The stunning debut fantasy novel from author Peter V. Brett. The Painted Man, book one of the Demon trilogy, 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 darkā¦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 each evening, a mist rises from the ground promising death to any foolish enough to brave the coming darkness. For hungry demons materialize from the vapours to feed, and as the shadows lengthen, all of humanity is forced to take shelter behind magical wards and pray that their protection holds until the dawn.But when Arlen's world is shattered by the demon plague, he realizes that it is fear, rather than the monsters, which truly cripples humanity. Only by conquering their own terror can they ever hope to defeat the demons. Now Arlen must risk leaving the safety of his wards to discover a different path, and offer humanity a last, fleeting chance of survival.
Emma crossed paths with a black witch in an ill-fated love triangle that ended in Emma fleeing and the death of the man they both loved. Two years later, the witch is seeking revenge. Emma turns to the only person who can help her: a man rumored to be half-demon with the power to control the shadows. Tristan agrees to help her lift the curse on her family but isn’t prepared for what he uncovers.
“A striking series…with a decidedly sexy edge. Readers again view the world through the eyes of ex-cop turned humanity’s savior Liz Phoenix [in] this complex mythology.”—Romantic Times BOOKreviews (4 stars)
“Awesome.”—Heidi Betts, bestselling author of Tangled Up in Love
“We really enjoyed it…and are looking forward to [more] in this series.”—Robots & Vamps
“Cool…exciting.”—Lurv à la Mode
“Fascinating, vivid, and gritty.”—Fallen Angel Reviews
“Handeland does an amazing job of packing so much punch into the pages of this story without ever leaving the reader behind. Doomsday Can Wait ups the paranormal and emotional content of the series, adding strength to the heroine and a more human touch to one of her closest allies. This is an action packed series that urban fantasy readers should thoroughly enjoy, and I’m looking forward to seeing where the author takes us next.”—Darque Reviews
“Handeland pens another tale that captured my heart…with captivating characters[and]an absorbing plot that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.”—Romance Junkies
From the Back Cover
Let bestselling and RITA Award–winning author Lori Handeland take you into a dark and seductive world—one that might just face its final destruction…
SHE IS THE LEADER OF THE LIGHT
Elizabeth Phoenix is one of a select few with the power to battle those who have escaped from the darkest level of hell—demons bent on destroying humanity and reclaiming earth once and for all. Liz is determined to stop yet another Doomsday. But this time, it’s going to be more difficult than ever because someone she thought was dead isn’t dead anymore…and is bound and determined to destroy Liz and everyone she loves in the upcoming Apocalypse.
BUT CAN SHE CONTROL THE DARKNESS WITHIN HERSELF?
Liz has arrived in Los Angeles to ferret out a nest of varcolacs: half human, half dragon creatures who crave the destruction of the sun and moon. But before she can prevent the kind of eclipse that would bring the world to an end, Liz must mine the depths of her own heart. She and her former lover Jimmy Sanducci have some personal demons to battle—and there’s always her mentor, the Navajo shaman Sawyer. Is he on their side or isn’t he? In the end, the three of them must find a way to fight together…or perish alone.
'I enjoyed The Painted Man immensely. Action and suspense all the way.' Terry Brooks 'An absolute masterpiece... literally unputdownable, and deserves to be the next Big Thing in dark fantasy.' www.ozhorrorscope.com. 'A very accomplished debut fantasy. Recommended.' www.sfrevu.com. Reader Reviews: 'If the next two books in this series live up to this one it will be one day named as a classic fantasy series.' Joanne Horsley, (NSW) 'What a book!!! I am going to go insane waiting for the sequel/s to come out!!' Robert San Remo (NSW) 'Fantastic first book for his trilogy!! This is a name to remember.' Linda Naremburn (NSW) 'Absolutely brilliant! This one will easily slot up there as one of my top 5 or 10 favourites, and will be strongly recommended.' ANZ WA account manager response. 'The first in a fabulous new fantasy series that is likely to become a classic. Excellent fantasy literature; can't wait for the next book. The Cairns Post 'It is impossible to put this book down.' Merryl (Dianella, WA) 'An excellent book. It kept me awake long after I should have gone to bed.' Rachelle (Burnie, TAS) 'A great read and not your average fantasy.' Bonnie, Booktagger Rating: 9/10.
