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416 pages, Hardcover
First published September 1, 2008
“Welcome to adulthood." Cob said. "Every child finds a day when they realize that adults can be weak and wrong just like everyone else. After that day, you are an adult. Like it or not.”
“Let others determine your worth and you're already lost, because no one wants people worth more than themselves.”
* Sidenote: By the way, what's up with the name change? Is this book a part of Book Witness Protection Program? Why?Being caught out in the open at night equals gruesome death. People in this world hide trembling behind their wards at night terrified of what's out there. Fear rules their lives and determines their actions. They have lost their will to fight. They have traded freedom for safety. And so enter our three main characters who decide that life is more than just cowering in fear:
(A) Arlen, who refuses to live his life in fear and forgoes conventional happiness for what he feels is right - and becomes the titular(A) (B) (C)
PaintedWarded Man, battling the corelings (**).
(B) Leesha - a brave and determined young woman, a skilled healer and herb gatherer who defies all expectations of her male-dominated society.
(C) Rojer, a self-doubting young jongleur alive thanks to his mother's sacrifice, who is able to charm corelings with music.
"We are what we choose to be, girl,' she said. 'Let others determine your worth, and you've already lost, because no one wants people worth more than themselves."----------------------------
One of the most unique and engrossing novels I have ever read!
The Warded Man tells the story of Arlen, Leesha, and Rojer and how their lives end up intersecting. We meet Arlen and Leesha when they are only eleven and Rojer when he is only four. They live in a world ravished by demons every night. Humans are forced to live behind protective wards or die terrible deaths at the hands of these demons.
I have to admit it was hard to believe the book was over 900 pages long. The pages seemed to fly by as the story unfolded and drew me in. I could not help but become attached to the characters. The idea behind the novel is simple enough but how Peter V. Brett puts it all together is simple amazing. He weaves a story that becomes more and more complex as you read it, until finally, at least for me, it almost becomes real. I couldn't help but feel the fear the characters feel each evening as the sun begins to set and they find themselves rushing to get behind wards to protect themselves from the demons rising as mist from the ground. It is simply a terrifying image that cannot help but raise goosebumps.
Be warned, once you start you will not be able to stop reading it! Definitely a 5 star read!
For my review of the other books in this series, use the links below:
Book Two: The Desert Spear
Book Three: The Daylight War