Sometimes there is very good reason to be afraid of the dark….
Eleven-year-old Arlen lives with his parents on their small farmstead, half a day's ride from the isolated hamlet of Tibbet's Brook. As dusk falls upon Arlen's world, a strange mist rises from the ground; a mist that promises a violent death to any foolish enough to brave the coming darkness, for hungry corelings - demons that cannot be harmed by mortal weapons - materialize from the vapours to feed on the living. As the sun sets, people have no choice but to take shelter behind magical wards and pray that their protection holds until the creatures dissolve with the first signs of dawn.
When Arlen's life is shattered by the demon plague, he is forced to see that it is fear, rather than the demons, that truly cripples humanity. Believing that there is more to his world than to live in constant fear, he must risk leaving the safety of his wards to discover a different path.
In the small town of Cutter's Hollow, Leesha's perfect future is destroyed by betrayal and a simple lie. Publicly shamed, she is reduced to gathering herbs and tending an old woman more fearsome than the corelings. Yet in her disgrace, she becomes the guardian of dangerous ancient knowledge.
Orphaned and crippled in a demon attack, young Rojer takes solace in mastering the musical arts of a Jongleur, only to learn that his unique talent gives him unexpected power over the night.
Together, these three young people will offer humanity a last, fleeting chance of survival.
©2010 HarperCollins Publishers (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers
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This book is very entertaining and I could not stop until I had read the whole book. I loved the mix of characters and the plot of the book. You can listen to the book whilst basking in the sun in the park or whilst taking a walk. Absolutely beautiful.
What a fascinating world Peter V Brett has created. I loved this book and went straight on to the second and third.
"A guilty pleasure"
This book is the opposite from Les Miserable (the last book I read). The style of writing and the actual story are extremely simple, there are few twists and the characters are quite flat. If it wasn't for reference to the odd rape and sex I would say it was bordering on a child’s book. A little less 'he said, she said' and a few better metaphors and descriptions would go a long way. That said I really enjoyed it. It was a pleasure to listen to it and had me looking forward to my drive in to work. It isn't a literary master piece but I don't suppose it was ever supposed to be. I can see it being made in to a movie in the near future, it was almost written to be put on the screen. If you want a book which will keep you entertained then I would recommend The Painted Man. It has certainly made me want to download the sequels.
"5 stars...simply fantastic!!"
I do not give 5 stars readily...but this audiobook, being a winning combination of great writing and good narration is most deserving of the very highest praise.
I would not hesitate in recommending this to all, though with some of the gritty realism evident it would probably be most suited to mid-teens and above!
The best thing I've listened to since 'Name of the wind'!! - Having enjoyed the sequel - Desert Spear just as much i can't wait for part 3!!!
Bought this on a whim and boy am I glad I did.
I usually listen to these books whilst driving the truck so I thought it would last me a week 3 days later I had to download the 2nd book in the Trilogy and am now waiting for the 3rd to be released.
"Takes a little getting into, but it's worth it"
I agree with the earlier reviewer - this does take a while to get going. The first time I tried to listen to it, I gave up after about 30 mins. But I took a second run at it, and by 1 hour, it really becomes an exciting and very engaging fantasy story. I loved the characters, loved the fantasy world. I highly recommend it.
"Bad sex and unpleasant characters"
I really struggled with this book. I chose it based on the great reviews, and I have to say it really wasn't my cup of tea. I struggled to see why it had so many great reviews so I went back and looked at the Amazon reviews and I have to say I agree with all of the coments made by people who gave it 1 or 2 stars.
At first I thought it was the narrators style that was bothering but he was just stuggling with the amount 2 person dialogue that was just a stream of X said, Y said, X said, Y said, X said often with just two word exchanges that just drove me to utter distraction, it's like it's been written for someone with no brain who can't follow a simple backward and forward 2 person conversation.
I also didn't like any of the characters, the main characters were flat and the supporting characters were all one dimensional - cowardly fathers, door mat husbands, witchlike old ladies, unfaithful wives, bullying boyfriends, greedy landlord … of all the characters there are maybe 2 who are pleasant. I don't want my books all fluffy and nicey, but I really couldn't have given the slightest care about any of the characters in this book.
There seems to be an obsession with fairly unpleasant sexual encounters as well. Lots of talk of deflowering, one gang rape, a mother having an affair with the rest of the family in the house while it's going on, an attempted rape, someone who tries to have sex in a public place with someone who isn't that keen, and a sex scene that the author seems to think it's worth while to describe once, and then in the very next chapter repeats but from the perspective of another character … really bizarre to listen to
The only thing that kept me listening was an interesting magic idea, but this lost all credibility to me in the end. I don't understand the lead character needing to go to the extreme measures he did, when he'd already discovered that just covering wards up to break the net and then uncovering them could slice a demon in half ...
"Slow starter and ultimately entertaining"
At first I wasn't sure about the voicing of this book but once you get past the American accents the story starts to grip in the second chapter. The storyline isn't exactly original but you do start to have sympathy for the main characters and the plot sweeps you along. Well worth a listen.
"A brilliant new concept in the genre"
This is one of the most original fantasy books that I have ever read. Having always enjoyed epic fantasy, I was unsure about this book and it seemed that my fears were realised as the book began. It wasn't long, however, until all my fears were banished and the book began to draw me into the world of demons...
I can't really compare it to any other book I've read as it was an original concept on a world that seemed bound by laws. These laws have now been broken.
The painted man (I won't write his name and ruin the anticipation) was by far the most interesting character due to how he was 'created'. I now look forward to the fight he must surely have in the sequel.
Joyce's performance brought life and death into stark realisation. The contrasts very acute and they keep you on the edge...
The book will draw you to your own personal character. Be it the boy, the bully, the treacherous friends or the maiden and the old hag. Each is engaging and their lives laid bare for us to empathise with all that happens to them.
A very good book that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys an epic fantasy with a new approach. Once you get going, the pace will keep you wanting more.
"Full of pace"
Another great book read by a master of his craft. Peter Joyce really does bring the book to life.
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