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The Warded Man [Hardcover]

Peter V. Brett
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10 Mar 2009
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.


Product details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey Books (10 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345503805
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345503800
  • Product Dimensions: 24.3 x 16.5 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,203,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter went to the University at Buffalo, where he studied Dungeons & Dragons, fencing, and girls. Somehow, he also managed to earn a (totally useful!) Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in Art History in 1995.

Following college, Peter spent approximately 8 months managing a comic shop and pondering what to do with his life. He then went into medical publishing, squandering ten years of his physical prime sitting in a cubicle. He contented himself with writing books he never hoped to sell.

In June of 2007, his hard work and perseverance paid off, as he sold his 4th novel, THE PAINTED MAN, and in October of 2007, he left his day job to pursue writing full time.
He lives in Brooklyn NY with his wife Dani and two cats, Jinx and Max Powers.

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About the Author

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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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hugely enjoyable - a must read! 22 April 2009
Format:Hardcover
The Warded Man is one of those books that I heard good things about from its UK release last year but never got around to. Some of the reviews I had read at the time were great, yet as a fantasy book I tended not to pay it too much attention - what a mistake that was! Within the pages of this fantasy is a great story, excellent setting and wonderful characters.

The world that Peter V Brett has created here is wide in scope and full of character. From the vivid descriptions of the small towns on the outskirts of the cities, where night is always a dangerous time, to the cities themselves - huge and strongly warded against the corelings - there is much to admire. These places felt real, the rundown and ruined houses always a constant reminder of what can happen when wards fail. The cities have their big, luxurious houses while the images of despair that are brought to mind when the lowly shared shelters are mentioned add to the clear distinction of class. Despite all of this and how much I enjoyed the world every time I opened the book, the characters steal the show - and quite rightly too.

We follow our three main characters - Arlen, Leesha and Rojer - from a young age. This allows us to grow with them, feel their fear and desires and aspirations. What is good about these characters is their individuality, the way each one feels completely different from the others, yet there is a strong and wilful element that will not just lie down or continue on the road expected of them.

Arlen, our main character, is the most enjoyable to read. His story is simple and entertaining and his motives are clear. There is also a sadness to his character which drives him throughout the narrative and gives him determination to succeed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting ideas, poorly executed. 8 Feb 2014
By Lola TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The book I finished/somewhat struggled through was "The Painted Man", although it is also published under the titled "The Warded Man", which I think is much more suitable for it with all the wards etc.

Anyway, I am not a big fantasy follower, but "The Painted Man" was chosen as a next read for our book club and I happily obliged. I quickly became disappointed (although I am not as harsh as some of my fellow book club members, who gave this book one star). My complaints, which a lot of other reviewers seem to agree with:

- Peter V. Brett's writing is very amateurish, often the book reads like a screenplay, a few words on the setting and then goes the dialogue. Brett, it seems, can never "show", but he tells, sorry, "talks" a lot. Oftentimes, the dialogues are repetitive and tiresome. The editors did a poor job (just as an example, p. 303: "Arrick looked at Rojer, his face a mask of irritation as the crowd began chanting 'Halfgrip! Halfgrip!' Arrick looked to Rojer, his face a mask of irritation." One too many masks of irritation, don't you think? The book is full of such mistakes and repetitions, which could have been easily edited.

- The vast majority of characters are very poorly drawn. There is a skeleton of three main characters, Alren, Leesha and young Rojer, but Arlen gets the majority of Brett's attention (understandably, since he is the core hero in the narrative). Whilst Leesha is given a fair number of pages, Rojer barely appears in a few chapters prior to his meeting with Arlen, to tell you the truth I felt that Rojer's place in the narrative is somewhat redundant.

- The story is quite laboured, especially the beginning - the first 10% or so of the book (which is around 600 pages) nothing seemed to happen.
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58 of 75 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dont think this is a new book 15 July 2009
Format:Hardcover
Dont be misled and think this is a new offering by Peter Brett. The Warded Man is the american title of "The Painted Man". Brett fans will have to wait for Desert Spear for their next fix
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Watch out or the corelings might get you too! 29 Mar 2010
By J. Lesley TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I understand that this book was previously titled "The Painted Man".

What a wonderful reading experience this book was for me. This is my first Peter Brett book, but you can certainly be sure it won't be my last. I was fascinated by his invention of the corelings, demons who rise every night from the core of the earth after the sun has set, because they were such unusual creatures to encounter. There are wind, rock, wood and fire demons and any human caught outside a warded area after sunset has no defenses against them. The setting of the book is not placed in any defined time frame, but there is no mechanization in this fantasy world. It reminded me very much of medieval times.

The way this book was written was also of particular interest to me. It definitely kept me on my toes and therefore, never bored with it. I had absolutely no idea where the story was headed. Meeting Arlen, Leesha and Rojer at such young ages allowed me to see their life for a long time before they ever meet for the first time and reached the climactic areas of the novel. Yet none of the history surrounding these young characters seemed contrived, it was all very important for me to read about so that I would understand how the corelings had impacted their lives every minute of every day. It was pivotal for the reader to understand how the corelings controled the lives of all the humans and to make me wonder why only magically warded spaces had ever been used as a defense against these demons. I really liked the way a specific symbol was attached to each character and by displaying the symbol at the beginning of the chapter I could know which characters would be involved without the author giving away any of what was to happen.
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