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REVIEW: 'The Warded Man' by Peter V. Brett

   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 fragile...

  It was not always this way. Once, men and women battled the corelings on equal terms, but those days are gone. Night by night the demons grow stronger, while human numbers dwindle under their relentless assault. Now, with hope for the future fading, three young survivors of vicious demon attacks will dare the impossible, stepping beyond the crumbling safety of the wards to risk everything in a desperate quest to regain the secrets of the past. Together, they will stand against the night.


   I initially made the mistake of setting this in my too read pile paying little attention to where it was in the stack.  Thanks to comments by other members on the Outhouse about how much they enjoyed it and that I get to it, I well... got to it.

   The Warded man mainly follows three characters, two boys and one young woman.  Although I really liked all of them, it was The Warded man himself (before he was even the warded man) that I fell in love with.  Even though much of the story is spent letting the young characters grow up and get together, you don't feel like you are waiting for the story to start.  Everything these characters experience in their lives builds the story and character and shows you more of the world.

   The magic is handled in a way that, although somewhat common and integral to the world, is very uncommon in the use most fantasy readers might think.  It is done with creating runes; or wards as the case may be, that have specific effects.  Much of the wards and magic of the past has been forgotten as society has relied mainly upon the wards that they needed day to day.  This is used to create difference in societies as Brett makes the magic system a natural part of his worlds history.

   The people live in a world where they are only safe during the day.  At night, demons of various sorts rise from the depths and attack anything not protected.  This creates even bigger seperations in societies and regions as any travel that takes more than the day is difficult and dangerous.  A reader really comes to understand the way the world has come to the point it's at.


I can't image too many fantasy lovers not enjoying this book. A reader that likes books such as The Name of the Wind or A Song of Fire and Ice would find this story right up their alley.

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