About the Author
Peter went to the University at Buffalo, where he studied Dungeons & Dragons, fencing, and girls. Somehow, he also managed to earn a (totally useful!) Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in Art History in 1995. Following college, Peter spent approximately 8 months managing a comic shop and pondering what to do with his life. He then went into medical publishing, squandering ten years of his physical prime sitting in a cubicle. He contented himself with writing books he never hoped to sell. In June of 2007, his hard work and perseverance paid off, as he sold his 4th novel, THE PAINTED MAN, and in October of 2007, he left his day job to pursue writing full time. He lives in Brooklyn NY with his wife Dani and two cats, Jinx and Max Powers.
Charlene Peters is in love with Jesse Carson, a man she met online. Through the internet their relationship grows as they agree to meet in person. Jesse is falling hard, yet he has no idea she is hiding a dark secret about her life— the previous life she lived before. Charlene now must save the condemned souls from attempting the same thing she did one year ago or she will never see her family from her past life again. There is only one thing that will break the curse put upon her—to find her soul-mate. Can Charlene get a second chance at living a human life?
Katie learns the Immortals have no intention of letting her go.Rhyn discovers he can only protect her if he accepts his place among the Immortals. However, doing so may cost him the only thing that matters.Meanwhile, enemies are closing in and Katie must choose between Death or Hell to save Rhyn from both. Includes exclusive excerpt from A Demon's Desire by Lizzy ford.
When Melissa first notices the change in her husband—subtle at first—she thinks it may be the stress of moving into their new home. Or working long hours. Soon, her husband turns into something far darker and far more sinister. Who or what is the dark shadow living within her husband? What is haunting him? Melissa must quickly find the answer to these questions, because Mark is changing, and fast. Soon, her fight will be for her life, as well as for her marriage.
The carnival appears overnight on the old Scott property: Ferris wheel, Mirror Maze, midway, Tunnel of Love. Cold, monstrous eyes glare down as the calliope's bright music beckons through the carnival's wrought-iron gates. Once inside, there is no escape from terror, from the dance of death.
Bestselling fantasist Anthony (Yon Ill Wind) collaborates with the lesser-known Tella (Sundered Soul, 1990) to cook up a tale of light eroticism and occult adventure inspired by mythic Indian tales including the Ramayana. Mohini, the beautiful goddess of love, and the god Ravana, ugly and cruel and lustful, gamble over the fate of a human named Hari. If Hari, with Mohini's help, can seduce (or be seduced by) seven women before Ravana can get him killed, Mohini will win a century of peace from Ravana; if not, she'll owe the dark god "a century of erotic frenzy." Despite Ravana's best efforts, Hari's life rarely seems to be at serious risk, with the ensuing story emphasizing the human's romantic adventures and misadventures with lovers, including a servant girl, a she-demon, a man-hating priestess of Kali and an invisible ghost. Finally, political plots are uncovered, and Hari, rescued from Ravana's last trap, marries the only partner suitable after such escapades. This smooth confection provides spirited entertainment for adults and just enough sexual detail to interest Anthony's large adolescent readership. Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
The goddess Mohini wants romance and peace, while the male god Ravana wants sex and violence. To stop his incessant sexual advances, Mohini proposes a game. Hari is their unwitting human pawn. If Mohini can seduce Hari with seven different women before Ravana's mortal men kill Hari, she wins a century of peace. If not, she succumbs to Ravana's erotic frenzy. Hari travels from his village to discover himself while the gods tweak those around him to provide sensual temptation, pleasure, and danger. An unusual plot, skillfully rendered. Recommended for fantasy collections. Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.