The Warded Man

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Ballantine Books, 2009 - Fiction - 416 pages
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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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Contents

TIBBETs BRook
1
Aftermath
3
If It Was You
27
A Night Alone
56
Leesha
66
Crowded Home
83
The Secrets of Fire
107
Rojer
116
Ruins
249
Rite of Passage
257
The First Warrior of Krasia
260
Alagai sharak
276
Only a Chin
282
Play the Hamlets
288
Rebirth
299
Needles and Ink
305

To the Free Cities
127
Fort Miln
136
MILN
159
Io Apprentice
161
Breach
177
Library
185
There Must Be More
197
The Road to Angiers
212
Fiddle Me a Fortune 22
221
Attachments
233
KRASIA
247
CUTTERs Hollow
313
A New Venue
315
Hospit
325
Nightfall
342
Secrets
365
In the Predawn Light
374
Plague
381
The Battle of Cutters Hollow
399
Cutters No More 41
411
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About the author (2009)

Peter V. Brett is the internationally bestselling author of The Warded Man, The Desert Spear, The Daylight War, and The Skull Throne. Raised on a steady diet of fantasy novels, comic books, and Dungeons & Dragons, 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 spent more than a decade in pharmaceutical publishing before returning to his bliss. He lives in New York City.

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