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The Desert Spear: Monsters Do Not Always Hide In The Shadows by Peter V. Brett
Harper Voyager Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780007276172
Date: 28 April 2011 List Price £7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /

Few fantasy authors have made quite the impression in the last couple of years that Peter V. Brett has - even fewer on the reputation of only a single novel. The Painted Man which I reviewed in our September 2008 issue, was a fantastic example of modern day commercial fantasy. It was a great success for the author, for UK publisher HarperCollins Voyager, and for publishers in the many, many territories into which it subsequently sold. And let's not forget the film rights which sold to the team behind Resident Evil. All in all, a pretty successful début!

Brett's highly anticipated sequel The Desert Spear had been eagerly awaited by legions of fans and Amazon pre-orders had the book ranking highly weeks before publication. Now Voyager release the mass market paperback and once you've lapped it up, you'll find an exclusive taster excerpt at the back for the third book in this series, The Daylight War.

"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. "

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