©2009 Peter V. Brett; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC
"Brilliant, with action and suspense all the way." (Best-selling author, Terry Brooks)
I enjoyed the premise of the story, but was not too impressed overall
The story line is enjoyable and interesting for Sci-Fi readers, but the author is obviously obsessed with rape, girls periods, and incest. These additions to the story were unnecessary and distracting.
I've read two books outside this series since this book and already I've forgotten much of what The Warded Man was about.
What has stuck with me isn't good.
I didn't like the sexism in the book. Most men felt cruel. Most women dutiful. Few broke the mold. There was no driver for that cruelty. The relationships and character building were predictable from the onset. The flaws and challenges they had were forced. The entire book left a bad taste in my mouth. I don't know why. From the rating people feel differently than I.
Overall, I wanted to see more about what drives the society. More politics and religion. More history. I needed to believe and the author failed to do that for me. In the end, the book struck me as a young adult series, perfect for mid to late teens. There wasn't a lot of flesh and the bones were fragile at best.
Pete had an air of distain in the beginning of the book. The pauses were too long. All improved later in the book and I noticed less. After listening to Steven Pacey, it was a hard transition, perhaps?
I really enjoyed most of The Warded Man, but there were a few sex type scenes, that were not necessarily explicit, but that I found totally unnecessary. Other than that, the book was an original adventure with a unique magic and history of the world.
Yes, it was a great read. Interesting, fun and you just wanted to keep listening
This is a great new addition to fantasy. Some on about other books like "Name of the Wind" or "Game of Thrones" but I felt the originality of this piece was really great and inventive.
As the first book in the series it comes out swinging and hits hard. This book. Mostly focuses on the main character as sequels branch out and give lots of detail. If your into that you'll like this
The story was awesome but there are way too many pauses in it. It could use better editing to get rid of the pauses. The story is quite interesting and I can't wait to download the second book!
On a number of levels, I was very pleased with this debut from Mr. Brett - my first experience with his writing. If there was one thing I didn't like, it's that I waited five years before getting around to reading it!As a fantasy author myself, I look for a couple of things in a book - a splashy opening and an equally (if not stronger) splashy ending. The stuff in the middle should rise and fall and somehow connect the two... focusing on characters. Full stop. Take all that and cover it with a strong dose of worldbuilding and that's a book I want to read. I got all of that here.It is abundantly clear to me that Mr. Brett put a lot of effort into creating the world in which the Demon Cycle series takes place: the hamlets, the commerce system, the demons, the magic system, and the far off lands. Structurally speaking, I enjoyed absorbing the worldbuilding gradually over the course of the book - reminds me how Jim Butcher's Dresden series also stepped up the level and intricacy of his world (Chicago and beyond) and magic system as the series progresses - personal favourites being Dead Beat and Changes - to the grand climax at the end with Arlen (no spoilers here). I also particularly enjoyed The Warded Man's magic system and its linkage to the wards. Side note: knowing Peter is a D&D fan, as am I, the intricate way in which he doled out the use of/origin of the wards was a pleasure to read; reminded me of the Forgotten Realms' Harpers' code and intricate system of runes. Of course, the Harpers weren't using runes to "ward" against rock, stone, wood, or wind demons, but the nod was given in my view, nonetheless.
The various caste systems in The Warded Man intrigued me - from the Messengers to the Herb Gatherers to the Jongleurs (Thom Merrilin/gleemen from The Eye of the World anyone?) - which, from an author's perspective, I think, would have been challenging to juggle; however, from a reader's perspective, definitely a joy to follow. Mr. Brett certainly has a knack for making the emotions jump off the page, especially from the perspective of life in a small village - I wanted to read more about the hamlets and Hog's system of credits!
No, this was my first experience listening to Mr. Bradbury. Excellent choice!
Pacing wise, I found the tempo very well done. It didn't feel forced and it ramped up at the right clip, carrying me through to the end without much need for pausing/skipping ahead. I think Peter did an admirable job mixing worldbuilding, dialogue and action. It felt well-balanced and true to form.In the last quarter of the book, I could almost feel the start of the next book being written as he wrapped things up. The last scene in particular :)My final thoughts: go read it.Five stars, well-earned, and a spot on my favourites shelf!
I totally forgot about the narration and was absorb the story, his voice doe not get in the way
totally worth a credit
I enjoyed this story from start to finish. It was a well-constructed story and very well told. Bradbury is an excellent narrator with was great timing.
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