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The Desert Spear (The Demon Cycle #2)

4.24  ·  Rating Details  ·  52,511 Ratings  ·  1,755 Reviews
Demons rise nightly, but so has a legendary Deliverer. From Desert Spear city, Ahmann Jardir unites tribes into an army. In the North, the tattooed Warded Man denies the title. The two former friends are now fierce adversaries. Healer Leesha, musician Rojer, and abused farm-girl Renna Tanner return with Arlen. Against all comes a demon prince, more intelligent, powerful, a ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 638 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Del Rey (first published January 1st 2010)
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Feb 10, 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.
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads


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
Aug 07, 2016 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
Will M.
Dec 07, 2014 Will M. rated it really liked it
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
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
Dan Schwent
Dec 29, 2014 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
Jan 12, 2015 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
Dec 26, 2015 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
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
Dec 26, 2015 Terence rated it it was amazing
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
Vagner Stefanello
Apr 17, 2016 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
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
Nov 03, 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
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
Apr 15, 2015 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 02, 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
Sep 27, 2015 Krbo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jason Powell
Nov 05, 2013 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
David Sven
Apr 14, 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
Mar 17, 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
Bob Milne
Jan 29, 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
Here's a dilemma. I gave the first book of Peter V. Brett's Demon Trilogy, The Warded Man, five stars. However, the second book, The Desert Spear, is so much better. I don't want to go back and reduce the rating on the first book. I need more stars.

Rather than picking up where The Warded Man left off, The Desert Spear starts off another part of the world at a time that is parallel to some of the events in the first book. It gives us the point of view of a character that we were introduced to in
Desert Spear is excellent end to end; pretty much the whole novel is on the quality of the best of The Warded Man; much more focused on the cultures of Krasia and The Free Cities than on the Demons per se, with Jardir emerging as a great main character in addition to Arles, Leesha, Rojer and several more; new kinds of demons too and a good stopping point setting up a great sequel plot

reread in dec 2012 as I started Daylight War and while i got a fast reminder of what's what through a browse of t
Jun 07, 2011 Jacqie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I liked the first book in this series, The Warded Man. I was happy to give this one a try. Sadly, I stalled out on it. The first 200 pages (a third of the book!) are devoted to a nasty, misogynistic, pseudo-islamic culture. We are treated to this unpleasantness in order to better understand a second main POV character, who thinks he's the messiah. When he hears about a Northerner who is also considered the messiah, he decides to head north and conquer. While reading this part of the book, I coul ...more
Andrew Obrigewitsch
2 stars = It was OK.

The second book is a lot better than the first, but still highly flawed. However if the book where divided into 2 parts I would give the first half 4 stars and the second half 1 star.

The first half was very interesting, it was about the people of the desert and their leader's life, it has some really great ideas.

However the second half greatly mars the book with its video game grind style action; 90's comic book dialog, villains and characters (If the Warded man said Bub,
Mar 09, 2013 Suzie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Suzie by: Lee Ann
WOW, wow! Wow! Frickin' WOW,!!!!

Loved, loved, loved this book!!! The strength of the characters, each of them, the way the author has continued to grow each of them. Just WOW!

I stayed up to 2:30am to finish this book, there was just no way I could put it down. I am just blown away, but sad as well because I want it to continue. When is #3 due, it can't come soon enough for my liking.

I love the pairing of Arlen and Renna, the wildness that they both share. I can't wait to learn more about Inevera
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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.

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