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The Warded Man (in the US; also known as "The Painted Man" in the UK) is the first book in The Demon Cycle. It is followed by The Desert Spear. It follows the lives of three central unlikely characters who are tired of constantly living in fear of corelings and of the night. It is time to fight back and end their reign.
From Penguin Random House:
- 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.
"I enjoyed The Painted Man immensely. There is much to admire in Peter Brett's writing, and his concept is brilliant. Action and suspense all the way." - Terry Brooks[Citation needed]
Amazon.co.uk placed it as one of the Top 10 Science Fiction & Fantasy books of 2008.
Main Characters Edit
- Although the movie rights have been purchased for this book, an initial production (2009) never got off the ground, so without ongoing news of progress, it is unlikely a movie will get made.
- Although Peter V. Brett originally conceived of the title as "The Painted Man", he now personally prefers "The Warded Man". The title was changed by request of his US publisher, though they gave no reason. 
See also Edit
- The Desert Spear (Book 2 of The Demon Cycle)
- The Daylight War (Book 3)
- The Skull Throne (Book 4)
- The Core (Book 5)
- The Desert Prince (Book 1 of I Am Olive trilogy)
- Book #2 (Book 2)
- Book #3 (Book 3)
- Amazon (US) The Warded Man: Book One of The Demon Cycle Hardcover – March 10, 2009 by Peter V. Brett (Author)
- Amazon (UK) The Painted Man (The Demon Cycle, Book 1) (Demon Trilogy 1) Hardcover – 1 Sep 2008 by Peter V. Brett (Author)
- 10th Anniversary Special Edition deluxe hardback The Painted Man (The Demon Cycle, Book 1) Hardcover – Illustrated, 8 Aug 2019 by Peter V. Brett (Author), Dominik Broniek (Illustrator)
- Amazon (US) The Warded Man: Book One of The Demon Cycle Mass Market Paperback – March 23, 2010 by Peter V. Brett (Author)
- Amazon (UK) The Painted Man (The Demon Cycle, Book 1) Paperback – 31 Jan 2013 by Peter V. Brett (Author)
- Limited Edition Painted Man is Available Now by Karen August 13, 2019 8:00 am
- Unbound Worlds NYCC 2016: Peter V. Brett on the Demon Cycle Movie and Comic Book By Matt Staggs October 6, 2016
- Variety Sci-Fi Fantasy ‘The Warded Man’ Movie in the Works (EXCLUSIVE) by Dave McNary October 3, 2016 05:44PM PT