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The Warded Man by Peter V. Brett

The Warded Man (edition 2010)

by Peter V. Brett

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Title:The Warded Man
Authors:Peter V. Brett
Info:Del Rey (2010), Mass Market Paperback, 480 Seiten
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The Warded Man by Peter V. Brett

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I really enjoyed this book a great deal. It was paced similarly to The Name of the Wind. The storyline was pretty good and the magic system decent. The ending lost my attention, but I will most likely eventually read the sequel. ( )
  KnivesBoone | Jul 29, 2016 |
Loved this book! Could not stop reading!!

In a world where demons rise at sunset to attack the humans who only have old wards carved and painted to create barriers to protect them, a boy watches his mother die and see a better way than hiding behind such protections.

The story of Arlen Bales as he grows from a young boy into a man is a fascinating one. The people he meets along the way, the demons he faces and destroys, the fighter and man he becomes. Highly recommended! ( )
  LongDogMom | Jul 17, 2016 |
First off - this book was LONG! Like I was getting to the point where I wondered if it would ever freeking end. Now that's not to say it was a bad book, because that is not accurate. There were just...lots of words.

The world created in the book is quite interesting. The society is like the Dark Ages of Europe in politics, society and religion however there is the interesting addition of demons that manifest and attack from sunset to sunrise every day. People are protected from these demon attacks by wards that are drawn upon – well – everything. Those that draw the wards are different depending on the location. For instance in a larger city they have Warders, part of a Guild, that people pay to draw wards. Each Warder, it seems, has their own set of wards they have discovered and/or mastered. Wards are drawn on walls surrounding the cities and on individual dwellings in the city. People are, it seems, required to offer succor (or allow strangers outside into their home) after dark when requested. In mid-sized places there are people who are Warders but don’t seem to be in a Guild, they ward around the towns and houses and what not. In smaller villages and hamlets almost everyone can draw wards, they ward their own property and help neighbors do the same.

These wards are purely defensive. History tells though, of a Defender and his armies, which had offensive wards that have been lost over time. It seems this world has evolved much like ours – from Dark Ages, to an age of Science and Innovation and then fallen again into the Dark Ages. Interesting commentary on the cyclical nature of humanity and civilization. There are many times I wonder when our society and civilization will collapse because it is only a matter of time – history has proven it over and over again.

Anyway, people no longer believe in these offensive wards and while not at all content they are resigned to being slowly killed off by demons.

Now, I’ll say again, this is actually a fascinating society and the world building is detailed. That’s one of the things I love about fantasy books, especially when done right. This author did it right and I was easily immersed in the society, their fears and their hopes and dreams, their despair. And God, overall it happens to be a pretty damn depressing place. People are being killed every night and that kinda sucks.

Fascinating society aside I spent this book reading and reading and reading and while there was a lot going on there was very little happening. Hmmm…maybe that doesn’t make sense. It’s like this. There was a lot of foundation building going on and we are introduced to the three people that seem to be the heroes of this book when they are children. They are all three different ages so there was a lot of history covered in the book. Arlen is the first one we meet, an 11-year old at the time, when there are huge losses in a demon attack in his hamlet. We follow him for quite a bit until we meet Leesha, 13-years old at the time, who is the daughter of a wealthy paper maker and warder in a small town. After following her for a while we meet Rojer, who is the 3-year old son of inn keepers in another small town. So we follow them all as children and as they grow up – the struggles they face, the choices they make and how their attitudes are shaped. When these three fuckin’ finally meet Leesha is 27, Rojer is 17 or 18 and Arlen is somewhere in his late 30’s I think, it’s never really clear to me.

For me the action really started to happen once these three meet up. It’s tense and unhappy and they don’t trust each other. Though Leesha and Rojer have known each other for a few months by the time they meet Arlen they are not best buddies or anything. There is a sort of love triangle which is not really well executed and doesn’t seem to go anywhere in this book either.

