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Publisher's Summary

A brand-new 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.

But 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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Returned book

A far cry from the other books in the series. Certainly not the "edge of your seat" tone the
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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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The book was pretty good but I had issues...

I like the story. I should say that first. The author is talented. If you're here then I assume you started with the OG series so you know that. And none of my issues have anything to do with the MC Olive being a magical hermaphrodite or whatever. I do feel like its an issue from a storytelling POV but could care less if people think its forced inclusion. Since I started with it, I'll just say this, She was weak. Matter of fact, all of the children were weak. Darrin Bales had all the potential... I mean, in a world where they survived fighting demons how could they justify raising their kids so lax like that. All the kids should have been sent to Jardir to train at a young age so they grew up to be strong powerhouses worthy of Arlen's sacrifice. Their struggles could have been from inexperience and and new bigger threat. Instead we have this. I understand the concept of nerfing especially in this context where you continue a series with the next generation but they were just a disappointment in so many ways. Even with their special skills/ abilities they were inadequate. And for what, so we can witness a slow build and progression as the series continues? So they can basically get mopped up by a old villain returned that all the adults knew was out there. I get it but I dislike the way it was executed. Arlen would not have raised his son like that. Leesha did not make wise choices regarding her child or in general. Rojer's kids aren't doing what they should. From an in-world POV the kids have been let down at every turn. Not to mention the main adults are just terrible humans and a bit dumber than they use to be. Cocky after winning a war when really Arlen put it on his back. Leesha really let me down. All that to say that it was an ok story but the author really hurt me as a fan. I know that sometimes when something is predictable its cool to swerve the fanbase. Its also cool to just meet expectations.

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Great series

Really good listen. Couldn’t stop listening to the story. Loved the reading from both voices.

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What happened to Pete Bradbury

This book was amazing. My only issue is with the narration. Saskia Maarleveld’s portion of the narration was good but Michael Crouch’s portion was difficult to listen. I feel that the narrators have a huge impact on the development of the characters in the readers mindset. Pete Bradbury did such an amazing job and I would love to see him come back to finish the rest of the books in this new series. If bringing Pete back is not possible then a single narration of all the characters by Saskia would be much better than involving Michael.

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A fantastic continuation of The Demon Cycle!

It was very cool to see a the children of heros at work! This book did a very good job picking up where the last ended. Our parents cast long shadows is an understatement when your parents are heros. I can't wait to see what comes next.

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Fun return to this series

Really imaginative story. Not sure it works if you haven't read Demon cycle, but really looking forward to sequel to this.