Demon Cycle 01: The Warded Man

Demon Cycle 01: The Warded Man

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Synopsis

As 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.

Review

This book, pure and simple, is FUN. The premise is interesting and brimming with tension from page one, the characters are cool, the story is incredibly well paced, and magic system is one of the most unique ones I’ve ever come across (including from anime and manga). On top of all that the book ends in a well written, intense battle scene. I was reading a hundred pages or more a day because I could not put this down. In fact, I can barely finish this short review before picking up the next book.