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Primary Entity http: In this book he is way more brooding and self-hating - and yeah, he has his reasons for that. But hopefully Renna will help him get over the depressive period.
Speaking of Renna Did I mention how much I adore Leesha? All in a super-short time. Sorta whiplash. But I love Leesha, and so that's cool, Mr. Overall, Desert Spear is an enjoyable book that takes a sharp turn from its predecessor and delivers an interesting story full of great characters.
It sets up the stage for future confrontation between the Core and two potential Deliverers very well, and I am sure that nothing will play out the way I expect it.
Desert Spear has its drawbacks, but it delivers such fun reading experience that I am gladly willing to overlook its flaws. And so the wait for The Daylight War begins. View all 17 comments. May 29, Gavin rated it really liked it Shelves: This is a super tough book to review because I still managed to enjoy it despite the fact that I hated a lot of things about it. The biggest plus for this series is Brett's writing style.
I just find it super engaging. It is easy to get caught up in the happenings even when they are driving you mad!
The worst bit of this second Demon Cycle instalment was that the first third of the book was told from an entirely new POV. That was a problem as the new POV character, Jardir, is super unlikeable. A This is a super tough book to review because I still managed to enjoy it despite the fact that I hated a lot of things about it. He seeks to subjugate all of humanity before he turns the combined force on the demons!
A lot of his story was actually flashbacks to his life as a child and his rise to the position he found himself in when Arlen met him in The Warded Man.
I found this a real struggle early on as Jardir and the Krasians are total scum. I need someone to root for in a story like this! I did eventually get sucked into Jardir's tale but my early lack of enthusiasm for it has definitely cost this book a star in the ratings. Luckily the last two thirds of the book bounced between character POV's and was a lot more enjoyable.
Then we got a few new POV's like Rena and a new demon! Pretty much all the characters had interesting and engaging story arcs but the only characters I really felt had good books were Arlen, Leesha and Rena and even they had their annoying moments.
No wonder this series reminds me of a dark WoT so much! My biggest moan about The Desert Spear is the fact that I felt like Brett was trying to make the reader sympathize with Jardir and the Krasians in general. The whole lot of them are bigoted, murderous, rapists! The only thing I'm hoping for when they are around is that everyone gets cored by the demons!
My second biggest moan is the the general misogyny that taints the series. Any scene involving sex or Brett's version of "romance" is totally cringeworthy. If it is not the books main POV character lamenting the fact that some annoying religious law forbids him from beating and raping his main wife whenever the mood takes him it is another character blaming herself for nearly being raped and then thinking about giving the rapist a second chance.
Unfortunately that stuff is just the tip of the iceberg. That said, despite all my moaning, I did still enjoy this one. Brett has an engaging writing style and it is easy to get caught up in the story. Audio Note: Pete Bradbury does a good job with the audio. View all 19 comments. What Brett says happens in this hostile desert society and what he shows happening were on opposite ends of the spectrum. Not that I want to read about that stuff in detail, but from an analytical standpoint, the inconsistency drove me crazy.
Do you get an idea of why it took me so long to compose this review? That said, and to be even more contrary, I actually enjoyed the process of reading a lot of this book. I find the demons fascinating, and every scene that gave me a glimpse into their true nature provided me that spark I needed to keep reading.
I am morbidly curious to see where all the human storylines are going and am hoping to come out of this series with a lot more satisfaction than I got out of The Desert Spear. Now that the story is finally starting to clip forward, I find myself somewhat reaching for the third book… but I may wait a few more weeks to give myself time to simmer down. Overall, after this mess of a review, all I can say is: View all 16 comments.
This book did not disappoint. I was scared it might not live up to the first one but I was so wrong. This author adapted a very weird style that I must admit I disliked at first. The book started with the backstory of a minor character that was introduced in the first book, which is now among the MCs. Unlike the first book that was fast paced this is quite slow, the whole book took p This book did not disappoint.
