Humanity has been brought to the brink of extinction. Each night the world is overrun by demons - bloodthirsty creatures of nightmare that have been hunting and killing humanity for over 300 years. A scant few hamlets and half-starved city-states are all that remain of a once-proud civilization, and it is only by hiding behind wards, ancient symbols with the power to repel the demons, that anyone has been able to survive.
A handful of Messengers brave the night to keep the lines of communication open among the increasingly isolated populace. But there was a time when the demons were not so bold. A time when wards did more than hold the demons at bay: They allowed man to fight back, and to win.
Messenger Arlen Bales will search anywhere, dare anything, to return this magic to the world. Abban, a merchant in the Great Bazaar of Krasia, purports to sell everything a man’s heart could desire, including, perhaps, the key to Arlen’s quest.
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Loved the Warded Man, but this isn't worth $10
While I love this series, this shouldn't be sold for $10. It is a short excerpt that really has little going for it.
It is entertaining for a fan of the series, but don't expect much.
Wish it was longer!
Pete Bradbury takes the story engagement to another level.
Arlen Bales of Tibbit's Brook of course!
At 1hr and 29min, the story isn't too hard to listen to in one sitting.
I really love how Brett has taken his short stories and published them in book and audio-book form. I think it is something that more authors should consider doing to tide readers over until the next full manuscript is finished. If you haven't listened to The Warded Man and The Desert Spear, grab 'em! They are grade A pieces of fantasy that rival the work of Scott Lynch, Brent Weeks, and Joe Abercrombie.
- Ben M