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The Daylight War: The Demon Cycle, Book 3 | [Peter V. Brett]

The Daylight War: The Demon Cycle, Book 3

In this heart-stopping installment of the Demon Cycle, 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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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2013 Peter V. Brett (P)2013 Recorded Books

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    Eva Hardinsburg, IN, United States 05-26-13
    Eva Hardinsburg, IN, United States 05-26-13 Member Since 2011
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    "I AM NOT A HAPPY CAMPER - I DONT WANNA WAIT!!!!!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Daylight War the most enjoyable?

    This is one of the most exciting series I've run into in quite sometime. It's captured me in a way I was not ready for in the slightest. I am chomping at the bit to get the next installment of this series. I love the twists and turns, especially the ones you don't see coming.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh, I go between characters at different times. I really like Jardear sometimes, Alisha Paper sometimes, Arlen almost always lol.


    Have you listened to any of Pete Bradbury’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't other than this series. I really like listening to him. He does a very good job.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did on many levels. I've laughed in many places. I find my self talking to the characters and telling them they are silly or what I would have done. I find some of the small victories and larger ones of the characters feeling like victories of people I know. It's a very well written series for that.


    Any additional comments?

    Peter needs to hurry up with the next installment. I don't want to wait any longer! If you haven't read this series, do yourself a favor and read it. It is well worth the time the credit and the read. If you don't have a credit, pay for it. You will not regret the cost. I would whole heartedly recommend these books however you have to get them............well short of theft, go to the library instead!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Atlanta, GA 05-14-13
    Brian Atlanta, GA 05-14-13 Member Since 2012

    Love Science Fiction audio books. Crossfit and fishing enthusiast. Technology junkie.

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    "Unbelievable story"

    Best series for me in while and I am a long time listener of audio books. Great character development, fresh, and exciting story. Although it is a long story, it kept me engaged from start to finish and it approaches the coexistence of magic and science for fiction from a different perspective which was refreshing. The writer, Brett, also did a good job capturing the emotions of each character and the people living in the various hamlets. Sometimes this is loss in a fiction book but Brett took his time walking the listener through it.

    I also loved the narrator Bradbury. He has great depth and is able to transition between characters flawlessly. Although there is romance in the story, it was done very subtly which made it easier to consume for my tastes.

    Lastly, the author has a unique ability to interweave the main story with all ancillary stories to create the great book. I highly recommend this book and suggest you listen for yourself.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Kaufman, TX, United States 05-07-13
    Amazon Customer Kaufman, TX, United States 05-07-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Just draws me in and I never want to leave"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Benjamin Silver Spring, MD, United States 04-04-13
    Benjamin Silver Spring, MD, United States 04-04-13 Member Since 2010

    Likes to listen while doing chores; likes to write reviews while he should be doing chores.

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    "Mostly Very Enjoyable; a few hangups"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Adnan Chula Vista, CA, United States 03-10-13
    Adnan Chula Vista, CA, United States 03-10-13 Member Since 2009
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    "More about culture / politics than Demon War"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Devin WEST VALLEY CITY, UT, United States 02-10-13
    Devin WEST VALLEY CITY, UT, United States 02-10-13 Member Since 2011
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    "GET THIS BOOK!"
    Would you listen to The Daylight War again? Why?

    I would definitely listen to this again! This is the best new fantasy series to come out in a long time.


    What other book might you compare The Daylight War to and why?

    It is similar to Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan in terms of plot development, character evolution, and addictive writing style.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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."


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I had many extreme reaction, including many laughs and cries.


    Any additional comments?

    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."

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    ohtochooseaname SAN JOSE, CA, United States 02-08-13
    ohtochooseaname SAN JOSE, CA, United States 02-08-13 Member Since 2006

    Optical Engineer from San Jose, CA.

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    "Awesome 3rd installment of the Demon Cycle!"

    This series just keeps getting better and better! This is one of the best fantasy series currently being written: it is action-packed, with a compelling storyline, and strong character development. My only complaint is that this book had some much more racy scenes than the previous ones.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl ULYSSES, KS, United States 02-17-14
    Cheryl ULYSSES, KS, United States 02-17-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Story ruined by porn"

    There was sex in the other books but this one seemed like it might have been designed to be a porn book. I realize it is part of the "culture" but I think it was extremely overdone. I was looking forward to others in the series but I'm done.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Keith NEWPORT BEACH, CA, United States 02-27-13
    Keith NEWPORT BEACH, CA, United States 02-27-13 Member Since 2007
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    "A Big Disappointment"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tina sutherlin, OR, United States 07-15-13
    Tina sutherlin, OR, United States 07-15-13 Member Since 2008

    Im a busy Mama, always on the go! Lover of historical fiction and Sci fi horror.

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    "Oh the Regret!!"

    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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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