At this point I’m kind of torn because I did a lot of skimming prior to the three meeting up but there were interesting parts that helped you to understand how and why the characters developed as they did. I think the author was trying to set up why these three are uniquely set to work with each other and fight demons while rallying people. Arlen is a warrior, Leesha is a healer and Rojer is an entertainer; an unlikely trio yet completely believable. In the end though I’m left feeling that maybe half the words of this book could have been cut and I would have stilled enjoyed and understood it. It also ended abruptly. While not a cliffhanger per se everything was left unresolved with the exception of the commitment of the three to work together.

I’d recommend with slight reservations for fans of well-developed fantasy worlds who don’t mind uncompleted series. It appears there are three books right now and two more planned. At this point I don’t think I’ll go on simply because I’ve already go too many books to read and I keep buying more! I did enjoy this though.
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  BooksTYK | Mar 27, 2016 |
The beginning of a series that's already up to 4 giant novels and 4 shorter entries. I kept hearing good things about it, so decided to check it out.

Well... it's a start. A slow start, however.
The largest part of the book really moved too slowly for me, as it shows us three young people who are bored of life in their small, backward, restrictive towns.

Admittedly, I guess the point is that their lives are restricted and boring... but it got to the point where reading about them was boring, too. And oh, the stereotypes.

The reason that life is so very restrictive and boring here is that, for the last few hundred years, a plague of bloodthirsty demons comes out every night. Anyone caught outside a warded area will be quickly and viciously killed. Whenever it's dark, both the residents of rural villages and the inhabitants of walled cities huddle inside buildings protected by the magical symbols drawn or carved into their boundaries.
It's a war that people are losing, too, by a slow, drawn-out process of attrition.

Understandably, travel is avoided. Villages communicate mainly through traveling duos of Messenger and Jongleur who facilitate news, trade and entertainment. It's a glamorous job, but a dangerous one.

One of the aforementioned bored young people, Arlen, wants nothing more than to be a Messenger. He's got a talent for drawing Wards, and when his family situation goes south, he runs off to try to pursue his dream.

Meanwhile, orphaned Rojer is taken in by a Jongleur and brought to one of the walled cities. While grieving his family, he also learns the trade - and discovers a special talent for the fiddle.

Leesha also has a horrible family situation. An unloving mother and a thuggish fiance cause her to end up with her reputation destroyed. However, she finds new direction in life when she apprentices to the local Herb Gatherer and begins to learn healing arts.

It's not really a surprise to find that eventually, these three stories might merge and, in that convergence, turn out to have something to do with fighting the demons...

It takes a while to get there though, and, as I said, there are just so many stereotypes along the way. The backwards villages with sexist attitudes and uneducated inhabitants are utterly familiar. The walled cities with craftspeople, apprentices, public performers, &c also seem right out of any number of fantasy novels. Then of course, there's the OTHER walled city a few days' ride away that's inexplicably inhabited by a Middle Eastern culture full of every trope about the Middle East you could pull out of a hat. Of course, the countryside is dotted with ancient ruins full of the forgotten Knowledge of the Elders. And that's not even touching on the archetypical behavior that the individual characters exhibit.

I also had a couple of basic logical issues with the setup. First, if the demon plague has been the situation for as long as the narrative says, people would've learned to deal with it a lot better. You just WOULDN'T go running outside your wards after a stray animal, for example. Not doing that would've been beaten into every single person from babyhood. It would be unthinkable.
Second, the concept of painting or tattooing wards on your person just isn't an unthinkable idea. You'd think nearly everyone would've thought to try it. And once one person figured it out and tales started spreading about the Warded Man painted or tattooed with protective symbols - you'd think that tattoos would very quickly become the hottest new trend for everyone.

However, if you're OK with the familiar... the book isn't terrible. The pace does eventually pick up, and ends with a big ol' climactic action scene. Having just finished it... I do have these criticisms, and I think they're valid... but I have hope that it might get better as it goes on. I may just go on to the next book in the series and find out what's happening next. ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
slow start but got better ( )
  Claudia.Anderson | Feb 7, 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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