Unlike the first book that was fast paced this is quite slow, the whole book took place within a duration of just a couple of months. There is a more magic here than the first book and the action is amazing, both that of the Krasians, Arlen and the Hollowers. There is also more romance here than in the first book. Trigger warnings, Krasian culture feature sogonomy,misogyny, sexism and prejudice against anyone who is not a warrior.
Rape is a normal thing as long as the woman in question is not married or the guy cannot fight them off. World building and Writing The author did not disappoint, there are lots of improvements, not that the one in book one was bad but this is way better.
The world building of the other locations in the book is also perfectly done. I adore the writing style, the author really know how to narrate a story. Arlen is still my favourite in the book. I love every single one of his POV in this book and wish there was more. I get to know more about how the incident at the desert affected his decisions to start warding himself and how he really felt about himself.
Even with all his confidence he still feels he is not good enough because of the negative effects the wards are having on him. His relationship with the other characters is one of a kind. Leesha , I seriously do not like how the author is ruining her character. If no guy wants her I would have understood but basically all the guys wants her but she refuses them because of her self rightousness while all the while whinning about how she needs a man, fucking pick one already ugh.
Like the demons hunting at night is not enough issue to worry about.
Jardir , I must admit he is not as horrible as I thought, he has his flaws but he is honest, blunt and is doing what he thinks is best. His backstory and childhood really helped in understanding the Krasia culture better and it is worst than I imagined. Wonda is amazing, I really hope Leesha gives Gerad another chance and I just want to know what it is Inevera wants. Plot There is a new breed of demons that can read minds and also control people, among other stuff that are spoilers.
The Krasians are invading the northern part of Thesa to recruit for an army to fight demins and to also dominate the northeners with Jardir as their leader. Arlen is distributing the fight wards to hamlets and free cities to make people able to defend themselves against demons. View all 10 comments. May 08, Tessy Ijachi rated it it was amazing.
I loved this book so much. Review slumps are the worst!! View all 8 comments. Jun 30, Will M. No matter how much I push myself, I can't seem to give this one a 5. It wasn't bad, but it didn't have the same impact The Warded Man had on me. The characters were still great, but some were present way too many times than necessary.
I promise not to write a really long review this time. I think I've written way too long reviews for the other Fantasy novels that I liked.
Let's start with what I found enjoyable: At first I really didn't like him, but in the end he felt more badass than the Warded Man. He has the same scars, and he has this really cool spear. Weapons wise, I'm actually not a fan of spears, but Jardir makes it look so badass. I wanted to become the Warded Man before, but now I think becoming Jardir would be better. More women to begin with, okay that was a joke.
Everything that happened to her in this novel was a page turner. I'm not gonna spoil anything don't worry, but she just became my third favorite character because of everything that happened. She could be like the warded woman or something. Okay maybe not, but she was badass for me. The action and violence in this novel. Brett just took it up a notch in this novel, and I freakin' love him for that. I read The Warded Man because I heard that it was full of action, and I loved the first novel for that.
I might be turning a bit contradicting because I didn't rate this a 5, don't worry, I'm getting to the explanation part. While this had more action, I just didn't feel like I was fully engrossed in the world of The Desert Spear.
It's quite similar to the first novel, but this one had a few flaws I didn't seem to like that much. I've read more than 10 really good fantasy novels, and now I'm a bit more subjective when it comes to the genre. I really don't want to be, but it's there already. If I read this series first, then I believe this novel would've received a 5, but sadly, that's not going to happen.
I have one major problem with this novel, something that I'm still annoyed about up to now. The fact that the back summary stated that there's this new breed of demons that is way more superior and dangerous.
Yeah, we get a glimpse of them in the prologue, and their next major appearance was in the last fucking chapter. I enjoyed the drama and all of the middle part, but the main thing I wanted to read about was technically not even evident in this novel.
The interview at the back states that the author said that more of the mimics, but I wanted more of them in this novel. This rage of mine just makes me want to read the next novel as soon as possible though. This problem's probably the main reason why this one didn't get the 5 stars. This series is rapidly becoming one of my favorites. Read this if you can stomach some gut wrenching violence that I seem to love so much. View all 4 comments. Jun 03, Dan Schwent rated it it was amazing Shelves: The Warded Man continues his work, spreading the wards of the ancients and the ability to fight demons, denying that he is the Deliverer.
