©2009 Peter V. Brett; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC
"Brilliant, with action and suspense all the way." (Best-selling author, Terry Brooks)
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The novel is amazing granted a few things, first the character set up is at least 35-40% of this story. The writer does a great job showing their development vs telling it via reflection, you can see the characters growing. Secondly, this book is intended to be one of several, because of that there seems to be a lot of minor loose ends. All of that aside, I think the novel was amazing. Very well thought out, structured and executed. Amazing character development and over all interesting. It kept my attention from the very beginning. Now for the narration, originally I thought Pete Bradbury was going to be too dry to endure. Surprisingly this novel suits him allowing him to show case his control over his voice. However, there are few times where knowing who is speaking can become problem. Overall, the novel is very pleasing and highly suggested.
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Brett builds characters extremely well. He spends the entirety of "The Warded Man" developing fascinating personal histories for the three who will, presumably, be the prime movers in the action of the rest of the story. Their journeys are tortuous, often surprising and quite satisfying. By the end we know them intimately so that their every action is rooted in convincing personal history.
Unfortunately I did not find myself nearly so convinced of the reality of the world in which the author places his wonderful players. We are asked to believe that no one in this civilization has ever conceived of the most obvious responses to the plague of demons which terrorizes them. As a result, the whole structure of the story is weakened as we ask ourselves "why don't they just...." Of course they DO eventually "just...." But by asking us to assume a complete lack of imagination and initiative on the part of the entire population of the book, Brett immeasurably weakens his story and renders his marvelously drawn central characters slightly ridiculous.
The most important central conflict Brett paints in this book is between the people and their own immobilizing fear. At some moments that comes through clearly and powerfully, but fear and simple stupidity are two entirely different things.
Gen-Xer, software engineer, and lifelong avid reader. Soft spots for sci-fi, fantasy, and history, but I'll read anything good.
If you're looking for entertaining, competently-written escapist fantasy, you could do worse than the Warded Man. As might be expected in a book where bestial demons rise out of the ground every night to terrorize human beings protected by fragile magic wards, there's not a whole lot of subtlety to either the characters or the writing, but I found the story engrossing nonetheless. Brett confidently draws the reader into the fine details of his three protagonists' lives, gradually adding twists and internal conflicts as they grow from childhood, and I found myself staying awake "just one more chapter". The world reminded me a bit of Stephen King's The Wizard and the Glass, with its part medieval, part Wild West, and part post-apocalypse setting, though the mix here leans more towards the former.
Yeah, the book has its flaws. The prose can be adverb-heavy, the side characters are a little exaggerated, and the demons themselves have all the personality of monsters from the computer game DOOM. (On a side note, some readers have also complained about the rape scenes, but I didn't find the author's choice to include them objectionable -- I thought they fit in with the harshness of the novel's world.)
But, overall, I found The Warded Man an enjoyable read and got sucked into the book's world. I liked the conflicted central characters and the portrayal of human society in uneasy coexistence with an ever-present (if mindless) supernatural threat. Usually, I don't mention the audiobook experience, but, in this case, the narrator, whose voice was perfect for this kind of tale, probably added something. Give it a shot. I immediately downloaded the sequel upon finishing.
It's simple really, I am just a guy looking to enjoy the writing and reading talents of others while raising my family the best I can, just Like most everyone else!!!
Why does a great story like this have to be found on accident? How come this book is not being advertised? This is as great as any fiction I have read! The next one is soon to be out as well! If You mix the best of King with the best of Gaiman and combine the best of Koontz as well then it will be something like this!!!!
I didn't think I was going to like this book as much as I now do. I'm a gamer, I download audiobooks to pass my time in games with a lil background entertainment. This book was so good, it made me stop gaming, log off and I just listen. It's not in the least bit scarey so I don't know what it's doing listed under horror. Reguardless, the story was Very entertaining. The narrator did a pretty good job with voices. He didn't do those high pitched, annoying sounding "female" voices. I related to all the characters, even the minor ones and I actually cared what happend to them. There's only one not believable part concerning the main female character in the woods. But other than that, I highly recommend this story. There's a sequil comming out that I will deffinitly buy. It's Very rare that I rave about a book, so trust me on this one. Get it.
Every aspect of this book; characters, story, mythology and dialog, is so well thought out that one may feel this is actually a recanting of events and be so drawn into the tale you may need to set an alarm, in order to return to our world. I am excitedly looking forward to the ongoing story in the Second book (The Desert Spear) as well as the novella (The Great Bazaar and Other Stories) coming out in January '10.
An audio book is nothing without a solid narrator and Pete Bradbury nails it. I found myself so lost in the reading that I forgot it was an audio book. In hindsight I was never removed from the story due to the pacing, reading, inflection or tone of the narrator. In my opinion, that is the highest praise I can bestow on the narrator.
ill be honest, the first hour listening i was ready to give up, but i stuck with it and it was the best choice ive ever made
after the character get flushed out of there daily lives it really becomes very interesting,
if you like books with very good character development then you should def get this
Without question, one of the finest and most original books I have ever read.
This book was purchased on a whim and now I cannot wait until the next book. The originality of the world and the Corelings, as well as the marvelous character development make this a must read for anyone who enjoys Steven King et al.
This book is addictive, engrossing and exciting. It initially roughly follows the "hero's journey" plot structure, but sets itself up to branch out quite a bit in scope in the subsequent novels. Can't wait for the sequel!
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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.
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