The Painted Man by Peter V Brett.
Originally published: 2008
Author: Peter V. Brett
Page count: 544
Cover artist: Larry Rostant
Country: United Kingdom
Genres: Fantasy, Horror fiction
For hundreds of years these creatures have terrorized the night, slowly culling the human population.
It was not always this way. Men and woman did not always cower behind the protective magical wards and hope to see the dawn.
Once they battled the demons on equal terms, but those days, and skills, are gone.
Arlen Bales lives with his parents on their isolated farmstead until a demon attack shatters their world. He learns a savage lesson that day: That people, as well as magic, can let you down.
Rejecting the fear that kills efficiently as the creatures, Arlen risks another path in order to offer humanity a last, fleeting chance of survival.
Just on a need to know bases, I have NEVER read a book about demons in my life, nor have I ever delved into the world of high adult fantasy. But I can honestly say if they are all as good as The Painted Man…then I’m sold.
The Painted Man is a fantastical tale of fear, community, strength and home. It features 3 main characters with very different plot lines, which overtime, all intertwine. I must say that Peter V Brett did this perfectly!
Each character faces trials and loses due to the demon population and each of them come out stronger and more determined to help their own race.
Arlen is, in my opinion, the central character of this novel and you cannot help but fall in love with him and his story line, this is mainly due to us meeting him for the first time when he is only 11 years old.
Leesha (which is kinda cool because it sounds like my name hehe), the second of the main characters which we meet is a strong and caring female lead, to whom, you cannot help but feel proud and inspired by, due to her strength as a female character set in this sort of world.
And finally, the last of the main characters, Rojer. Rojer is merely a toddler when we first meet him and he suffers a great and life altering change due to the demons, and what does he do? He spends the rest of his life making people laugh!
So if you are in the mood for a high fantasy which will make you laugh, cry, smile, proud and sometimes slightly on edge, The Painted Man by Peter V Brett is definitely a good way to go! This is the first book in a series and below is the rest of the published books and novels if you are interested in the rest of the authors work!
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Happy Reading Guys! and seriously…give this one a shot! x