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
From get go it was interesting, towards the end on the first part it sounded like whats happening, where are we, what we talking about, but then it all gets cleared up. Every time I paused the book due to me having to do something else I was always left wanting more, the story pulls you into the 3 characters lives, I will be going onto the second book tonight, I am very keen to continue the story :) I really hope the the 3rd book is released before I finish the second. Also, I really liked this Narrator, he is absolutly brilient, well fitted to the book. I hope he does lots more, of this type of book FICTION like the Raymond Fiest books etc. Although he may have done more of them I just probly can't see them due to me being in NZ, the publishers won't release the Raymond E Fiest Audio Books here for some reason, and a substantial amount of other books I am interested in. Anyway I HIGHLY recommend this book :)
exceptionally well read
Leesha; her character develops closest to her original motives of honesty and her hunger for freedom.
All of them. Joyce is a brilliant reader.
Currently listening to the second book and can't wait for the third to be released.
Generally, I found this book enjoyable to listen to. While the narrator has a nice voice, I found him a bit patchy at first. He wasn't always consistent with the voices, in particular any older people kept randomly developing Texan accents for some reason. But I felt he settled into it by the second half of the book.
The best thing about this book is the interesting and original premise. Demons rise from the ground each sundown and rule the night, while humans huddle in warded buildings. You really get a sense of how people's lives and society as a whole has been completely shaped by this and particularly by their fear of it, which is one of the main points of the story.
I thought the author's writing style was a bit clumsy and both the writing and the characters a little on the simplistic side. It is all laid out in a pretty straightforward manner. There weren't any points where I had to stop and ponder the implications of something that had been revealed, or connect the dots myself. I like some layers in a book and this really didn't have them. To be fair, I was listening to this at the same time as reading Guy Gavriel Kay and most authors sound clumsy and simplistic compared to him!
My final criticism is that towards the end of the book, I started finding the main characters and their reactions to events less and less plausible. There is a sense that the author had a plan for certain events to happen before the end of the book and that after so much time spent building up the characters, he suddenly had to wrap it up.
So one of the characters has something especially traumatic happen to them. They have a bit of a cry and then are apparently completely recovered within a day or two. Various events happen with only flimsy explanations as to why and characters do things that seem rather random.
So it seems I do have a fair few things I didn't like about this book. But did I enjoy listening to it? Yes. Did these things annoy me to the point I wanted to stop? No, although I did have to pause it to have a rant about some of the events near the end.
I feel there are certainly much better fantasy audiobooks out there. I listened to The Lies of Locke Lamora before this and it was brilliant (and this suffered by comparison). But if you have already listened to some others and are looking for something new, give this a go.
Great narrator, who brought the story of the painted man to life. I thoroughly enjoyed this audio book one of the best I've listened to thus far
"Narrater change in book 3!!!!!!!"
Right first of this book is good and so is the second one
But before you use your credit on it go listen to the first two samples
Then go listen to book three sample
Yep half way through a series they change from a british reader to an American.
The English bloke in the first mis pronounces corelings to what sounds like coralings and this has wound up mr bret sooooo much that he will not let Joyce do anymore.
He also say he mispronounces other names.
But let me tell you, although he says coralings instead of corelings, he also puts on great voices that if your like me, and don't rember names to well, help so much as you know who said what straight away.
He gives the warriors who live in the desert a Arab like accsent and for the Greenlanders a more country feel.
It all sounded right to me
But aparently not to mr Brett, (who is the first to big up his book by righting a review about how good his books are) and who has decided that he wants things done his way now he has a bit of success, and sod the Brits.
I like it when I find a British narrator and hate it when they change them.
So do your self a favour and see if you can take the change before starting.
And if you can't stand it then I say try joe Abercrombie or the king killer chronicles as the at least have the decency to stick to one narrator who's British.
"happily disappears into this for hours"
Not since Name of the Wind have I been drawn into a book so happily....
I love my epic fantasies, and although I'm only one book into this trilogy, looking at other reviewers comments, I'm really hoping the standard will hold through the next two books.
