Whenever you buy a book in the store or online, the version you hold is not the original draft. Every book, even those hastily put together, goes through multiple drafts before it reaches its final, printable form. The Painted Man is no different. For instance, in the first year or so that I was working on it, the book’s title was Tibbet’s Brook. After that, I changed it to The Painted Man, which my US publisher then changed to The Warded Man.
The script underwent similar transformations as scenes were added, rewritten, or cut entirely. But some of those lost scenes are, in my opinion, worth reading, and the stories that go with them are an interesting insight into the editing process. If you’re an author or plan to be one, this might be of interest to you. Or if you’re just a fan looking to get an Arlen, Leesha, or Rojer fix before the next book.
For each scene, I will give a short introduction, explain why it did not appear in the final draft, and show you the actual scene in the form it was in when it was nixed. I will be adding to the list periodically, as I write said introductions. There are a great many scenes to come.
***Note*** If you haven’t read The Painted/Warded Man, but plan to, proceed with caution, as many of these scenes will contain spoilers. Also, please bear in mind that like DVD deleted scenes which often do not have proper sound or color correction, some of these scenes are unedited and may not have the feel of finished work.
Take a look:
Painted/Warded Man Excisions:
Desert Spear Excisions:
Daylight War Excerpts:
Sweetwell at NYCC:
An extended sneak preview of The Warded Man is available on Scribd.com. The preview contains chapters 1,4, and 7, introducing the book’s three protagonists, Arlen, Leesha, and Rojer, respectively. Check out the Warded Man excerpt here, or in the window below. You can toggle it to full-screen with the icon at the top right of the embedded window.
You can read an 50 page excerpt from Scribd.com courtesy of Del Rey’s 50 Page Fridays below.
THE DESERT SPEAR by Peter V. Brett, Excerpt
Excerpts from The Desert Spear can be also be found online at the following links:
And now you can read an 50 page excerpt of The Daylight War from Scribd.com courtesy of Del Rey’s 50 Page Fridays below.