The Desert Spear : The Demon Cycle

  • by Peter V. Brett
  • Narrated by Colin Mace
  • Series: The Demon Cycle
  • 24 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Continuing the impressive debut fantasy series from author Peter V. Brett, The Desert Spear is book two of the "Demon Cycle", pulling the reader into a world of demons, darkness and heroes.
The Deliverer has returned, but who is he?Arlen Bales, formerly of the small hamlet of Tibbet's Brook, learnt harsh lessons about life as he grew up in a world where hungry demons stalk the night and humanity is trapped by its own fear. He chose a different path; chose to fight inherited apathy and the corelings, and eventually he became the Painted Man, a reluctant saviour.
But the figure emerging from the desert, calling himself the Deliverer, is not Arlen. He is a friend and betrayer, and though he carries the spear from the Deliverer's tomb, he also heads a vast army intent on a holy war against the demon plague - and anyone else who stands in his way.


What the Critics Say

Praise for The Painted Man:
"I enjoyed The Painted Man immensely. Action and suspense all the way." (Terry Brooks)
"An absolute masterpiece… literally unputdownable, and deserves to be the next Big Thing in dark fantasy." (
"A very accomplished debut fantasy. Recommended." (


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Amazing 2nd instalment

I agree with some of the other reviewer in that the frequency of Arabic sounding names at the start of the book can, initially get in the way off getting to grips with the natural flow of the story. I admit I had the restart this book a couple of time to get past the first 3 - 4 chapters to understand and absorb what was going on in the story. The key is to listen when you can really focus. Do that and you will find its a more than worthwhile investment in the new characters, which is essentially a backstory of two sand warriors from the first book. This is another great paced story that encompasses a huge amount of ground. We soon meet up with our old friends Leesha, Rogier and Arlan. Enjoyed this book hugely and so pleased I persevered past the first few chapters as I was totally engrossed and carried away with the story once again. What more can you ask from a book. Isn't one of the pleasures of reading to be carried away to another time, place or world? For me it is and this book gave me a first class ticket to another world simply by popping in my headphones. No passport needed and no packing required.
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- Susan


Slow to begin and re visits allot of the first book from another characters point of view. Then becomes rapidly better as it rejoins where the first book left off and the story flows.
The performance is not quite as good as the first book as the microphone picks up the narrator swallowing every so often. This makes him sound like he is drinking water between sentences at times. It's little price to pay for a good story however.
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- Michael

Book Details

  • Release Date: 27-11-2014
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited