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The Daylight War: Book Three of The Demon Cycle Hardcover – February 12, 2013

4.1 out of 5 stars 706 customer reviews
Book 3 of 5 in the Demon Cycle Series

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Brett further widens the scope of his epic fantasy saga with this third book in the Demon Cycle. Though the series is centered on two potential saviors of humanity—Arlen and Jardir—this volume focuses more on the women at their sides: Renna, Arlen’s promised; Inevera, Jardir’s First Wife; and Leesha, Arlen’s childhood friend and Jardir’s lover. The identity of the prophesied Deliverer is still uncertain, and Jardir and Arlen both have an army of believers on their sides. Inevera knows that the Deliverer is not born, but made, and she has schemed and sacrificed on Jardir’s behalf only to have Leesha thwart her machinations. Leesha’s own loyalties are warring, while Renna, worried about losing pace with Arlen, begins a dangerous process to increase her power. Although Brett advances everyone’s story lines, he delves deeply into Inevera’s fascinating backstory, chronicling her violent, meteoric rise to power, much like he did for other characters in prior books. Climaxing in a breathless confrontation between Arlen and Jardir and ending with a bang, this volume will leave series fans impatient for more. --Krista Hutley


“[Peter V. Brett is] at the top of his game. I give this my highest recommendation.”—Tor.com
“[Brett] confirms his place among epic fantasy’s pantheon of greats amid the likes of George R. R. Martin, Steven Erikson, and Robert Jordan.”—Fantasy Book Critic
“Brett’s prose and flow remain virtually flawless, providing for a smooth read during which you don’t feel guilty for skipping two meals so you can lie on the couch and keep reading.”—Fixed on Fantasy
“The best book yet in The Demon Cycle. If you are looking for a great series, look no further.”—Roqoo Depot
“After the phenomenal success of both The Warded Man and The Desert Spear, I was tentative about The Daylight War; surely it couldn’t get much better? Well, I was wrong. . . . This will be a strong contender for one of the best books of the year, even this early on.”—Jet Black Ink
“Brett has his hooks in me and I want more of The Demon Cycle.”—BestFantasyBooks.com

Product Details

  • Series: Demon Cycle
  • Hardcover: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; 1st edition (February 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345503821
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345503824
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.7 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (706 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #267,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Christopher Alan May on March 13, 2013
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Before anything, it's very important to keep in mind that the demon cycle is NOT A TRILOGY. This is the third book of what is going to be at least a five book series.

If you were expecting the plot of the demon cycle to move forward at a steady pace, you are going to be incredibly disappointed. This book is HIGHLY focused on the past of Inerva, Jardir, and the culture of the Krasian people. There is an index of terms in the book and god did I need it. Dal'Sharum, kai'Sharum, kha'Sharum.. Thanks for making the terms distinct and not at all easily confused, Mr. Brett.

While I loved the first book in the demon trilogy, each successive book disappoints me a little more. It feels like Brett is putting way too much work into fleshing out the backgrounds of his characters and world via flashbacks instead of doing it through effective narrative. In this case he decides to dedicate half of the book to flashbacks and half to the actual Daylight War. You'll finish the book feeling like you've only just started getting into the story because that's exactly what happens. The story finally picks up after force feeding you flashbacks only to finish just when you're being drawn into the story again.

Bottom line.
If you are very, very interested in the Krasian people, their culture, and the past of Inerva and Jadir: You will enjoy The Daylight War
If you are more interested in the plot moving forward at a steady pace and constantly confuse Krasian words: You won't enjoy The Daylight War

Note: A very long email I wrote out to Mr. Brett in the comments now. One scene is mentioned but no spoilers.
UPDATE: He responded and vice versa. I'll update the comments if more discussion follows.
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I really liked the first book in this series - a great concept/plot, a very different world (one where the night is given to demons) and fast-paced action combined with some political manoeuvring.

The second book was a little disappointing - the author completely emasculated the demons and made them glorified bugs that pretty anyone could swat. Heck, old grannies were being given a "warded spear" and were going out and smacking them down. However, the ending - with the mind demons raised the promise of an interesting third book by upping the ante, and hey, I'm willing to allow the author some slack to set up the rest of the plot.

The third book has simply plummeted. Half the page appears to be some kind of a pulp-fiction sex-romance novel, dealing repeatedly and tediously with Leesha and her relationship angst, and Reena and HER relationship angst and Leesha's mother's sexual escapades and all sorts of complete fluff. There are 5 pages devoted to sex between her and a minor character, including detailed descriptions of the other character's erectile dysfunction. I am not really bothered by sordid language or supposedly steamy sex scenes, but this is such a complete waste of space and momentum - it is very obviously an attempt to expand a 3-book plot into a 5-book novel.

Consider how much plot development happened in the 1st book and even the 2nd. In this book, it is all about flashbacks of a secondary character, pages and pages of pointless relationship angst that belongs in a Sex-and-the-City episode, not a fantasy novel and one single plot-development event that happens 4 weeks after the original event That's it.

I am done reading this series (and that is rare for me). And I am also making a note of the names professional reviewers who are raving about this book at the top of this Amazon page, and have no plans to ever trust anything they say in the future.
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According to prophecy, mankind will be saved by the Deliverer, a figure who will unite all of humanity during the Daylight War before defeating the forces of demonkind in the First War. The demons that rise from the Core at night will be destroyed and peace restored to the world. But there is a problem: two men have arisen, both named as the Deliverer by the people they have saved. From the north comes Arlen, the Painted Man. From the south comes Jardir, the ruler of Krasia, and his armies of well-trained, fanatical warriors. For humanity to survive to fight the First War, only one of them can live.

The Daylight War is the third novel of The Demon Cycle, currently planned to run to five volumes. It follows on from the events of the enjoyable The Painted Man and the less-accomplished Desert Spear and replicates the structure of the latter novel. Whilst the current-day storyline continues to unfold, we are treated to lengthy flashbacks to the past to flesh out the background of a key character, in this case Inevera, Jardir's First Wife.

In this case, these flashbacks are not as extensive as The Desert Spear's, which were important to add to our understanding of the character of Jardir (who, as one of the two major protagonists of the series, needed such fleshing-out to better explain his actions at the end of The Painted Man). Inevera, though an important influence on events, is not a character in the same league and as such her flashbacks are more succinct.
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