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The Warded Man

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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

What the Critics Say

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

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    Sparrow United States 10-23-10
    Sparrow United States 10-23-10 Listener Since 2010
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    "Book is enjoyable, but ending predictable."

    This is one of those books you would love if you were just starting to read or listen to the fantasy genre. It will introduce you to the fairly standard format creating an alternate reality which is believable to ours but has elements which are supernatural. For me, however, I found it somewhat canned and predictable.
    There were a few things, however, which I did like quite a lot. I liked the author's attention to developing his characters and some did surprise you with quirks or strenghts. I also appreciated the rich detail of humankind's battle with evil. In fact, the best part of this book was the battles between humans and the different types of demons.Sometimes I found myself holding my breath and cheering when the good won.These were pleasantly graphic and fun. Finally, the landscapes were well developed and written.
    However, this story doesn't get more stars because the characters acted just like you expected and had little twists or surprises. The ending as well was predictable and somewhat disappointing. I do believe there is a sequel to this one as well.
    So, if you're a Brett fan, you'll find this somewhat pleasing. If you're new to fantasies, I believe you'll truly like this book. For the rest of us, I think you'll find this passable but lacking.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Devin 05-27-12
    Devin 05-27-12 Member Since 2011

    Avid listener of Scifi and Fantasy. I've found so many great books with the help of member reviews. Hopefully I can return the favor.

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    "Wow this is a Great Listen"

    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.**

    Highly Recommended!!

    15 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Hassan 11-07-14
    Hassan 11-07-14 Member Since 2015

    5 stars is i love and i will read agani and again. 1 is i hate and i never want to hear about it ever again. YES = :))) - NO= :'(

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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.

    enjoy!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lanfear 08-07-13
    Lanfear 08-07-13 Member Since 2017

    A fan of epic fantasy...the darker the better!

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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Eva Hardinsburg, IN, United States 04-11-13
    Eva Hardinsburg, IN, United States 04-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Simons Central Ca. 11-14-11
    Scott Simons Central Ca. 11-14-11 Member Since 2008

    Scott S.

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    "I loved this book."

    I was searching for a new book to listen to when The Warded Man popped up as a recommendation while looking at another book. I had never heard of Peter V. Brett or the book itself. The description of the book sounded exciting, so I gave it a try.

    At first I thought I had made a mistake. The story starts out with the life of a young boy who lives in a town tortured by demons who come at night. The story starts out a little slow, and I wasn't sure I had made a good choice. Just as I was thinking I had made a mistake, the story began pull me in. The boy goes through many tribulations on his way to becoming the hero of the story, and as the book goes on, and other charterers enter the picture, The Warded Man grew to be one of my favorite books.

    Considering I didn't expect much from a book I had never heard of, what a great surprise it was to find such a gem. I would recommend this book to anyone.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Matt Manchester, NH, United States 12-31-10
    Matt Manchester, NH, United States 12-31-10 Member Since 2017
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    "slow start but stick with it"

    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

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Gilbert, AZ, USA 02-09-10
    Jason Gilbert, AZ, USA 02-09-10
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    "Mixed Results"

    Brett creates a compelling world and characters that kept me listening intently. The narrator is fantastic, conveying the gritty text with the perfect balance of intensity without going over the top. At times the story felt a little choppy and underdeveloped, but the creativity and strength of the overall story line made up for it. I was disappointed in Brett's heavy and pervasive reliance on sexuality to supply dialogue for the characters and use of sexual violence for character development.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Chrallin19 gemini19 01-14-10
    Chrallin19 gemini19 01-14-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Surprised"

    I bought this book with little in the way of expectations, but soon found myself looking forward to my drive to work which is when I listen. Narrator was great in my opinion, looking forward to the sequel. Great character development and the author has a way of making you feel like you are there. Highly recommended

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Wiegand Pinckney, MI, United States 10-23-13
    Wiegand Pinckney, MI, United States 10-23-13 Member Since 2006
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    "One-trick pony"

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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