The Desert Spear

The Desert Spear

Peter V. Brett / Jul 24, 2019

The Desert Spear Demons rise nightly but so has a legendary Deliverer From Desert Spear city Ahmann Jardir unites tribes into an army In the North the tattooed Warded Man denies the title The two former friends are

  • Title: The Desert Spear
  • Author: Peter V. Brett
  • ISBN: 9780345519634
  • Page: 140
  • Format: ebook
  • Demons rise nightly, but so has a legendary Deliverer From Desert Spear city, Ahmann Jardir unites tribes into an army In the North, the tattooed Warded Man denies the title The two former friends are now fierce adversaries Healer Leesha, musician Rojer, and abused farm girl Renna Tanner return with Arlen Against all comes a stronger demon prince Bonus 20 pages, authDemons rise nightly, but so has a legendary Deliverer From Desert Spear city, Ahmann Jardir unites tribes into an army In the North, the tattooed Warded Man denies the title The two former friends are now fierce adversaries Healer Leesha, musician Rojer, and abused farm girl Renna Tanner return with Arlen Against all comes a stronger demon prince Bonus 20 pages, author interview, sequel excerpt.

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        Peter V Brett is the internationally bestselling author of the Demon Cycle series, which has sold over two million copies in 25 languages worldwide Novels include The Warded Man, The Desert Spear, The Daylight War, The Skull Throne, and The Core Other works include the Red Sonja Unchained graphic novel and the Demon Cycle novellas The Great Bazaar, Brayan s Gold, Messenger s Legacy, and Barren He lives in New York City petervbrettTwitter twitter PVBrettInstagram instagram pvbrett Facebook facebook PVBrett


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    1. The Desert Spear is a totally different kind of sequel from what I expected after my experience with The Warded Man, luckily, still in a good way.Anyone who has read this book will know that there’s no way I’m not starting this review without talking about Jardir’s POV. Brett really took a risk with his storytelling direction here. Most authors—unless it’s a standalone series—almost always continue their sequels from the POV of the previous main characters; could be immediately or ye [...]


    2. Good Stuff. Brett's series continues to surprise me. I like books that don't go in the direction I expect them too while still providing an interesting story.


    3. Reviewed by: Rabid ReadsMINOR SPOILERS.Second Book Syndrome . . . thy name is THE DESERT SPEAR.*sighs*I had a lot of issues with this book. A lot, a lot.The first third of the book is told from an entirely new POV. By itself, that would've made me cranky, b/c, yeah, I get that Jardir is important, but I missed the old POVs. The POVs who won me over in the first place.In addition to being stuck with Jardir, the section didn't keep to a timeline. The chapters jump chaotically to the present from v [...]


    4. Not as good as the first book in the series but I still enjoyed it.In The Warded Man, the first book in the series, the plot revolves mostly around Arlen who eventually becomes the Warded Man, or in the second book, the Painted Man. I really found myself relating to that character and hoped that The Desert Spear would continue that storyline. Unfortunately, that is not the case. The first half of the book concentrates on Ahmann Jardir, the character that betrayed Arlen and stole his magic spear [...]


    5. Unexpected! From page one, this book has sped up in the direction so very different from what I anticipated after finishing The Warded Man. Result = WHIPLASH! Which is fun, by the way. (From Peter Brett's site, the gorgeous illustrations for the Polish edition of this book. Absolutely beautiful!)We get a full 180 degrees turn on the atmosphere of this world. Suddenly the corelings go from being the overwhelming menace of the night to little more than a nuisance - WHIPLASH! (Well, at least until [...]


    6. The Warded Man was a pretty good debut, but this sequel just didn't live up to my expectations and left a bad taste in my mouth. To be honest, the story is pretty good and could be developed quite well. However, the negatives for me far outweighed the positives:1) The structure was just off. I almost stopped reading after the first 100 pages. Brett spends a quarter of the book presenting Jardir's backstory. It just feels out of place and unnecessary. 2) Sex, sex, and more sex. Everyone is doing [...]


    7. This is a super tough book to review because I still managed to enjoy it despite the fact that I hated a lot of things about it. The biggest plus for this series is Brett's writing style. I just find it super engaging. It is easy to get caught up in the happenings even when they are driving you mad! The worst bit of this second Demon Cycle instalment was that the first third of the book was told from an entirely new POV. That was a problem as the new POV character, Jardir, is super unlikeable. A [...]


    8. This book did not disappoint. I was scared it might not live up to the first one but I was so wrong. This author adapted a very weird style that I must admit I disliked at first. The book started with the backstory of a minor character that was introduced in the first book, which is now among the MCs . His backstory and POV took the first 30% of the book with no mention of the previous MCs till his story was over.Unlike the first book that was fast paced this is quite slow, the whole book took p [...]


