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The Desert Spear Book Review

The Desert Spear Book Review

Peter V. Brett did it again! He blew me away with another book. The Desert Spear, book two in The Demon Cycle, was spectacular. If you were a fan of The Warded Man, the second book in the series will have you begging, borrowing, and stealing until you get your hands on the next title. Do yourself a favor, order the box set.

I tried my best to hold back the Night. I wanted to hold off for a month before reading the next book in the Demon Cycle Series. Lord knows I tried but I couldn’t do hold out. Any quiet time during the day I pondered about The Warded Man. Knowing the book had already been published didn’t help. At any moment I could reserve the book from the library or go into a bookstore and buy it.

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The Warded Man Book Review

The Warded Man Book Review

The Warded Man by Peter V. Brett is astounding. Most books I read are on the upper right hand corner of the Goodreads webpage, “Readers Also Enjoyed” section. This was one of those books. While in a book lull, I requested the book from the library and began reading it. Within a few pages I lost interest and didn’t pick it back up for a couple of years.

As the time passed, I tried reading it again. I bought a printed copy of the book, I downloaded a copy on Audible. Still, I couldn’t make it past the first chapter. After reading Elantris and wanting more magic in the form of wards I returned toThe Warded Man. I restarted the book. I read every free moment I had until I finished the book 3 days later.

Like the 3 POV’s (Arlen, Leesha & Rojer), I craved more and more. It took a lot of self control to keep from skipping to the end to find out what happened. Easy writing style without getting preachy about demons and religion. I should have read The Warded Man years ago. I’ve already recommend it to a handful of people. There is no doubt in my mind that you’ll love it too.

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Synopsis

People have surrendered dominion of the night to corelings. These demons rise from the core of the earth to burn, kill and destroy humans. People paint and carve wards to repel the corelings. The story begins with Arlen’s town being attacked. We find a community working together to survive a coreling attack. As the story continues, we find Arlen expecting more out of life.

The corelings won the war for night. Communities shut their doors, people don’t travel and no feels safe. Fear runs rampant throughout every village and city. Hundreds of years ago, people banded together to push back the corelings. They entered a new age of science and discovery. Over time they lost their way. Arlen intends to fight back and reclaim the night. With everyone fighting and working together, anything is possible.

 

The story follows three POV’s. Each character gives you a different perspective of the world. At times they all live in the country. Each are subjected to coreling attacks. Each travel to the Free Cities. However, each take a different path in getting there. Each bear their own scars and carry demons with them.

Big Ideas

  • Fear can paralyze you. Fear can cause you to act.
  • Failure to act means you have accepted your current circumstances.
  • The impact of a community working together is stronger than one individuals actions.
  • Question your circumstances.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. I plan to finish reading the series. I’ve requested the second book, The Desert Spear, from my local library. In the mean time, I’ll be going for nature walks on Peter V. Brett’s website. He has a number of rabbit holes to go down like deleted chapters, novellas and fan artwork to examine. If I time everything right, I will be reading the final book in the series, The Core, on its release date, August 15, 2017.

Check out The Warded Man! You won’t regret it.

I am Creating a Monster

I am Creating a Monster

The first step to solving a problem is admitting you have a problem. Hi, my name is Chris. I am creating a monster. At night My Precious cries for someone to comfort her. With my busy schedule, I don’t get to spend as much time with her during the daylight hours as I’d like.

At night time, guilt piles on hard and lightens with each step I take toward her bedroom. Within moments, I’ll pick her up or climb in bed snuggling close with her pink zebra. Every night like clockwork she’s up at 11pm and 1am waiting for me to visit. Should I leave her be? 

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Parents Deserve a Night Out

Parents Deserve a Night Out

It’s hard to schedule a day with my wife and no children. Spending whole days together are few and far between. We’re both lucky to have friends and family who are willing to hang out with our kids. When my wife and I get an opportunity to spend time with other adults (and no kids), we jump at it. Strangely enough, Kim and I were invited to a wedding on New Year’s Eve. This simple excuse allowed us to spend a day without the kids.

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Balancing Parenting and Work

Balancing Parenting and Work

My kids are always on my mind. Work has an interesting way of shinning a spotlight on thoughts of my children throughout the day. As a teacher, I work with nine and ten year olds. My students do things that remind me of my children. Once I leave the classroom, I go to the high school to coach 14 and 15 year olds. My players do even more things reminding me of my children. With so much happening at work, my life needs to balance out.

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