The Desert Spear

The Desert Spear

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BONUS: Now with twenty pages of bonus material, including an exclusive interview with Peter V. Brett, and an excerpt from Peter V. Brett's The Daylight War.

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 Ahmann Jardir, who has forged the desert tribes into a demon-killing army. He has proclaimed himself Shar'Dama Ka, the Deliverer, and he carries ancient weapons--a spear and a crown--that give credence to his claim. But the Northerners claim their own Deliverer: the Warded Man, a dark, forbidding figure. Once, the Shar'Dama Ka and the Warded Man were friends. Now they are fierce adversaries. Yet as old allegiances are tested and fresh alliances forged, all are unaware of the appearance of a new breed of demon, more intelligent--and deadly--than any that have come before.

Look for Peter V. Brett's complete Demon Cycle:
THE WARDED MAN | THE DESERT SPEAR | THE DAYLIGHT WAR | THE SKULL THRONE | THE CORE (Coming soon!)
Published: New York :, Del Rey-Ballantine Books
Copyright Date: ©2010
ISBN: 9780345519634
Branch Call Number: OVERDRIVE DOWNLOADABLE EBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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ShamaBole
Jul 31, 2017

Thoroughly unpleasant but reflective of life: rape, religion and other atrocities. Bit irritating that all the female characters eventually end up focused on a man rather than their own skills and strengths.

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Swifield
Jan 13, 2015

I enjoyed this book alot. i was disappointed at how it ended so abruptly not realizing that there was another book following lol. I definitely look forward to reading the Daylight War.

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kmuir10
Aug 27, 2013

If you don't mind reading through more origin stories, this book is just as good as the first. I for one, do mind, so it falls a bit short for me. Still very good.

unbalancedbutfair Jan 06, 2013

Fascinating book. I preferred this book to the warded man. If all you want is an exciting book with humans vs "corelings" you'll enjoy it. But it is more than that. It is an excellent presentation of culture and character clash. He weaves together multiple times in telling the story (something he did not really do in the warded man) so there are flashbacks, overlaps, and new material all coming together to advance the plot and the characters seamlessly. I normally dislike that method of storytelling, but here it is done very well. The most striking thing to me is how well he writes different cultures, and the variations within those cultures. Parallels, areas of mutual incomprehension, misunderstandings, complexity and a range of members in both cultures ranging from the disaffected to the fundamentalist. All done in a very believable manner without ever stagnating the story or degrading the people and cultures. And all while entertaining the questions of destiny vs history with a dash of religion thrown in for complexity and realism's sake. Well worth your time.

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mikerogersca
Jun 02, 2011

Excellent read as well, although I preferred the first. This is also available in paperback.

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Vw1girl
Feb 08, 2011

This book was even better than the first one (and the warded man was great). Great how it expanded on the story of each of the characters.

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Crucifix
May 30, 2010

very nice book

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