The Painted Man (Demon Cycle 1) by Peter V. Brett
As darkness falls, demon corelings rise — multitudes and giants, from fire, wood, and rock, hungry for human flesh. After centuries, humans dwindle, protective wards forgotten. Three young survivors of demon attacks, Arlen, Leesha, and Rojer, dare to fight back. (Goodreads)
In Arlen’s world there is demons, or corelings as they’re called, who rises from the ground when the darkness falls. People try to protect their homes with wards and hoping the wards hold during the night.
Arlen lives with his parents at a small village when the village is attacked by the demons. When his mother is severly wounded and his father stays behind the safety of the wards watching, Arlen starts to wonder why people won’t fight back and thinks that there must be some way to fight.
Arlen is disappointed in his father’s cowardice and leaves his home to discover a way to learn to fight.
The book is also told from Leesha’s and Rojer’s point of view. Leesha becomes a herb gatherer, healer, and Rojer becomes jongleur after his village is attacked.
We get to know Arlen from young age and see him grow to a very determined, or obsessed, man. Fighting corelings becomes his whole life whic borders on obsession. He loathes his father and the people who are too afraid to fight but I could understand why they were afraid. Sometimes I wished he had just little more understanding with those.
I liked Leesha who was smart and had courage but why must every man want to bed her? And the romance part just came out of the blue. And I just don’t believe someone recovers from rape that soon and then soon after has sex in the mud with near complete stranger.
But I did enjoy the book and it left me wondering what happens next. I’m definitely reading the next book!
Published: Harper Voyager (2008)