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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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Then something went wrong, and the hero of the story turned into an unwilling country bumpkin with super powers and a bad case of denial. I was expecting Arlen to become a bad ass, yet remain a nice guy - Dwayne Johnson, anyone? He turns into a salt-of-the-earth country bumpkin do-gooder. Boring...
I'm getting totally lost with the Krasian (Crazyian?) terminology, and Arlen's insistence that he's a regular guy is grating and daft. I'm no superhero, I'm just regular folks; here, watch me teleport, fly, use PSI powers and heal the sick...
Basically it's book 2, retold from a different point of view. Daylight War? What Daylight War? It's "Inevera's Story", with some filler by the main characters and the plot moving forward about 5 minutes.
I can't see how the series couldn't be a trilogy, and have ended satisfyingly with this book, or maybe a 4th at most, with the final defeat of the Core. What I do get a sense of is padding and filler, too much sexual imagery, and plot conveniences. I feel that the original characters became caricatures along the way, and often feel like characters and plot become contrivances to push the story along as needed.
The story does have erratic jumps between scenes, the transitions are often jarring, feeling forced.
Did I get my money's worth? I'd say a 3rd of it only, but then I got face palmed by the sudden cliffhanger ending. I got Inevera's back story (does this add anything?), with a short Painted Man novella added onto the end, with instructions to be back next week to buy the next exciting episode of...
I'm a skeptic now... more than a little worried about the series that I was truly amazed by when it came out, when the characters were fresh, human - not flat and predictable as Lego pieces.
That being said, still a great series with a unique and well developed world, and Brett's writing style is engaging and of the highest quality. I'm in it til the end.
Also, I have read the next book, and he does get back on point to a certain extent, so there is light at the end of this tunnel.
I find the female characters hard to believe. It's not that what they do is so out of character, it's the reasoning behind what they do that leaves me thinking, "Um. No." Inevera is especially hard for me to relate to - not in her actions but in her WHY. This book really takes a closer look at her history and hardships. One would think that would make her easier to relate to, or at least more understood, but meh, I walked away from this book feeling sort of tepid about her.
Leesha paper is utterly vapid. Renna makes me want to gut punch her most scenes. Even Wonda Cutter is cliche and predictable, but not for the right reasons.
I found the men folk a bit easier to tolerate, but only a little more so. They, at least, had believable actions and thoughts behind those actions.
In spite of all of my griping, it was an easy read and decent brain candy. I wouldn't run out and demand all of my friends read it, but for those who are a fan of the series already, it's "pretty good".
But this book is a disappointing continuation of a series with an imaginative premise and a strong start. As other reviewers have said, readers who read the series in order already knew how most of the story lines turned out. Some were very interesting in hearing how parts of the plot lines came to be, but the book really needed more of what we finally see in the last pages, where it ends in sort of a cliff hanger.
I'm the sort who tends to finish series just for e sake of doing so. I have read all the GoT books so far written, even though the last ones were not up to the quality of the start. But after finishing this book, I did not rush over to Amazon to download the next in the series. I am not sure I ever will.
Yeah, this book is that disappointing.