I wouldn't recommend this book to a friend because it strays too far from the original feel of the first book. Pete Bradbury does an awesome job with narration, but the story is too simplistic and many of the side characters are two-dimensional to the extreme. While I don't need too much information on side characters, I at least want them to say or do things that aren't just repeats of actions and conversations in book one.
It also contains some material that I find unlikely and almost nonsensical. The main problem I have is that everyone gets raped. Okay, not everyone - but way too many characters have been unnecessarily raped by the end of book 2. Not only have they been raped, but they seem to suffer no actual trauma from the raping. Sure, rape happens in real life, so you might put one in a book. Sure, the characters are thinking, "Man, that sucked." But a real rape can leave someone almost dead. Characters in this series seem to feel rape is more of an inconvenience. After it happened way too many times in the books and the terrible nature of rape wasn't addressed, I was out. It's not that I can't handle graphic sex or even a description of rape, it's that even as a guy I can see that rape is one of those life-altering, monstrous occurrences that can leave someone dead inside. Anyway I'd advise anyone to steer clear unless you're cool with all that. I don't think this is a spoiler because, well, too many characters get raped to guess which ones. If you read this and then read the book, just assume that the character you're reading about gets it.
Pete Bradbury is among my favorite narrators. To my ear, he brings the characters to life.
I cant really compare this book to another. That is why I enjoy this series so much. Perhaps "Dune" but that is a rough comparison.
The Dragon's Path. Another fine book. Similarly, Pete Bradbury takes a nice story and brings it alive to my ear.
Apologies to whomever thought up this question but reading Mr. Brett is not like watching Daniel knock out Johnny in the finals of the Karate Kid. The story is not that kind of story. Its about character(s), adventure, politics, religion, betrayal, love and revenge - and more. The entire book enthralled me, as did the Warded Man.
If one is looking for a well thought out plot, exceptional writing, great adventure, and a hero (Arlen) and villain (Jardir) woven into a world of fantasy and horror, this is perhaps the top five novels I have ever read. I would put Mr. Brett up there with Jim Butcher and Orson Scott Card.
Book 1 was good - borderline great. Book 2 was only so-so to borderline good. It had holes in plot characterization, and sociology and lots of filler. I won't waste time on a Book 3 that apparently doesn't conclude the series. Like a lot of fantasy writers Brett is trying to make a franchise by stretching 1-2 books worth of ideas.
Devourer of all books fantasy
This is the second book in the Demon Cycle trilogy. I didn’t enjoy it as much as The Warded Man, the first part of the book was really a drag . The second portion of the book really sucked me in though and convinced me to keep reading the series.
I listened to this on audiobook and the audiobook was very well done. The narrator does an excellent job of distinguishing between character voices and conveying the emotions of the characters. I definitely recommend listening to this on audiobook.
The first part of the book goes back and forth in time following the story of Jardir, who leads the Krasians. He was a villain in the first book, but here we learn how he rose to power. About a third of the way through the book we go back to Kylar, Rojur and Leesha and what they are doing at Cutter’s Hollow. Some of the story also focuses on Renna (the girl Kylar was promised to when he was young) and her struggles. All of the events are leading to war between the Krasian and the Northern folks.
All of the characters go through quite a bit of character development. I will bluntly say I do not like Jardir and I did not like reading about him. It is fine to want the readers to understand the villain a bit better, but I didn’t need to spend half the book reading his back story...seriously I just didn’t care all that much.
Because of the long digression through Jardir’s back story, the story progresses at a crawl. We really don’t get much past the point where we ended in book one. Yes there are some battles and the story progresses some, but really half of this book didn’t need to be here.
The second half of this book is very well done. The characters and world are intricate and fascinating. I loved the addition of Renna to the story as well, she really brings something special to the story. The Warded Man continues to gain interesting and new powers.
Why is it that all the featured female characters have to be raped in the story? It is a right of passage or something? Is there a reason why we can’t have a strong female lead that hasn’t been raped, beaten, and abused? Just curious why this seems to be a prerequisite for all the females in this book...
The book is well written and the second half of the book redeems the first half. Seriously though this is a really, really long book...and it feels really, really long. It wasn’t a fun kind of long either, the first half was a truly epic struggle for me to get through. I can only hope that future books move the story along a bit faster and don’t digress into side stories that are unnecessary.
Overall a decent read. I enjoyed the second half of the book immensely but thought that the first half that was dedicated to Jardir’s back story was an epic waste of time. I have The Daylight War to review, so hopefully that will be a quicker moving read. I tentatively recommend this series to fans of epic fantasy. The characters and world are very well done; the book just needs to be cleaned up and have a more concise plot.
I love to read. I also love to write. I'm a harsh critic and very, very, very rarely give five star reviews to anything. Three stars for me is an average representation of literature and not a bad review by any stretch.
The Desert Spear is a good follow-up to The Warded Man, but it isn't of the same caliber. It is a good story, but it drifts away from the story of Arlen, The Warded Man, and focuses too much on other characters. And too many, if you ask me.
This is a come fault I find with much that exists in the genre of Fantasy. The story flows, but what made the first book hum along is missing. Leesha, and Rojer and more front and center and the book rewinds and takes us back into the life of Jardir (who is the main character of this tale).
Everything eventually starts to catch up later on, but it takes a while. The story makes sense, but it doesn't flow well with the first story of the series until later on in the book.
It's worth a read, and a quality story. But, if you like The Warded Man, and The Warded Man in particular, this story has a different focus, so be ready for that.
Although this volume doesn't exactly pick up where the previous one left off, the author does connect the dots in a most enjoyable and fulfilling way. The extra history and background provided here enhances the story greatly.
The narrator does a fantastic job portraying all the characters and making them distinguishable and real in their own right. An excellent narration that makes the book that much more enjoyable to listen to.
I look forward expectantly to the next volume!
If you like focus on inconsequential character for pages on end, if you like ridiculous sexual descriptions and a focus on rape/incest, and if you like it when the coolest aspect of the story (and what made the first book in the series so great) is given a back seat, well then you may like this book. I couldn't even finish it. Such a disappointment.
I don't know. This book burned me out for a while. I think I'll listen to music for a while.
If you liked the Warded Man you should skip this sequel. It isn't worth the time.
detailed and well thought out
gave a clear image to as what is going on at that time
read with feeling
Was not sure about this book after i read what was about and the cover,but was not what i expected. caught my attention an held it
Please read my review of "The Warded Man".... and double it!!!! When I told my husband the story gets even better, he couldn't believe me. The details regarding multiple cultures, lands, traditions... wonderful. Peter V. Brett is a guy I would LOVE to sit around a campfire with, an interesting mind. What more can you get from BUF?