The stunning debut fantasy novel from author Peter V. Brett. The Painted Man, book one of the Demon Cycle, is a captivating and thrilling fantasy adventure, pulling the reader into a world of demons, darkness and heroes.Voted one of the top ten fantasy novels of 2008 by amazon.co.uk.
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, which 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.
©2008 Peter V. Brett (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
"I enjoyed The Painted Man immensely. Action and suspense all the way." (Terry Brooks)
"An absolute masterpiece… literally unputdownable, and deserves to be the next Big Thing in dark fantasy." (www.ozhorrorscope.com)
"A very accomplished debut fantasy. Recommended." (www.sfrevu.com. Readers Reviews)
"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)
I was unsure about this series due to the review some idiot have it. But I was pleasantly surprised, the concept was original, the characters were intriguing and the fighting was exciting. Would definately recommend this to any fantasy lovers looking for a new series to jump into. It took me two days to finish this book and there was not a dull momment. Can't wait to jump into the next one!!
"So good, I listened to it twice"
Story – 5/5
I have actually listened to this audiobook twice due to the change in narrator – and I can say that it was just as enjoyable the second time around, which just goes to show how absorbing this really is.
The characters and world building are where this series really stands out; they are amongst some of the best in fantasy. He starts by following 3 children from independent backgrounds, and tells the story from their point of view – which can seem a little “young adult” in places as a consequence. The years quickly progress though, and the story develops very well as their age, skills and experience do. There are some more harsh scenes near the end that are even more brutal when described due to this approach (you’ll know when you get there).
The story is a bit derivative of other concepts done before, but Peter V Brett just writes it so well, making it smooth and easy to follow. There wasn’t a single moment that I got bored or lost concentration. I haven’t enjoyed books 2 & 3 quite as much as this one, but I am definitely engrossed enough to finish the series off.
Performance – 4/5
Although Colin Mace is an excellent narrator, I think Peter Joyce was a bit better. He may have mispronounced names (which I barely recognised the differences in the new edition), but he performed it a lot better. That being said, don’t be put off by Colin Mace – he may be a bit plain and dull here and there, but he does describe the action well, and the characters do have distinct voices. If you are picking this version up for the first time, you will no doubt be very happy with Colin Mace.
"Best use of a credit..EVER!!!"
thoroughly enjoyable book that's draws you into the story and livers of the 3 main characters and a world where demons rise at night to claim your flesh for their meal,
the whole book is a great read but I am particularly drawn to the story of Arlen Bayles and his hate for the demon which drives his longing to set his fellow man free from fear of their power of the night.
He is a great narrator, who is excellent at bringing out each individual character, whilst keeping the pace of the story. He is an English narrator, which works well as I feel an American accent would overshadow the story.
Can man stand once again with man to claim back the night for their own?
A great book that's really satisfied a craving for a good epic story, which this is!. I am now on the 2nd book and have already bought the final two books in the series as I am now listening to the series from start to finish. I am officially hooked.
"Gripping and Original Fantasy"
I usually listen to audible books while travelling to work and doing housework and gardening etc. this book was so good i read it over the course of a weekend - finding excuses to keep listening by getting extra jobs done I had been putting off for months :)
If you like fantasy from the likes of Brandon Sanderson and George R R Martin you owe it to yourself to try this book.
Now - on to book 2.
"The start of the Story"
i found the story compelling. The narrator using an unexcited tone which works very well for me, because at times the scenes are fast and furious especially during battle scenes. The three main characters of this story each have their own tale and they are interwoven expertly. A great novel
"Very good performance and story. Highly recommende"
It takes a while to get into the story as it describes the beginnings of 3 different main characters. But once you are in it, it's difficult to stop listening.
Loved this from start to finish. Classic fantasy at its best. Demons come out at night and prey on humankind, only to be banished when dawn comes - OK not the most original idea ever but PVB has still created a wonderfully captivating world that will have you totally drawn in. The 3 main characters are very well fleshed out and all very unique and engaging. You follow them all from childhood into early adulthood and its interesting to watch them grow and change as characters. They also have the likeability factor that make you keep "turning the page".
Colin Mace's narration is good, not the best I've heard but he does a decent job of differentiating between the characters and i quite liked the smooth tone of his voice. After finishing i immediately downloaded book 2 and am currently half way through it. I'm glad to have a new fantasy series to loose myself in for 70+ hours :)
"One of the best audiobooks I've bought!"
What a superb story. A simple premise but unique in the world of fantasy books that I have discovered so far. It captivates you from the start and I was eager to carry on listening as soon as I could. Colin Mace is perfect for this narration. He gives the characters their own voices and reels you into the story. Very well performed! I am so happy that there are 3 other books in this series - I can't wait to listen to them!
Found the story, from start to finish riveting. couldn't wait to listen to the next bit of the story! on to the next !
"Fantastic. Couldn't Stop Reading"
This is one of the best. Everything about this audiobook is top notch. So much so that I've felt the need to write a review for the first time.
The world is very well realised. I listen to a lot of fantasy and it is important to me that any magic/supernatural systems in the world are consistent and 'believable' and the world in which these systems exist reflects the supernatural. Brett's world ticks this box for me. The cultures have all adapted to world in which they exist. This is not a generic 'medieval Europe' like setting with wizards and monsters.
The characters are three-dimensional and grow as the story progresses. Character development manages to avoid, for the most part, jarring jumps in traits, abilities and relationships
I've not listened to any others before this and after reading the reviews I was a little hesitant.
The performance is fantastic. Characters are well voiced and distinct (odd bit part characters sometimes sound similar, but the main ones are instantly recognisable) and he manages to convey tension, action and emotion very well.
COME AND SEE THIS FILM ITS BLOODY GOOD!!!1!1!!!1!
I listened to this in record time, and then downloaded the rest of the series (so far). I can't recommend this book enough.
"Rompingly good book!"
An enjoyable listen - lots of intrigue and interest - excellent character development as book progressed a little slow to get going - but when it did it hit he mark. Excellent
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