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The Great Bazaar

The Great Bazaar and Other Stories

Humanity has been brought to the brink of extinction. Each night, the world is overrun by demons—bloodthirsty creatures of nightmare that have been hunting and killing humanity for over 300 years. A scant few hamlets and half-starved city-states are all that remain of a once proud civilization, and it is only by hiding behind wards, ancient symbols with the power to repel the demons, that they survive. A handful of Messengers brave the night to keep the lines of communication open between the increasingly isolated populace.

But there was a time when the demons were not so bold. A time when wards did more than hold the demons at bay. They allowed man to fight back, and to win. Messenger Arlen Bales will search anywhere, dare anything, to return this magic to the world.

Abban, a merchant in the Great Bazaar of Krasia, purports to sell everything a man’s heart could desire, including, perhaps, the key to Arlen’s quest.


Published in January 2010 by Subterranean Press (ISBN: 978-1-59606-289-4). This hardcover contains the title novelette (which was first published in Germany) and a number of other scenes not included in ‘The Painted Man’. It also contains a glossary and grimoire. This is the same size as the UK editions (which are smaller than the US editions) and produced in 2 separate versions:

  • Trade – fully cloth bound hardcover edition (2000? copies).
  • Limited edition 200 signed numbered copies.

There is only one printing of this hardcover and due to a very small print-run even the trade edition is rare and highly sought-after (more so than UK edition of ‘The Painted Man’). Expect prices of £350+ just for the unsigned trade hardcover.


Peter V. Brett flashpoints

The Painted Man (aka. The Warded Man in the US) is the debut novel from Peter V. Brett. This was first published in the UK by Voyager in 2008. Interestingly this was written by the author on his mobile phone while commuting on the New York metro.

I’ve provided information below about the various points that identify the 1st edition of the UK edition of the book. I’ll be providing details about the his other books in future posts.

The Painted Man

1st published in the UK by Voyager in September 2008 by Voyager (ISBN: 978-0007276134). The 1st edition is identified by the presence of a single ‘1’ on the copyright page. The book was released with a gold ‘Voyager First Edition’ sticker on the jacket and is priced at £14.99. There is at least one later printing (2nd) which is identified by the presence of a single ‘2’ on the copyright page. Apart from the lack of a First Edition sticker there is no difference in the jackets between the 1st and later printings.

Note: The UK edition is of a smaller size (book club format) than the US edition (published by Del Rey in the following year).


Goldsboro Books (London) released a special signed version (identical to the normal book) that is identified by one 0f 6 ‘avatar’ stamps with each avatar representing a major character from the book. There are 25 numbered copies for each avatar stamp.

Otherwise signed copies – tend to be lined and dated with a quote from the book. A number of copies are also signed via way of a special decorative book plate that was commissioned by the author.