Avid Zombie fan who's starting to listen to more and more Fantasy and Sci-Fi stories. So, my description is apt to change. Dog lover who's known to have cats. LOL C# coder, part-time prepper, B movie fan, AMC watcher, recovering but successful day trader, perpetual student, overjoyed uncle, former adrenaline junkie with a flare for cooking, and lots more. LOL
after listening the warded man, i was psyched to listen to the desert spear. i wanted arlen's, leesha's, and rojer's stories to continue, but i was shocked that the whole first part was about jardir! i was soo pissed at jardir for betraying arlen that i had a hard time getting into jardir's story. eventually, i settled down and got into it.
the world of the krasians kind of reminded me a lot of the fremen of dune. male children are taken from their families at an early age and trained in fighting techniques. those male children that don't pass as warriors either die in training or become kafeet (spelling?) the lowest rung in society.
whereas most of the world fears the corelings and hide behind wards at night, the krasians test their manhood and skills by fighting corelings in their maze.
the krasians are composed of different tribes/families and there's a lot of infighting b/ween them. i thought this was well done. the political jockeying was interesting w/o losing you in who's who and who's doing what and why. make sense?
women for the most part are abused and used. however, there is a fierce fighting force of women magicians who are feared. they add an interesting twist to a male-dominated society. they remind me of the bene gesserit in dune.
the whole first part outlines jardir's story- how he became the krasian leader. it tells jardir's side of the story as to why he betrayed arlen. jardir's story ends with the krasians blazing out of the desert to conquer the rest of the world. the krasians are harsh to those they conquer. they kill the men, rape the women, and force the children to conform to krasian customs. it's like a krasian jihad- submit and convert or die.
when we finally get back to arlen, leesha, and rojer, we find them teaching and preparing their community to fight corelings and the krasians.
arlen travels between kingdoms, trying to disguise himself, while trying to pass on his knowledge of the fighting wards. his reunions are touching, and i'm glad peter brett didn't put them off.
while traveling through the towns, arlen runs into his first love interest, renna, who becomes his apprentice. arlen is darker in the desert spear, fearing he's becoming more coreling than man, but he makes some surprising discoveries.
when arlen is away, the krasians witness leesha, rojer, and her town fighting corelngs at night. jardir and his men help kill the corelings and a tense peace is found. jardir invites leesha and rojer to come spend time with him. there is an interesting culture clash to listen to.
ok...i've rambled on too much, giving away some of the story. overall, a great follow-up. i was pissed at first listening to jardir's story, but i definitely got into it. by the end, i was longing for the 3rd book, the daylight war. i can't wait for it!
And so we travel into a new world, or maybe not. The intricate descriptions and the cultural mores are enough to satisfy an amateur cultural anthropologist, while balancing the information in and through a fantasy epic that is at the front of the line!
Take the trip! It will not disappoint.
I have loved the first two books now and I recommend them as a big YES! You must read them in order to be able to hang onto the plot and people.
I enjoyed the way this brought the prospective of the Warded Man's Desert Nemesis into the totality of the story. We learn from childhood his story and how he developed into one of the main characters of the story. It then takes it beyond to continue the story of the Warded Man.
A good sequel to The Warded Man bringing in new points of view and giving depth to all the characters.
I have very much enjoyed the two Demon Cycle books, but this one definitely suffers from whatI liken to being the "middle child" of a series, though I think there will be more than three books. There is a lot of character development and very little talking about the world that fascinates me so much. Brett touches on it, as if he is very much teasing us about the fascinating world he has created beneath the Earth's crust.
All my disappointment aside, the book is a great listen, the characters are fascinating and colorful and I can't wait for the next one.
Because of my poor eye sight, I have never read the printed version of this book, but believe it would be just as good.
I found myself drawn into the emotions of the characters. Hating the man from the desert for his betrayal, but understanding the need that drives him. The characters are rich and far from perfect people. They seem almost real.
The junglar Rouger
One of the best
The imagination army characters. Sand demons, come on, who doesn't love that
All of them
A must see. Too intense for words
Looking for more books like this and The Warded Man, Great Bazzare. Need more demons of this type
I enjoyed how the author can tell the same scene from multiple characters' perspectives. It adds depth to the experience.
I liked how he could make you both love and hate the same character depending on whose perspective he was reading from.
Definitely, I stayed up all night to finish it.
Tell us about yourself!
There were many.
Pete is a great narrator, however I listen versus read based on my schedule. What a bad narrator can do is dull my interest in a story. Pete was captivating!
I like happy endings and realism that is realistic rather than gritty.
Unique and engaging world, intriguing magic system, good complexity of plot.
However, if my count is correct, 4 of 6 viewpoint characters are sexually assaulted. Both men and women, adults and children. If you read epic fantasy for fun and for escapism, like I do, you might want to skip this series. Some things are too dark and too real to be "fun" or "escapist."
This book has a lot to recommend it, but it is dark. Much more Thomas Covenant than LOTR. Reader, be aware.