The Deliverer has returned, but who is he?
Arlen Bales, formerly of the small hamlet of Tibbet’s Brook, learnt harsh lessons about life as he grew up in a world where hungry demons stalk the night and humanity is trapped by its own fear. He chose a different path; chose to fight inherited apathy and the corelings, and eventually he became the Painted Man, a reluctant saviour.
But the figure emerging from the desert, calling himself the Deliverer, is not Arlen. He is a friend and betrayer, and though he carries the spear from the Deliverer’s tomb, he also heads a vast army intent on a holy war against the demon plague…and anyone else who stands in his way.
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Sort of following on from the first book except it took you through the beginings of all the other charaters from the first book so you get an understanding of where they come from and how they are going to meet up.
Towards the end of the book it got REALLY exciting with Arlin (The Warded Man) thats not to say the other parts of the book was not good, in fact i really loved this book, I will be REALLY!!!! mad if they don't bring out the 3rd book as I want to know what happens next, they can't just leave us hanging like that lol. Whats happening with Jadiers army, and the other characters, come on :)
These two books were realesed 1 month apart, and its been nealry 6 months wheres the 3rd Book! Come on Peter, read faster, give us that book :)
"Superb high fantasy"
I listened to 'The Desert Spear' hot on the tails of the 'The Painted Man' which was outstanding, a definite 5/5.
The books take place in a world ruled by fear, where humans are afraid to come out of their warded homes at night. At night the corelings rise, powerful demons that consume human flesh. The human race has forgotten how to fight back. But, legend tells of 'The Deliverer', a man who led the human race into war and defeated the corelings. Legend decrees that he will return once more and the demons will be defeated.
The book starts with a small rewind and a little disconcertingly at first, Jardir takes up the narrative. Jardir is the leader of the Krasians, the only race that dares to fight the demons each night. Where children are taken from their mothers at a young age and trained to be powerful warriors, non warriors are scorned as lower level citizens.
After 'The Painted Man' I had grown to hate Jardir, his shocking betrayal was unforgivable. But it says something of Brett's writing skills that it wasn't long before Jardir sucked me in and I found myself thoroughly enjoying his story. And, dare I say it, even liking him.
Brett's world building is spectacular. From the Krasian society with its Middle Eastern influence, to the small village of 'Deliverer's Hollow' each place is tangible. The characters 3 dimensional, the heroes are as flawed as they are brave.
With scenes of uncompromising violence, as well as sexual abuse against both men and women, if you're easily offended, the book may not be for you. But it is part of the brutal world that the characters live in and does contribute towards the overall story.
I can hardly wait for the Arlen and Jardir to come face to face in the final instalment of the trilogy. I know who my money is on! If you haven't 'read' these books I would heartily encourage you to do so, they are superbly written. High fantasy novels at their finest.
"Fantastic Story, Fantastic Narrator"
The Demon Trilogy is one of my favorite book series the second book Desert Spear begins from the view of Jardir who is introduced in the first book "The Painted Man" you learn about how Jardir has grown up and why he has made the choices he has made. The book is so well written with a world full of magic and demons. The Narrator Peter Joyce does a good job of voicing the different characters and really brought the book to life. Full of action and drama this book is a definite read.
"on this book, would i buy another from audible?"
the combination of Peter V Brett and Peter Joyce is spell binding, with Joyce's voice bring the excellent story of three young people in a world struggling with demons had me perched on the edge of my seat.
i will offer this one warning! make time for this, i found myself losing hours (thankfully a very snowy winter in the UK) of my days just drifting off into this world.
story 5 stars
read 5 stars (peter Joyce classic story telling)
would i listen again 5 stars
bought the second in the series... that is how much i liked this book.
Well this book has everything... suspense, intrigue, love, sex and war.. and of course demons. This book takes you on a rollercoaster ride.. trouble is the third book is not out until march and the wait is killing me...
I feel that I have to write a review about this book to also clarify that I too did not find the narrator a problem. In fact I found his accents brought the characters to life and easily distiguish everyone. The characters come from different parts of the world and it is never assumed that everyone comes from england as the messengers travel far around the world.
If you have listened to, or read, The Painted Man be aware that the first quarter of this book tells the story of the First Warrior rise to power and his motives which at first I was worried that this whole book would be about him but rest assured the characters from the first book come back into the story.
I loved this book and can't wait for the next one
"Another great book in this series"
Unlike the other reviewer(Janet) I did not find the narrator's voice a put of. The book was fantastic and I look forward to the third and final instalment.
"Not as good as the first book"
Was looking forward to this but dissapointed. For me it seemed to drag on and I was just waiting for more of Arlen, The Painted Man- It was too long a wait. I just couldn't like Jardir. Good narrator let down by an overly long story.
"Gripping from start to finish"
The Demon Trilogy audio books are gripping from start to finish and make a perfect companion for a long journey. The story is very well constructed and runs at a great pace, with characters that compete for attention. Peter Joyce really does know how to make a book come alive.
This book is very entertaining and I could not stop until I had read the whole book. I loved the mix of characters and the plot of the book. You can listen to the book whilst basking in the sun in the park or whilst taking a walk. Absolutely beautiful.
"Better than the first"
This book is even better than the first.
A bit more going on in it, still simplistic in it's style but that hardly matters. I wouldn't bother listening to this book without reading the first though. While the author has done his best to explain much of what went on in the first you would be missing out.
I look forward to the listening to the 3rd in the series.
If you like a bit of fantasy I don't think you will be disappointed with this book.
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