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posted by Anonymous on December 26, 2012

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Predictable Stuff.

The Warded man is another hero's journey of a boy who is thrust from the womb of his home and into the terrible reality he lives. This novel follows Arlen, Leesha, and Rojer, each following similar coming-of-age arcs, jumping years, until they finally converge near the ...
The Warded man is another hero's journey of a boy who is thrust from the womb of his home and into the terrible reality he lives. This novel follows Arlen, Leesha, and Rojer, each following similar coming-of-age arcs, jumping years, until they finally converge near the end of the book. Structure is good, but you must stray from it to keep things interesting. The story almost turns into Dune while Arlen is in the desert, but thankfully Brett decided to stop there, and instead give Arlen a Edmund Dantes-esque return as the titular Warded Man. There are some funny bits, some sweet revelations of the good in the hearts of some lowly characters and the action was often bloody and thrilling, but overall the inner story of the characters was flimsy, and Arlen essentially becomes the Batman of his world.

Brett's prose would have gotten me flayed in school, he almost entirely tells instead of shows, often repeating the obvious multiple times in the same paragraph, then having the dialog repeat it again, never allowing for subtext. He bashes the reader over the head with the apparent, yet neglects details like describing what the demons actually look like until quite a few chapters in. The world that he created feels more like a rough sketch, which would work with a cast of strong and complex characters, but those are missing here.

Another odd and bothersome aspect of this book is the constant examples of rape, incest, and molestation that permeate the story. About every other chapter has the characters in some conflict with sexual predators, or their own juvenile sexual issues. Particularly Leesha, who in the story is so beautiful that she turns any man alone with her into a drooling rapist. Well written, this may have lent itself to the complexity of the story, but it was not well done. This aspect was clumsy, predicable, and left me cringing more than once, and actually less interested in the character's fates. By the end, it felt like a heavy handed attempt to shape Leesha's and the others characters, but failed to do so.

Certainly not the worst fantasy you could pick up, but if you want a well done, gritty, fantasy, check out Joe Abercrombie and the First Law series. Or just a great, original fantasy book, try The Name of Wind by Patrick Rothfuss and see how it's done.

posted by NickyRay on May 23, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

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    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2014

    Amazing

    Fantastic series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2014

    Loved it

    Loved it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2014

    Awesome

    Loved it,

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 29, 2014

    Fast pace mix of Matrix and Dune.  The characters were very well

    Fast pace mix of Matrix and Dune.  The characters were very well developed.  I couldn't put it down.  Don't buy if you value your sleep.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2014

    Bella

    Oh hey babe

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2014

    Love this book.

    Love this book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2014

    Julie

    Gtg bye

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2014

    Nick

    Hey

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2014

    Immensely enrapturing!!

    I must say that the first book of the demon cycle series was more than satisfying. Within every moment of the story I was riveted and left in suspense eagerly reading to find out what was to happen next.
    Perter Brett displayed his brilliance in this opening of the series the way he intersected the paths of each prominent character; Arlen, Roger and Leesha. The way all three characters experienced loss and anguish from both mankind and demons was remarkable. The way Arlen transitioned into the warrior he became and was still intact with his humanly side symbolized great strength and compassion for his true intent, which was to vindicate humans from their fears of humans. I give this story a 10 out of 10 adamantly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2014

    I bought this book on an impulse.

    I have never regreted it. It turnrd to be an amazing story I stuck with the story since.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2014

    Awesome

    A great fantasy novel. Starts a bit slow but it gets really good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2013

    Amazing read!

    Once I started, I couldn't put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2013

    Awsome

    Loved this book a real page turner

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 14, 2013

    Great spin on the whole night creatures genre.

    I must admit it started off a little slow,but boy did it pick up.Literally I can't put it down.Plus I understand now why it may have strated slow.The author took his time to develop each of the main characters,starting from when they were very young.Which you understand later on in detail who they are.And that makes for a great story.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 31, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    Peter Brett is fast becoming one of my favorite Sci/Fi Fantasy authors. I have read all 3 of his books in this series and can't wait for the next one to come out.

    His ability to develop the characters in the story, keeps you turning the pages as fast as you can, or in the case of the Nook, pushing the next page button. I didn't think I was going to like how he goes through the life history of most of the characters, but it does give you a much better understanding of the characters and what drives them to do what they do.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2013

    Great First Book

    This was a great first book in the series. Really cared about the characters.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    Excellent

    Good book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2013

    Young Adult

    I found this book to be an excellent read. While some individuals may find it hard to relate to the characters, I found that it was easy to relate to these characters as they went through their young adult lives. Rach person had a hardship to overcome, and each one dealt with it in a way that is entirely understandable to readers who grew up with similar conditions. This book allows me to look at how other people dealing with similar issues act and react to the world around them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    Great Book

    The story line is entertaining and the writing will draw you in and make you feel the characters.

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