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The Warded Man (Demon Cycle Series #1)
     

The Warded Man (Demon Cycle Series #1)

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by Peter V. Brett
 

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As darkness falls after sunset, the corelings rise—demons who possess supernatural powers and burn with a consuming hatred of humanity.

For hundreds of years the demons have terrorized the night, slowly culling the human herd that shelters behind magical wards—symbols of power whose origins are lost in myth and whose protection is terrifyingly

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Warded Man 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 499 reviews.
NickyRay More than 1 year ago
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.
Angelle More than 1 year ago
I received this new novel by Peter V. Brett a couple days ago from Del-Rey for review and so I decided to sit down from my few months being a mom to read it. I was so glad I did. The Warded Man is an intense ride that begins with the lives of three young children that through different diversities survive to fight on in a world where just the corelings or demons aren't the only things that should be feared. In this well written novel, you will meet Arlen, Leesha, and Rojer, each set on their own path by tragedy or by the evil of others. Their journeys are all thwart with different types of danger from One Armed demons to the evil of greedy men. Each one will have you wrapped around their stories as they pull you from the world you know into one that nights are feared and demons roam only to take you into that darkness never to return. The Warded Man is a well put together novel. With intense actions scenes that do not rob from the brilliant dialogue, the beautiful, yet, horrifying imagery literally engulfs you in a world that is filled with mountains, deserts, wall cities, and small villages. Each chapter brings you deeper into the shadows filling your mind with visions of small fire demons to the large stone ones. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves good fantasy and great action. It is a bit on the dark side with some violence to kids as well as to grown ups so please use discression when looking at it for kids younger than sixteen or so. Other than that, I implore you to give Mr. Brett a chance. I know I will be reading the next in his series for sure.....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Starts out slow but picks up into a pretty good book.
BC1130 More than 1 year ago
This is my first review of this book on B&N even though I have just finished reading the book for the third time in preparation for the 4th book Skull Throne to be released in March. I thought I might get bored in the 3rd reading but a good story never gets old. If you love the tried and true "old school" fantasies, you will love this story. This first book is all about Arlen, Leesha and Rojer and the circumstances which put them together, becoming friends and allies fighting against the demons who ruled the night.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such an amazing story with well thought out characters and their pasts. I have just finished the second book and had to stop to write a review. You wont be dissapointed with this series! Its been a long while sincive been so engrossed in a novel and the world created. I couldnt wait to figure out what happened at the end and at the same time sad it was over! Thankfully there are supposed to be 5 books in the series so i can keep enjoying the amazing world of the warded man.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This has become one of my favorite books. Great idea that is beautifully imagined, well paced, and artfully written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
16 almost 17 on August 27, brown hair, brown eyes, fit, athletic wears short shorts and crop top
SmalltownSR More than 1 year ago
A fantastic tale, well written, the world building is amazing, non stop action and heart break, a real page turner.
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The conepts of this novel still keeps me up at night thinking of how I would try and servive in this amazing world!
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Peter Brett was born to write fantasy. His talent is clear in the vivid picture he paints with his words and the engrossing story he spins. I finished this book in a day, I could not put it down. I will definitely be finishing this series! I highly recommend this read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic series
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Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book in series. However the next two are not quite as good
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SciFiGeek2 More than 1 year ago
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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Good world, interesting magic system, no stupid character names like Damian Shadowblade or Sebastian Demonspawn. Writing was quite male but still felt emotions of loss and fear. Looking forward to the next book in the series.