The Painted Man (The Demon Cycle, Book 1) (Demon Trilogy 1) Hardcover – 1 Sep 2008
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'I enjoyed The Painted Man immensely. Action and suspense all the way.'
‘An absolute masterpiece… literally unputdownable, and deserves to be the next Big Thing in dark fantasy.'
'A very accomplished debut fantasy. Recommended.'
‘If the next two books in this series live up to this one it will be one day named as a classic fantasy series.’ Joanne Horsley, (NSW)
‘What a book!!! I am going to go insane waiting for the sequel/s to come out!!’ Robert San Remo (NSW)
‘Fantastic first book for his trilogy!! This is a name to remember.’ Linda Naremburn (NSW)
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Arlen Bales lives on a small farm with his parents, near the small village of Tibbet's Brook. He's quite a bright and cheery kid, despite the world he lives in. In this world, darkness brings demons - they sprout from the earth at night like natural killing machines, and come in various guises. Fire demons are the hunters, the dogs in the pack. Rock demons are the muscle - the sheer, terrifying brute force. And they are only the beginning. When Arlen's life is shattered by this plague of demons he has to make his way out into the world, and in doing so, force himself into becoming the hunter, making the demons his prey.
So far, so ordinary. For fantasy, anyway. And that's where this one falls down for me. I read all the glowing reviews, saw the rabid fanbase and slowly, The Painted Man rose to the top of my reading pile. I knew it was a "farmboy versus the world" story, but assumed it would be a completely fresh and original take on a tired old trope. But, mostly, it really isn't. There is no truly shocking twist, no sudden reveal that I didn't see coming. The Painted Man's biggest disappointment, for me at least, was that it never really shocked me as a reader. Its plot just seemed very unoriginal.
But, that's not to say this isn't an exciting read.
Brett's writing is fast paced, the characters are always interesting and despite the tropes, it's a well-developed setting. The plot may be fairly uninspired, but the overarching demon infestation and the history of the world is what's really interesting here, making me hope Brett explores this further in later novels.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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loved this book. it is absolutely fanastic,
it is one of the best fantasy book series i have read in a long time.
This book has been praised by many so I had high expectations going in; thankfully It lived up to the hype and I was impressed. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Hugh
A fantastic page turning book. Clever ideas. Have read a lot of fantasy and diferent to the rest and completely compelling. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lucian in the sky with diamond
Like so much fantasy over last decade, a thin idea stretched and milked. Had a decent beginning but goes down hill from half way when it could have been turned into a good story... Read morePublished 3 months ago by RS!
I loved this book would recommended it to anyone. Great start to what I hope is a great series of booksPublished 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
This is not the genre that I would usually choose to read, but I enjoyed it a lot more than I expected to. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jomeo
Great read, full of action and suspense. Thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Can't wait to start reading the next book in the series.Published 3 months ago by Mr. Peter Briggs
Really enjoying Peter Brett's Painted Man books. A friend put me on to these after I had ran out of Feist to read.
Not your usual dragons and orcs in this one. Read more