So just a few days ago I posted that I felt I had been led astray by author blurbs on Peter V. Brett's "The Warded Man".. Well I've now finished it.. and I've come to apologize to Mr. Brett.
While, yes, the book did start off a bit shaky, over the coming pages the character of Arlen grew, and the other characters showed true humanity. The world is filled with compassionate and caring individuals who though realizing that you can't help everyone, the ones you can help are worth the effort. It turned out to be a great book, and I am eagerly looking forward to reading the sequel "The Desert Spear".
So I hope Peter has a long career, and I especially hope he goes back and writes some stories Before Return, as I'd like to see what his world was like without scorch marks covering it all.
Of all the new-ish authors I've read over the last few years, this was the only author that actually made me want to read more of his work. K.J. Parker and Joe Abercrombie were not capable of grabbing me that way. Though I've been told by a reliable source that I may have written Joe Abercrombie off a tad early, I'm still debating giving him a second chance.