The Warded Man

The Warded Man - Peter V. Brett
The rock demon was fifteen feet tall. The rock demon was enormous.

You don't say.

I was recommended this series after having read [a:Mark Lawrence|4721536|Mark Lawrence|]'s The Broken Empire series and, having absolutely adored that, I jumped into this with no hesitation. However, I found myself unable to become enchanted with it as so many have.

The premise is good, the plot as well (what little of it I read), and the characters are interesting. But I don't feel the writing is quite what it needs to be to live up to all the praise offered at the beginning of the book. I found myself looking up from reading to watch bits of S3 of Game of Thrones only to continue reading, but often picking up at a different paragraph from when I left off and feeling no remorse, no loss. That's not a very good sign.

I don't know, maybe it's because I just finished a fantastic series and then a lovely book, both of which captured my heart and left me wanting more, but I just can't get back the enthusiasm I had upon picking this up granted, the story left me feeling disgusted after the part with Arlen's father and his friend Harl and what Harl does to his daughter and how Arlen's father is fine doing nothing about it as she promises to warm his bed if his wife should die. So there's that.

Overall, it just didn't catch me the way I thought it would, the way I expected it to do.

Dropped at 15% I actually had to persuade myself to aim for 30% before I decided to drop/continue. That's another strike against this series for me. I shouldn't need to persuade myself to continue on like that. I'm an average-to-slow reader, and there are plenty of other things for me to spend my time reading and engaging in. I think it's time to move on.