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The masterful audiobook The Painted Man is Book 1 in The Demon Cycle series written by highly-acclaimed fantasy writer Peter V. Brett and narrated by voice artist Colin Mace. The darkness of night has never been so frightening. Death is upon anyone who ventures into the haunting demonic mist that encircles the village at night. It is up to one young boy and two unlikely comrades to set out bravely and save the entire human race from the clutches of evil. This is a pure feat of fantasy writing at its best. Available now from Audible.

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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

Critiques

"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)

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  • Global
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Such good story but ...

Amazing story, albeit it could use a more accurate rendering of emotions. Peter V. Brett storytelling is so great I could almost hear the characters' voices while reading. Hearing them now in a most of the time different harmonic, set of emotions and tonality really made me unease. Still it was done well enough to be enjoyable. :)

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  • Global
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  • Hilde
  • 18/10/2017

It is a good book, but skips a lot.

I have tried this book before and didnt like the monsters so never finished.
I tried it again after a friend revomended it.

It is a good book.
It does go on and I feel it is a bit to plodding and has unessecary bits and characters, but it is still not bad.

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  • Dariusz Korczynski
  • 06/05/2017

Strongly recommend to magic lovers!

Great story and magnificent performance. I bought next volume at very next minute I finished this one.

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  • colin
  • 28/05/2015

Pure awesome

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!!

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Hagiti
  • 22/07/2018

Listen instead of reread

First audiobook I listen to, had to get used to it, but turns out to be amazing! Much easier that reading it again, so I am listening to it during work while I organize paper!

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  • Giancarlo
  • 12/05/2018

Without this ending should be great

Nice story, innovative, interesting. Good plot, well delineated characters, but the end !!!! Reminds Rambo or the worse superheroes !!! Anyway I'll buy the second book

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 02/12/2017

Fantastic you will want to continue to the next

Fantastic, you will want to continue to the next book. very well narrated. worth the money.

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  • B. A. De Luca
  • 24/10/2017

A genuinely good and well thought out book

A smart, well written book, lots of thought has gone into making the role feel real.

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  • Sanyaren
  • 16/01/2018

awesome very original and detailed story! doesn't

awesome, very original story! Doesn't get boring for even a single minute! love it so much

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  • J. Steenbuck
  • 04/01/2018

Great Story read well

Peter V. Brett has created a fascinating world with everything a fantasy reader could want: fierce demons, three heroes with twisted and interesting fates and an epic task that has to be fulfilled. I hardly stopped listening to sleep, the story was captivating and exciting from the first to the cliff-hanging last sentence. I'm off to the next chapter in this epic fantasy novel by a great storyteller.

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  • Yves
  • 18/12/2017

Finally succumbed and i dont regret it.

For months now audible has been recommending this series and I finally decided to try it out. I do not regret it in the least. I would put the demon cycle to a simmilar level of greatness as brandersons stormlight chronicles, high praise from me.
The story takes place over years and we see the charaters grow and struggle, until they start to take on their roles of heroes at the end.

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  • Global
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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 29/11/2017

Really really good fantasy

I liked patrick rothfuss so much and when i saw his comment on Brett i knew this has to be good. And it goddamn is.

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  • Daniel
  • 15/05/2017

Spannend

eine sehr spannende Geschichte die eine düstere Welt zeichnet. bin gespannt wie sie sich weiterentwickelt. hinterlässt auf jeden Fall den Wunsch nach mehr.

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  • Stephanie Gordon
  • 17/03/2017

Wonderful from start to end

The reader had so much emotion in the telling it was so easy to get lost in the story. Next book already bought.

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  • Annekatrin Lang
  • 10/06/2016

macht Lust auf mehr

Die Story hat mich schnell gefesselt und es gab kaum Passagen, die langweilig waren. Der Sprecher setzt seine Stimme vielfältig ein und erzeugt eine angenehme Atmosphäre. Lediglich beim hören mit Kopfhörern nervten seine Schluckgeräusche. Alles in allem war es ein sehr gutes Hörbuch, dass auch für Nicht-Muttersprachler leicht verständlich ist

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  • Tobias Günther
  • 14/06/2015

Great book

As a big fan of complex and innovative magic systems i've really enjoyed this book Even if listening to the "side"-storylines may seem a bit tedious at first and keeping up with the allover timeline is hard in the beginning you get rewarded by experiencing a wonderful and intelligently written beginning of a promising series that kept even me with over a hundred fantasy book in my shelf thoroughly amazed.

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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Sniggaz
  • 02/10/2017

Theoretisch gut, aber zu viele Logikfehler

Der Grundgedanke der Geschichte ist wirklich gut und sie ist auch spannend geschrieben,aber es gibt ein paar Logikfehler, die mir leider den Spaß daran nehmen.

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  • Stefan F.
  • 02/07/2016

Very akward narrator who ruins key moments

Although having a pleasant voice, the narrator shows no emotions in his acting what so ever.
This ruins many of the emotional scenes in the rather well written story.
Wont listen to the next part only because of colin mace...

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