of 2007, he left his day job to pursue writing full time.
He lives in Brooklyn NY with his wife Dani and two cats, Jinx and Max Powers.

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'I enjoyed The Painted Man immensely. Action and suspense all the way'
Terry Brooks

‘The Painted Man works not only as a great adventure novel but also as a reflection on the nature of heroism’
Charlaine Harris

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

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Enter a world where darkness belongs to demons...

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97 of 106 people found the following review helpful By Allan Wells on 17 Oct. 2009
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The Painted Man tells the tale of Arlen whom we meet as a 11 year old boy in the aftermath of a demon attack on the village of Tibbet's Brook. Arlen lives in a world where the coming of night brings the rise of the coreling , demons of various flavours ( wood near forests , stone in the highlands / mountain ranges and sand in the desert , you get the picture ) Humanity has chosen to hide behind magical wards that these coreling cannot cross , living sheltered lives only during daylight hours.

Without spoiling the story tragedy strikes and Arlen leaves home, determined to not be cowed by the coreling , angry at humanity's inability or lack of willingness to take back the night .

The story is also told through 2 other POV's , Leesha is a 13 year old girl at the start of the book and lives in the woodcutting town of Cutters Hollow . Her fairytale existence is shattered with public humiliation and she ends up apprenticed to the hamlets healer, a crone almost as fearsome as the demons themselves.

The third and final POV is that of young Rojan , when his parent wards are breached his family is slaughtered and he is taken in by the a wandering jongleur ( master performer be it in music / magic or song ) He is taken to the city of Fort Angiers and becomes apprentice to Dukes own minstrel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Aleksander Cristea on 27 May 2014
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The Warded Man is a book that had been sitting on my shelf for a while, forlorn and untouched as I went through a phase of reading little else outside of the YA and UF genres. But after a little too long of those, I found myself craving good old fantasy, the likes of which I hadn’t read in a while. So I plucked The Warded Man off the shelf and plunged headfirst into the familiar-but-not world of The Demon Cycle.

The book tells us the story of three people, starting from their childhoods and taking us all the way to their adult years as the plot progresses and thickens. It gave the book a rather slow start but never did it feel as though things were dragging; instead as a reader I felt like I really got to know the characters and their stories.

The world of The Demon Cycle is a dangerous one: every night demons rise from the core of the earth to hunt and kill anyone who is not safely tucked behind wards. The wards the humans possess are nothing compared to the ones they once had, in a time when they didn’t simply huddle away in fright of the corelings but stood tall in the night, fighting.

Arlen has been taught all his life that being out at night is certain death and that there is nothing that can be done about it: under no condition should anyone leave the safety of the wards at night. But despite all that, when at the young age of eleven he sees his mother nearly being cored after she tried to rescue someone whilst his father stands and watches, only to be eventually prompted into action when Arlen threatens to join the fray, Arlen can’t help but feel that there is something awfully wrong in the world.

So, when his mother dies from her injuries and the ignorance of all those around him, Arlen leaves.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By JPS TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 May 2013
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This is the first volume of a trilogy set in a fictional world where demons that only appear at night, just after sunset, have terrorized and massacred humanity for over three centuries, returning after three thousand years of absence. Hence, all dating is A.R. that is "After the Return" (of the monsters). What is left of humanity is being slowly culled every night by the various types of demons that kill and eat them, with demon-types associated to the elements (such as fire demons or air demons) or types of vegetation and landscape (such as sand demons in deserts, rock demons in mountains or wood demons in forests). Humanity is organized in five main cities and a scattering of towns and villages. Humans have little protection against the almost invulnerable monsters at night, except for magical wards inherited from a distant and barely remembered past that repel rather than kill them. So they almost all hide behind them and wait in terror until dawn.

There are two exceptions in this world of despair and terror. One is the warrior who will get to be known as the Painted Man. He has vowed to dedicate his life to fight and kill the demons, and a number of other characters who the reader gets acquainted with in the book will, over time, join him. The other exception is made of the inhabitants of one of the five cities whose militant religion promotes "Holy War", and of their chief warrior and war leader in particular.

Contrary to what I was afraid off, this volume is not exclusively targeted at young adults, although, unlike some other reviewers, I would hesitate to make comparison with David Gemmell's works. The characters are not entirely implausible, including that of the Painted Man whose talents are acquired after much effort and suffering.
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