A new Deliverer rises in the southern desert, seeking to unite all of the world in the Daylight War. Can he do it? Can Leesha resist his charms? And what does the Warded Man think of it all If The Warded Man turned the awesomeness knob up to ten, this one turns it up to eleven. The first third of the book is an expansion of Arlen's time in Krasia in The The Warded Man continues his work, spreading the wards of the ancients and the ability to fight demons, denying that he is the Deliverer.
The first third of the book is an expansion of Arlen's time in Krasia in The Warded Man, only told from Jardir's point of view, covering Jardir's origins.
The Krasians are given more dimension and more insights to Krasia's culture is given. The relationships between the three main characters continues to develop. Leesha has grown into the leader of Deliverer's Hollow. The Warded Man contiues to fight his slide away from humanity. Old threads are tied up and new ones are introduced. I can't wait for the next volume. There's going to be hell to pay when The Warded Man and the Deliverer finally cross paths.
Not content with merely having the means of killing their centuries old adversary, Fort Krasia makes it move to conquer their northern neighbors.
It's intent goes beyond mere conquest as they intend to forge all of mankind into the weapon that exterminates demon kind. Krasia has a new leader, ichor and blood forged Ahmann Jardir. Krasia isn't the only one setting out for the first time in centuries.
A very old enemy of mankind has come from the core to deal with the demon killing Warded Man and Not content with merely having the means of killing their centuries old adversary, Fort Krasia makes it move to conquer their northern neighbors. The Desert Spear was an exciting yet very different sequel than I expected. Brett had a very different purpose in mind for Arlen's ajin'pal.
Unbelievably Brett made me not only understand Jardir, but actually like him. The unfortunate part of that was Brett took the first or so pages to chronicle Jardir's life from entering the sharaj where boys are taken to learn to fight demons to the point he leads his people on the trek through the desert north to Fort Rizon.
I honestly had mixed feelings about Jardir's lengthy history on my first read, but I've come to enjoy it immensely with subsequent reads. Fans of Arlen, Leesha, and Rojer breath easy, after the history of Jardir, book ones protagonists return in a big way.
The Hollow is being rebuilt thanks to Arlen's wards into a greatward which allows people to be free to travel The Hollow at night. With word of Krasia coming north, the trio work hard to alert and prepare the Free Cities and the Hollow. My favorite part of The Desert Spear is the arrival of the ancient enemy that few outside of Krasia even know exist.
They are known by many names Alagai Ka, Mind Demons, and Demon Princes, but the fact remains demons become far more dangerous when they arrive. We also meet their bodyguards the changelings that can shape shift into anything they can imagine. Their arrival changes the fight immeasurably. I love their addition because no longer must mankind attempt to exterminate an incredibly powerful mindless foe, but rather they must fight an army and its deadly generals the mind demons.
The Desert Spear ups the ante of the danger mankind is in while continuing to build strong characters and abilities.
My original review view spoiler [I have to say at this point I love this series. I wasn't sure how the additional POV characters Jardir, Abban, and Renna would add to the story, but the results were delightful.
Looking back now that I've finished the book, I think I'd enjoy them more when I reread the book. I still feel that it would've been more enjoyable if the Jardir chapters were interspersed with the other characters rather than just learning more than I cared to at the time about Jardir.
I love Arlen, Leesha, and Rojer even though Leesha left me scratching my head toward the end of the book. I found it particularly funny that Renna knew him, but his own father didn't. I love how Renna wants to stand by his side after all of this while Mery took one look at him and ran away calling him a monster Jaik was a jerk especially since Arlen didn't whisk Mery away even though that's what she wanted. I love the Mind Demons and the Mimics.
I feel like they will add a lot to the story because they make a far better adversary than the previously introduced feral unthinking demons. Oct 26, Apatt rated it really liked it Shelves: If Peter V.
Brett were to use a pseudonym it should be Peter P. The Desert Spear kept me turning the pages to find out what happen next, even during the parts of the book I don't like. The Desert Spear is the second book of the Demon Cycle series, apparently five volumes are planned.
