The Painted Man

The Painted Man

By Peter V. Brett

  • Release Date : 2008-09-01
  • Genre : Epic
  • FIle Size : 1.89 MB
Score: 4.5
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The Painted Man 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.

Sometimes there is very good reason to be afraid of the dark…

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 each evening, a mist rises from the ground promising death to any foolish enough to brave the coming darkness. For hungry demons materialize from the vapours to feed, and as the shadows lengthen, all of humanity is forced to take shelter behind magical wards and pray that their protection holds until the dawn.

But when Arlen's world is shattered by the demon plague, he realizes that it is fear, rather than the monsters, which truly cripples humanity. Only by conquering their own terror can they ever hope to defeat the demons. Now Arlen must risk leaving the safety of his wards to discover a different path, and offer humanity a last, fleeting chance of survival.

Voted one of the top ten fantasy novels of 2008 by


'I enjoyed The Painted Man immensely. Action and suspense all the way'
Terry Brooks

‘Peter V. Brett is one of my favourite new authors’
Patrick Rothfuss

‘The Painted Man works not only as a great adventure novel but also as a reflection on the nature of heroism’
Charlaine Harris

About the author

Following college, Peter spent approximately 8 months managing a comic shop and pondering what to do with his life. He then went into medical publishing, squandering ten years of his physical prime sitting in a cubicle. He contented himself with writing books he never hoped to sell.
In June of 2007, his hard work and perseverance paid off, as he sold his 4th novel, THE PAINTED MAN, and in October of 2007, he left his day job to pursue writing full time.
He lives in Brooklyn NY .


  • Loved it

    By Wparky87
    Totally engrossed and finished it before I even knew what happened. Great holiday read as well!!
  • Captivating brilliant story telling

    By Sant Khalsa
    If I may, I see a mini lord of the rings series coming up - well done
  • Stunning!!!

    By Bizzle0900
    Absolutely brilliant, found it so hard to out down...
  • A Brilliant Read

    By Kate J Marshall
    A very gripping story that I couldn't put down. I would recommend this to anyone who loves fantasy books and has a strong stomach as the descriptions in the fight scenes are amazing. Very, very good. I'm now going to start the next one in the series straight away!
  • Something New

    By Scottishpete
    This book is a treat to read. It had me caught up with the storyline and characters from the beginning. It's not very often nowadays that a story stands by itself but this story is one of them. I like this book and would recommend it to anyone. A very worthwhile read.
  • Couldn't put it down

    By Ollieuk1987
    A good read, not the best - it still managed to grip me though!
  • Amazing

    By Drew Gallacher
    Amazing book, has gotten my interested in reading again! Almost impossible to put down, well worth a read.
  • An instant classic

    By JamesCreed
    A fantastic mix of fantasy adventure, romance and epic visualisations that will keep you turning page after page. The religious symmetry from modern day life, cast against a background of human struggle gives us a strong relationship with the characters and events. This well written and epic story is one you won't want to put down at all! Peter V Brett has created an exciting and intriguing world which will have audiences of all ages and interests hooked. I personally thank you for this book.
  • Gripped

    By Spazbo666
    From the moment I started to read this book I was gripped, and I was unable to put it down. Definitely worth the 5*'s given. The Author has written brilliantly, I am anxiously awaiting the 3rd instalment.
  • 3AM Job!

    By Charlie Woodruffe
    A piece of fantastical brilliance. Stumbled across it over a year ago when I came across an article telling how the author wrote a substantial amount of it on his smart phone. A worthy feat, yes? Anyway, this book has it all; great characters, a brilliantly designed world with intriguing cultures, not to mention a magic system that's unique and frankly pretty damn cool. However If you like to spend your nights sleeping, you'd best stay clear of this one. But if you think your body-clock can withstand the change, then grab yourself this amazing read, for try as you may, you WILL sacrifice sleep to read on. It's one of those 3AM jobs for sure!