Book – The Desert Spear
Author – Peter V Brett
Year – 2010
Genre – Fantasy
Pages – 579
Book 2 of The Demon Trilogy
Lent to me by Dan Norris
It was pretty recently that I read the first book of this series, The Painted Man, and I was pretty excited to read on to this, the second book. The first book was one of the best new fantasy books I have read in a long time, but I was worried that the second book would be based upon the race of the Krasians – a group of people who are very obviously based upon Muslims, and truth be told, not really painted in the most flattering of lights.
I should start by saying, that they are the main focus here, and despite us getting to know them a little more, and seeing far more of their plus points, I am still not a big fan of the obvious – and quite frankly unnecessary – allusion. I don’t think it adds anything for them to be so similar, and whilst not actually being offensive, it does leave you a little uncomfortable.
That out of the way, it still remains that this book is absolutely brilliant. Picking up from where we left off, we are introduced to a counterpoint to the first book’s lead character, Arlen, in the form of Jardir, a man who sees himself as a warrior sent from God to unify the world of Thesa. His intentions are always honourable, but his methods are often barbaric and unfair.
His backstory is told beautifully, and brings us up to the time that the last book left off. Here the different threads of the story entwine, and all of the characters that we loved from the first book reappear. After an initial two hundred odd pages of introduction to Jardir, it is a welcome sight, but also one that puts our new lead on the same footing.
Without going into it too far here, the story itself is brilliant as well. In a short space of time, Brett has built up great backstories, and given us reason to care for most of the characters we meet. Add to that an action packed and exciting storyline, and it is really something to enjoy.
The only pain is that he has not yet written the third in the trilogy. It is predicted for next year, so in the meantime there is plenty of space for all of you to get reading on The Painted Man, and this, the first new book of the year to get a 10/10 from me.