The first book The Warded Man is very entertaining and also a page turner extraordinaire, I would recommend that to anyone looking for a fun, fast-paced fantasy read.
This book is similarly compelling but mo If Peter V. This book is similarly compelling but more ambitious in term of world building, it does not exactly carry on where The Warded Man left off, however. Fans of the fist book who started reading this volume immediately after finishing the first one may feel disorientated by the first third of the book which goes a little backward in the timeline of the first book and a switcheroo of POV to Jardir the "Shar'Dama Ka" that's deliverer, for those who didn't pay attention in their Krasian class.
During this first third of the book the author takes a lot of time to create the Krasian culture, which appears to be mainly based on the Middle East nations. It is a rather harsh culture and deliberately politically incorrect. Fans of the first book is advised to stop wondering about where Arlen the Warded Man has got to and just kick back and enjoy Brett's world building and attention to details.
Warded will show up to kick some asses before too long.
Jardir is not only a self-proclaimed Deliverer, he is also a self-proclaimed protagonist where the fate of the world revolves around him, he could break the fourth wall he'd tell you that this whole damn Demon Cycle is all about him and disagreeing with him may be detrimental to your health. Jardir does not seem to have a lot of depth to his character and suffers from an acute case of Gary Stu-itis , he did not leave much of an impression with me in The Warded Man , and in this second volume Brett spends a lot of pages developing him, and clarifying his motivation but he still does not appeal as a protagonist.
This is partly because every line of dialogue he utters tend to be rather hackneyed, a lot of the time his dialogues remind me of He-Man from Masters of the Universe cartoons. During his years of training from average guy to total bad-ass I kept imagining the song "Eye of The Tiger" playing in the background.
His femme fatale missus Inevera is more interesting, but even she is fairly one dimensional. It seems to me that most of his characters tend to have only one facet to them, they rarely ever do anything surprising or "out of character" once their individual character quirk is established.
None of them seem like well rounded real people I can really care about. Unfortunately, the author also spends a lot of time developing the character of Renna Tanner whose back story concerning her incestuous Dad reads like a fairly distasteful melodrama. I feel that this part should have been left on the cutting room floor, by all means give her this back story but without going into unnecessary torrid details.
On the very positive side from around page onward the story is very fast paced and I read the second half of the book much more quickly than the first. Those pages just flew by and I did not want to put the book down except to pee. The fight scenes mostly between demons and humans are very well written and thrilling, the plot just gallops along at a breakneck speed.
In conclusion, I believe Peter V. Brett is an excellent storyteller, his ability to keep the reader turning the pages is top notched. However, his prose style and characterization are still catching up with his considerable plotting and narrative skills. The Desert Spear seems to be longer than it should be due to the inclusion of some unnecessary melodrama but at the end of the day it is a highly readable book. I am not entirely certain I will read the rest of the saga, but I had many hours of entertainment from reading this volume.
Mar 24, seak rated it it was amazing Shelves: Mankind finally has a way not only to defend themselves from the demons that have taken over the night, but they have the ability to combat their enemies. Arlen, aka the Warded Man, wants to distribute the combat wards he found to everyone in the world so they don't have to suffer at the hands of the demons as he did when his mother died.
Compare this to the Krasian method of enslaving all mankind and forcing them to fight in alagai'sharak, the Krasian's name for their nightly battle with the dem Mankind finally has a way not only to defend themselves from the demons that have taken over the night, but they have the ability to combat their enemies.
Compare this to the Krasian method of enslaving all mankind and forcing them to fight in alagai'sharak, the Krasian's name for their nightly battle with the demons. Not because there was a decrease in quality like the Matrix films, but moreso because suddenly the demons aren't as scary just like the agents lost all their spunk in the second and third films. There are so many ways and means that have been found, especially by Leesha and those of Deliverer's formerly Cutter's Hollow, to either combat the demons or make oneself invisible to them that it's almost like the demons aren't even there anymore.
