I frequently find myself picking up fantasy novels because I like the idea or the cover only to throw them down almost immediately because I grow bored with the stilted writing, the poorly imagined worlds and perhaps maybe especially the idiotic names of the two-dimensional characters. That’s why it’s a pleasure to recommend The Warded Man the first novel by Peter V. Brett and the beginning of a series.
It’s a real old-fashioned adventure story with recognizable characters having honest and dramatic experiences in a cool faux-medieval setting. At it’s best, it’s a throwback to the old adventure stories of Conan Doyle and Rider Haggard. It doesn’t often reach that level but, hey, it’s only his first novel. Let’s hope he gets better and better.
I hear it’s going to be a movie too, by Resident Evil director Paul WS Anderson.