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The Desert Spear

(The Demon Cycle #2)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  83,335 ratings  ·  2,775 reviews
The sun is setting on humanity. The night now belongs to voracious demons that prey upon a dwindling population forced to cower behind half-forgotten symbols of power.

Legends tell of a Deliverer: a general who once bound all mankind into a single force that defeated the demons. But is the return of the Deliverer just another myth? Perhaps not.

Out of the desert rides Ahma
Hardcover, 579 pages
Published April 13th 2010 by Del Rey (first published January 2010)
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Paca Sad good point, and even withstanding that there is in fact Trade, with the Khaffit making up the bulk of the Krasia army Jardin raises. Abban touches on …moregood point, and even withstanding that there is in fact Trade, with the Khaffit making up the bulk of the Krasia army Jardin raises. Abban touches on trade from Cutters/Deliverers hollow in wood, but still the amounts of wood needed would be, as you remarked unsustainable! but don't dwell too much on the details! :)(less)
Lorraine Ellis I know! Book 1 was excellent and this one is SO bad! I don't think I've ever read a book series and rated one a 4 and the next a 1 (thus far, I'm at a…moreI know! Book 1 was excellent and this one is SO bad! I don't think I've ever read a book series and rated one a 4 and the next a 1 (thus far, I'm at at page 200). Who enjoys whippings, rapes, idiotic religious rhetoric, extreme racism, sexism and pervasive brutality? What the heck....(less)

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Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Desert Spear is a totally different kind of sequel from what I expected after my experience with The Warded Man, luckily, still in a good way.

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 wh
mark monday
Someone at the door: "Knock Knock!"

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!"

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pages 1-210: central character Jardir is reintroduced; he trains as a warrior, undergoes many painful trials and tribulations, achieves much honor,
Jan 26, 2010 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. ...more
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I loved it and I'm so glad! There are so many mixed reviews, although, I'm trying to stay away from those and decide things for myself.

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!

Happy Reading!

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
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
Dana Ilie
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Dana by: Moglan Radu
Shelves: fantasy
Surprisingly, I think I'm the only one that loved The Desert Spear more than The Warded Man, if that it's possible.

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 p
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
Feb 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 05, 2012 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

May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
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
Deborah Obida
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 . His backstory and POV took the first 30% of the book with no mention of the previous MCs till his story was over.

Unlike the first book that was fast paced this is quite slow, the whole book took p
Will M.
Jun 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own, fantasy, 2014
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
Jun 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Tessy Ijachi
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much. Review to come when I can write one😁. Review slumps are the worst!!
Sep 11, 2013 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
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-grim, demons
*** 4.35 ***

This is a very uncomfortable, challenging series to read, but it is very well written and so unique, it is totally worth the discomfort this dystopian, misogynistic and violent world brings to the reader. My fellow buddy readers had a difficult time with the way women are treated in it, and I totally agree and understand. However, this is the authors' intent and he does a great job of it! The way humanity regresses to it's worst, in times of danger and, in this case, in a time when d
Oct 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Robin (Bridge Four)
How do I feel about The Desert Spear?


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 eventua
J.L.   Sutton
Jun 10, 2022 rated it really liked it
"For all suffer the Plague, righteous and sinful alike. And all must band together to withstand the night.”

Summary Bibliography: Peter V. Brett

In The Desert Spear, Peter Brett presents a much bigger world than we saw in The Warded Man. Despite cultural differences, the wider world is no brighter, no less brutal. It is fascinating, however. The story begins with the training of a youth named Ahmann Jardir, who eventually proclaims himself "the Deliverer." He rides out of the desert and begins conquering the northern lands we saw in
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
Althea Ann
Apr 03, 2015 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
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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. I didn't mind so much how crazily stereotypical Muslims are portrayed here because EVERYONE is heavily stereotyped in these books.

Hell, that's okay simply because it's a really harsh world overr
Eon ♒Windrunner♒
Sep 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 recommende
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 29, 2012 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 ...more
Mayim de Vries
Apr 03, 2016 rated it liked it
I will add another half-star if you stop scowling, Arlen.

Also in the Demon Cycle:

1. The Warded Man ★★★★★
3. The Daylight War ★★☆☆☆
4. The Skull Throne ★★☆☆☆
5. The Core ★☆☆☆☆ (Actual rating: ZERO stars)
Damien Black
May 17, 2017 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 24, 2015 rated it it was ok
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
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Peter V. Brett is the internationally bestselling author of the Demon Cycle series, which has sold over three and a half million copies in 27 languages worldwide. Novels include The Warded Man, The Desert Spear, The Daylight War, The Skull Throne, and The Core. Other works include the Red Sonja: Unchained graphic novel and the Demon Cycle novellas The Great Bazaar, Brayan's Gold, Messenger's Legac ...more

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