This was a little disappointing especially in a series that is all about groups of people coming together for the cause of warring with demonkind. Luckily, there's enough going on that this isn't too big of an issue, just something that was a little disappointing. The Desert Spear, book 2 of the Demon Cycle, begins by following Ahmann something something something Jardir, who we met in The Warded Man , and exclusively deals with the events in Krasia and Jardir's history I know many have complained about this aspect of the book, that the book takes far too long to get to Arlan, Leesha, and Rojer, but I'm a firm believer that delayed satisfaction does in fact make you appreciate your favorite parts.
But, I can't really say that I even loathed reading the first part. These guys make a couple of appearances and prove that although most demons aren't much of a threat, there are still some that could pose some difficulties, especially since they have the ability to think and reason like man.
Leesha and Rojer have become mainstays in Deliverer's Hollow where many refugees have fled to escape the flood that is the Krasians. This is where we also find out the advancements that Leesha has made on warding. Many have mentioned that Leesha is a bit of a wonder woman in this book and while that's true to an extent, I think a lot of this comes from the fact that we see Leesha through the eyes of Ahmann Jardir, who has a bit of a skewed perspective of her.
While Arlan does everything he can to fight this distinction, the people of the north will believe what they want to believe, and many times to Arlen's frustration. On the other hand, in Krasia, Ahmann Jardir not only convinces himself and Krasia that he is the Shar'Dama Ka, but takes his unified Krasian army to the north to force the people of the north to fight demonkind. Audiobook Commentary I realized I haven't been that good at discussing the audio portion of the book when I do an Audiobook review, so I wanted to add this section so that the review will actually be handy to those who were debating on whether to listen or read, having already made the decision to obtain this book.
He has a gruff voice, which works well for Arlen, Jardir, all of Krasia, Messengers, etc. But, at the same time, it doesn't even sound weird when he does the female characters' voices. The Audiobook is really well done and definitely recommended.
Brett created has created a huge fan in me. View all 12 comments. Sep 02, Bradley rated it it was amazing Shelves: For a full first third of the novel, I had to calm myself down and wonder why so much time and effort was being put into humanizing Jadir, the man who had betrayed Arlen so brutally in the first book, but I eventually got over it.
The world is a big place and there have to be burly warriors to defend it. Hell, that's okay simply because it's a really harsh world overr For a full first third of the novel, I had to calm myself down and wonder why so much time and effort was being put into humanizing Jadir, the man who had betrayed Arlen so brutally in the first book, but I eventually got over it.
Hell, that's okay simply because it's a really harsh world overrun with demons that come out every single night and people have to be hard and crazy to survive it. If that means going weird cultural directions to taking things to an extreme in order to unify or cow the people, then so be it. This is a fantasy, after all. That being said, the world-building is pretty fantastic all across the board.
The devil is in the details or in this case, the Core, but more importantly, this is a novel all about the people in it. The good, the bad, and the ugly. Arlen and Leesha and the one-time weak Renna play big roles in this book, too, never fear. Arlen revisits his past and there are all kinds of awesomeness here, but what is most surprising is how cool Leesha has become, from a young wise-woman healer to a whirlwind of change to love interest of a certain warrior.
Color me surprised! It just goes to show. Trust certain writers to get you there. Have faith. I do, now. But who was the most surprising? Meek, oft-abused Renna, subject to so much injustice I think this is the point where I go from liking Arlen's martial prowess and his scholarship less and where I start viscerally appreciating him.
And, as always, demon fights, demon fights, demon fights. Gotta love them. Really over the top cool. Apr 13, Stephen rated it really liked it Shelves: I really enjoyed The Warded Man , the first novel in Peter Brett's Demon Trilogy, and was really looking forward to reading this sequel. Even with high expectation, Brett does not disappoint with this second entry. Without giving away any spoilers, I will just talk about those aspects of the book that I really thought were fantastic.
First, one of the things I like about epic fantasy trilogies is when the plot begins fairly small and then develops into a larger and larger story 4. First, one of the things I like about epic fantasy trilogies is when the plot begins fairly small and then develops into a larger and larger story as the novel unfolds.
