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Fantastic, and original, debut,
This review is from: The Painted Man (The Demon Cycle, Book 1) (Demon Trilogy 1) (Hardcover)
The premise of The Painted Man is relatively simple. Mankind is menaced by demons - or Corelings - which rise at dusk and are not banished until sunrise. Symbols, known as 'wards', are used to keep the demons from entering human dwellings, but they can do no more than keep them at bay (and sometimes, not even that), as the old fighting wards have been lost to history. Enter Arlen, Rojer and Leesha - three very different protagonists, whose individual skills could prove crucial to the survival of humanity.
The Painted Man takes the main elements of traditional fantasy and refashions them into a wholly engrossing and innovative world. I finished the book the day I got it, completely gripped by Brett's creation. Rather than the straightforward 'sword and sorcery' story that often seems to be synonymous with fantasy, he has instead created intriguing, multi-faceted, characters, and a fresh (and exciting!) premise.
I'm already eager for the next instalment of the trilogy, and can't recommend this book enough!