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The Warded Man (Demon Trilogy, #1) (edition 2009)

by Peter V. Brett

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Title:The Warded Man (Demon Trilogy, #1)
Authors:Peter V. Brett
Info:Ballantine Books (2009), Trade Paperback
Collections:Read, Your library
Rating:****1/2
Tags:fantasy, 2012, demons, magic

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Yes, but Kindle.
  Xleptodactylous | Apr 7, 2015 |
Enjoyed this title - good character presentation - some character development - interesting world with some world-building. I even found the characters to be somewhat likable so far. overall 80%

Judging by the reviews of the sequels, it looks like they are to be avoided unless I can't find anything better. ( )
  jason9292 | Nov 27, 2014 |
Nice reading fantasy novel. ( )
  cmoewes | Nov 15, 2014 |
Great book can't wait for the next ( )
  Gonzalo8046 | Sep 29, 2014 |
A surprisingly good book. Somehow, the author managed to stretch the story on and on without the action slowing down or seeming pointless. I'll probably read more from this author. ( )
  piersanti | Sep 28, 2014 |
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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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