©2009 Peter V. Brett; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC
"Brilliant, with action and suspense all the way." (Best-selling author, Terry Brooks)
Avid Zombie fan who's starting to listen to more and more Fantasy and Sci-Fi stories. So, my description is apt to change. Dog lover who's known to have cats. LOL C# coder, part-time prepper, B movie fan, AMC watcher, recovering but successful day trader, perpetual student, overjoyed uncle, former adrenaline junkie with a flare for cooking, and lots more. LOL
i usually don't read/listen to a lot of epic fantasy, but this book has kind of changed my mind. i tend to gravitate to quick, action packed books, but those stories usually have one dimensional characters. so...looking for a change of pace, i searched for a highly rated book and ended up choosing this one. and boy did i hit the lottery!
at first, i regretted my decision b/c i thought, "oh, here we go again! another slow epic fantasy story." i had a slow weekend so i decided to stay with, and i am so glad b/c i was totally rewarded. before it ended, i had already downloaded the 2nd book, the desert spear.
the story opens with arlen who lives in a small town. life is hard. days are full of hard labor, but nights are worse. when te sun goes down, the corelings (demons) arise tormenting, killing, and eating anyone caught outside. the only protection comes from wards. people ave to draw/carve wards on their houses to create a barrier to kkeep the demons out. the humans are reduced to hiding behind their wards b/c regular weapons can't hurt the demons. so every night, arlen has to hide with his family as the fire, wood, and rock demons stalk their houses looking for holes in the wards.
the only excitement is when messengers and joglers come through towns. messengers bravely travel the roads delivering news, letters, and goods. joglers provide entertainment by dancing, telling stories, playing music, etc...
arlen's mom gets trapped outside as the sun goes down and ries to rescue her. arlen's father is too scared to help arlen, and arlen's mother is killed by a fire demon. arlen is disgusted by his father's cowardice and decides to run away. he tries to catch up to the messenger that just left his town but darkness falls before he can. he survives by drawing wards in the dirt. so starts arlen's story as he heads to the big city to learn how to become a messenger.
there are two other character's wwhose stories also get told. leesha and rojer. leesha and rojer also live in small towns. rojer's family is killed when their wards fail. only him and the drunk jongler survive. so, the jongler takes rojer with him to the city and raisres him. leesha is a young girl who is expected to be married and start having kids. people are constantly getting killed so girls are expected to marry and start having kids as soon as they have their period. yes, life is bleak. people hope the deliverer will return to show them how to fight against the corelings.
the first few hours are kind of slow, building the world and introducing the characters. after the initial stories are set up, the story seems to move faster as we see the characters start to develop. these 3 characters walk different paths, but my excitement keep building, waiting for their paths to cross. by that time, i was totally engrossed and had already downloaded book 2.
wow...what a ride! i enjoyed listening to the characters grow from being powerless, rejected, and dejected into confident, respected, and hopeful people determined to fight for their place in the world and willing to their fight the corelings.
definitely give this a try! hang in there, and you'll be rewarded with a great story.
Nice plot, with good characters, and I like the new premise of a "warded" man. Has a good history that should create an easily developed back story as the series continues.
I found the book to be interesting and imaginative, with a nice pace to the action. The introduction and development of a number of interesting characters, albeit brief for some, kept the book moving and provided a cross section of personalities that interacted well with the plot. There is no shortage of action, and subtle plot twists, not to mention the fact that Brett has no compunction concerning "killing off" characters to obtain the desired effect and further the storyline.
I'm looking forward to the next installment in April 2010.
Good read, I recommend the book.
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If you're a fan of modern fantasy you need to get this book. This tale follows a young farm boy Arlen, as he grows up in a brutal world tormented by demons who rule the night. The people of this world struggle to use every last minute of daylight before fleeing nightly to the safe haven of magical wards. Mr. Brett has created a vivid and deep world that's both touching and terrifying.
The perils of night and relative safety of day add a tension to this world that shapes the lives and culture of all it's inhabitants. For as long as anyone can remember families have huddled fearfully in their homes listening to the screams of demons, or worse, the screams of those caught out in the night as the demons rise from the earth. There are tales of days long ago when people knew of killing wards that could allow humans to retake the night, but these wards have long been lost to time. Some day they say the deliverer will come to teach people of the long forgotten wards and lead them to regain the night, but there is little hope in these old stories.
If any of that sounds interesting, you won't be disappointed. Not only is this an exciting book full of action, but the author also explores in detail the effects this existence would have on it's inhabitants. The many characters in this book are all unique and well developed, and you grow to love most of them. There is a true sense of empathy with each person in this story. Even when you hate a character you can understand how they got to that point.
Don't waste any more time reading reviews and download this now.
**One warning, there are some graphic scenes of violence and sexual abuse in this series. If you're a prude or are easily offended you might want to stay away.**
Kept me hooked for a few hours, idea of tattoos and runes and wards is cool but def could never get the sequel or continue with series in anyway. Didn't hate or dislike it at all just didn't create new interest or further interest in the slightest. Just didn't hit me.
Either you like this sort of book or you don't. It's not horror. It's more like fantasy, but the cheesy kind you'd find in a bad video game. There is no suspense or mystery, only predictable and boring "character development". Except that the characters don't develop. Their roles are made immediately clear, so the long, plodding experiences they have as they age feel like filler. The plotting is as slow and linear as the writing is bland. Peter Bradbury sounds grave and bored throughout, and has to work too hard to try to breathe life into the material. Maybe the series gets better, but i barely made it through this one.
Unless you're into cliched characters who fight hordes of mindless, droning monsters, you could do much better.
Brett has a very narrow concept. I don't really think the concept is capable of supporting an entire series of books. Book one seemed pretty slow after a while. I was not able to go on to book 2.
This book is a great beginning for a great trip. It is and exhibit of skillful writing and engaging social dynamcs. The foundations for the story are carefully set out.. patiently and with a careful consistency. Pete Bradbury is so perfect in these tales.
It all works together. Enjoy!
Exciting, Well written, Priceless
I really liked Arlin and the journey he has to take to become the warded man. I was so sorry to hear this book end. First thing I did was to see if there were more. Luckily there are two more whooohoooo! I love how well this is written, and how ever day it is. I can't wait to hear the other two.
He did a great job of keeping the characters seperate. I found that his narration didn't impede the story. He did a great job!
They are all really memorable. You really start to invest in them and by so doing into the story. You can't do that with a one dimensional characters.
This book is well worth getting and listenting to. It will grab and keep your attention. You find yourself caring about the chacters and what they are going through. Definatly worth trying.
I think this book has a unique concept and also the execution of the concept is nicely put together. I enjoyed it immensly, although I have to admit to taking a break a few times due to the fact that the characters interactions are a bit immature, and quite often don't make any sense...they come off sounding like a medieval soap opera more often than not. The women are obviously picked straight out of the authors private fantasy stash...(assuming he is 15 years old...I'm quite aware that he's not).
Frustration and longing for more realistic human discourse aside...it's a VERY entertaining ride and a great yarn.
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