A Browncoats Book Review #02: The Desert Spear

The Desert Spear by Peter V. Brett
My rating: 3 of 5 stars (View all my reviews)

[NOTE: If Goodreads allowed it, I would have given this 3 and a half stars but sadly such is not the case… so just imagine it!]

Finished this a little while ago and keep meaning to review it but somehow never seem to get off my lazy behind long enough to do it!

Anyway, now’s as good a time as any. (OH! All images clickable for higher-res versions!)

I have to say that after reading this book only partway through, Peter Brett has jumped to near the top of my list of favourite current authors firmly and without doubt. That said – now on to the book!

Arlen & Jardir - 2 sides of the same spear!

I was completely taken by the first book (as anyone who read my review on it could guess), creating this world filled with a wonderful new fantasy setting filled with so many concepts both familiar, yet completely unique. Peopled with multiple protagonists and cultures and a richness that was most agreeable! But this follow-up did what few sequels ever have in my humble opinion: it lived up to the first, and then proceeded to surpass it. [BE WARNED: Hereon be possible spoilers!]

The old familiar things are all there and in a lot of ways its like coming home again – and what is even more engaging is the added narrative and shift in focus. Unlike many traditional forms we get here multiple point of view characters and story-lines entwined deeply with one another, sometimes without even knowing how and how much.
Very skillfully Brett now centres his focus on Jardir, the leader of the Desert Spear, as he undertakes his great war to unite humanity under his banner and under the one true god,

Wonda, Rojer & Gared, the terrific trio!!

and then face the core-ling demons that plague the whole world every single night. Much as with Arlen and Leesha in the first book, we follow his life from his simple childhood and see how he became the powerful warrior we first met him as in “The Painted Man” which is where the familiar from the first book comes rushing back. Then we see the great divide between our heroes and Jardirs rise to become THE chosen one, the leader of his people – armed with the divine spear that he stole from Arlen, except this time through the eyes of the assailant and not the victim.
Then of course eventually the story moves fluidly back to the north where we spend time with the old familiat characters and places as we see how they have grown and evolved in the time since Arlen returned and the new life he has, as does Leesha who is so much more then the young girl who we once knew – now a truly formidable woman in her own right.
Not only all this, but we see more about the demonic plague, their heirarchy, their abilities and for a change – THEIR point of view. Albiet briefly, Brett gives us these teasing little glimpses that just give such glee but aggravate as well at having to wait yet again for more details. Annoying though it might be however, I’ll take it!

The Devastatingly Deadly Inevera! DAMN!

More detail of how this world works, a war between the two remaining sides of humanity as the core-ling menace lurks in the shadows for an opportunity to annihilate all mankind. Filled with compelling characters, a rich world and culture that draws on so much from our world and yet creates something quite its own – a wonderful read that I personally found nigh impossible to put down! I cannot wait to read the third book in the series and am going to be in agony until it finally hits the stands.
I do hope though that the imagination and well-thought out creation that Brett has created is such all the way through, I would hate to see something with so much potential fall by the way-side because of a poor finale. I sincerely doubt it, but such is the danger with too many secrets, and this world still has a great many even though two books in already!

As with the first one – I would heartily recommend this to any and all fantasy fans, you will not be disappointed.

In addition to this spectacular (if I may say so myself) review I came across this interview

with Peter V. Brett over at fantasyfaction which might be of interest to some.

A powerful scene from the book - from HERE.

Until I get my arse in gear for the next one folks, cheers…

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Janae Caballero says:

    This post is very usefull thx!

  2. Wyldeindigo says:

    I whole heartly agree with your review. Waiting for the next installment, it’s not out yet though?

    1. spider42 says:

      Next installment of the series or my reviews? 😀
      The next book is not out for a bit yet, I expect it will not be as long as the gap between 1 and 2 however as I think that stride is always the hardest for someone writing a series. The sneak preview for #2 shows interesting direction and promise as well so much to come!
      Next review? (assuming mine was so captivating you want to read more reviews! XD I’ve just put in a new one which is going to be up shortly.
      Thanks much for dropping in, feel free to come by and share your thoughts anytime.

  3. Ghost says:

    Just so you know, I heard that the third book “The Daylight War” will be coming in February, 2013. Crappy, right?

    1. Spider42 says:

      Yeah, I heard something like that – honestly though, given how long I waited for part 2 I guess its about par for the course.
      And honestly, so long as it does in fact come out sooner or later I’ll be satisfied with that, some closure so to speak, even assuming this 3rd will indeed be the last in this universe by him.

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