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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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An impressive literary feat

I will be buying the next book on audible. narration and story are worth every penny.

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Another home run in the demon cycle series

Would you listen to The Desert Spear again? Why?

Absolutely. There's so much in this book i'm sure i missed something the first time around. It was so gripping I actually started listening to it at night before going to bed instead of just back and forth to work like I normally do. amazing story

What did you like best about this story?

Great overall story with lots of stuff going on and very character focused. Believable characters put into situations where they have to make hard decisions. Brett's characters are on par with GRR Martin, but you dont have to worry about one dying every time you turn around.

What about Pete Bradbury’s performance did you like?

Bradbury's performance is excellent. He gives a great dimension to each of the characters and is consistent throughout the book.

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Loved the world, but not the love

I really did not like the portrayal of women and sex in this book; particularly the pervasive idea that having sex (on a woman's own terms or not) is somehow essential to her personal freedom. Loved the imaginative nature of it as a whole (wonderfully inventive magic throughout) but too much of the rest.

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Sexually explicit

If you like listening to the rape of little boys there is plenty of that in this book.

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Another Great Book in This Series

What made the experience of listening to The Desert Spear the most enjoyable?

It's just an excellent story, with vivid and interesting characters.

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

I'm not sure what the tag line would be, but this series would make a great movie franchise!

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Slow Start But Then...

This book has a slow start as you struggle to learn all the new terms, but then it begins to flow smoothly into a great novel.

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pure awesome

altho long & detailed this book too was grreaaattt. cant wait for book 3 thankfully

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the next book should be great!

the desert spear sets the stage nicely for the next book. However this one is not as action packed as it's predecessor so it ends with more to be desired

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I hope this isn't the end

Peter Brett masterfully paints an alternate existence in Book 2 of the Demon Cycle series. I hope it isn't the last. There were months between reading The Warded Man and this book, so it took a while to reacquaint myself to the storyline. Peter Brett included just enough backstory, tho', and once pulled in I was hopelessly committed. Also, Pete Bradbury was a perfect match for the narrator. The series is definitely worth the time and credits.

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  • William
  • Palm Bay, FL, USA
  • 08-02-16

A welcome surprise, better than the first!!!!!

Brett has outdone himself!!! After the Warded Man, I absolutely HATED a certain character. This book showing how and why he was betrayer made me not only like him but also to respect him! Well played Mr. Brett, well played!!!!