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The Warded Man

by Peter V. Brett

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Series: The Demon Cycle (1)

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La storia è veramente bella e originale e il libro è scritto benissimo ma non vi consiglio di leggerlo.
E' stato pubblicato da Newton-Compton qualche anno fa ed una quadrilogia che la Newton non intende continuare, pertanto con questo comportamento la casa editrice ha bloccato l'uscita di questa serie per sempre.
Nessun editore tradurrà gli altri visto che gli manca il primo libro e dato che la Newton non li traduce sono persi per sempre.
E' una vergogna questo comportamento anche perchè sono ormai parecchi i libri che non verranno più tradotti per questo motivo.
Non leggetelo perchè non saprete mai come va a finire a meno che non lo leggiate in inglese. ( )
  Angela.Me | Jun 10, 2017 |
The Warded Man is the first in a planned five book fantasy series, The Demon Cycle, of which only two are out. It's set in a world where there are demons called corelings that come out at night to destroy and plunder human civilisation. The only things that keep them away are wards - writings of power. If a ward is improperly set or happens to rub off, the demons break through immediately.

We follow three characters - Arlen, Leesha and Rojer, from various points in their childhood to maturity. They have very different lives, but they all eventually embark on a journey.

The world is pretty interesting - the frequent coreling attacks have reduced humans from a state of advanced technology to the dark ages. There are small hamlets everywhere, but also a few Free Cities, all with very different cultures. Very few people travel, since it's hard to ward yourself when you're not in a shelter.

This book had too much incidental sex-related plots for my taste - almost every encounter between a man and a woman has some sexual overtones, no matter what their ages or age differences are. Leesha is so beautiful that every man who looks at her wants to rape her (except the good guys, who are just attracted to her.) There's a lot of incest, rape and general lasciviousness. I know that A Song of Ice and Fire is currently quite popular, but I'm not really a fan of such gritty stories.

Aside from that, the book is pretty decent. The world is the most interesting part, I really liked reading about the history. There are a bunch of likable characters, although no one stands out as particularly special. I found most of them to be extreme in one way or another.

I'm going to give the next book, The Desert Spear, a shot, but I'm not that excited. Hopefully I'm proven wrong. ( )
  kgodey | Apr 11, 2017 |
Fantastic! I love stories that show multiple perspectives of the same timeframe! The novel follows Arlen, Leesha, and Rojer as they find they're potentials in life. And the fact that their paths cross, and mix without them knowing is amazing. Truly a fantastic world, with a fantastic history! I am excited to read the next books in the series! ( )
  sasta | Feb 1, 2017 |
liked the premise, plot was OK, characterization uninspiring ( )
  jeddak | Jan 27, 2017 |
A world several thousand years after ours. The night belongs to demons, which rise out of the core of the earth and destroy life where ever they can find it. Wards, drawn symbols, are humanity's only defense against them. Defensive wards are all that are available to humanity. A prophesied savior, the Deliverer, is supposed to restore humanity's ability to fight back.

Follows 3 main characters, Arlen, Leesha and Rojer. Arlen becomes a messenger and finds a lost city of new offensive wards. Leesha becomes a villages Herb Gatherer and makes up new wards. Rojer is a jongleur who can play the violin and charm demons. In the end, Arlen is betrayed by a kingdom based on arab culture [big surprise there] but wards himself and starts to teach the hamlets how to fight back.

Brutal. While not graphic, very bad things happen and you are not left in doubt about what those bad things are. Extremely well written and it just pulled me right to the end. A book I was excited to be reading. Good stuff. ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
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The great horn sounded.

Arlen paused in his work, looking up at the lavender wash of the dawn sky. Morning mist still clung to the air, bringing with its damp an acrid taste that was all too familiar. A quiet dread built in his gut as he waited in the morning stillness, hoping that it had been his imagination. He was eleven years old.
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Sometimes there is very good reason to be afraid of the dark...

Eleven-year-old Arlen lives with his parents on their small farmstead, half a day's ride away from the isolated hamlet of Tibbet's Brook.

As dusk falls upon Arlan's world, a strange mist rises from the ground, a mist carrying nightmares to the surface. A mist that promises a violent death to any foolish enough to brave the coming darkness, for hungry corelings - demons that cannot be harmed by mortal weapons - materialize from the vapours to feed on the living. As the sun sets, people have no choice but to take shelter behind magical wards and pray that their protection holds until the creatures dissolve with the first signs of dawn.

When Arlen's life is shattered by the demon plague, he is forced to see that it is fear, rather than the demons, which truly cripples humanity. Believing that there is more to his world than to live in constant fear, he must risk leaving the safety of his wards to discover a different path.

In the small town of Cutter's Hollow, Leesha's perfect future is destroyed by betrayal and a simple lie. Publicly shamed, she is reduced to gathering herbs and tending an old woman more fearsome than the corelings. Yet in her disgrace, she becomes the guardian of dangerous ancient knowledge.

Orphaned and crippled in a demon attack, young Rojer takes solace in mastering the musical arts of a Jongleur, only to learn that his unique talent gives him unexpected power over the night.

Together, these three young people will offer humanity a last, fleeting chance of survival.
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As darkness falls each night, demons known as the corelings rise, and three young survivors of demon attacks risk everything to recover the secrets of the past to defeat the corelings and stop their relentless assault against humans.

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