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The Desert Spear: Book Two of The Demon Cycle Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 2011
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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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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.
First of all, pertaining to the character Leesha - I haven't disliked a female character this much since Robert Jordan's books that delved into his deep seated woman issues. Terrible. Bossy, perfect, etc. She even fought a lifelong combat trained Krasian woman (forgot the name, but the queen character) to a draw with absolutely no martial experience whatsoever. Hmm... Then she starts to fall in love with the Krasian leader that is basically trying to enslave the world and murdering everyone in his path. You know it's bad when you start to root for the supposed "bad guys". I wanted her to die painfully. That's not good.
And, you might as well just stop beating around the bush and change Krasians to "Taliban".
Then around halfway through the book, Arlen starts to talk like a redneck. He goes back to his hometown and all of a sudden is speaking like a backwater hick. "Yall reckon we gots to fight dem Krasians". Yeah, that helps credibility. Deep southern accents are always a plus in the fantasy genre.
From what I understand, the next book is even worse. So....nah. I'll just assume that Leesha singlehandedly saves the world while Arlen broods about not being all human anymore.
Sorry if this review is brutal, but I did say it was a great concept and the first book was great. I guess that's why it's such a letdown, I was hoping for so much more.
The writing was solid but the organization was confusing. Shifting perspectives in the same scene can be exhausting.
The names and phrases were confusing and difficult to keep straight. Flipped to the back of the book constantly to simply try and keep dama'ting an dama'jing straight.
This series (book 1 and 2) was disappointing and frustrating. I do not allow myself to put a book down mid-series and form an opinion often, but this one has to be an exception. It was that bad. I just can't anymore with these demon cycle novels.