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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (20,380 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter V. Brett Narrator: Pete Bradbury Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Demon Cycle Release Date:
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Life isn't easy, when you live in a world known for its demon attacks. On one hand, there's constant excitement. On the other...constant danger. The attacks have gotten so frequent over the years that they've plunged humanity into a Dark Age, full of little hope and almost-definite retribution.

Corelings, the demons are called, and there is very little one can do to avoid them...except for the wards, painted on surfaces and buildings, used to drive them off. The wards, however, are fragile. The slightest disturbance can cause them to crumble. All in all, not a very effective means of protecting your dwelling.

The story follows three youths as they each follow their quest to save mankind from coreling attack. In it, there is mystery and danger, darkness and sorrow. From the temptations of a child to the bravery of a young man, one must wonder: Will they succeed, or will humanity crumble once and for all?

The Warded Man Audiobook is a thrilling coming-of-age tale that will have you wondering the entire time what's going to happen to humanity and the heroes next. Never forget: a coreling may be lurking just around the corner.

Peter V. Brett is an American fantasy author most known for his Warded Man novel series. He studied English literature and the arts at the University at Buffalo, only to spend a decade thereafter working in the pharmacy publication field. At an early age, he developed an interest in fantasy, and wrote several books before finding success with his first published novel The Warded Man.

As darkness falls after sunset, the corelings rise—demons who possess supernatural 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 whose protection is terrifyingly fragile.

It was not always this way. Once, men and women battled the corelings on equal terms, but those days are gone. 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An imaginative and exciting tale”

    Libary Journal

  • “Captivating and well written, quickly drawing readers in.”

    School Library Journal

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Michael Healy | 2/10/2014

    " A little slow at the start but it quickly picks up into a nice piece of post-apocalyptic fantasy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rose | 1/27/2014

    " Really, really, really good. This is a book I kept thinking about long after I finished it. Plot was original and characters engaging and multidimensional. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tabie Campbell | 1/21/2014

    " Predictable but interesting. I'll read the next book even though I really didn't like the ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Chris Gardner | 1/4/2014

    " I am usually a little leery of debut novels. The books are good but the whole package needs some work. Peter Brett needs no polish. I loved this book.[return][return]Mankind has been beaten down. Man hides in his hovels at night and cringes in fear of the demons. Slowly mankind is dying. Arlen does not understand why man does not fight back. He determines that he is not going to be a coward. This is his first step towards becoming the Warded Man. A man who takes the fight to the demons. Through years of training and discovery, he turns his own body into a weapon against the dark tide of demondium.[return][return]A man who hates demons and kills them at every opportunity. But, is his distaste for cowardly humans just as powerful? Can a man live by himself and just live with hatred? Does man need companionship, love, strength from those around him?[return][return]A truly excellent first book from Peter Brett. I cannot wait for the next book in this series.[return][return][return]A must buy. Highly recommended. "

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About the Author
Author Peter V. Brett

Peter Brett is a New York Times bestselling fantasy author. He received his BA in English from the University of Buffalo and worked in medical publishing before becoming a full-time writer. He is most known for his Demon Cycle books, which include The Painted Man, Desert Spear, and The Daylight War. He has also written standalone novels and novellas, including Tibbett’s Brook and Brayan’s Gold. Brett lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and daughter.