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.
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"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.
"This is a Great Story and a Great Listen"
The story line is captivating and lends it's self to all the twists and turns. Believable too once you accept the premise of the world created.
The characters are well thought through and are three dimensional you are rooting for them to succeed.
Good change of accent for each character and appropriate so not to interrupt the flow of the story line.
When the painted man is throw out into the desert by his so called friend.
just listen to it. me I have got the two sequel books in the series can't wait to find out what happens next.
"Standard fantasy fare"
This was my first audible purchase and I had mixed feelings about it. I can see that the series has a lot of potential but the narrators accents were all over the place which was very distracting.
Still considering whether or not to consider the other books in the series.
This is one my favourite books! It's an exciting, fast paced story about an apocalyptic world of wards, monsters and survival. The description and character development is outstanding and wether read or listen to you'll be hooked from the first chapter.
This is a must have book!
"If I could give this book no stars I would"
Peter Brett should be commended for crafting a detailed and unusual system of magic in this book. However, in my opinion, this was sadly at the expense of the main characters, who I found unengaging, uninteresting and, in some cases, unlikeable. It was a struggle for me to listen through to the end of this book, and the ending did not surprise. Perhaps the next book will be better, but I will not be buying it to find out.
"Great book, just asking to be made into a movie!!"
Really captivating story, I really hope it's adapted into a dark graphic movie!! Well worth a listen.
With a book as good as this, how can you go wrong. The reader is excellent and the book speaks for itself.
My only criticism is that all the way through corelings are called 'correlings'. They are things from the core of the earth, hence core-lings, not things made of corel. If there is doubt about pronunciation, would it not be an idea to check with the author before recording? After a while this really does become irritating.
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