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The Desert Spear by Peter V. Brett

The Desert Spear

by Peter V. Brett

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Unexpected. That's the first definition that comes to mind about this book, the second in Peter Brett's Demon Cycle.

The surprise comes from the sudden change of focus from Arlen and Co. (last seen shortly after the bloody victory against a coreling horde) to the Krasian army led by Jardir, intent on conquering the world as the reborn Deliverer. Once the surprise wears off, though, the story takes a wider, more detailed scope, enriching and deepening the world we came to know with The Warded Man.

3,5 stars

Full review at my blog: http://spaceandsorcery.blogspot.it/2014/05/the-desert-spear-peter-brett.html ( )
  SpaceandSorcery | Dec 25, 2018 |
I took a while to get into this one, as a lot of the first half consists of flashbacks about Jadir’s youth, whereas I wanted to get on with the now (and Arlen). And the bits about Renna were very distressing and distasteful. But then it got exciting, with things I didn’t remember from the first time I read it several years ago, and I finished the last third quickly. ( )
  Griffin22 | Sep 7, 2018 |
Great successor! We see more of Arlen (and later, Renna, who has a wonderful story), Rojen (who was a bit neglected, to my feeling), Leesha, and a fancy new character! Also, more insight into politics and the demons. Everything was very cool, especially how people had all sorts of agency. I felt that character development ran a bit low in this book, but that's a common theme for second volumes, so let's hope the next one picks it up a bit. ( )
  _rixx_ | Aug 30, 2018 |
This was a solid sequel to The Warded Man - both books I really enjoyed. This book is a bit of a surprise as it opens by going back in time and telling some of the story of the world through the eyes of what was a secondary character in they first book. There is even a good section of it that covers the same part of the story, but through the eyes of Jardir rather than of Arlen, the hero of the first book. The rest of the book alternates between a handful of major characters and moves the story along.

I enjoyed this book, but not as much as the first one. The world-building was one of my favorite parts of the first book, and this second book is more character driven. That is not a criticism really, more of an observation. I did enjoy this book, and am looking forward to what the author said will be three more in the series. ( )
  msaucier818 | Apr 9, 2018 |
I loved The Warded Man and his part of this book still kicked ass. I however did not like the other story line. I appreciated that he tried to do something different but it just didn't float my boat. I am hoping the next one bounces back for me. ( )
  CSDaley | Mar 28, 2018 |
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"The sun is setting on humanity. The night now belongs to voracious demons that prey upon a dwindling population forced to cower behind half-forgotten symbols of power. Legends tell of a Deliverer: a general who once bound all mankind into a single force that defeated the demons. But is the return of the Deliverer just another myth? Perhaps not. Out of the desert rides Ahmann Jardir, who has forged the desert tribes into a demon-killing army. He has proclaimed himself Shar?Dama Ka, the Deliverer, and he carries ancient weapons?a spear and a crown?that give credence to his claim. But the Northerners claim their own Deliverer: the Warded Man, a dark, forbidding figure. Once, the Shar?Dama Ka and the Warded Man were friends. Now they are fierce adversaries. Yet as old allegiances are tested and fresh alliances forged, all are unaware of the appearance of a new breed of demon, more intelligent?and deadly?than any that have come before" --Cover, p. 4.… (more)

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