The Painted Man by Peter V. Brett

The Painted Man

By Peter V. Brett

  • Release Date: 2008-09-01
  • Genre: Epic
Score: 4.5
From 179 Ratings
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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.

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 .


  • The painted man

    By KittyKatt! Msp
    I loved this book,couldn't stop from the first page.lm straight onto book 2
  • Great!

    By caiitlinrose
    Great adventurer novel. Enjoyed the descriptiveness and the action
  • Engaging tale of discovery

    By The Docalicious
    An enthralling and engaging tale of a young man on a path of self discovery and redemption after a personal tragedy. His growth and development as he meets a beautiful herb gatherer and a young jongluer who also seek redemption for their pasts and learn to tap into their strengths, learning what it is to be human in a world filled with demons.
  • Great read

    By BarryWhiteNot
    Engaging story, building steadily and drawing you in. Characters are real and the story line is credible. Very enjoyable
  • You will not put this down

    By dpatlee
    I read this in two sessions but could have stayed up all night to finish it. Must read the next one!
  • Awesome, could not put it down

    By oscarcharliezulu
    Great characters and story. Hope he keeps writing more.
  • The painted man

    By Colin Read
    Forget Game of Thrones this is the new great in the world on fantasy
  • Great read

    By S&N Hopkinson
  • Great!

    By Gaannoit
    This is a book I could not put down! Made me think about my religion and fears. There is deeper meaning here.
  • Awesome

    By Axeman79
    One of the best books I've read in a long time , couldn't put it down loved it, going to down load the next one right now .