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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

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

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Enjoyable enough

Love the concept for the story, but after a while things got very predictable and it felt like the author was just trying to force things to happen

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  • Rob L
  • boston, ma
  • 06-23-17

Great world/premise & good writing but not perfect

This book's fantasy world starts the very interesting premise that nearly invincible creatures ("demons") rise each night to attack unprepared humans and can only be kept at bay with certain symbols of warding drawn in very specific patterns.

The three main characters are well developed, interesting, and believable. We follow them over a span of several years and it's enjoyable to watch them learn and grow from their mistakes.

However, the same can't be said of many (probably most) of the secondary characters. They are often painfully one-dimensional and make dumb/unbelievable decisions as a result. Unfortunately, these become plot points all too often, so it's hard to ignore them. This was my only complaint in an otherwise very good book.

- comparison to Brandon Sanderson books -

The setting and overall plot are somewhat similar to the Mistborn series, but the magic system is kind of like Elantris (glyph based) as is the idea that knowledge has been lost and must be relearned.

The fight/battle scenes aren't quite as well done as those in the Mistborn series, but the pacing is a little faster and we aren't subjected to an endless series of fancy balls, so I consider that a huge plus.

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love that it tells more then one tell

loved it it's a good book to read or losing with friends and family .

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Fresh. Imaginative. Invigorating.

There were moments in this book that I wanted to scream. Not because it was bad, but because it was so carefully crafted that every character shift left me panting for more. The POV changes were perfectly timed, the cadence flawless, and the story itself unsurpassed in its originality. I purchased the second book with ten hours remaining because I knew I'd want to dive right into it when The Warded Man wrapped up. I wasn't wrong. I'm off to do just that.

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Great Characters with OK Story

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Go deeper with the story

What did you like best about this story?

-Strong characters: distinct character traits, feel like real people, not heavy-handed with character development but still very effective<br/>-Well written, has a fireside story-telling element to it <br/>-Good plot development (not too much or too little) - things are woven together and come together nicely

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

-Story can be a bit flat and uninteresting; doesn't push the limits of the story and "stays in its lane", for lack of a better description<br/>-Parts of the book can be slow

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yes

Any additional comments?

CONTENT: Some violence and sexual content but nothing gratuitous. Very little language. If considering for children, I'd recommend older children only as it does get into and describe sexual elements and acts.

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Don't fall for it...

I decided on a whim to give this series a listen; and so, obviously, I purchased this first installment to begin my journey... I proceeded to like it so much that, at 65 percent through the listen, I paused in my tracks and jumped into the reviews for the second book. The reasons I began to love this book, and realize its potential as a series, lied heavily in both the writing style, and how the primary characters overcame such difficult beginnings... The author did a great job of connecting you to them.
And then I find out that one of the main characters, in the second book, is gang raped, and becomes little more than a slab of meat for men to use. Are you kidding me? You save this character from being "deflowered" and used throughout this first book, to then have her gang raped in the second, And then proceed to have her roll over for any man who bears his teeth?! If that was how this series was going to be, then be honest in your first book, and write that kind of crap from the get-go, so I at least know not to waste my time!
If you enjoy that stuff, then good for you; but, in short, the author is a sadist, and I'm glad that I read the sequals reviews before diving headfirst into his descriptive wet dream - where the pleasure lies in physically and psychologically ruining strong female (and male) lead characters. Way to go Brett.

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This guy is dark

The warded man was interesting and engaging, but also often unnecessarily dark. I'm not sure what happened to Brett in his life (if anything) but the guy seems to have an extremely dark view of sex. The book was filled with sexual acts (aka not appropriate for kids) and all but one instance they were painted in a repulsive light. While I do enjoy a realistic portrayal of the human condition (the dark sides too) it felt like Brett showed essentially nothing but the darkness and evil in people - particular in those the main characters interacted with.

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Easy to listen, difficult to enjoy.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No. The story had some points of brilliance, but the author asked for too much credit from the reader. The ward system has no explanation, and the chapter arcs skip so much time that the reader is simply expected to believe that each character has become a master at what they do by age 16 or so.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I would have changed Leesha's storyline to a more innovative plot with more creative world building. As it is, her backstory is one of a girl who gets shamed in a conservative town and has to leave. There's hardly anything novel about that kind of identity politics.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Pete Bradbury?

No, I would avoid Pete's irrigated voice. He sounds like he has a mouthful of water every time he speaks.

Did The Warded Man inspire you to do anything?

Find a better fantasy novel as my next Audible book.

Any additional comments?

Just that I found the story and delivery disappointing. The beginning was so promising too, and The Warded Man was my choice after listening to a bunch of samples. I will try to be more diligent with my vetting in the future.

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Can not decide If this is my #1 favorite or #1.5

Where does The Warded Man rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I can not say if this or The Way of Kings by Sanderson is my favorite. I am listening to this series for the 3rd time. It is just fantastic in my opinion. I don't write long review...Just start with this book and you will not be able to finish the others fast enough.

What other book might you compare The Warded Man to and why?

The Way of Kings series.

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The warded man is awesome!

I love this story! I has such rich character development. The author makes his characters come alive.