The Demon Cycle

11 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 6,621 ratings

The Painted Man Summary

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.Voted one of the top ten fantasy novels of 2008 by amazon.co.uk.

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 from the isolated hamlet of Tibbet's Brook.

As dusk falls upon Arlen's world, a strange mist rises from the ground; 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.

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  • Book 1

    • The Painted Man

    • The Demon Cycle, Book 1
    • By: Peter V. Brett
    • Narrated by: Colin Mace
    • Length: 16 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,607
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,494
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,491

    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. Voted one of the top ten fantasy novels of 2008 by amazon.co.uk. 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 from the isolated hamlet of Tibbet's Brook.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Gripping and Original Fantasy

    • By Dave on 01-06-15

    Regular price: £19.99

  • Book 1.5

    Brayan's Gold cover art
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  • Book 1.5, 1.6

    • Great Bazaar and Brayan's Gold

    • By: Peter V. Brett
    • Narrated by: Colin Mace
    • Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 82
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      5 out of 5 stars 80
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 80

    Two exciting short stories set in the engrossing world of The Demon Cycle from bestselling fantasy author Peter V. Brett.Humanity has been brought to the brink of extinction. Each night, the world is overrun by demons - bloodthirsty creatures of nightmare that have been hunting and killing humanity for over 300 years. A scant few hamlets and half-starved city-states are all that remain of a once proud civilization, and it is only by hiding behind wards, ancient symbols with the power to repel the demons, that they survive.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • a great listen and read.

    • By James B Lofthouse on 16-08-16

    Regular price: £6.99

  • Book 1.6

    The Great Bazaar cover art
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  • Book 2

    • The Desert Spear

    • The Demon Cycle, Book 2
    • By: Peter V. Brett
    • Narrated by: Colin Mace
    • Length: 24 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,139
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,060
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,060

    Continuing the impressive debut fantasy series from author Peter V. Brett, The Desert Spear is book two of the Demon Cycle, pulling the reader into a world of demons, darkness and heroes. The Deliverer has returned, but who is he? Arlen Bales, formerly of the small hamlet of Tibbet's Brook, learnt harsh lessons about life as he grew up in a world where hungry demons stalk the night and humanity is trapped by its own fear.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amazing 2nd instalment

    • By Susan on 29-07-15

    Regular price: £24.99

  • Book 3

    • The Daylight War

    • The Demon Cycle, Book 3
    • By: Peter V. Brett
    • Narrated by: Colin Mace
    • Length: 26 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,078
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,000
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 997

    Continuing the impressive debut fantasy series from author Peter V. Brett, The Daylight War is book three of the Demon Cycle, pulling the reader into a world of demons, darkness and heroes. On the night of a new moon all shadows deepen. Humanity has thirty days to prepare for the next demon attack, but one month is scarcely enough time to train a village to defend themselves, let alone an entire continent caught in the throes of civil war.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Found the series runs out of steam.

    • By Howard on 12-07-16

    Regular price: £26.99

  • Book 3.5

    • Messenger's Legacy (Novella)

    • By: Peter V. Brett
    • Narrated by: Colin Mace
    • Length: 2 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 77
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 73
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 72

    A brand new novella set in the engrossing world of The Demon Cycle from bestselling fantasy author Peter V. Brett. Humanity has been brought to the brink of extinction. Each night, the world is overrun by demons. Bloodthirsty creatures of nightmare that have been hunting the surface for over 300 years. A scant few hamlets and half-starved city-states are all that remain of a once proud civilization, and it is only by hiding behind wards, ancient symbols with the power to repel the demons, that they survive.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • just great, a brilliant filler between novels

    • By James B Lofthouse on 15-08-16

    Regular price: £6.99

  • Book 4

    • The Skull Throne

    • The Demon Cycle, Book 4
    • By: Peter V. Brett
    • Narrated by: Colin Mace
    • Length: 23 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,428
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,310
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,310

    In the grand tradition of George R.R. Martin and Robert Jordan, Sunday Times best-selling author Peter V. Brett continues his critically acclaimed Demon Cycle with the next dramatic instalment: The Skull Throne. The Skull Throne of Krasia stands empty. Built from the skulls of fallen generals and demon princes, it is a seat of honour and ancient, powerful magic, keeping the demon corelings at bay. From atop the throne, Ahmann Jardir was meant to conquer the known world, forging its isolated peoples into a unified army to rise up and end the demon war once and for all.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The stuffing in the middle?

    • By Robyn on 29-09-15

    Regular price: £26.99

  • Book 5

    • The Core

    • The Demon Cycle, Book 5
    • By: Peter V. Brett
    • Narrated by: Colin Mace
    • Length: 30 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,210
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,138
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,134

    Sunday Times and New York Times best-selling author Peter V. Brett brings one of the most imaginative fantasy sagas of the 21st century to an epic close. The war has begun.... For time out of mind, bloodthirsty demons have stalked the night, culling the human race to scattered remnants dependent on half-forgotten magics to protect them. Two heroes arose - men as close as brothers yet divided by bitter betrayal.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Dissapointing end to a series that petered out.

    • By Tom on 18-02-18
    • The Demon Cycle, Book 5
    • By: Peter V. Brett
    • Narrated by: Colin Mace
    • Length: 30 hrs and 23 mins
    • Release date: 12-10-17
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 1,210 ratings

    Regular price: £26.99

    • Barren

    • By: Peter V. Brett
    • Narrated by: Colin Mace
    • Length: 2 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
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    A new Demon Cycle novella from internationally best-selling author Peter V. Brett. After The Great Bazaar and Brayan’s Gold and Messenger’s Legacy comes Barren, an enchanting new novella set in the much-loved world of the Demon Cycle series.

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    • Barren

    • By: Peter V. Brett
    • Narrated by: Xe Sands
    • Length: 4 hrs
    • Unabridged
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    Each night, the world is overrun by bloodthirsty demons. For centuries, humanity survived only by hiding behind defensive wards - magical symbols with the power to repel the demons. Now, the rediscovery of long-forgotten combat wards has given them the magic they need to fight back. In Tibbet’s Brook, the fighting wards have brought change, but the factions and grudges of a troubled past remain. Selia Square, the woman they call Barren, has long been the force that holds the Brook together. As a terrifying new threat emerges, she rallies her people once again.

    Regular price: £18.89