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Peter V. Brett has won accolades from critics, fans and fellow authors alike for this riveting debut novel. The Warded Man features a world where demons stalk the night, hunting humans who have long forgotten the magic of their ancestors. But all is not lost, as some hold out hope that a savior will release humanity from the demons' terrifying reign.
©2009 Peter V. Brett (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

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"Brilliant, with action and suspense all the way." (Best-selling author, Terry Brooks)

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I have been accused of disliking books, simply for their length. This soon to be classic, is an example of how to write an 18 hour book and keep my interest. It is full of characters who we grow with. The characters include both genders and even different age groups. The demons are scary and almost invincible. Zombie lovers should like these bad guys. This is my second read and I enjoyed it as much as the first time. It is entertaining from start to finish.

This starts out like a western, but ends up more like Dune. It is an apocalyptic story. that some might compare to Revelations in the Bible. Preppers should like the message about taking charge and not cowering and accepting. I have a reputation for liking the sophomoric, but this does not fit that category, this is an intellectual adventure. When enough time has past this will be considered a classic.

Bradbury does a great job narrating.

128 of 136 people found this review helpful


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.

127 of 135 people found this review helpful

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Should Have Read It Long Time Ago

I had this book for months, but kept on postponing it.. Its really good.. Not as jaw dropping as other big epic books like the wheel of time... but it is a good series...

I think that this series could have been one of those long series with several books to build the characters and the story plot... i'm not saying it was fast in this book, but it could have been longer with more characters and plots..... There were so many chapters were the author jumped for few years...

The Warded Man is based in a world were demons exist and attack humans every single night. People defend themselves by using wards and hide.... A boy grows up hating how everyone hides and no one attack those demons...

In general, I have enjoyed reading this book, and the character build up was good... its ending was very well and made me jump and purchase the 2nd book and read it already.


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  • Ryan
  • Somerville, MA, United States
  • 09-07-10

entertaining escapism

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.

47 of 52 people found this review helpful

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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.

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Far Above Average

I almost passed this book over while reading some of the reviews. I read statements like "boring" and "nothing new." I decided to give it a try anyway I am very glad that I did!

This is everything that I want from an Epic Fantasy book! The characters are multi-dimensional and relatable. I cared about what happened to them. The setting was rich and descriptive. The magic system is unique and interesting. I was drawn in from the start and found myself sitting in the car long after I pulled into the driveway because I didn't want to stop listening.

It's not filled with complexity like ASOIAF or the Wheel of Time but that's not to say this book is simple or childish. It's not as dark as The First Law Series but it's not rainbows and sunshine either. It's good fantasy. If you love a good book that draws you into it's world then I highly recommend The Warded Man.

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  • Eva
  • Hardinsburg, IN, United States
  • 04-11-13

From out of the blue, I find the warded man.

If you could sum up The Warded Man in three words, what would they be?

Exciting, Well written, Priceless

Who was your favorite character and why?

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.

What about Pete Bradbury’s performance did you like?

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!

Who was the most memorable character of The Warded Man and why?

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • David
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 11-04-11

It is hard to keep this much disbelief suspended

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.

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  • Derek B.
  • A strange midwestern city, United States
  • 01-21-10

Where did this great story come from?

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!!!!

62 of 71 people found this review helpful

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Good overall, but with some flaws

For the most part, I felt like this book was worth the credit and I enjoyed the story. But there are some disclaimers I'll make, so you can judge if this is right for you or not, because I was fairly undecided myself on whether to purchase this one or not based on some of the reviews I read.

Story wise, I didn't find many plot holes or aspects that were not well thought out, and (once it gets going) the overall story here is really very good in most respects. But, there is a very slow start to the story going on- This is a "coming of age" story, and probably 2/3rds of the book is backstory. Unlike "The Name of the Wind", there is no present-day narrator to frame the story for you. There are pros and cons to this approach, as you don't know who will make it and and who won't, but you also don't have as good a grasp on exactly what tale is being told, or from whose perspective.

Indeed, the storyline switches between 3 different individuals at various points, and their plots don't weave together until fairly late in the book. So you have to get up to speed with 3 separate plot lines and their unique circumstances.

The narration here is very well done and adds to the story- kudos to Pete Bradbury.

Then there is the immorality factor. The author seems to do a fair bit of exploring a LOT of the failings of human beings- cowardice, greed, lust, adultery, incest, cruelty, pride, betrayal, pettiness (just to name a few) and using the depravity of people to juxtapose the stark and raw evil of the demons. As the book says, even the worst of people are better than the demons (though sometimes they give them a run for their money!). Even still, It didn't feel quite as depraved a world as George Martin's "A Game of Throne's" did (at least to me anyways).

Of course, the sexual aspects the story explores tend to stand out pretty strongly for most reviewers, and it is discussed a fair amount in the book. But while it was a re-occurring aspect of the tale, I didn't feel like it overtook the story. I can see that people who are sensitive to these aspects would be offended (particularly if you've (or know someone you know has) been victimized at some point in your life). But much like Rothfuss' "The Wise Man Fears", I generally felt that these aspects added to the world the author was creating and gave another level of realism and depth to the characters, for the MOST part.

Having said that though, I do concede that the actions of the main female character of the story do not seem at all consistent physiologically with someone who would have suffered through the violation she did by the end of the book. I will also conceded that listening to that aspect of the story (while relatively non-graphic) was fairly uncomfortable- this is not a children's tale (nor was "The Wise Man's Fears"). Sex is certainly not shied away from in this tale, but neither is it welded without care to the overall story being told and the world being created. Still, it's not for everyone.

Overall though, I don't regret the purchase and will continue with the series.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful