The time has come to stand against the night.
As darkness falls each night, the corelings rise-demons who well up from the ground like hellish steam, taking on fearsome form and substance. Sand demons. Wood demons. Wind demons. Flame demons. And gigantic rock demons, the deadliest of all. They possess supernatural strength and powers and burn with a consuming hatred of humanity. For hundreds of years the demons have terrorized the night, slowly culling the human herd that shelters behind magical wards-symbols of power whose origins are lost in myth and mystery, and whose protection is terrifyingly fragile.
It was not always this way. Once, men and women battled the corelings on equal terms. Once, under the leadership of the legendary Deliverer, and armed with powerful wards that were not merely shields but weapons, they took the battle to the demons . . . and stopped their advance.
But those days are gone. The fighting wards are lost. Night by night the demons grow stronger, while human numbers dwindle under their relentless assault.
Now, with hope for the future fading, three young survivors of vicious demon attacks will dare the impossible, stepping beyond the crumbling safety of the wards to risk everything in a desperate quest to regain the secrets of the past.
Arlen will pay any price, embrace any sacrifice, for freedom. His grim journey will take him beyond the bounds of human power.
Crippled by the demons that killed his parents, Rojer seeks solace in music-only to discover that music can be a weapon as well as a refuge.
Beautiful Leesha, who has suffered at the hands of men as well as demons, becomes an expert healer. But what cures can also harm. . . .
Together, they will stand against the night.
Part of the Reader Store Gritty Fiction collection.
Brett's debut builds slowly and grimly on a classic high fantasy framework of black-and-white morality and bloodshed. Young Arlen battles demons to save his mother while his father watches in terror; when his mother dies, Arlen runs away. Leesha leaves her village to work in the city hospital of Angiers after her betrothed claims to have taken her virginity. Jongleur Arrick Sweetsong saved himself from demons at the expense of a female friend, but he honors her last request and raises her son, Rojer, as his apprentice. Only near the end do the three strands of the story begin to intertwine. With its nameless enemies that exist only to kill, Brett's gritty tale will appeal to those who tire of sympathetic villains and long for old-school orc massacres. (Mar.)
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1 . excellent read
Posted February 23, 2012 by Doug , Urania, La.This is not my usual reading topic, but this book really surprised me. I only chose it because I had nothing to read at the time. Excellent plot from the beginng to the end and well written. I wanted it to go on and on. I rushed to get "The Desert Spear". If your try it, give it a chance to get started.
2 . more please!
Posted December 21, 2010 by laurahyper , Laguna NiguelWhat a great read! Original and spooky with a fun paced story.
3 . Great Book!
Posted June 13, 2010 by LG , NashvilleI came across this book by accident. And I’m really glad I did. The story is unique, the characters are well developed and you are truly engaged from beginning to end.
4 . Unique, interesting, Can't wait for the Sequel
Posted May 12, 2009 by Brandon , FullertonI loved this book. It had a great way of creating a new and interesting system of magic, and I can't wait to see what's going to happen next in the series.
5 . Really Enjoyed
Posted May 02, 2009 by George , NJI saw this book because it was recommended on Terry Brooks site. Being a huge Terry Brooks fan, I decided to give it a shot and it was very good. I cant wait for the rest of the books to come out
March 08, 2009
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