Brandon Sanderson, George RRMartin , Robert Jordan and Patric Rothfuss have delivered my favourite fantasy listens over the last few years (ably assisted by superb narrators), and I'm now happy to add Peter Brett to my list of authors to search by.
A new world to learn about -this one dominated by demons. There is magic, but in an "art form" of wards rather than some intangible "one has the power" approach, which is a refreshing change. Characters are all good, and likeable, and the story is just getting interesting now......and as I type this, I'm downloading book two.....too much still to happen to end the listening now......
Very much worth a listen to, but you won't be satisfied if you want a full story in one book - this first book is, in effect, just the first (long) chapter.
This book really was good, and it had me downloading book two right away. I do however, have some concerns about some of the subject matter. For instance at one point a woman is raped by 3 outlaws and within 24 hours she is 'making love' . There were quite a few instances such as this which were weird, jarring and totally out of context. If these were removed I would say it was an excellent book, but these weird sexual oddities exist so it is simply a good book.
Demons only come out at night - Humans hiding behind their wards - loved the story and the narration.
"Slow To start"
This is a slow starting Book but stay with it its gets so much better, well worth the 1 credit to download, the only thing that lets it down for me is the Narrator He is clearly struggling with the vioce changes from male to female Im looking forward to its second book this month, on this book it takes a little time to catch up to the point of where the title came from but all in all good start to a trilogy
"Brlliant , loved this."
Having just finished the epic Wheel of Time series i was looking for something to fill the massive hole left. My first 3 purchases were just not up to it and i was beginning to despair. Then i found a mention of this book left by another reader who classed it with " A wise mans fears" (which i already have to and really enjoyed) so i thought i would give it a try. Wow, brilliant really enjoyed this easy to listen to book . Wonderful story line, keeps you engaged all the way and not just for ardent fans of fantasy, at certain points had to stop what i'm doing to give it all my attention and with just an hour left to listen to have already downloaded no 2 and 3. Well worth a try , i did and it was money well spent .
"The Painted Man : Demon Trilogy, Book 1"
Amazing Book Loved Loved Loved it, The narrator did a fantastic job taking me on a journey fantastic well done Peter V Brett
"The Best Fantasy fiction book I have read tis Year"
Great characters, Brilliant Magic system and a very well told story with superb prose and Narration. This Book exceeded my expectations and I was thrilled to to learn that there is a second book, the Desert Spear as well which is also a fantastic book to experience through audio.
This book puts you through many emotions with some excellent victory moments. The story will appeal to both Men and Women and is filled with adventure, discover and adult themes. This is NOT a boys slice and dice the dragon type of book.
The only down side is that I will have to wait for the third book expected next year March....and there are 5 books in the series.
If you like reading Fantasy fiction, you need to experience this book. Peter V Brett has established himself as one of today top new wave fantasy fiction writers that have emerged over the last 5 years.
Thank you Peter V Brett for crafting a excellent adventure. and Thank you Peter Joyce for the colour added to the characters voices. You Sir, are a superb Narator.
"Epic and engadging"
Fantastic story, brilliantly written and thoroughly entertaining.
"Frustrating and disappointing"
To be fair, I started listening to this after listening to the King Killer Chronicles and may be more critical because it was a huge come down from the quality of those books. (If you like fantasy and haven't purchased them yet my advice would be to stop reading this review and look at them instead.) The story though not really anything new, has potential and the narrator, while not the best I've heard, does a good job.
However, after the first half hour, the story left me wanting to chuck my much loved mp4 player out the window, just to be rid of it. The quality of the writing completely lets the whole thing down. I can live with stereotypical characters but not with having he said or so and so said, repeated six or more times at the start of consecutive sentences (to make sure I'm not being unfair I think there is an occasional asked, mused and questioned in there, to add some variety). I have no idea how this ever got past an editor but it grates even more in audio where it is impossible to skim as you can when reading. To make things worse, after reading another review, I found out that the narrator was changed to one I did not like by the third book and so the series lost one of the few things in it's favor.
I'm going to try and persevere with this as according to the reviews it gets better and I've already spent the credit but if a reasonable standard of writing is important to you, I'd look elsewhere.
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