Peter V. Brett
Adult Fiction BRETT
Summary: 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.
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Battled demons to save his mother, while his father watched in terror; when his mother died he left his village, disgusted by peoples' cowardice; became trained as a messenger, a traveling warrior-nomad responsible for maintaining communication and trade between villages; determined to turn humanity against the demons.
Lived with her abusvie mother and downtrodden father; a scandalous rumor by her fiance has destroyed her chance at a respectable marriage; lLeft her village to work in the city hospital.
Survived a demon attack as a toddler, but which killed his family and left him with a crippled hand; adopted by an alcoholic jester who travels with messengers and perfoms in the villages; talented at playing the fiddle; discovers he can entrance the demons with his music.