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Monday, June 3, 2013

The Warded Man by Peter V. Brett | Book Review

The Warded Man is my new favorite epic fantasy novel. I have yet to read the next two books in the trilogy, but if they're half as good as this one was I know I'll enjoy them immensely.

There is so much I liked about this book. I'll start with the characters. There is one main protagonist, but also two other main characters that you get to know well. The first time Brett jumped from the narrative of the first main character to show me the second it annoyed me. I didn't want to learn about other characters, the one I had come to love was in one heck of a fix and I wanted to know what would happen to him. As I read on though I came to love the second main character, and then the third. One of my favorite things about this book is that you get to experience a long section of the characters lives. First meeting them when they are just about to come of age, and then seeing amazing transformations take place in them. The characters were very real to me as I read and I really enjoyed getting to see them grow up. I can't wait to see what the next two books in the series hold.

So, next I'll hit the story world. It's what really drew me to the story. A world where demons rise at night? How cool is that? Enough said, I'm already interested. Learning how the cultures have to live around the demons coming at night was really interesting. I loved the world, and the way Brett unfolded it as the story progressed was awesome.

The way Peter V. Brett wrote the story is something else I loved about it. It's fairly modern with it's vernacular, but has just enough older words sprinkled in to really add an amazing medieval fantasy flavor that I loved. The diction of the narrator and character's dialog made the world feel richer and helped transport you to be right with them out of our modern world, but it in no way ever got in the way or made things abstruse. I loved the writing style. It had almost a slow pace, but I hate to use that word because it was NEVER boring. I loved every scene in this book. The pacing did a great job of letting you really sink down into the world and explore it with the characters as epic fantasy should. Then you would be jolted out of the fully realized world to see amazing and gruesome fights. Brutal fights which reminded you that when night falls you better be behind your wards or the demons with get you.

There is so much to love about this book. To me, it's an instant classic. I can't wait to read the next two novels in the series. I know I'll be rereading this book again someday. Rich epic fantasy that never gets boring.

Have you read this book? What did you think? I can't recommend it enough. I loved it! Thanks for stopping by.

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