Jun 5, 2010

#74 - "The Desert Spear" by Peter V. Brett

The sun is setting on humanity. The night now belongs to voracious demons that arise as the sun sets, preying upon a dwindling population forced to cower behind ancient and half-forgotten symbols of power. These wards alone can keep the demons at bay, but legends tell of a Deliverer: a general - some would say prophet - who once bound all mankind into a single force that defeated the demons. Those times, if they ever existed, are long past. The demons are back, and the return of the Deliverer is just another myth . . . or is it?

Out of the desert rides Ahmann Jardir, who has forged the warlike desert tribes of Krasia into a demon-killing army. He has proclaimed himself Shar'Dama Ka, the Deliverer, and he carries ancient weapons - a spear and a crown - that give credence to his claim. Sworn to follow the path of the first Deliverer, he has come north to bring the scattered city-states of the green lands together in a war against demonkind - whether they like it or not.

But the northerners claim their own Deliverer. His name was Arlen, but all know him now as the Warded Man: a dark, forbidding figure whose skin is tattooed with wards so powerful they make him a match for any demon. The Warded Man denies that he is the Deliverer, but his actions speak louder than words, for he teaches men and women to face their fears and stand fast against the creatures that have tormented them for centuries.

Once the Shar'Dama Ka and the Warded Man were friends, brothers in arms. Now they are fierce adversaries. Caught between them are Renna, a young woman pushed to the edge of human endurance; Leesha, a proud and beautiful healer whose skill in warding surpasses that of the Warded Man himself; and Rojer, a traveling fiddler whose uncanny music can soothe the demons - or stir them into such frenzy that they attack one another.

Yet as old allegiances are tested and fresh alliances forged, all are blissfully unaware of the appearance of a new breed of demon, more intelligent - and deadly - than any that have come before.

My thoughts on the book:
This is the 2nd book of the Demon Cycle & the sequel of "The Painted Man"! The first part of the book is mostly about the background of Jardir from his point-of-view, which we met first in "The Painted Man" & why he'd become the man he is! Also, there's more of Renna, which we also met in "The Painted Man" & of course there's more of Arlen, Rojer & Leesha! Although at the beginning I wasn't so captivated with Jardir's story, when the events of the first book came, I was gripped until the end & I couldn't put it down! Also, as I was reading it, I started to care more & more for all the characters, even those that at first I didn't liked! I can't wait to read more about Jardir's wife in the next book! She was quite the character! Also, I should mention that I loved the new demons! They were just awesome! "The Desert Spear" is definitely awesome sequel that's just as captivating as the 1st book in the series & with quite the set-up for the 3rd book! "The Desert Spear" is now one of my favorite books as well & the Demon Cycle is becoming one of my favorite series, so that's why the number one book I'll be anticipating next year will be "The Daylight War"! I highly recommend this book & the series!

My rating: 5/5

Finished: 22 May 2010



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