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

Push through the beginning!

The beginning of this book is a flashback and it may get boring as flashbacks often do but keep going, it doesn't last for long and the rest of the story is just exquisite. As for the narrator, Mr Mace should stop torturing us.
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- Robert

Trying to persevere past chapter 4

I cannot believe this is the follow up to the Painted Man. Firstly and probably most annoyingly, the first few chapters are filled with so many Arabic sounding names phrases and actions that at one point I thought I was listening to a translation. The story is lost. What happened to Arlen our gifted hero. Secondly, the introduction of these new young warriors is drawn out and frankly boring. I cannot register in my mind what character belongs to what name because there are so many . This is a mess, I'll carry on for 1 or 2 more chapters then if no improvement I'll delete this. Follow up comment to come...
A follow up comment:
The re introduction of Arlen Bales and Co. was a bit of a relief although this sequel was definitely not in par with the first. Not sure if I'll bother with the third.
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- s

Book Details

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