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The Painted Man

(2008)
(The Warded Man)
(The first book in the Demon Cycle series)
A novel by

 
 
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 away from the isolated hamlet of Tibbet's Brook.

As dusk falls upon Arlan's world, a strange mist rises from the ground, a mist carrying nightmares to the surface. 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.

Genre: Fantasy

Praise for this book

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


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Hardback Editions

July 2019 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Painted Man (The Demon Cycle, Book 1)
Author(s): Peter V Brett
ISBN: 0-00-821981-8 / 978-0-00-821981-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperVoyager
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October 2016 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Painted Man (The Demon Cycle, Book 1)
Author(s): Peter V Brett
ISBN: 0-00-822510-9 / 978-0-00-822510-0 (UK edition)
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March 2009 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Warded Man: Book One of The Demon Cycle
Author(s): Peter V Brett
ISBN: 0-345-50380-5 / 978-0-345-50380-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Del Rey
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January 2009 : UK Hardback

Title: The Painted Man
Author(s): Peter V Brett
ISBN: 0-00-730934-1 / 978-0-00-730934-4 (UK edition)
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January 2009 : UK Hardback

Title: The Painted Man
Author(s): Peter V Brett
ISBN: 0-00-730935-X / 978-0-00-730935-1 (UK edition)
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September 2008 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Painted Man: Enter a world where darkness belongs to demons... (The Demon Cycle, Book 1)
Author(s): Peter V Brett
ISBN: 0-00-727613-3 / 978-0-00-727613-4 (UK edition)
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Paperback Editions

January 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Painted Man (The Demon Cycle, Book 1)
Author(s): Peter V Brett
ISBN: 0-00-749254-5 / 978-0-00-749254-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harper Voyager
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January 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Painted Man (The Demon Cycle, Book 1)
Author(s): Peter V Brett
ISBN: 0-00-751861-7 / 978-0-00-751861-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harper Voyager
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March 2010 : Paperback
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Title: [The Warded Man] (By: Peter V Brett) [published: March, 2010]
Author(s): Peter V Brett
Publisher: Random House Inc
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March 2010 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Warded Man: Book One of The Demon Cycle
Author(s): Peter V Brett
ISBN: 0-345-51870-5 / 978-0-345-51870-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Del Rey
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April 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Painted Man (The Demon Cycle, Book 1): 1/3 (Demon Cycle 1)
Author(s): Peter V Brett
ISBN: 0-00-727614-1 / 978-0-00-727614-1 (UK edition)
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September 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Painted Man: Enter a world where darkness belongs to demons... (The Demon Cycle, Book 1)
Author(s): Peter V Brett
ISBN: 0-00-727615-X / 978-0-00-727615-8 (UK edition)
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Audio Editions

November 2014 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Painted Man: The Demon Cycle, Book 1
Author(s): Peter V Brett
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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November 2014 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Painted Man: The Demon Cycle, Book 1
Author(s): Peter V Brett
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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November 2014 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Painted Man: The Demon Cycle, Book 1
Author(s): Peter V Brett
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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May 2012 : UK Audio CD

Title: The Painted Man: Demon Trilogy 1
Author(s): Peter V Brett
ISBN: 0-85735-588-0 / 978-0-85735-588-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Limited
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January 2012 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Demon Cycle 1 The Warded Man (2 of 2)
Author(s): Peter V Brett
ISBN: 1-59950-822-2 / 978-1-59950-822-1 (USA edition)
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December 2011 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Demon Cycle 1 The Warded Man (1 of 2)
Author(s): Peter V Brett
ISBN: 1-59950-816-8 / 978-1-59950-816-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: GraphicAudio
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November 2009 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Warded Man
Author(s): Peter V Brett
Publisher: Recorded Books
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November 2009 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Warded Man
Author(s): Peter V Brett
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Kindle Editions

August 2019 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Painted Man (The Demon Cycle, Book 1)
Author(s): Peter V Brett
Publisher: HarperVoyager
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February 2009 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Warded Man: Book One of The Demon Cycle (The Demon Cycle Series 1)
Author(s): Peter V Brett
Publisher: Del Rey
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January 2009 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Painted Man
Author(s): Peter V Brett
Publisher: HarperVoyager
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