The Warded Man & Casualities

Shelf Control This Shelf Control we’ll be looking at The Warded Man by Peter V. Brett and Casualties by Dev Jarrett. The Warded Man is an audiobook that I’ve had since November of 2014, and Casualities is a book that got added to my TBR back in April. . ( Shelf Control is brought to you by Bookshelf Fantasies. )

The Warded ManAs darkness falls after sunset, the corelings rise—demons who possess supernatural powers and burn with a consuming hatred of humanity. For hundreds of years the demons have terrorized the night, slowly culling the human herd that shelters behind magical wards—symbols of power whose origins are lost in myth and whose protection is terrifyingly fragile. It was not always this way. Once, men and women battled the corelings on equal terms, but those days are gone. Night by night the demons grow stronger, while human numbers dwindle under their relentless assault. Now, with hope for the future fading, three young survivors of vicious demon attacks will dare the impossible, stepping beyond the crumbling safety of the wards to risk everything in a desperate quest to regain the secrets of the past. Together, they will stand against the night. – Goodreads Synopsis

Published in 2009, The Warded Man  has a 4.26 rating from 64,519 ratings total. .

What attracted me to it? The synopsis, and, since this an audio book, the sample I listened to of the narrator’s voice.  Doesn’t it just look like a great supernatural read?

Why haven’t I read it yet? Even though I liked the narrator’s voice, the first chapter of this didn’t hook me, so it got re-shelved whilst I went on to other things with a promise to try again later. I just haven’t yet. But reading this synopsis has me determined to do it soon!!

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Casualities

Fresh from Afghanistan, crippled by both a crumbling marriage and growing paranoia, can a soldier save his family from the ancient evil in his own house?

Sergeant First Class Chris Williams is back home, and he and his family are moved to Fort Huachuca, a small Army post deep in the southeastern corner of Arizona.

From the time they move in, Chris and his wife Molly are struck by the preponderance of ghost stories surrounding their new home. Chris wonders why nightmares still plague him—then, he realizes the reason. He and his family are not alone in their house. An evil older than Fort Huachuca, older than time itself, lives there. Now, enough sacrifices have been made to its blood hunger that it can finally give birth to a powerful, deadly offspring intent on dominating our world.

Chris, Molly, and their two children become pawns of the evil spirit inhabiting their new neighborhood. Already casualties of life, crippled by both a crumbling marriage and growing paranoia, can Chris and Molly save their family from the evil already living under their own roof? – Goodreads Synopsis

Published February 16, 2016, Casualties has a… 0.00 rating out of 0 total ratings on Goodreads. Oh, dear. (For the record, as soon as I saw this, I emailed the author a request for a review copy. Because, if left to me and when I get the urge to buy it – it could be a while. However, if it’s a ‘review’ copy, I’ll get to it much, much sooner.)

What attracted me to it? Another author I like (can’t remember who) had mentioned it on Twitter after a bit of discussion, and I’d immediately “oohed” after reading the synopsis and added it to my TBR.

Why haven’t I read it yet?  Erm…’cause it wasn’t a review book, it was a ‘buy’ book, and ‘buy’ books actually get bought once in a blue moon.

See it on Goodreads.

Buy it on Amazon.