The Demon Cycle by Peter V. Brett

The “Demon Cycle” series by Peter V. Brett is a renowned fantasy series set in a world where humanity is on the brink of extinction due to nightly attacks from demons, known as “corelings.” These demons rise from the planet’s core every night to prey on humans. The remnants of humanity hide behind protective wards, symbols that keep the demons at bay. The series follows several characters as they navigate this dangerous world, with some discovering ancient secrets and powers that could be the key to humanity’s survival.

AuthorPeter V. Brett
Number of Books5 (Main Series)
Publication Years2008 – 2017

Main Characters

  • Arlen Bales: Initially a young boy from a small hamlet, he grows to become the legendary “Warded Man” or “Painted Man.”
  • Leesha Paper: A skilled herb gatherer and healer from the town of Cutter’s Hollow.
  • Rojer Inn: A jongleur with a unique ability to influence demons with his music.
  • Renna Tanner: A tough and resilient woman who becomes deeply connected to Arlen.
  • Jardir: A warrior from the desert nation of Krasia, who believes he is the “Deliverer” prophesied to unite humanity against the demons.

Demon Cycle Series in Order:

S No.Book’s NameYear of PublicationBook’s Price
1The Warded Man (The Painted Man in the UK)2008Check Price
2The Desert Spear2010Check Price
3The Daylight War2013Check Price
4The Skull Throne2015Check Price
5The Core2017Check Price


  • Critical Reception: The “Demon Cycle” series has been praised for its intricate world-building, character development, and unique premise.
  • Reader Reception: The series has garnered a dedicated fanbase and has been well-received by readers for its depth, action sequences, and emotional arcs.
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Trivia and Fun Facts:

  • The concept of “wards” – protective symbols against demons – is central to the series and is deeply explored in terms of its history, usage, and significance.
  • Peter V. Brett wrote the initial draft of “The Warded Man” on his smartphone during his daily commute.

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