    9. [2.5 stars] With every passing week since finishing The Desert Spear, I find myself more and more dissatisfied with it. Something about many of the elements within the story just aren’t sitting right with me, and I’d be the first to state that I’m getting really tired of every other character having a backstory that includes rape, incestuous rape, and sodomy. I don’t know if Brett is trying to make a grander point on who the real “demons” are, or if it just gives him kicks to write a [...]


    10. No matter how much I push myself, I can't seem to give this one a 5. It wasn't bad, but it didn't have the same impact The Warded Man had on me. The characters were still great, but some were present way too many times than necessary. I promise not to write a really long review this time. I think I've written way too long reviews for the other Fantasy novels that I liked.Let's start with what I found enjoyable:Jardir. If I thought that The Warded Man was really badass, well, now I've read about [...]


    11. via GIPHY"Because there can only be one deliverer,” Abban said, “and the Par’chin and Ahmann have……. disagreed before, as to who it should be.”Here we are; book two in the Demon Cycle series and this novel felt like The Empire Strikes back in the Star Wars saga as this book was a lot darker than it’s predecessor. The thing that struck me almost immediately was the fact that the main three characters of the first novel didn’t feature until roughly the 200 page mark. Peter V Brett [...]


    12. The Warded Man continues his work, spreading the wards of the ancients and the ability to fight demons, denying that he is the Deliverer. A new Deliverer rises in the southern desert, seeking to unite all of the world in the Daylight War. Can he do it? Can Leesha resist his charms? And what does the Warded Man think of it allWow. If The Warded Man turned the awesomeness knob up to ten, this one turns it up to eleven. The first third of the book is an expansion of Arlen's time in Krasia in The Wa [...]


    13. Not content with merely having the means of killing their centuries old adversary, Fort Krasia makes it move to conquer their northern neighbors. It's intent goes beyond mere conquest as they intend to forge all of mankind into the weapon that exterminates demon kind. Krasia has a new leader, ichor and blood forged Ahmann Jardir. Krasia isn't the only one setting out for the first time in centuries. A very old enemy of mankind has come from the core to deal with the demon killing Warded Man and [...]


    14. If Peter V. Brett were to use a pseudonym it should be Peter P. Turner. The Desert Spear kept me turning the pages to find out what happen next, even during the parts of the book I don't like. The Desert Spear is the second book of the Demon Cycle series, apparently five volumes are planned. The first book The Warded Man is very entertaining and also a page turner extraordinaire, I would recommend that to anyone looking for a fun, fast-paced fantasy read. This book is similarly compelling but mo [...]


    15. Mankind finally has a way not only to defend themselves from the demons that have taken over the night, but they have the ability to combat their enemies. Arlen, aka the Warded Man, wants to distribute the combat wards he found to everyone in the world so they don't have to suffer at the hands of the demons as he did when his mother died.Compare this to the Krasian method of enslaving all mankind and forcing them to fight in alagai'sharak, the Krasian's name for their nightly battle with the dem [...]


    16. 4.0 to 4.5 stars. I really enjoyed The Warded Man, the first novel in Peter Brett's Demon Trilogy, and was really looking forward to reading this sequel. Even with high expectation, Brett does not disappoint with this second entry. Without giving away any spoilers, I will just talk about those aspects of the book that I really thought were fantastic. First, one of the things I like about epic fantasy trilogies is when the plot begins fairly small and then develops into a larger and larger story [...]


    17. As good as the first book but for different reasonsE DESERT SPEAR takes an about face as we leave Deliverer's Hollow behind and head for Fort Krasia and a whole new POV. The first time I read this book I was so pissed when I didn't immediately return to find out about what Arlen was up to that I didn't enjoy Jardir's story as fully as I did this time. It's a bit of a slap in the face at first but Jardir becomes just as interesting and crucial to the story.That along with the addition of Renna Ta [...]


    18. For a full first third of the novel, I had to calm myself down and wonder why so much time and effort was being put into humanizing Jadir, the man who had betrayed Arlen so brutally in the first book, but I eventually got over it. The world is a big place and there have to be burly warriors to defend it. I didn't mind so much how crazily stereotypical Muslims are portrayed here because EVERYONE is heavily stereotyped in these books.Hell, that's okay simply because it's a really harsh world overr [...]


