Post-apocalyptic pre-industrial fantasy. The demons won, and have free reign to slaughter anything and everything outside a warding circle at night. That’s the world we enter into in The Warded Man by Peter V. Brett. There are some pretty horrific things that happen in this book, but I think the payoff is well worth it.
The story jumps between three characters: a fighter, a healer, and a bard… Okay, they aren’t actually referred to that way, but they may as well be. The world kicks these characters in the teeth, and in the course of figuring out how to deal with that, they become powerful people; they become heroes.
As great as that is, this is still just the first book in what I think is going to be a trilogy, and part of me is worried about how the author is going to deal with these characters going forward. This book, while open ended, had a great self-contained story arc, and there’s a big part of me that doesn’t want to sully that by moving on to the next book. If this does turn out to be a trilogy, I’d rather wait till the third book comes out, then listen to the second and third books in succession so I’m not left hanging by a typical middle book non-ending (ex: Empire Strikes Back). Usually, I don’t have a problem with that, but something about this series, as well as the reviews I’ve read for the next book, make me more worried about the next book than I should be.
Of course, with the way I’m always scrambling to find good audiobook material to listen to, I’m likely to cave in long before the third book comes out.