The Desert Spear
Anyone who has read this book will know that there’s no way I’m not starting this review without talking about Jardir’s POV. Brett really took a risk with his storytelling direction here. Most authors—unless it’s a standalone series—almost always continue their sequels from the POV of the previous main characters; could be immediately or years after ...more
I did enjoy the back story of Jardir and Abban, but I was glad to get back to the peeps I love the most; Arlen, Renna etc!
I hope I love all of the books but we shall see!
Peter V. Brett: "Who's there?"
Someone at the door: "Rape!"
Peter V. Brett: "Come on in Rape! You know you're always welcome in my house. Take a seat next to my other favorite tropes, Muslim Fanatic and Incest Farmer and Slutty Bitch and of course Tragic Backstory. They all love Rape too, almost as much as I do!"
pages 1-210: central character Jardir is reintroduced; he trains as a warrior, undergoes many painful trials and tribulations, achieves much honor, ...more
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 ...more
It would have been easy for the author to continue the second novel on the heels of the first, and continue the narrative, intercut between his point of view characters as he did the first. Arlen, Rojer and Leesha provide three interesting, and different perspectives. However, redounding to his credit, Brett decides to expand the field by “promoting” a couple of characters to full ...more
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 ...more
(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 ...more
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
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. ...more
Unlike the first book that was fast paced this is quite slow, the whole book took ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
In some ways I liked it more than the Warded Man. In others less.
It starts off really well. In the prologue we find that the Corelings seen to date are just the tip of the iceberg and there are others out there that think, plot and strategize and they’ve just taken an interest in the happening’s topside. Then we jump back in time and learn all about Jardir’s training as a boy with the Dessert tribes. We follow that tale and how he became the man that ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Hell, that's okay simply because it's a really harsh world ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
What a great ending for book 2. I struggled through the majority of this book but by the end it was worth it. The beginning alienated me, the middle drug on but the end brought it all together.
I still have plenty of problems caring for many of the characters. I think that’s my biggest hang up. The world is great, parts of it (especially some of the cultural dialogue) remind me of a less annoying Wheel of Time.
I’m continuing the series, definitely hasn’t earned ‘favorite’ status by any ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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