- Series: The Demon Cycle (Book 2)
- Mass Market Paperback: 672 pages
- Publisher: Del Rey; Reissue edition (March 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345524144
- ISBN-13: 978-0345524140
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 515 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 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.
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 :)