    19. The second lengthy entry into the Demon Cycle seriesThere are 4 distinct sections to the book.If you came into this one directly from 'The Warded Man,' you'll have to change gears rather abruptly. In the first section, we switch to the viewpoint of a minor character from 'The Warded Man,' the Krasian merchant Abban. We follow him from childhood up through the events we saw from Arlen's perspective in the first book. In principle, this sounds like a good idea. I complained that in the first book, [...]


    20. Um pouco abaixo do 1º livro, me pareceu mais uma preparação para alguns grandes acontecimentos no 3°. Umas 50-100 páginas foram só de enrolações amorosas e coisas desse tipo, o que não era tão necessário, se fossem só umas 30 já teriam sido mais que suficientes, era melhor ter focado no mundo em si, que é muito interessante, e em explicar mais sobre os demônios, principalmente os demônios da mente e seus príncipes.De melhor, gostei bastante da primeira parte, toda sob o ponto de [...]


    21. The second book in this series is almost just as good as the first, but not quite.The story is still fantastic, but the POV’s are littered with jumps between past & present and it just doesn’t feel right. There is nothing wrong with the past views, I loved the back story, but I think it would have better served in a prequel and felt like it detracted from the overall story. Every time I got into the present story, SHIFT, back to the past. Aaaarrgggh!Still, a page-turner and definitely re [...]


    22. The Desert Spear isn't terribly written, but it is ultimately derivative and uninspired. Thankfully, the worst part of the novel is dealt with straightaway in its first third - specifically the mind-numbingly unoriginal Krasians, who appear to be naught but carbon copies of Islamist culture, down to their caste system and the way they treat their women. Men and women die gleefully for the glory of their God in combat. Women are kept wrapped up in shrouds. Men unable to take part in combat are sn [...]


    23. In short, this is the kind of fantasy I like to read, and the kind of fantasy I like to write: dark, done on an epic scale.Brett has tapped into medieval Islamic warrior culture superbly in his follow-up to The Painted Man, and Krasian king of kings Jardir is the perfect anti-hero: ruthless and vainglorious, yet honourable to the core (no pun intended) and charming and likeable. He is the perfect foil for Arlen Bales, aka the Painted Man, who epitomises the American frontier spirit with his 'non [...]



    24. In the past I've been called a "book slut", and I don't argue this title. I read a lot of books, and I'm not hard to please. But I've been thinking lately Maybe the better term for me might be "book nympho". You see, I enjoy reading, all reading, good or bad. Where as a "book slut" might read a lot of books, any books really, they might not necessarily enjoy reading them. The whole time they are reading they are looking for something in particular. They read to critique, to pick a book apart, al [...]


    25. "Bold as brass, trying to kill me in broad daylight". "After Ahmann's last decree it is little surprise," Abban said "but take heart, they do you a great honour, in Krasia if no one is trying to kill you it is because you are not worth killing."Well, I liked the Painted Man, and loved the Desert Spear; this instalment of the Demon Cycle series centres more around Ahmann Jardir and his rise to power with-in the Krasian Empire, with Arlen taking more of a back seat. Leesha and Rojer have their par [...]


    26. For the past couple of days I've been trying to come up with an insightful review that would explain why this book completely changed my feelings for this series. And I'm sorry to say but I failed.My dislike for this book was such a visceral thing that I cannot really explain it. I can however point things I didn't like: - The book starts with a new PoV for whom I cared little. He's also part of a middle eastern extremist type of culture, which I dislike immensely. There's lots of tiresome intri [...]


    27. My enjoyment of this book was variable, I didn't care for the first third, loved the middle and thought the end was ok. The first third of is told from the pov of Jardir who we met briefly in The Warded Man. We travel back in time to 305 AR when Jardir is just a boy and the first 200 pages or so tell the story of his growing up into the leader he becomes. I didn't much like Jardir or the Karsians and I was very eager to get back to my favourite characters from book one and see what they were all [...]


    28. Executive Summary: Another enjoyable entry with some great character development and world building on what was a promising start in The Warded Man.Audiobook: Pete Bradbury does another good job here. I like the way he reads, and so far his volume has been good in these books, which was my main issue with him in the past.Full ReviewAhmann Jardir is an asshole. I mean how can you not think so after his brief, but memorable appearance in The Warded Man? Of course like most things in life, everythi [...]


    29. I had to end this one with still about 150 pages left, I was just so disenchanted and disappointed by how my feelings on this promising series changed so easily. I really enjoyed the first book, but I think I was blinded by Brett's captivating and addictive writing style and how cool this world and concept is and didn't see things that I did see this time around, that I have problems with.It didn't help that I hated Jardir and his whole misogynistic culture that the first 200 pages revolves arou [...]


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