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The Desert Spear: Book Two of The Demon Cycle [Kindle Edition]

Peter V. Brett
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BONUS: Now with twenty pages of bonus material, including an exclusive interview with Peter V. Brett, and an excerpt from Peter V. Brett's The Daylight War.


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.


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From Publishers Weekly

In keeping with the recent trend of starting in the thick of the action, this sequel to 2009's The Warded Man picks up in the heat of Jardir's conquest of the greenlands. This choice may pull in new readers but risks alienating returning ones, since series hero Arlen Bales doesn't even appear until midbook. Jardir, who seemed to mostly be a villain in the first book, is made more sympathetic through a flashback to his childhood warrior training and the machinations of his psychically gifted chief wife, Inevera, who seems part Bene Gesserit and part Lady Macbeth as she plots his rise to power. Romantic entanglements occupy much of the book and lead to an abrupt conclusion that would benefit from a gentler epilogue, but is sure to leave fans on tenterhooks waiting for the last installment. (Apr.)
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“The most significant and cinematic fantasy epic since The Lord of the Rings. Inspired, compelling, and totally addictive!” —Paul W. S. Anderson, director of Resident Evil: Afterlife
 

“Peter V. Brett is one of my favorite new authors.”—Patrick Rothfuss, New York Times bestselling author of The Name of the Wind


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  • File Size: 1983 KB
  • Print Length: 674 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345524144
  • Publisher: Del Rey (April 13, 2010)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00338QEHY
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91 of 110 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointing, but still good July 8, 2010
Format:Hardcover
To start with, like many of the other reviewers, I loved the first book. I *bought* the first book, and, as a college student who moves frequently (so money and space are both at a premium), that's saying quite a bit.

That being said, I found this book a rather disappointing sequel. While the first book focused on three characters, building them up slowly, developing them a little and then moving to another, this one spends the entire first half on a single character, Jadir, who we have no reason to like, and not a lot of reason to care about.

I will grant you, the backstory for him is kind of cool, but I can't even give it the praise of being well-written, because the transitions in time (from present day to backstory and back again), were frequently poorly handled, leaving me confused as to why something was happening because I was in the wrong time period.

Even coming in knowing that the first half was about him, I found myself wishing early on that we could just get back to the characters I liked, and their much more promising development. That, however, disappointed as well.

Arlen: Arlen was, and remains, my favorite character in this series. Most of the parts about Arlen involved him beating it into our heads that he isn't human any more, and is such an abomination that he ought to just give up and die. However, his travels alone, and interactions with the people from his past were very well written and fascinating, and his reunion with his adopted parents was poignant.

The Jongular (who's name I forget): That probably says most of what needs to be said about him. He felt like an adjunct character in the first book, and he doesn't seem to be much more here.
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Leesha March 6, 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Really, this entire book had pacing problems, and the demons became less and less of a strange elemental threat and more a weird sci-fi thing. But honestly, Leesha's sudden switch as to her sexual mores and concerns was just bizarre. I mean, I went back and forth through the pages trying to see if somehow she missed the whole thing where Jardir has women raped so as to create strong warriors.

I find rape to be way too easily used in fantasy novels, but Leesha being raped in the first novel was such a powerful and painful event for all of us. Sadly, it made sense in the context of the novel. I found it heart breaking but understandable that she wanted Arlen to have sex with her so she could pretend he was the father if she got pregnant.

Then, out of nowhere, she falls for the guy who is telling his men to go out and rape women. After being drugged. 'Nuff said.
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48 of 58 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
Let me begin by saying the first book in this series The Warded Man is easily one of my favorite books of all time. Brett did a brilliant job setting up a world (possibly in our future) where the total human population had been reduced from billions at its peak to a few hundred thousand struggling to survive. In this world, indestructible demons ruled the night and people huddled behind fences that were tested every time the sun went down and where the slighted mistake in setting them up meant that everyone inside would die a violent death. At the end of the first book, the discovery of the combat wards allowed the humans to start to fight back and removed "indestructible" from the demon description. They were still at least the equivalent of a horde of hungry grizzly bears though -- a Krasian in his prime who had trained his entire life should be able to defeat it 3 times out of 4, but they were hardly a push over.

