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This is a super tough book to review because I still managed to enjoy it despite the fact that I hated a lot of things about it The biggest plus for this series is Brett s writing style I just find it super engaging It is easy to get caught up in the happenings even when they are driving you mad The worst bit of this second Demon Cycle instalment was that the first third of the book was told from an entirely new POV That was a problem as the new POV character, Jardir, is super unlikeable After the events at the end of The Warded Man Jardir has proclaimed himself the Deliverer and has united the Krasians and sets about the Daylight War He seeks to subjugate all of humanity before he turns the combined force on the demons A lot of his story was actually flashbacks to his life as a child and his rise to the position he found himself in when Arlen met him in The Warded Man I found this a real struggle early on as Jardir and the Krasians are total scum I need someone to root for in a story like this I did eventually get sucked into Jardir s tale but my early lack of enthusiasm for it has definitely cost this book a star in the ratings Luckily the last two thirds of the book bounced between character POV s and was a lot enjoyable We got some Krasians like Jardir and Abban but we also got the stars of the first book Arlen, Rojer, and Leesha Then we got a few new POV s like Rena and a new demon Pretty much all the characters had interesting and engaging story arcs but the only characters I really felt had good books were Arlen, Leesha and Rena and even they had their annoying moments No wonder this series reminds me of a dark WoT so much My biggest moan about The Desert Spear is the fact that I felt like Brett was trying to make the reader sympathize with Jardir and the Krasians in general The whole lot of them are bigoted, murderous, rapists The only thing I m hoping for when they are around is that everyone gets cored by the demons My second biggest moan is the the general misogyny that taints the series Any scene involving sex or Brett s version of romance is totally cringeworthy If it is not the books main POV character lamenting the fact that some annoying religious law forbids him from beating and raping his main wife whenever the mood takes him it is another character blaming herself for nearly being raped and then thinking about giving the rapist a second chance Unfortunately that stuff is just the tip of the iceberg That said, despite all my moaning, I did still enjoy this one Brett has an engaging writing style and it is easy to get caught up in the story I know this instalment is titled the Desert Spear but I shall forever think of it as All the Guys Love Leesha Rating 4 stars Audio Note Pete Bradbury does a good job with the audio. Reviewed by Rabid ReadsMINOR SPOILERS.Second Book Syndrome thy name is THE DESERT SPEAR sighs I had a lot of issues with this book A lot, a lot.The first third of the book is told from an entirely new POV By itself, that would ve made me cranky, b c, yeah, I get that Jardir is important, but I missed the old POVs The POVs who won me over in the first place.In addition to being stuck with Jardir, the section didn t keep to a timeline The chapters jump chaotically to the present from various points in Jardir s life, beginning at age nine when he is tossed into warrior training early b c depleted ranks, ending, once again, in the present Several times I didn t realize we d jumped forward for several paragraphs, not catching on until something happened to make Jardir s change in status evident.ALSO, the vocabulary was confusing and hard to track Too many prefixes and suffixes combined with too many and similar base words Every character could be called half a dozen names titles Understanding who was who and in what context was a task that constantly tore my focus away from the plot, and I was successful only a fraction of the time What that fraction was I m still not sure I just plodded along.There was also a dramatic increase in sexual violence Anytime I read fantasy, especially epic fantasy, with various people groups, some of them inevitably barbarian, I m prepared for that which happens in war graphic violence, wanton destruction of property and resources, etc Different authors handle the subject matter different ways, but as ugly as it is, I m usually tolerant b c raping and pillaging go hand in hand historically, and I can t fault someone for being realistic.BUT There is a limit Book 1 was difficult for me, b c realistic or not, I don t like or want to read about women as spoils of war Even without war, I know that rape and sexual abuse happen everyday Doesn t mean I want to read about it for fun So book 1 was occasionally uncomfortable.This time, however In the book, Leesha worries about Gared s new roll as a leaderThe Cutters follow Gared without question, but does he lead them in defense of the Hollow, or out of love of carnageAnd I can t help but wonder the same thing about Brett Speculation aside, enough is enough This went so far past realism, I m surprised I didn t just DNF it I guess I held on b c I was so impressed with THE WARDED MAN that I kept reading to get to the good part But even after the horror and violence, there was So Much Drama.All the boys love