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

Peter V. Brett
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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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From Booklist

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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157 of 188 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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44 of 53 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Continuing a downward decline March 7, 2013
By VK
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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134 of 170 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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4.0 out of 5 stars What an ending!
Can't wait to read the next. :) Characters are great and the story continues in a breathtaking fashion. Read this book!
Published 8 days ago by Joshua Hudson
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Have really enjoyed this series. It is a little slow but it's got a great storyline and the characters keep you coming back, as well the background on the characters is... Read more
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Best book I have ever red.
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This series just jumped the shark.

Starting out well, it created an interesting world with peril and excitement. Read more
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Loved it. Great series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Demon Cycle - My Favorite Fantasy Series Now
Amazing story right here. It leaves you wanting the 4th book, which I think comes out in 2015. This writer has an amazing talent. Love the Demon Cycle thus far!
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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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