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The Desert Spear (The Demon Cycle #2)

4.24  ·  Rating Details ·  57,563 Ratings  ·  1,897 Reviews
Out of the southern desert rides Ahmann Jardir, a warrior king who has claimed the title Shar’Dama Ka, the Deliverer reborn. A vast army marches in his wake, intent on holy war against the demon plague and determined to recruit others to their cause, willing or not. But the northerners have named their own Deliverer: the Painted Man, a dark, forbidding figure whom the Shar ...more
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Published April 1st 2011 by Voyager (first published January 1st 2010)
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Jan 26, 2010 Patrick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good Stuff. Brett's series continues to surprise me. I like books that don't go in the direction I expect them too while still providing an interesting story.
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Second Book Syndrome . . . thy name is THE DESERT SPEAR.


I had a lot of issues with this book. A lot, a lot.

The first third of the book is told from an entirely new POV. By itself, that would've made me cranky, b/c, yeah, I get that Jardir is important, but I missed the old POVs. The POVs who won me over in the first place.

In addition to being stuck with Jardir, the section didn't keep to a timeline. The chapters jump chaotically to the present from v
Jun 05, 2012 Kyle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Not as good as the first book in the series but I still enjoyed it.

In The Warded Man, the first book in the series, the plot revolves mostly around Arlen who eventually becomes the Warded Man, or in the second book, the Painted Man. I really found myself relating to that character and hoped that The Desert Spear would continue that storyline. Unfortunately, that is not the case. The first half of the book concentrates on Ahmann Jardir, the character that betrayed Arlen and stole his magic spea

Unexpected! From page one, this book has sped up in the direction so very different from what I anticipated after finishing The Warded Man. Result = WHIPLASH! Which is fun, by the way.

(From Peter Brett's site, the gorgeous illustrations for the Polish edition of this book. Absolutely beautiful!)

We get a full 180 degrees turn on the atmosphere of this world. Suddenly the corelings go from being the overwhelming menace of the night to little more than a nuisance - WHIPLASH! (Well, at least unti
The Warded Man was a pretty good debut, but this sequel just didn't live up to my expectations and left a bad taste in my mouth.
To be honest, the story is pretty good and could be developed quite well. However, the negatives for me far outweighed the positives:

1) The structure was just off. I almost stopped reading after the first 100 pages. Brett spends a quarter of the book presenting Jardir's backstory. It just feels out of place and unnecessary.
2) Sex, sex, and more sex. Everyone is doing
Niki Hawkes  - The Obsessive Bookseller
[2.5 stars] With every passing week since finishing The Desert Spear, I find myself more and more dissatisfied with it. Something about many of the elements within the story just aren’t sitting right with me, and I’d be the first to state that I’m getting really tired of every other character having a backstory that includes rape, incestuous rape, and sodomy. I don’t know if Brett is trying to make a grander point on who the real “demons” are, or if it just gives him kicks to write about that st ...more
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths Reviews

In The Warded Man , Peter Brett introduced readers to a world ravaged by demons; every night a time of physical and spiritual darkness where the remnants of humankind cower behind elaborate warded walls, anxiously waiting for the morning light to drive their hellish tormentors away. It wasn’t always like this though. Legends tell of a past era when humanity used combat wards to kill the fiends, drive them back to the core; peace reigning for so long tha
Will M.
Jun 30, 2014 Will M. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2014, books-i-own
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:

Jardir. If I thought that The Warded Man was really badass, well, now I've read about
Dan Schwent
Jun 03, 2010 Dan Schwent rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2010
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...

Wow. 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
May 29, 2017 Gavin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Mar 24, 2010 seak rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
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
Oct 26, 2012 Apatt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
If Peter V. Brett were to use a pseudonym it should be Peter P. Turner. 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 ...more
Sep 11, 2013 Terence rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-stars
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 ...more
4.0 to 4.5 stars. 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
Mark Halse
Dec 07, 2016 Mark Halse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As good as the first book but for different reasons.

THE DESERT SPEAR takes an about face as we leave Deliverer's Hollow behind and head for Fort Krasia and a whole new POV. 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
Vagner Stefanello
Mar 28, 2015 Vagner Stefanello rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: physical
Um pouco abaixo do 1º livro, me pareceu mais uma preparação para alguns grandes acontecimentos no 3°. Umas 50-100 páginas foram só de enrolações amorosas e coisas desse tipo, o que não era tão necessário, se fossem só umas 30 já teriam sido mais que suficientes, era melhor ter focado no mundo em si, que é muito interessante, e em explicar mais sobre os demônios, principalmente os demônios da mente e seus príncipes.

De melhor, gostei bastante da primeira parte, toda sob o ponto de vista do Jardir,
Althea Ann
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
Damien Black
May 17, 2017 Damien Black rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In short, this is the kind of fantasy I like to read, and the kind of fantasy I like to write: dark, done on an epic scale.

Brett has tapped into medieval Islamic warrior culture superbly in his follow-up to The Painted Man, and Krasian king of kings Jardir is the perfect anti-hero: ruthless and vainglorious, yet honourable to the core (no pun intended) and charming and likeable. He is the perfect foil for Arlen Bales, aka the Painted Man, who epitomises the American frontier spirit with his 'non
Oct 29, 2012 Cameron rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Eon ♒Windrunner♒
The second book in this series is almost just as good as the first, but not quite.