Leesha, and all the girls love Arlen, but Leesha and Arlen love each other, but they can t be together b c reasons, BUT Leesha and Arlen are also strongly attracted to at least one of their other interested parties, and then the political implications of alliances with other interested parties come into play and Oh My GAWD.Traditionally girls are the ones thought to be drama queens, but there are guys who could make the the biggest female drama queen I know look rational and pragmatic, and I m beginning to suspect that this guy could give them ALL a run for their money That thing at the very end If you ve read it, you know what I m talking about Not only was it OTT drama, but it felt like a huge ripoff of THE WAYFARER REDEMPTION by Sara Douglass view spoiler Leesha was Faraday, Renna was Azhure, and Arlen was Axis I didn t like the bait and switch the first time I encountered it, and I liked it even less this time, b c there wasn t even a good reason for it At least in TWR it made sense Faraday was a kind of iconized virgin healer, and Axis and Azhure were helpless to fight their attraction b c reasons hide spoiler [Read Pdf] ♲ The Desert Spear ☨ The Sun Is Setting On Humanity The Night Now Belongs To Voracious Demons That Prey Upon A Dwindling Population Forced To Cower Behind Half Forgotten Symbols Of Power Legends Tell Of A Deliverer A General Who Once Bound All Mankind Into A Single Force That Defeated The Demons But Is The Return Of The Deliverer Just Another Myth Perhaps Not Out Of The Desert Rides Ahmann Jardir, Who Has Forged The Desert Tribes 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 But The Northerners Claim Their Own Deliverer The Warded Man, A Dark, Forbidding Figure Once, The Shar Dama Ka And The Warded Man Were Friends Now They Are Fierce Adversaries Yet As Old Allegiances Are Tested And Fresh Alliances Forged, All Are Unaware Of The Appearance Of A New Breed Of Demon, Intelligent And Deadly Than Any That Have Come Before Someone at the doorKnock Knock Peter V BrettWho s there Someone at the doorRape Peter V BrettCome on in Rape You know you re always welcome in my house Take a seat next to my other favorite tropes, Muslim Fanatic and Incest Farmer and Slutty Bitch and of course Tragic Backstory They all love Rape too, almost as much as I dopages 1 210 central character Jardir is reintroduced he trains as a warrior, undergoes many painful trials and tribulations, achieves much honor, after much scheming and many deaths unites his nation under his rule, decides to conquer the known world in his quest to fight a holy war against demons, always beset by antagonists left and right it s tough being a guy with problems page 213 central character Leesha is reintroduced she complains about her mom who is nagging her about turning into a spinster and then frets about a crush a boy has on her it s tough being a gal with problems OVER HALFWAY THROUGH THIS SEQUEL AND NOW A THIRD MAJOR CHARACTER LOSES THEIR VIRGINITY VIA RAPE AND I M BEGINNING TO THINK THAT THIS SERIES HAS SOME KINDA PROBLEM AND I JUST WANNA READ ABOUT A BAD ASS LOINCLOTH WEARIN FULL BODY TATTOOED GUY KILLING DEMONS THAT COME OUT AT NIGHT I MEAN IS THAT TOO MUCH TO ASK FOR AND I ALREADY HAD TO DEAL WITH OVER 200 PAGES ALL ABOUT SOME SHITTY SICKENINGLY TOXIC WARRIOR CULTURE BUT I SOLDIERED ON AND THEN CAME THE CHEESY SOAP OPERATICS BUT I SWALLOWED IT WHILE GRIMACING AND I JUST NOW REALIZED I VE BEEN READING THIS BOOK FOR OVER A MONTH WHEN I USUALLY GET THROUGH 2 BOOKS A WEEK AND ALL I WANT IS SOME DEMON FIGHTING ACTION NOT ALL THIS MIND NUMBING CRAP I MEAN I JUST WANT MY MIND NUMBED BUT IN A FUN WAY YOU KNOW ARGH I JUST WANT TO ENJOY THIS GODDAMN BOOK I JUST I JUST I JUST okay, I gotta get this yoke off my neck, I give up so many cardboard characters and so many boring, predictable scenes that feeling of running in place the repulsive and stereotypical depiction of Middle Eastern culture including some of the most grindingly repetitious dialogue I ve ever had the displeasure of reading no depth, no nuance, no style the sheer bloat of it all Once Upon A Time the author wrote a sharp, no frills, high thrills, high concept but in a good way fantasy novel and a couple short stories it had its issues, mainly in its depiction of women but overall it knew what it was doing but then that author tried to focus on building his world and deepening his characters, usually laudable goals unfortunately, what really came into focus was his flaws and biases. The Warded Man was a pretty good debut, but this sequel just didn t live up to my expectations and left a bad taste in my mouth To be honest, the story is pretty good and could be developed quite well However, the negatives for me far outweighed the positives 1 The structure was just off I almost stopped reading after the first 100 pages Brett spends a quarter of the book presenting Jardir s backstory It just feels out of place and unnecessary 2 Sex, sex, and sex Everyone is doing it or talks about doing it in every other paragraph, slipping into some strange ren fair esque jargon when they mention anything about female anatomy and sex There is also some strange preoccupation with rape and incest It seems like every other character gets raped I understand he wants to create a picture of a very grim, back to medieval times world, but it s just too