The Warded Man (2009) – a review

The Painted Man (titled The Warded Man in the US) is a fantasy novel written by American writer Peter V. Brett. It is the first part of the Demon Cycle. …

… a world plagued by the attacks of demons known as corelings, which rise from the planet’s core each night to feast upon humans. …

The ongoing attrition of these attacks have reduced humanity from an advanced state of technology to a ‘dark age’. The only defense against the corelings are wards (magical runes) that can be drawn, painted, or inscribed to form protective barriers …

As the novel progresses, the protagonists each embark upon their own “hero’s journey” in an effort to save humanity. …

As of now the series is planned to be 5 books long. …

It has been confirmed that the Demon Cycle has been optioned for film production by director Paul W. S. Anderson …



I can’t really compare it to anything else I’ve read.

There are many things you could complain about in book 1. But I’ll be downloading book 2The Desert Spear. The main characters have got me interested. And the plot of book 2 sounds fascinating. Almost something out of Dune.


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