©2009 Peter V. Brett; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC
"Brilliant, with action and suspense all the way." (Best-selling author, Terry Brooks)
I like the book until 3/4 of the way. I liked so much that I purchased kindle version as well so i can appreciate the words closely. But why does he have to borrow muslim culture to depict krasian? I think this is an insult to readers that readers are not famliar with other cultures. It was just carelessness. I see this traits toward the end of book. The story become stale not developing. Overall, I enjoyed the book but left a bit of sour taste. Again, could have been a lot better.
plot is original
concept of warding the body and energy being absorbed inito body.
I liked the characters and how they came from very different threads, yet all came together in a way that made sense
Definately. I felt the author was a little slow laying the ground work for the main story line, but once it was in place I couldn't put this story down.
Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson. The style, pacing, detail, and character development seemed to have a lot in common.
This should be on Audible's home page, instead of crap by James effing Patterson- seriously who determines Audible's front page criteria.
I love to read. I also love to write. I'm a harsh critic and very, very, very rarely give five star reviews to anything. Three stars for me is an average representation of literature and not a bad review by any stretch.
I really liked The Warded Man. All of the characters were believable and more fleshed out than you sometimes get in novels these days. The reader actually cares about Arlen, Leesha, and Rojer from a very early point in the story.
The magic system of the world (the use of wards) is also sound and believable, which lends to the strength of the narrative. I’ve read some reviews by people knocking the magic system, but it is obvious that either 1) they did not read far enough into the story to fully understand it or 2) ignored pertinent descriptions as they were given.
The corelings themselves are also very logically and consistently portrayed, even if they seem just a little too dimwitted at times.
The downside of the story is that there is no real mystery as to how things will unfold come the end of the story. As a reader, you know where the story is headed by the half-way point (if not sooner). The only thing that is a slight mystery is exactly what steps will get the characters there.
I think, as far as fantasy goes, The Warded Man is a very good read and worthy of a rating of 3.75 (rounded up to 4 for audible) out of five stars. It’s not quite elite fantasy, but hey, not everything can be. I say it is very much worth your time if you are into fantasy literature. As of right now, the sequels are definitely on my to read list.
Fun new series
Don't make this into a movie. Movies never do good books justice.
The third installment can't come soon enough!
I would listen to this again. I actually started it over when I got my husband to read it. He is now on book two "The Desert Spear" & we are both awaiting "The Daylight War" with eager anticipation. This I must caps, I COULD NEVER GET MY HUSBAND TO STICK WITH JUST ONE BOOK I SUGGESTED... OR ANY FOR THAT MATTER. NOW HIS BEST FRIEND HAS READ IT TOO!!
The narrator did a wonderful job expressing the emotions & personality of a variety of characters... kudos.
I must admit, I almost put the book down in the beginning.. Sorry Peter Brett. But after a short time, I had to keep going... HAD to. This story has the potential to be the next "Star Wars" mixed with "Indiana Jones"..... hopefully it will not get slaughtered into a 90 minute movie. This book alone needs the audiences time, don't get me started on book two. The worst part is I will be sincerely sad when the story finally closes.
The Wheel of Time is of a similar scope... but falls flat on it face compared to this book. This delivers on the promise of the WoT where the WoT drags on and on and on getting more ponderous and boring until you just have to give up. The Warded Man drags you kicking and screaming through the story and you actually like some of the characters. In the WoT you learned to hate everyone!
I have. I find him a fine narrator, but somewhat limited in range.
When the warded man makes his first appearance.
If you like epic fantasy, I can guarantee that this book will not let you down. Good stuff.
I love sci-fi/fantasy,especialy urban fantasy. I have actualy bean an audible member since 2009 but had to start a new account in 2011 do to tecknical problems. I also have books on i tunes and several hard cover titles.(i have experienced HUNDREDS of stories) I hope my reviews help.
interesting magic,great character development,well written action,the right amount of violence,sortof grittey but somehow not very graphic not even much real world swearing.
he's pretty good but lacks a large range of character voices.
he delivers this book fine enough.
I think there will be a legendary plot twist at the end of the series about all these storis turning out to be post apocalyptic,(in our future)
This book was actually better than I expected. It started off sort of like a long-winded fantasy, but had some very unique magic elements and creatures - sufficient to capture my curiosity and hold my attention. Probably the biggest fault might be the excessive cast of characters that surrounded the primary 3 main characters - so it got a little confusing when the interwoven plotlines bounced back/forth. ("Huh? Who the hell is XXXXX???" happened several times.) Still, that's a minor gritch. For the most part, all of the minor characters moved the plot along. In fact, I found myself REALLY hating a few of those minor characters, and shouting out loud (I listened to the audiobook version - so I was shouting at my car stereo...which must have been VERY amusing for other drivers on the road!) for those bastards to "get cored" [jargon from the book!].
And, there were some places where I thought the plot was unnecessarily protracted - but it really wasn't all that bad. So, all in all, it had fairly acceptable pacing. But, I did have to keep reminding myself that this is a multi-book series - and that this is the opening volume in that series...soooo, establishing foundational material is necessary!. This only molified me a little, and tried not to be too peeved when it took 4/5 of the book for the primary characters to finally connect - and for the main story to be established.
Oh, by the way, the action scenes were really well done - and the author's ability to create plot tension was superb.
That all said - bottomline: I'm moderately inclined to continue the series, if for no other reason than to see if those secondary characters finally get their just retaliations(and they had freaking BETTER!!!). And, the storytelling IS engaging and fun in such a unique world. I'm tempted to hear more!
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