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The Warded Man

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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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    Mike Naka 12-17-12
    Mike Naka 12-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    "refreshing fantasy for a non-fantasy reader"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    16 of 19 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

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas 05-09-10
    Thomas 05-09-10
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    "Good Fantasy Read"

    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.

    3 of 3 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

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    R. Kot New York 04-27-10
    R. Kot New York 04-27-10 Listener Since 2006
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    "Outstanding"

    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.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Simons Aiken, SC 11-14-11
    Scott Simons Aiken, SC 11-14-11 Member Since 2008
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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.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Devin 05-27-12
    Devin 05-27-12 Member Since 2011
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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!!

    16 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Southlake, TX, United States 01-23-16
    Christopher Southlake, TX, United States 01-23-16 Member Since 2016
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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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Karissa Eckert 07-29-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Wonderful story and narration"

    This is the first book in The Demon Cycle by Brett. The series is supposed to have five books; the third will be titled The Daylight Wars and is scheduled for a Feb 2013 release. The fourth and fifth books are tentatively titled The Forest Fortress and The Core. I really enjoyed this book it has excellent world building, characters that are easy to engage with and an epic story.

    I listened to this on audiobook and I really enjoyed it. The narrator did an excellent job of distinguishing between character voices and capturing the characters’ personalities.

    This follows the story of Arlen, Leesha, and Rojer. Arlen leaves his small village to learn how to be a messenger and ends up apprenticing as a warder. Leesha dodges marrying the town bully and apprentices as a healer. Rojer, loses his parents but becomes a jongleur. They all live in a world where the night is plagued by demons known as Corelings.

    This is a very well done fantasy. There are a lot of characters but they are presented in such a way that they are easy to keep track of and relate to. The world is well done and creative. The characters are likable and easy to engage with. This is one of the few epic fantasies that has an engaging female lead that offsets the male leads very nicely.

    Arlen, Leesha, and Rojer have both dark and light aspects to their characters, but unlike some fantasies they are clearly the good characters in this story.

    The Corelings are clearly the evil that needs to be vanquished in this world. In the beginning of the story they are kind of just a massive evil that everyone fears. As the story continues though we are slowly starting to learn that there is more to the Corelings than we first knew.

    The story does move slowly but the characters are well done and easy to engage with. I love the magic of warding and enjoyed this detailed world plagued by demons. The story covers a broad span of time and switches POV between the three main characters. The POVs worked perfectly for this story.

    The book is very easy to read and very well written. I can’t wait to see what future books in this series hold.

    The only thing that really bothered me about this book is the notion that no one had ever thought to ward weapons or themselves before Arlen thought of it. Right from the first section where they are talking about ward posts I wondered why no one wore warded jewelry or wrote wards on themselves...but I guess if you can get past that point you’ll really enjoy this story.

    Overall an excellent epic fantasy read. If you enjoy Brandon Sanderson, Robert Jordan, or Michael Sullivan I think you will enjoy this book as well. The characters are easy to engage with and there are both strong female and male characters. The story is violent but not as bleak as Brent Week’s Night Angel series for example. The world is well done and intriguing. Highly recommended to fans of epic fantasy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen Enid, OK, United States 03-29-13
    Kathleen Enid, OK, United States 03-29-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Truly surprised!"

    I wasn't sure about this, I chose it solely based on the reviews I saw here and I'm really glad I did. There were times the main character annoyed me, other times I saw him as a victim and yet other times I saw him as a hero. Regardless, I liked the book so much that I promptly got the next 2 and listened to them all.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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