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The Desert Prince

By: Peter V. Brett
Narrated by: Michael Crouch,Saskia Maarleveld
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Publisher's Summary

An epic fantasy adventure set in the beloved world of the Demon Cycle, following a new generation of heroes, from New York Times best-selling author Peter V. Brett

“Heart-wrenching, smart, and modern.... The Desert Prince has set a new standard for fantasy.” (Wesley Chu, number one New York Times best-selling author of The War Arts Saga)

Fifteen years have passed since the end of the war with demons, creatures of darkness who have hunted the night and plagued humanity since time out of mind. The heroes of humanity’s hour of need have become legend, and those who remain struggle to escape their shadows.

Olive Paper and Darin Bales have grown up in this new peaceful world. Demons have been all but destroyed, but dangers still lurk for the children of heroes.

Olive, princess of Hollow, has her entire life planned out by her mother, Duchess Leesha Paper: a steady march on a checklist to prepare her for succession. The more her mother writes the script, the more Olive rails against playing the parts she is assigned.

Darin faces challenges of a different kind. Though free to choose his own path, the weight of legacy hangs heavy around his shoulders. It isn’t easy being the son of the man people say saved the world. Everyone expects greatness from Darin, but the only thing he’s ever been great at is hiding.

When Olive and Darin step across the wards one night, they learn the demons are not all gone, and those that remain hunger for revenge. Events are set in motion that only prophecy can foresee as Olive and Darin seek to find their own places in the world in time to save it again.

©2021 Peter V. Brett (P)2021 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“An intricately crafted tale of intrigue and courage where one’s station and lineage determine everything, good and bad...an exciting read...Peter Brett has outdone himself with this first book in a new series.” (Terry Brooks)

The Desert Prince is the work of a master at the top of his game. The new cast of would-be heroes instantly draws you into a world full of old dangers as Brett cranks up the tension to unbearable levels. If you’re going to read this book, cancel all your plans, because there’s no way you’ll be able to put it down once you start.” (Mike Shackle, author of We Are the Dead)

“Peter Brett takes the reader with him and his characters on an electric and unrelenting charge through the demon-haunted depths of the Warded universe, full of love and death.” (Naomi Novik, New York Times best-selling author of A Deadly Education)

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Significantly better than the last version.

Better narration the before (thank goodness).

I find it difficult to get as enthralled in the story as I was in the Demon Cycle, possibly because the annunciation of words is different. The over all story is entertaining yet partly predictable.

I will listen to the next installment however, it will likely be a make or break if I continue this new series.

Peter V. Brett has been my favorite author for years thanks to the Demon Cycle. He listened when there was an overwhelming amount of criticism for the last narration and fixed it. I owe him the next installment before I make a future judgment.

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Disappointed

I held out hope with every hour that I would see some transformation in the characters presented in this book. The main character changed her gender identity but seemed to embrace only the most boorish characteristics of the male sex. She/he was self-centered and egotistical to the very end of the book never recognizing the roles of her "friends" or the contributions of others. She/he would have an internal dialogue identifying this shortcoming, but dared not show weakness by voicing her appreciation for others while openly lambasting those who would not recognize or stand-up for him/her. Only his/her feelings were important. Then there is the other "main" character Darren who is insecure, self-deprecating and continually manipulated by his friends. He exhibits zero growth throughout the book and is largely ignored by the author.
What I appreciated most about the earlier books was the transformation of each of the characters. They matured emotionally, physically and intellectually. When characters fail to grow, I become frustrated in the reading. This book frustrated me with every passing hour.
Beyond what I have written above, I was also perturbed by the overnight (2 to 3 month) transformation of a bunch of 15 year olds into the strongest fighting force in Desert Spear with the addition of Olive Paper. I love good fiction like anyone but to explain this they would have needed to drink a magic potion or been exposed to some weird source of hero radiation. Instead, without any explanation, 15 year olds become the strongest, bravest and most skilled warriors in the army. If you are writing this book for teens, then this is a fiction they would easily and readily embrace. As a grown-up I will look for other books to fill my library. I hope Olive grows up and hope Darren can one day be more like his dad.

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Transgender

I’m just a few minutes in and feel like I was misled. I’ve got zero interest in reading the rest of this story. I’ve got no problem with the author choosing this character arc but it’s not for me and I’m probably not the only one wishing there’d been a better description.

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Good, not great.

Voice actors were ok for their individual characters but horrible at other impressions. Garrett sounds like a pretentious lord who has never gotten a bit of dirt on him. Abban sounds the exact same.

Story was enjoyable enough. All the young characters start off whiny and misunderstood.

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Another great addition to the demon cycle universe

This book started slow, as first books typically do, but ended with a great pace. The older characters are just as interesting as before. The thing that did bother me was how useless all the adults were (YA books troupe). It felt ... wrong.

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would have been better

if it wasn't for all the blatant gender bender pandering. story was pretty ok, but yeah, that stuff needs to go

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wow

I sincerely hope there will be another installment,love these books,and all of the characters. Makes me feel like I'm there with them. please keep them coming!!

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excellent continuation to the Demon Cycle

I was skeptical this book could improve upon the series but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I thought the last book was not as good as the rest but this book forges new territory. I waited for awhile to start this book thinking it would disappoint after the last book closed out the cycle nicely. My fears were unfounded as I devoured The Desert Prince. It kept me reading many times when I should have been doing something else. I was sucked into the new story and I can't wait for the next installment. Don't hesitate and read this book now.

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Narrators made it impossible to finish

I read the original Demon Cycle books and while I didn’t love them as much as some other series I’ve read, I did like them enough to be curious about this next installment. However, as soon as I got to the male narrator, I threw in the towel on this listen. He sounds like a sleepy country bumpkin and makes me tired and bored. Better to have the female narrator read the entire thing or return to the man who did the original series.

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Great story, not so great readers

Absolutely excited the story continues. The new readers made it hard to fall in love with this installment as the last series. The way they say certain words is very distracting and annoying. Darren is made to sound like some southern idiot.

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