An example of this is Martin's Song of Ice and Fire which begins with a dispute among rival houses and soon escalates into a civil war and imminent invasion from without. This novel certainly has the requisite escalation of scope and tension.
Second, I really like world-building and descriptions of other societies and customs and Brett does a superb job with his detailed narrative of the Krasians. The Krasians are brutal and many of their customs and ways are sadistic and cruel, but Brett still manages to make them three dimensional and provide an understanding if not a justification for their actions.
Add to that the strong "hint" that the ancient past of the world was a lot more "technological" than the present and you have the makings for many more surprises to come. Third, I like larger-than-life characters and this book has several with the two most prominent being the Krasian leader, Jadir, and the Warded Man, Arlen. I must say that one of my favorite characters by the end of the book was Abban who begins the story as a greedy, cowardly individual and yet by the end of the story you have a tremendous amount of sympathy for him and the hint that he might have a larger role to play in the battle to come I hope so.
Fourth, I like intersting fantasy elements and this book has that taken care of in the form of the demon "corelings" whose number and type expand in this story. Overall, an excellent read and looking forward to the final book in the trilogy View all 3 comments. Dec 07, Mark Halse rated it it was amazing. As good as the first book but for different reasons. The first time I read this book I was so pissed when I didn't immediately return to find out about what Arlen was up to that I didn't enjoy Jardir's story as fully as I did this time.
It's a bit of a slap in the face at first but Jardir becomes just as interesting and crucial to the story. That along with the addition of Renna As good as the first book but for different reasons. View 2 comments. The second book in this series is almost just as good as the first, but not quite. There is nothing wrong with the past views, I loved the back story, but I think it would have better served in a prequel and felt like it detracted from the overall story.
Still, a page-turner and definitely recomm The second book in this series is almost just as good as the first, but not quite. Still, a page-turner and definitely recommended.
Apr 03, Althea Ann rated it it was ok. The second lengthy entry into the Demon Cycle series There are 4 distinct sections to the book. If you came into this one directly from 'The Warded Man,' you'll have to change gears rather abruptly.
In the first section, we switch to the viewpoint of a minor character from 'The Warded Man,' the Krasian merchant Abban. We follow him from childhood up through the events we saw from Arlen's perspective in the first book. In principle, this sounds like a good idea. I complained that in the first bo The second lengthy entry into the Demon Cycle series I complained that in the first book, Krasia was too much of a two-dimensional place based solely on stereotypes about the Middle East.
You would think that getting inside their culture would help. Unfortunately, it's more of the same. It continues to feel stereotypical, and becomes even more tedious when it's just a retread through events we already know about The third section concentrates more on Renna, and the last section brings us back more to Arlen Mr.
Warded Man himself and demon fighting. The latter three sections are an improvement over the first, but they still haven't won me over.
After some consideration as to the reasons - I know this is a widely acclaimed series - I think the main thing, for me, is that the book tries to address some serious issues for its characters, and creates some complex, difficult situations including some involving rape, incest, abuse, murder, etc But - the way it handles those situations just feels to me rather shallow and awkward. It's earnest, but not wholly convincing. However, there is definitely a compelling aspect to this saga.
I can understand why many fans of huge, sprawling fantasy tales endorse the series. Some of the sections, on their own, would have gotten three stars, but the parts set in Krasia, and the those involving Renna's family, bring this down to two for me. I'm not totally writing off continuing with this series, but I think I'll give it a break for a while and try a different epic fantasy next View 1 comment.
Oct 29, Cameron rated it it was ok. The Desert Spear isn't terribly written, but it is ultimately derivative and uninspired. Thankfully, the worst part of the novel is dealt with straightaway in its first third - specifically the mind-numbingly unoriginal Krasians, who appear to be naught but carbon copies of Islamist culture, down to their caste system and the way they treat their women.
Men and women die gleefully for the glory of their God in combat. Women are kept wrapped up in shrouds. Men unable to take part in combat are sn The Desert Spear isn't terribly written, but it is ultimately derivative and uninspired. Men unable to take part in combat are sneered at.