Peter V. Brett has won rave reviews for his internationally best-selling novels, including his stunning debut, The Warded Man.
A continuation of his epic Demon Cycle series, The Daylight War features Inevera, the wife of Jadir, who took center stage in Book 2, The Desert Spear. In this heart-stopping installment, humanity continues to struggle against the demon plague - even as survivors hold out hope that the Deliverer will save them all. 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.
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I don't know what it is about this series that has me so hooked. It is such a strange and eerie world. But something about the characters just hooks me right in. A fantastic tale of survival filled with human fallacy, strength and weakness.
Pete Bradbury is great with the narration. He keeps the story to a perfect pace.
Likes to listen while doing chores; likes to write reviews while he should be doing chores.
Who can't get behind a novel based around wholesale demon killing? Like its predecessors, this novel carries on the tradition of bumping off monsters at a good clip in new and creative ways. Plenty of action for those who seek it and that carries the book fairly well. As before, the danger level of the demons has increased raising the stakes and the suspense. All good things.
The characters are well-developed and deep. Brett's iterative process of doing a full exploration of the principals' backstories over the course of the series ensures that whether you are rooting for or against them, you still see where they're coming from. The downside of this is that sometimes you have to wait to see how the main story arc progresses, but for the most part the backstory is worth it.
I liked this book. I did. However, I liked it in spite of some serious hangups that may be a turn-off to other readers. It is not as good as its predecessors and the 4 stars are a soft 4.
I am not puritanical; I like sex as much as the next audiobook listener, but this book is a bit much. Sex surrounds every facet of life. Sex for social advancement. Sex for alliance. Sex for love. Sex for procreation. Sex as a duty. Sex for educational purposes. Sex for relaxation. Gay sex. Multiple-partner sex. Sex for mind control (evidently, some women are just that good). Sex brought on by demon power fueled lust. Complete rejection and concurrent acceptance of homosexuality within a culture. Sex is Peter Brett's multitool. He uses it in every situation. Even more problematic is that his characters seem to want to treat sex as if it is something with a desirable mystique about it, but it falls flat because the author uses it with such mundane regularity that it is hard to get interested in it. You want to take Brett aside and say, "Pete, Baby, less is more; sell the sizzle." Unfortunately, he's serving it up graphic and ad nauseam.
While I generally enjoy Bradbury's telling of these novels, with this book his accents appear to have strayed. Arlen has now become full-on hillbilly. Renna pretty much speaks with the same voice as Arlen.
This book was a step down from the previous two. Now, that still rates it pretty high, but a bit disappointing. The characters, well developed through backstory, begin to lose their depth in the main story arc. This wasn't a problem with the first two books. Arlen is starting to become just a country boy. Renna is essentially a feral dog with daddy issues. Jardir is becoming an empty suit that believes he's a god. Leesha is starting to tend toward feckless mediocrity (what's that about? She was awesome when she was slinging fire balls and kicking butt.) It just feels like the characters development has hit its high water mark and has begun to retreat.
One last knock on this book is that because of all the backstory the main arc is not very far removed from the end of the last book. You certainly get action, but you don't get much progress.
Worth the wait.
I've been eagerly anticipating this novel since I finished the Desert Spear. This kind of agony is why I try not to start a series until it's completed but sometimes that can't be helped.
How Brett is able to keep the story going. The series has a pretty big cast of characters and it can be difficult to keep all of them straight, but he's doing a good job.
The ending gave me an extreme reaction. I raged, but for good reasons. No spoilers, but when you get to the end, remind yourself that this is only book 3 of 5. And try not to count the days until you have #4 in hand.
Definitely one of the more exciting and interesting fantasy series running.
Book is entertaining, but it is not as focused on the demon war as the title indicates. In my opinion, things didn’t progress much until 7 hours left in the whole book where before it was about the political intrigue and cultural, religion, and cultural differences. It was interesting for little while, but then it became repetitive. I think that book could have been shorter by 5 hours or so. Also, I do not sense the scope of this book as large as it could have been that story discusses few cities. I didn’t get a sense that demons were a global threat (honest word).
On the positive side, it is well written, and narrated. Characters been flushed out and reader gets to know about them and their families (who sometimes do not add much to the story).
Fighting with demons seems to get organized from both cultures, and there is a slew of new type of powers / methodologies to fight the demons which keeps things interesting.
Readers do get to know a bit more about demons, but the book is mostly dominated by humans and not much more is learned about the demons. I feel that author missed an opportunity here that book would have been much better if demon hierarchy / methodologies / goals were discussed in more detail.
Both contenders to be the 'deliverer' finally meet on the last 30 mins of the book and then book has an abrupt ending leaving reader slightly disappointed.
Overall, it is entertaining, and I will read the next book in this saga; however, at best it is a 4 star book that narrator did a great job.
Put me in the camp of just not enjoying this book even though I absolutely loved the first book and really like the second. Why do we really need so much time with Inevera POV's? Especially all of the endless back story which added absolutely nothing to the story.
What I also find annoying is there are very few likeable POV characters. There is nothing to like about Leesha (innocent girl who now sleeps with a murderer and rapist as if it's no big deal), Jadir (the murderer and rapist), and Inevera (I don't even need a reason to dislike her). Unfortunately, we have an abundance of POV time spent on these characters.
I would actually give the first half of the book two stars and the second half four stars.
The only reason I am going to continue reading this installment is due to the fact I liked the first two books and am hoping the next in the series goes back to the roots of the story. I am so disappointed as I had such high hopes for this series.
I would definitely listen to this again! This is the best new fantasy series to come out in a long time.
It is similar to Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan in terms of plot development, character evolution, and addictive writing style.
The final battle screen. I wont ruin for anyone, but it is both a literal and a figurative cliff hanger that had me screaming at my iPhone as the narrator suddenly says, "The End."
I had many extreme reaction, including many laughs and cries.
If you hate being addicted to great stories, then you should stay away from this series in general and this book in particular, because Brett will suck you in and leave you angry that there is not more to consume. Buy this book. Support this new author- Peter V. Brett may very well be "the next great thing."
Im a busy Mama, always on the go! Lover of historical fiction and Sci fi horror.
Enough already!! Ok the first two in the series had me, and then book 3. Same great story but waiting and waiting then nothing!! It seems the author didn't have a plan. It gets less exciting as the series goes on. After completing book three I was disappointed and frustrated, wishing I had never started the series in the first place.
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
IN MY LAND THOSE WHO MEAN NO DISRESPECT, REMEMBER TO SPEAK WITH RESPECT.
A great beginning, with lots of action and setting of mood. As the story continue there were a few moments of excitement and intelligence, but for the most part I needed to drink Cozie to get through it. Lots of talk, with lots of planning and strategy. Brett needs to take his own advice, GREAT THINGS CAN BE FOUND IN SMALL WORDS. I lost patience and interest in what was happening, The demons are no longer scary or unique, there is very little to hold my attention and certainly not for 26 hours. Just as Paul in Dune got boring when he became a worm, The Warded Man is boring as the invincible. The first book gets an A, the second a B+ and this a C. If you like the second book better then the first, then you might like this, if you liked the first book best, this is not going to excite you.
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Getting a deeper look inside each character without having the story drag.
Perfect storyteller for this series.
Too many to name. No dull moments.
Get swept away into an ancient and futuristic adventure full of common yet amazing people. The demons keep coming but the fighting is never predictable or boring.
I was a huge fan of the first two books, and was worried that the series might die at that point, or perhaps become only a trilogy. This one moves a bit slower than the other two, but develops the plot and characters quite a bit more, and opens the door for many more books to come. Very pleased. This is one of my favorite series.
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