Jun 5, 2010

#73 - "The Painted Man" by Peter V. Brett

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 Arlen'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.

My thoughts on the book:
First of all, I should mention that this was re-read for me & that this is one of my top favorite books ever! The story is told  from the point-of-view of 3 characters: Arlen, Leesha & Rojer & we follow their growing-up & why they'll become the people they'll be! I really cared for the characters & it was like everything they're feeling, I was feeling! I even cried at some of the bad things & I rarely do that, but I couldn't help it, there were some heartbreaking moments! I should mention that are happening some really bad things, (I'm not saying what, 'cause I don't like spoilers) so maybe the book it's not for everyone! I loved the world Peter V. Brett created, too! Every night demons are rising from the Core of the Earth & the only defence the people have are wards! This is the first book in the Demon Cycle! Everytime I'm reading it, I'm thoroughly enveloped with it! It's really captivating, action-packed, with humor & a dash of romance & I highly recommend it!

My rating: 5/5

Finished: 20 May 2010



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