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Saturday, 9 January 2016

Review: THE PAINTED MAN


The Painted Man by Peter Brett
Book 1 in The Demon Cycle series
Read by Colin Mace
Genre: epic fantasy
Format: paperback, ebook, & audiobook


About The Painted Man:
As darkness falls after sunset, the corelings rise—demons who possess supernatural powers and burn with a consuming hatred of humanity. For hundreds of years the demons have terrorized the night, slowly culling the human herd that shelters behind magical wards—symbols of power whose origins are lost in myth and whose protection is terrifyingly fragile. It was not always this way. Once, men and women battled the corelings on equal terms, but those days are gone. Night by night the demons grow stronger, while human numbers dwindle under their relentless assault. Now, with hope for the future fading, three young survivors of vicious demon attacks will dare the impossible, stepping beyond the crumbling safety of the wards to risk everything in a desperate quest to regain the secrets of the past. Together, they will stand against the night.
Source: Info in the About The Painted Man was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3322866-the-painted-man on 03/01/2016.


My Thoughts:
It took me a bit of time to get into this story. The first couple of chapters were hard going. But the worst thing about it is the story telling style of the book. The story has multiple threads and jumps from thread to thread every couple of chapters or so. Like for example I was reading about Arlen for the last couple of chapters. Then the next chapter jumps to Leesha. I have to go back to the last chapter where Leesha left off because I had forgotten what had happened to her last while being immersed in Arlen's story. The continuity of the story is broken. This story telling style feels jarring to the reading flow. I really didn't like it! It also drags down the reading pace despite the convenience of the audiobook format. However, I like this author's story telling quality and the world building. It is just simply beautiful! I also do not agree with all of the narrator's interpretations, but I can live with it. All in all, I enjoyed this book and, of course, am now reading Book 2.


Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4
Character development = 4.5
Story itself = 4
Writing Style = 3
Ending = 3
World building = 5
Cover art = 4.5
Pace = 3
Plot = 4
Narration = 4.5

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 cherries


About Peter Brett
Peter V. Brett
Raised on a steady diet of fantasy novels, comic books, and Dungeons & Dragons, Peter V. Brett (“Peat” to his friends) has been writing fantasy stories for as long as he can remember. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Art History from the University at Buffalo in 1995, and then spent over a decade in pharmaceutical publishing before returning to his bliss. He lives in Brooklyn.
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Books in The Demon Cycle series:
Book 1: THE WARDED MAN Book 1.5: BRAYAN'S GOLD Book 1.6: THE GREAT BAZAAR AND OTHER STORIES Book 2: THE DESERT SPEAR Book 3: THE DAYLIGHT WAR Book 3.5: MESSENGER'S LEGACY Book 4: THE SKULL THRONE



FTC Disclosure:
The paperback, ebook, and audiobook copies of this book were purchased with private funds.
No money received for this review.

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