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The Daylight War: Book Three of The Demon Cycle Hardcover – February 12, 2013
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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
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In the previous book I liked the character back-rounds that were built, because it gave you a more depth to the story by knowing a character's thoughts/emotions. There were fillers in this book, back-round that was good to know, but not necessary, because as the book reads on you begin to question where it fits in the story?
The build up of story was also soft. I found myself at page 505 wondering when the "main event" would unfold wondering if it would disappoint. It did & I found it lacking. Almost thirty chapters, and in a 599 page book you average almost 20 pages a chapter. the final two had maybe 26 pages between the two of them, and it was a recap on some of the on goings in book 2 "Desert Spear". Sure it leads an opening for more story, but waiting almost 2 years for another book of this caliber is not something I think I will be doing.
Book 3 was a disappointment to say the least. I'm actually to the point of warning friends on the direction of the series. Most of the weaknesses have been spelled out. Way too much back story, it really could have been handled with narrative. Frankly I don't even like the characters in the flashbacks. Secondly, the powers the main two characters are acquiring are starting to get silly, just plain silly.
So then comes this book and I am excited to reach the conclusion of the story, but I am left wanting. Arlen is by far the most interesting character in the books, yet he is focused on so little. The majority of the Daylight War is centered around flashbacks of Jardir's first wife. And holy smokes is there a lot of Krasian jargon. I got by in the first two books understanding most of the Krasian terms. But the Daylight War is inundated with them. I've found myself utterly confused as to what certain words mean, only getting by with context. I don't want to have to check the glossary every time the story goes back to the Krasians. After a while, I just gave up and decided if context wasn't enough, the word would just be a mystery to me. But by far my biggest issue is that so many Krasian names differ from each other by just a letter or two. The Krasian names and words are all so similar that it's incredibly difficult to keep up with who's who.
As others have said, the title of the book is the Daylight War. Yet what happens in the book is anything but war. There are a few fight sequences, but the vast majority of the book is Inevera's backstory, and entirely uninteresting social interactions.
The book takes so long to get to interesting parts, I considered just dropping it. But I soldiered on. It really is like trying to walk through waist high water. The pacing is so slow, and the plot is barely advanced at all. The series started off strong, but at this point I'm not sure if I'm even interested in reading the next book. I have been incredibly disappointed by the Daylight War because I so enjoyed the world from the Warded Man. I want that story, not "Krasian History 101."
Bottom line, the book is slow, the backstories become incredibly tiresome sequences, and the parts that happen in the present are almost entirely just irrelevant filler. But if you do read it, you'll want the Krasian-to-English glossary pages on standby, because my God you'll need them.