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The Daylight War: Book Three of The Demon Cycle [Kindle Edition]

Peter V. Brett
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Book Description

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

With The Warded Man and The Desert Spear, Peter V. Brett surged to the front rank of contemporary fantasy, standing alongside giants in the field such as George R. R. Martin, Robert Jordan, and Terry Brooks. The Daylight War, the eagerly anticipated third volume in Brett’s internationally bestselling Demon Cycle, continues the epic tale of humanity’s last stand against an army of demons that rise each night to prey on mankind.
 
On the night of the new moon, the demons rise in force, seeking the deaths of two men, both of whom have the potential to become the fabled Deliverer, the man prophesied to reunite the scattered remnants of humanity in a final push to destroy the demon corelings once and for all.
 
Arlen Bales was once an ordinary man, but now he has become something more—the Warded Man, tattooed with eldritch wards so powerful they make him a match for any demon. Arlen denies he is the Deliverer at every turn, but the more he tries to be one with the common folk, the more fervently they believe. Many would follow him, but Arlen’s path threatens to lead to a dark place he alone can travel to, and from which there may be no returning.
 
The only one with hope of keeping Arlen in the world of men, or joining him in his descent into the world of demons, is Renna Tanner, a fierce young woman in danger of losing herself to the power of demon magic.
 
Ahmann Jardir has forged the warlike desert tribes of Krasia into a demon-killing army and proclaimed himself Shar’Dama Ka, the Deliverer. He carries ancient weapons—a spear and a crown—that give credence to his claim, and already vast swaths of the green lands bow to his control.
 
But Jardir did not come to power on his own. His rise was engineered by his First Wife, Inevera, a cunning and powerful priestess whose formidable demon bone magic gives her the ability to glimpse the future. Inevera’s motives and past are shrouded in mystery, and even Jardir does not entirely trust her.
 
Once Arlen and Jardir were as close as brothers. Now they are the bitterest of rivals. As humanity’s enemies rise, the only two men capable of defeating them are divided against each other by the most deadly demons of all—those lurking in the human heart.

Praise for The Daylight War
 
“[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


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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

Review

“[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

  • File Size: 2540 KB
  • Print Length: 656 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345524152
  • Publisher: Del Rey (February 12, 2013)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009JU5G5Q
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,524 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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134 of 158 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Holy Flashbacks, Batman March 13, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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127 of 160 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
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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76 of 95 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible disappointment March 11, 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Like many other reviewers, I am a fan of Brett's Demon Cycle series, but I was terribly disappointed by this third book in the series. The first book was great, the second book tipped into a bit too much backstory compared to plot development, but was otherwise good. However, with the third book, Brett has completely lost his way. I think "The Daylight War" has three main problems.

First, there is far too much backstory about Inevera -- a character who was already covered adequately by the backstory in the previous book in the series. I did not count pages, but it seems to me that Brett wasted about half the book going over Inevera's past, and only a tiny fraction of that was worthwhile. Brett would have done better to split up Jardir's backstory from the second book across books two and three, perhaps expanding it slightly with the tiny amount of Inevera backstory from book three that was new. That would have made book two better by reducing the amount of backstory, and improved book three by removing the vast majority of the repetitive Inevera backstory.

Second, being titled "The Daylight War", readers of the series naturally expect book three to be about a conflict between a conqueror, proclaimed "Deliverer", and the human cities that he means to conquer. In short, a war of man against man, in the daylight, with the conqueror's claimed goal being to unite mankind under one rule in preparation for a war against the corelings, which would naturally occur at night. However, book three is not about such a daylight war at all. At most, it is about a one-on-one duel, but that duel only takes up a tiny fraction of book three.

Which brings us to the third and worst problem with this book. Almost nothing happens. The plot hardly develops at all.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Holy FlashbackII
I like the series. Book 2 I really liked more than the first and definitely more than Book 3. As I read Book 3 I was asking myself if other readers grew aggravated by the... Read more
Published 4 days ago by William J Callahan
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the character development in this book...
I have read a lot of reviews complaining that the story didn't move forward enough in this book and I completely disagree. I personally love how Mr. Read more
Published 6 days ago by JenBug
4.0 out of 5 stars more please
as were the first 2 books this is a good read.I for one enjoyed the back-stories and cant wait for the next 2 books
Published 9 days ago by Jason
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and gripping
I couldn't put this book down until it was finished and kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time! The only bad thing about it is having to wait for the next book to come out.
Published 10 days ago by Peter S El Hashem
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
finished the series whish there was more. Enjoyed the characters he does a good job with descriptions and with the story lines.
Published 13 days ago by rona
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I was both disappointed and relieved when I got to the end of the book and realized it was not a triology. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Jennifer Casarella
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent, as good as the first
I was a little disappointed by the second book in this series. But the third book is great, every bit as good as the first book, maybe even better.
Published 18 days ago by DG
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart action packed adventure!
Mr. Brett sets a break neck pace in this well written tale. The characters are complex and full of conflicting motivations and even though the main male characters are on a... Read more
Published 21 days ago by John Z.
4.0 out of 5 stars Excelent.
Is great, however, Igrew impatient with the background history of Inevera and skipped. The fact that even doing this, I wre able to enjoy the book and never for an instant feel... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Jaime Vélez
2.0 out of 5 stars Back To The Future!
Very disapointing, way too many flashbacks about secondary characters. I hope the next book focuses more on the main plot..
Published 25 days ago by Damon
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Raised on a steady diet of fantasy novels, comic books, and Dungeons & Dragons, Peter V. Brett ("Peat" to his friends) has been writing fantasy stories for as long as he can remember. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Art History from the University at Buffalo in 1995, and then spent over a decade in pharmaceutical publishing before returning to his bliss. He lives in Brooklyn.

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