much.3 A number of reviewers mentioned this last point, and I have to agree The women are pretty much all horrible They all either sleep with everybody in order to gain control, or they blame other women for getting raped, or seem to lose their mind and moon over the nearest handsome guy By all means, write some evil female characters, but they can t all be manipulating hussies. Surprisingly, I think I m the only one that loved The Desert Spear than The Warded Man, if that it s possible.It would have been easy for the author to continue the second novel on the heels of the first, and continue the narrative, intercut between his point of view characters as he did the first Arlen, Rojer and Leesha provide three interesting, and different perspectives However, redounding to his credit, Brett decides to expand the field by promoting a couple of characters to full point of view status, primarily Jardir of Kresia In contrast to the back and forth cutting between Arlen, Rojer and Leesha in the first novel, seeing how they rise to adulthood and prominence, but The Desert Spear takes a very different approach with Jardir.A good third of the early part of the novel is a single shot look at Jardir, bringing him from youth to his current position and rank I loved the backstory of Jardir and discovered him with another eyes Not coincidentally, this also allows us to get a view of Krasia culture and society from the inside, and we get a much rounded view of it, and some of the characters we briefly glimpsed in Arlen s visit there in The Warded Man In particular, Inevera, who becomes Jardir s first and primary wife, leaps off of the page as an interesting person One unusual innovation in the novel, though, is getting a POV from the enemy, and I so love this kind of POV s We get into the mind, as it were, of a Demon Prince who is extremely curious as to what Arlen has been doing, what he has learned, and his efforts against the Coreling forces This point of view gives us a new window into the conflict We also get to see new kinds and new subvarieties of corelings Overall, shows that Brett is not a one trick pony, and is willing to try new things, and develop and grow as a writer rather than rewriting books in the same way every time This suggests good things in store for readers of the subsequent novels in the Demon Cycle. Unexpected From page one, this book has sped up in the direction so very different from what I anticipated after finishing The Warded Man ResultWHIPLASHWhich is fun, by the wayFrom Peter Brett s site, the gorgeous illustrations for the Polish edition of this book Absolutely beautiful We get a full 180 degrees turn on the atmosphere of this world Suddenly the corelings go from being the overwhelming menace of the night to little than a nuisance WHIPLASHWell, at least until we get a better taste of the Coreling Prince, but at this point that s of a faint promise of the future threat Instead, this book focuses on the people And this change of direction works Jardir suddenly goes from the evil backstabbing bastard to a Unifier per Coreling Prince with a strong feeling of honor and purpose, and his evil is not as much evil as a very different belief system from that of Arlen WHIPLASHIs he a likeable villain or a misjudged good guy Still not sure Oh, and nice insight into Krasia and Krasians good backpedaling from borderline xenophobia of the first book I respect them quite a bit, even if I don t quite love themDon t hate the Krasians, Arlen said, and then paused Not all of them, anyway But their way of life, making slaves of everyone who ent a man and a warrior it ent right Specially not forced on Thesans at the end of a spearI missed Arlen of the first novel In this book he is way brooding and self hating and yeah, he has his reasons for that But hopefully Renna will help him get over the depressive period Speaking of Renna oh hi, Rennawaving happilyWe missed you for several hundred pages I love what you are becoming, but you re getting there so fast and kinda out of nowhere that all I can say is WHIPLASH Leesha Did I mention how much I adore Leesha Leesha goes from a capable leader and awesome healer to TRIPLE BADASS with skills that almost rival those of Arlen All in a super short time Sorta whiplash But I love Leesha, and so that s cool, Mr Brett.Overall, Desert Spear is an enjoyable book that takes a sharp turn from its predecessor and delivers an interesting story full of great characters It sets up the stage for future confrontation between the Core and two potential Deliverers very well, and I am sure that nothing will play out the way I expect it Desert Spear has its drawbacks, but it delivers such fun reading experience that I am gladly willing to overlook its flaws And so the wait for The Daylight War begins. Not as good as the first book in the series but I still enjoyed it. In I loved it and I m so glad There are so many mixed reviews, although, I m trying to stay away from those and decide things for myself I did enjoy the back story of Jardir and Abban, but I was glad to get back to the peeps I love the most Arlen, Renna etc I hope I love all of the books but we shall see Happy Reading Mel Good Stuff Brett s series continues to surprise me I like books that don t go in the direction I expect them too while still providing an interesting story.