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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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Worth My Credit

If you are like me, you're going to be a little disoriented when you start this book. It does not continue where The Warded Man left off. Instead Brett takes us back in time to learn of Jardir and the Krasia, but don't worry because he will get back to Arlen, Leesha, and Rojer. So, is this detour into the past worth it? Absolutely, Brett expands his setting quite a bit in this novel, adding new corelings, explaining the Krasia culture, and introducing new ways in which the corelings fueled magic of the setting can be used.

In short, like The Warded Man, there are all the aspects that build an interesting fantasy novel. There is not only the battle with the corelings and Jardir's desire to unite/conquer humanity, but discoveries about the world, and the relationships between the characters to keep the reader hooked.

Pete Bradbury continues to be an excellent narrator for this series.

My only disappointment was when I heard, "The End. You've been listening to. . ."

39 of 40 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

Worth the time & money

Boy am I glad I decided to use my credit for The Desert Spear in spite of the bad reviews!
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I loved The Warded Man, and was not disappointed by TDS. Not as good as TWM? Maybe, but certainly better than any audio book I've listened to in a month (and I go through them fast).
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I find that I'm more critical of audio books than regular books, because of the added element of the narration. A poor narrator can ruin a good book, and that stinks. But TDS has the same narrator as TWM, and his voice and intonation is perfect for the story.
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Really, I don't understand the poor reviews. If you liked TWM, you'll like TDS. I just hope Peter Brett writes more; I love his style, and I love the world he's created. To the core with the poor reviews! :)

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

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Awesome second book.

After listening to The Warded Man, I couldn't wait for the release of The Desert Spear. I was not disappointed. This book was every bit as good as the first, and I enjoyed every minute of it. The Warded Man is a must read before this book since this is the second book in a series.

Can't wait for book 3.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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I almost gave it up with over half of the book in the desert spear.

Didn't need to spend 10 hours on jardeers (spelling) history. I hope the series doesn't continue to do this with other characters; telling the same series of events in painstaking detail in someone news perspective.

The narrator did a great job.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Ryan
  • Somerville, MA, United States
  • 09-07-10

solid continuation

I found the second book in Brett's series to be almost as entertaining as the first, though the flaws in his writing seemed more evident this time around. As before, the story is pretty character-driven, and this book fills in the backstory of the Krasian warrior Jardir, revealing him to be a more sympathetic figure than he seemed in the first book. The reader learns a lot about the desert culture of Krasia, which resembles a mix of the Middle East and ancient Sparta. While this digression away from the events and characters of The Warded Man takes up about a third of the book, I much enjoyed the detailed exploration of a world quite different from the "western"-style lands of the north.

Eventually, the novel gets back to Arlen, Leesha, and Rojer. At this point, the story flounders a bit as the characters get sucked into endless personal drama and repetitive demon-fighting. While Brett is by no means lacking insight into human behavior, some of his plot choices feel cheesy and contrived. "How can I make this story more interesting?", the author seems to be thinking, "I know -- I'll make Leesha and Jardir fall for each other." Also, my second Peter Brett reading experience made me painfully conscious of his tendency to use the same verbs and phrases over and over. Not a page goes by without someone shrugging or scowling, and "he embraced the pain and let it pass through him" becomes a familiar mantra.

All in all, though, I was in mood for escapist fantasy, and this book was a satisfying if not altogether stunning continuation of its predecessor. The invasion of the north by Krasia and the differences between the two "Deliverers", not to mention Arlen's steady shift towards the dark side, should offer the forthcoming third book plenty of plot fodder. Not quite up to the standards of George RR Martin, IMO, but solid.

19 of 22 people found this review helpful

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Not Impressed

As much as I really liked The Warded Man I just couldn't make myself like this book. I tried putting it down and coming back to it, and that did help for a while, but I finally came to the point where I just couldn't listen anymore. Not for the life of me could I make myself care about Jardir and his story and only continued reading because other reviewers promised that that bit would end and it does, eventually, but not soon enough. Then just as the story starts to get good, we return to Jardir and Brett starts off onto on odd journey with most of the characters together where those involved start to make decisions that make no sense and don't fit in with their previous actions and thoughts. It all becomes rather bizarre and unbelievable leaving me with no desire to finish the book at all. Additionally there were some rather disturbing scenes that went on for much longer than necessary. I did finish listening to these all the while thinking that the result better be worth having put myself though them, but even the end results of that story line are rather flat and unsatisfying and did not justify the length of the lead in. The appearance of The Warded Man and the return of the previous story lines were the only positives in the book. Unfortunately, Brett didn't stick to them and the result was fairly unsatisfactory. This is only my opinion and others may well like the book, but I personally don't believe I will ever finish it, nor will I purchase any further instalments. Bit of a shame really.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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First book, great then... Ain't diggin it no more

The first book was great then Peter Brett suddenly decide that he needed his main character to speak hillbilly and fade to nothing while become weak and introducing even more characters. I definitely skimmed this book. Not buying the next one and it makes me sad I read the first one. cliffhanger (and not a very clever one at that) just kind of stopped the book dead if it wasn't there already. it's like the author forgot to submit half the book to the publisher. Needlessly long back story, useless filler then a dead stop. extremely disappointed. moving on. - Shaun

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Horrible sequel

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

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.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I don't know. This book burned me out for a while. I think I'll listen to music for a while.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Total disappointment.

Any additional comments?

If you liked the Warded Man you should skip this sequel. It isn't worth the time.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

Interesting world, great narration!

Wow, gotta take a minute to give props to the narrator, who does an amazing job with this book. His characterizations are excellent, and I love his voice. The first book in the series (The Warded Man) was better from a sympathetic character perspective. We were introduced in The Waded Man to the central characters of The Desert Spear, and they were not the good guys in the first book. In this book, Brett has done an excellent job with world-building, clearly this author's strength. You may not like the main character in The Desert Spear, but by gosh, you'll understand why he is the way he is, and why he does the things he does. Look forward to more books by Brett.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Michael
  • Hartland, WI, United States
  • 06-29-10

Good, but could have been condensed

Peter Brett hits his stride in this book (unfortunately it's a long one at times), and the other reviewers are mostly accurate.

1) I disagree that the sex scenes were too graphic, they were slightly uncomfortable, but that was their nature. There was really nothing described in such detail that it was ridiculous and graphic just for the sake of disgust.

2) As to the love story, it's hard times in that world, and I for one would have probably stopped listening if there had been any MORE romance. The characters are just complex enough to not seem 2-dimensional, but many parts of the character development could have been cut down. There were a number of times I just wanted to fast forward, rather than re-live what I am sure to the author was a very important building block.

There are some pretty big plot holes, and it is frustrating at times. Such as why would people not ALREADY have warding cloaks? You would think that the ward to turn fire spit to "a cool breeze" would have been on a few headbands by now??

In all, the book is enjoyable fantasy if you can suspend your irritation at ANY lack of ingenuity on the part of the warders, then you'll enjoy the book.

I'll look forward to the 3rd installment, but I would really like it if he tightened up his prose a bit for the next book.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful