The Warded Man
by Peter V. Brett
Edited by Liz Scheler
Review by Mel Jacob
Del Rey Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780345503800
Date: 10 March 2009 List Price $25.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
In his Del Rey debut novel The Warded Man, Peter Brett begins with Arlen, a young farm boy from the hamlet of Tibbet's Brook. In Arlen's world, demons threaten men each night. Any human found outside at dark must protect himself with magic wards the creatures of the night cannot pass or risk dismemberment and death. The sun kills them so they must return to the Core below ground each dawn. Humans once possessed magic and then progressed to science, but the demon wars took science away and only the wards remain of magic. From official release/information:
From publicity material: In The Warded Man, as darkness falls each night, the corelings rise--demons who well up from the ground like hellish steam, taking on fearsome form. Sand demons. Wood demons. Wind demons. Flame demons. ANd gigantic rock demons. 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.
In was not always this way. Once men and women battled the corelings on equal terms. 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. Together, they will stand against the night.
(Source: Del Rey)