The story is still fantastic, but the POV’s are littered with jumps between past & present and it just doesn’t feel right. 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. Every time I got into the present story, SHIFT, back to the past. Aaaarrgggh!

Still, a page-turner and definitely recomm
Nov 29, 2010 Dawn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the past I've been called a "book slut", and I don't argue this title. I read a lot of books, and I'm not hard to please. But I've been thinking lately.. Maybe the better term for me might be "book nympho". You see, I enjoy reading, all reading, good or bad. Where as a "book slut" might read a lot of books, any books really, they might not necessarily enjoy reading them. The whole time they are reading they are looking for something in particular. They read to critique, to pick a book apart, ...more
Kevin Hearne
Apr 01, 2010 Kevin Hearne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No spoilers from me. And no summaries, either. For those, thou shalt have to seek elsewhere.

Instead, let me speak about the craft in this novel: I tend to read quite a bit, often into the night, and I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of times a book has made me exclaim aloud involuntarily, waking up my wife in the process. The Desert Spear is one of those.

Brett makes you care about his characters—and not just the ones you like. The villains are as richly drawn as the heroes, and I
Oct 24, 2015 Alexa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
For the past couple of days I've been trying to come up with an insightful review that would explain why this book completely changed my feelings for this series. And I'm sorry to say but... I failed.

My dislike for this book was such a visceral thing that I cannot really explain it. I can however point things I didn't like:

- The book starts with a new PoV for whom I cared little. He's also part of a middle eastern extremist type of culture, which I dislike immensely. There's lots of tiresome in
David Sven
Mar 10, 2013 David Sven rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I loved this book. On my review of the previous book, I commented that it did not feel like a debut novel. Well now it does. This book is better than the first. The story is deeper. It has 8 character POV's - but I only noticed that because the acknowledgements at the end of the book mentioned it. I had to sit back and count them out. Fair enough, there were 8, counting coreling POVs (yes you read right, we get two coreling POV's though they are quite sho ...more
Sep 21, 2015 Krbo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jason Powell
Feb 16, 2010 Jason Powell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was terrified.

I mean, I was absolutely terrified coming into this book. I knew, without a doubt, it could not live up to the standard it's predecessor(The Warded Man) had set.

Despite trying to lower my expectations day after day, they remained fairly high and I knew I would be disappointed.

I was wrong.

I finished the book about a week ago and I still can't stop thinking about it. Peter V. Brett hit a home run. Catapulting himself to the top of my favorite authors list.

The book started out diff
Mar 09, 2013 Penny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, series
My enjoyment of this book was variable, I didn't care for the first third, loved the middle and thought the end was ok.

The first third of is told from the pov of Jardir who we met briefly in The Warded Man. We travel back in time to 305 AR when Jardir is just a boy and the first 200 pages or so tell the story of his growing up into the leader he becomes. I didn't much like Jardir or the Karsians and I was very eager to get back to my favourite characters from book one and see what they were all
Jun 15, 2017 Chloe rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I had to end this one with still about 150 pages left, I was just so disenchanted and disappointed by how my feelings on this promising series changed so easily. I really enjoyed the first book, but I think I was blinded by Brett's captivating and addictive writing style and how cool this world and concept is and didn't see things that I did see this time around, that I have problems with.

It didn't help that I hated Jardir and his whole misogynistic culture that the first 200 pages revolves arou
Liviu Szoke
Foarte interesant acest mod de a prezenta faptele din acest univers din punctele de vedere ale mai multor personaje, din perspective diferite: în primul volum l-am avut pe Arlen Bales, în acest al doilea volum îl avem pe Ahmann Jardir, Izbăvitorul celor din deșert și cel care îi fură Sulița lui Arlen pentru a deveni el unicul Izbăvitor. Deși la un moment dat începuse să mă enerveze introducerea unui alt personaj, Renna, ce părea să n-aibă decât rolul de a mai umple câteva zeci de pagini, în fina ...more
Bob Milne
Jan 03, 2013 Bob Milne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-epic
Wow. As The Warded Man wrapped up, I thought I knew precisely where the story was going, with the ominous march of the Deliverer's army across the desert setting up the next logical chapter. Imagine my surprise when The Desert Spear opened not with their march, and not with the Painted Man's journey, but with the introduction of a new class of demon. Peter V. Brett raises the stakes right from page one, exposing us to a hierarchy of cold, calculating princes and sinister mimics within the demon ...more
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Peter V. Brett is the New York Times and international bestselling author of the Demon Cycle series, which has sold millions of copies in 25 languages worldwide. Novels include The Warded Man, The Desert Spear, The Daylight War, and most recently, The Skull Throne. The final novel in the series, The Core, will be published in 2017.

In addition to his novels, Peter has written a series of novellas s
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Other Books in the Series

The Demon Cycle (5 books)
  • The Warded Man (Demon Cycle, #1)
  • The Daylight War (Demon Cycle, #3)
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