By the end of the second book though, Brett had reduced the demons a little more than a nuisance. The point in the book where he completely lost my support was when Arlen went to the village and told the elders that if they did not take up a spear and go demon hunting he would leave them. So this 80 yr old granny who walks with a cane grabs a spear and goes out and kills a wood demon. Really? Do you think a untrained senior citizen could kill a bear with nothing but a sharp spear and a Taser?

Other reviewers have complained about all the time spent on the Jardir/Krasian back story. Personally I was fine with Brett giving more depth to the culture.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Characters suck November 1, 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I'm fairly new to PVB, having just begun the Warded Man series. While the first book had its flaws (again, mostly with characters), the sequel fails in pretty much every way its predecessor succeeded. Strap in folks, this is gonna be a long review.

SPOILERS

First, the atmosphere of this book is entirely different than that of the Warded Man. The first book took place in a world of fear and tension, where demons were thought to be immortal and the slightest hole in your wardnet spelt a grisly end. I will say that Brett did an AMAZING job of building up the corelings in the first book, and you could feel a genuine fear for the main characters with every sunset.

In this book, the corelings are little more than rabid chihuahuas. At their most intimidating, I couldn't picture them as being anything scarier than those leering trees in Snow White. I recall Arlen having a devil of a time killing his first demon, even when he got a warded weapon. Here, the task poses no problem for an octogenarian with the cane kicked out from under him.

Truth be told, the total castration of the demon race didn't bother me nearly so much as the book's main flaw: its characters.

Creating likeable characters was a bit of a challenge for PVB in the first book as well, his most obvious failure being the inclusion of Leesha (Look, say what you want but she was NEVER anything more than a Mary Sue). Fortunately, Leesha's chapters in the Warded Man were easy to skip and far between.
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Published 1 day ago by M J Berry
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book.
Published 6 days ago by chris rodgers
5.0 out of 5 stars I love how quickly the books in this series progress
I love how quickly the books in this series progress, which makes for easy reading. This book also gave me a great insight on the character Jardir and why is has become the way he... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Angela Hanes
5.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable quick read
Very inventive and compelling - a fun read. The character arc through the series keeps you locked in. Read more
Published 18 days ago by DK1000
5.0 out of 5 stars I would recommend it to a friend or family enjoyed it tremendously
it was recommended to me by a friend and I'd recommend it to anybody else most wonderful book in a long time
Published 28 days ago by ezekiel bradshaw
1.0 out of 5 stars A writer in need of some patience
Mr. Brett had an interesting premise and has well trained writing skills. Unfortunately neither is enough to sustain a relatively sophomoric pondering of fear and/or sex. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Shannon Kalvar
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
a fast read. very interesting
Published 1 month ago by jeannette larson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good yarn and you care about the characters.
Published 1 month ago by Munchkin
3.0 out of 5 stars less now
The quality of this book is noticeably lower than the first, but I can’t really complain that much. I hope that next one will be better though.
Published 1 month ago by Louei
5.0 out of 5 stars I reccomend it
I really enjoyed this book.
Published 1 month ago by jesse
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Raised on a steady diet of fantasy novels, comic books, and Dungeons & Dragons, Peter V. Brett ("Peat" to his friends) has been writing fantasy stories for as long as he can remember. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Art History from the University at Buffalo in 1995, and then spent over a decade in pharmaceutical publishing before returning to his bliss. He lives in Brooklyn.

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Everyone gets raped!
It's not just you, the book is chock full o' rape.
Sep 11, 2010 by Alexander Kunlun |  See all 9 posts
spoiler. Anyone surprised?
I just didn't like Leesha at all. I'd be happy if she bit the big one early on in the next book. I liked Renna. Tough lady and not dealt any good cards. I admire someone who pushes and survives and tries to thrive. I like her with Arlen. That's exactly who Arlen was and is. Even Jardir is... Read More
Apr 26, 2010 by V.A. Raj |  See all 11 posts
Early Review of 'The Desert Spear'
I didn't mind it, but it was tiresome in that he had to make Jardir a good fellow caught up in some tough circumstances. Yawn. All the ambitious women are intent on ruling the lives of others through deceit and cunning. More yawn. Leesha has more screen time than anyone else other than Jardir.... Read More
Apr 26, 2010 by V.A. Raj |  See all 4 posts
Jadir or Arlen
I vote for Abban!
Jul 20, 2010 by Jennifer L. Rinehart |  See all 8 posts
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