- File Size: 5178 KB
- Print Length: 674 pages
- Publisher: Del Rey (March 27, 2010)
- Publication Date: April 13, 2010
- Sold by: Random House LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00338QEHY
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- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,874 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Desert Spear: Book Two of The Demon Cycle (The Demon Cycle Series 2) Kindle Edition
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In this book, Brett takes a departure to focus primarily on the character of Ahmann Jardir (the guy who stole the spear from the warded man in book 1). This focus lasts for the first third (approx.) of the book before returning to the three main protagonists from book 1 with an occasional revisit to see what Jardir and his entourage are up to.
I really enjoy Brett's writing. His plot and character interactions are clearly well-planned and engaging and the writing is generally pretty fast-paced with a heavy dose of action. My biggest issue with the series so far is the fact that one story (the warded man) is so much more engaging than the others which begin to feel like so much padding. The second book continues this trend with a focus on a character backstory that, while engaging in its own right, doesn't seem to add much to the arc of the overall story.
I've become most interested in learning about the demon world, how to fight them, what types of demons have yet to be added to the menagerie, how humans defeated them before and how we'll triumph again. Unfortunately, this element of the story doesn't advance much - and from what I've read in reviews of future books in the series, it sounds as if this trend continues. With that in mind, I probably won't continue on in the series (until, of course, someone combines only these elements of the story together into a single incredibly interesting book that I'll probably breeze through in a sitting :)
I'm sorry, but no. Just no. You shouldn't need to reference a glossary to read a novel. The parts where it goes back to talk about the original characters are awesome, but the heavy focus on the boring desert people just makes this book a "meh". It's not bad by any means, but it's nowhere near the awesome of the first book.
I feel a bit "dirty" liking this series and especially this specific book (The Desert Spear). On one hand, the story moves along at a clip most of the time, the characters come into their own and sometimes in fabulous ways, Brett perfectly illustrates the relativity of culture, and the main conflict gets enough wrinkles and foils as the story progresses to keep it new and interesting. But on the other, this series really likes rape.
At least 3 major characters have a rape back-story and the threat of the act is always hovering in the background. What's more, many of the ancillary characters make comments that are so beyond border-line rape apology that it jarred me out of the world. What's worse is that some of the reasons and prolonged effects from the back-stories are expertly done and have a legitimate impact on the character, but those stories feel tainted by the rest; when the trope is so prevalent in the story, it's hard to disassociate the good from the bad.
Arguments can be made (and they are frequently by the author in interviews and reddit AMAs) that because of the frequency of rape in the real world, the Demon Cycle does not have an over-abundance of it and is actually a grim look at reality. Yet it's not just the existence of the act within the books that is odd, but also how women are treated in general, often boiled down to nothing more than what they can do or be for a man. In short, women in this series are basically looked at as a walking, talking sex toy. Leesha is constantly reminded by every matronly character that she should be sleeping around more; if this was done in a more "sexual liberation" sort of way, as in how it's handled in Malazan Book of the Fallen, I doubt it'd irk me at all. If that was what Brett was going for then I think he failed. Again, I know that the real world modeled this view for a long time, but the enthusiasm that some of the characters embrace this idea with is disturbing.
Overall, though, the book is still a great read. The beginning portion that introduces Jardir was a revelation and introduced the first male character that I openly rooted for in the series. What's more, I felt bad for rooting for him, just Brett likely wanted the reader to. Having a book so close to being a must recommend be marred by a few fatal flaws is incredibly frustrating, however, and I can't think of a better example than The Desert Spear.
Yet I can't wait to dig into the third book.
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