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The Desert Spear | [Peter V. Brett]

The Desert Spear

The world remains under siege by demonkind stalking the land when the sun goes down. But a new hero has risen from the desert. Claiming to be the mythical Deliverer, Ahmann Jardir now rides alongside the allied desert tribes of Krasia. Jardir and his fellows are on an epic quest to vanquish the demons plaguing the world and bring humanity back from the brink of extinction.
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Publisher's Summary

Peter Brett’s The Desert Spear continues the post-apocalyptic adventure he began in his highly acclaimed debut, The Warded Man.

The world remains under siege by demonkind stalking the land when the sun goes down. But a new hero has risen from the desert. Claiming to be the mythical Deliverer, Ahmann Jardir now rides alongside the allied desert tribes of Krasia. Jardir and his fellows are on an epic quest to vanquish the demons plaguing the world and bring humanity back from the brink of extinction.

Listen to the first book, The Warded Man.

©2010 Peter V. Brett (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Mike Naka 12-22-12
    Mike Naka 12-22-12 Member Since 2012

    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

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    "whiplash! unexpected change from the warded man"
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    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!

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    Anna 05-28-13
    Anna 05-28-13
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    "a tremendous story!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer PARKERSBURG, WV, US 05-27-13
    Amazon Customer PARKERSBURG, WV, US 05-27-13 Member Since 2013
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    "GREAT READ"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Roy Tomball, Texas, United States 04-26-13
    Roy Tomball, Texas, United States 04-26-13 Member Since 2013
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    "The Other Side of the Story of The Warded Man"
    What made the experience of listening to The Desert Spear the most enjoyable?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    A good sequel to The Warded Man bringing in new points of view and giving depth to all the characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tez L Los Angeles, CA USA 02-05-13
    Tez L Los Angeles, CA USA 02-05-13 Member Since 2011

    Tez L

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    "The classic middle child of a trilogy"
    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Anna, TX, United States 01-30-13
    Robert Anna, TX, United States 01-30-13 Listener Since 2005
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    "Out of all the books I have read, this shines!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Desert Spear to be better than the print version?

    Because of my poor eye sight, I have never read the printed version of this book, but believe it would be just as good.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Pete Bradbury – was your favorite?

    The junglar Rouger


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    beth Palm Harbor, FL, United States 01-23-13
    beth Palm Harbor, FL, United States 01-23-13 Member Since 2010
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    "More like this"
    Where does The Desert Spear rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best


    What did you like best about this story?

    The imagination army characters. Sand demons, come on, who doesn't love that


    Which character – as performed by Pete Bradbury – was your favorite?

    All of them


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A must see. Too intense for words


    Any additional comments?

    Looking for more books like this and The Warded Man, Great Bazzare. Need more demons of this type

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Devin WEST VALLEY CITY, UT, United States 12-16-12
    Devin WEST VALLEY CITY, UT, United States 12-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    What made the experience of listening to The Desert Spear the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed how the author can tell the same scene from multiple characters' perspectives. It adds depth to the experience.


    What other book might you compare The Desert Spear to and why?

    Warbreaker


    What about Pete Bradbury’s performance did you like?

    I liked how he could make you both love and hate the same character depending on whose perspective he was reading from.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Definitely, I stayed up all night to finish it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lyric United States 09-15-12
    Lyric United States 09-15-12 Member Since 2012

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "I'm hooked, waiting on the continuation!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Desert Spear to be better than the print version?

    Not sure.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Desert Spear?

    There were many.


    What does Pete Bradbury bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carrie Dallas, TX, United States 08-22-12
    Carrie Dallas, TX, United States 08-22-12 Member Since 2014

    I like happy endings and realism that is realistic rather than gritty.

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    "Rated R for rape."

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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