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The Desert Spear: Book Two of The Demon Cycle Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 2011
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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
About the Author
Peter V. Brett is the internationally bestselling author of the Demon Cycle series, which has sold more than 2.5 million copies in twenty-five languages worldwide. The novels in the series are The Warded Man, The Desert Spear, The Daylight War, The Skull Throne, and The Core. He spends too much time on the Internet, but occasionally unplugs to practice kickboxing and dad fu. He lives in Manhattan.
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Then we finally get to the Warded Man and how things are developing...or aren't developing...there. There were a few side stories that were pretty neat but all in all I was a little disappointed with how much of the book was actually dedicated to moving the story along rather than more in-depth glimpses into another character's history.
The ending was supposed to be some sort of *gasp* twist but I was more confused than ever. Without giving the ending away it left me rather concerned for the welfare of other characters involved and wondered how the author could pull the ending out of thin air. It simply didn't make sense.
By all means, read the book, but don't believe for a moment that this "Daylight War" will have taken any steps further than when you first start off. After reading the review for the next book, it seems like the third book is just a repeat of this one. Another dip into the past of character and then a snails pace move forward at the end of the book. Will I still read it? Sure...after I read a different book. Maybe some time away will bring back the feelings I once had for the characters in the first book.
This book is terrible.
It goes on over half the book, about a villain you just cannot care about. With a culture you cannot care about. And the plot just gets... "shounen?"
Really no other way to describe it, the enemies lose their mystique.
The author dropped the ball here, very hard.
Do not read this.
I wasn't a fan that the first 30% of the book was Jadir's story. I didn't really want to read about him--I don't like him and still don't at the end of this book. Although we get to see him from a different perspective, he still has his on power agenda.
I'm also not a fan of the newer character focused in this book Renna. I can sympathize with her, but I think she is a broken person and has come back with far to much darkness.
Would have liked to see some growth in Rojer and more of him in this book.
Writing wise--the perspective did some head hoping in this book, but it wasn't too bad. About 4 times I got a little confused. It seems to be sometimes a mix of omniscient and limited. His writing flows very well otherwise.
I marked I liked it, because I did, but I am hoping now that the next book is less brutal now that we have the characters developed--unless we get more new characters.
The story did progress in this book and I have a few predictions (possible Spoiling below so stop reading until you are done with this book):
1. * Renna will die in the next book -- I really want Arlan and Leesha to be the happy every after couple.
2. * Leesha is the deliverer -- A woman can only fight a woman? Jadir and Arlan are too selfish in their own personal battles. Jadir with his struggle for power and Arlan with his struggle for what he has become. Leesha is willing to sacrifice her self for the possibility of peace for her town. She does everything for others. Arlan comes close, he does things for others--but mainly with the end goal of killing corelings (we see him help others such as Leesha, Rojer, and now in this book Renna). But his plans to spread the wards is geared towards the destruction of corelings, not the unity of man. Leesha battles to protect, strengthen, and nurture the human race. I really think she is the true deliverer or the mother of the true deliverer.
3. * Jadir is killed by his own people (may be down the road near end of series) -- I don't see Arlan killing him or he would have tried by now, but I do see that the changes Jadir has made for his love of Leesha driving a mutiny lead by his first wife through manipulation.
4. * Leesha and Arlan get together -- this is more wishful thinking, but I wouldn't mind if they make a baby who could be the real deliverer.
This one is not. 2 stars is a bit generous.
The first part of the book is a flashback of a "bad guy" from the first: Jardir, how he developed. He grew up in a pseudo-Arab world, where there is no imagination or grace, only a competitive, unfriendly, warrior-ethos (though warriors so rough on each other could hardly be a military team!) Neil Gaiman writes somewhere that fantasy books let down their readers by not providing what "fantasy" should -- and this book is a perfect example of that short-coming. You want Arabian fantasy? Try the Arabian Nights. You want military scifi? There's lots of good stuff out there. But this... amazingly dull world-building.
Yes, what other reviewers have complained about -- the reliance of rape to forward character development, the insertion of bizarre country accents, the newly toothless demons, and the characterization of the women (Leesha especially) etc -- is all so true and so annoying. Character development is a mess, too. But I have some fondness for the (spoiler alert!) rescue of Renna, as inevitable as it was (and as cheap a plot device as it was.) It flowed well, and I did root for her.
But enough. I won't read any more in the series.
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The second books starts of at Jardir’s life and point of view. We see why he betrayes Arlen and the outcome is quite surprizing.Read more