B- for "The Warded Man" by Peter V Brett
This book was an entertaining read for the most part. It starts off with a couple characters who all lose something to the corelings in the course of the novel. The premise is interesting, although I'm looking forward to future novels where the reasons the corelings can't be out in the sun are revealed. The concept of the warded man is interesting, although I'm not sure why no one thought of it before him... For me there were some issues with pacing and the plot arc, but in the end it is a decent start to a fantasy series with some original concepts.
Still, don't read this until after you've read "The Name of the Wind" by Patrick Rothfuss. I also still think that "Empire in Black and Gold" is a stronger opening to an alternate fantasy series. Read samples chapters online first.
On another note, I read an interview with the author with Joe Abercrombie, and he seems like a super cool guy, which is definitely a bonus.