After being somewhat hesistant in my purchase of the first book in the series, The Painted Man, I eagerly purchased the second book in the series as soon as I had finished reading the first. I found my hesitation for the first novel unjustified as it captivated me from the start and kept me intrigued throughout. I strongly reccomend that you read it if you haven't already as it is well worth the time taken to.
The Desert Spear had big expectations to live upto after the success of the first novel. Personally, I felt it fell short of those expectations, it was however not with its truly captivating parts. After a rapid initial introduction into the second book bringing in new elements to it, the pace slowed down to, at times, an agonizing crawl. The novel delved into the life and past of Jardir one of the so called 'deliverers.' Jardir was lightly touched upon within the first novel, no great character depth was built upon him until the second novel. Changing from the main character, Arlen, to Jardir was certainly an audacious move. One I feel went fairly well, I found myself enjoying the story of Jardir although at times I felt frustrated that the author had not chosen to write about the main characters from the prior novel whom I had grown aquainted with.
I felt there were many similarities between the Krasian culture and that of the ancient Spartan culture. The upbringing of the children, training them all to be warriors, the supremist attitude and so forth. Through Jardir's life it did give us a greater insight into the krasian culture and that of the desert people.
After getting through about a third of the book we finally come to the end of Jardir's life strory and are reunited with the present. The krasian's have invaded under the deliverer in an attempt to unite all the people to fight off the demon hordes. The novel then proceeds to resume the telling of the lives of the three main protagonists from the prior novel; Arlen, Leesha and Rojer. Arlen continues to spread his combat wards to the hamlets. Leesha falls in love and Rojer continues to play the fiddle.
Definitely worth reading, even if the start is slower paced than I would have liked the ending has left me wanting for more. Hopefully, Brett will continue the next novel in the same style as he has left this novel.