The Warded Man

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Ballantine Books, 2009 - Fiction - 416 pages
205 Reviews
The time has come to stand against the night.

As darkness falls each night, the corelings rise–demons who well up from the ground like hellish steam, taking on fearsome form and substance. Sand demons. Wood demons. Wind demons. Flame demons. And gigantic rock demons, the deadliest of all. They possess supernatural strength and 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 mystery, and whose protection is terrifyingly fragile.

It was not always this way. Once, men and women battled the corelings on equal terms. Once, under the leadership of the legendary Deliverer, and armed with powerful wards that were not merely shields but weapons, they took the battle to the demons . . . and stopped their advance.

But those days are gone. The fighting wards are lost. 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.

Arlen will pay any price, embrace any sacrifice, for freedom. His grim journey will take him beyond the bounds of human power.

Crippled by the demons that killed his parents, Rojer seeks solace in music–only to discover that music can be a weapon as well as a refuge.

Beautiful Leesha, who has suffered at the hands of men as well as demons, becomes an expert healer. But what cures can also harm. . . .

Together, they will stand against the night.

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I am very impressed with Peter Bretts writing style. - Goodreads
So the plot is contrived and the characters are thin. - Goodreads
Easy to read, found it very enjoyable. - Goodreads
The battle sequences were stunning. - Goodreads
Character development was spot on. - Goodreads
The best advice I can give is read this book! - Goodreads

Review: The Warded Man (Demon Cycle #1)

User Review  - Wesley-James Robinson - Goodreads

Honestly, I wish I could give this book a full five stars. I read the entire thing in three days, while working. It was a great read, something about his writing hooked me from the first page. I ... Read full review

Review: The Warded Man (Demon Cycle #1)

User Review  - Britt Marczak - Goodreads

I'M SO CONFLICTED On one hand, I loved first half, loved where the story was going, loved the character driven story and the promise of what was to come. But then things kinda fell apart by the end. I ... Read full review

About the author (2009)

Raised on a steady diet of fantasy novels, comic books, and Dungeons & Dragons, Peter V. Brett has been writing fantasy stories for as long as he can remember. He received a bachelor of arts degree in English literature and art history from the University at Buffalo in 1995, then worked for a decade in pharmaceutical publishing before returning to his bliss. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Danielle, their daughter, and two cats, Jinx and Max Powers. This is his first novel.

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