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
The first two books in the series are excellent though the many flashbacks are somewhat tedious and seem to be word for word from the earlier readings. I thought this to be the final book in the series and was glad for it because this book is very slow and tedious till about 3/4 through it. The characters are losing their appeal, the storyline is floundering, the magic of the new world is jaded and then it just ends. I was left with "o-k-a-y so now what and do I really want to find out?" Hopefully the next and "final" book will be shorter and have the excitement and connection to the characters as the first two books. I have thoroughly enjoyed the reader and he has done an excellent job.
The conclusion goes along nicely, but the ending is abrupt and leaves you wondering. Actually, it's like the Peter Brett got tired of the series and just killed off the main characters to be rid of this trilogy and on to the next.
Between Pete Bradbury's long pauses, and Peter Brett's abrupt ending I don't thing I'll be buying any more of eithers books.
It is a bunch of filler. Someone talked to his publisher and decided to string us along for more books and cash.
All of it.
Loved the first 2 books, this one doesn't even belong in the series.
This is the third in the Demon Cycle and it's the best so far. Brett has taken a long winding road developing these characters into people who feel real. He's given them foibles and follies, had them fail, had them discover things about themselves they didn't like. No character in these books is simply good or evil. They all have complexity and realism that grounds the fantasy solidly. That coupled the impressive detail the author's taken in depicting the cultures and background of his world, makes for an engrossing read/listen.
Without spoiling too much, the point of view introduction of the upper caste demons shed some light on what until now has been a pretty homogenous enemy. Several characters diverged from my expectations in this book, which was also a pleasant surprise.
The ending of the book. I won't say much more than that I'm sold on the next, sight unseen. It's so rare the get a really solid ending, but Brett pulled this one off with showmanship.
Several. The unlikely marriage between the young Junglar Roger and his two Crasian wives gave me many smiles. Rena's abuse by her father enraged me so much I cheer when ... well... that would be too much. Needless to say, the reality of this characters makes you care about them and their lives are not easy.
I'm generally not a fan of serial fiction. I like a story to be told and be done. However, there are a rare few artists who excel at the form. Brett is one of those. It knows how to turn a tale and I look forward to reading more of his work in the future.
audiobook lover into sci-fi and fantasy and anything else that is a break from the mundane. always looking for the next great book - any suggestions? let me know
If you have made it to book 3 of the series you know what an amazing and engrossing story the Demon Cycle is - i am writing this review in the hopes that someone on the fence about this series sees it GO GET THE FIRST ONE Peter V. Brett will win you over in the first few chapters and you will be back several days later after purchasing the second and now this book and then you will be where everyone else including myself is .... eagerly awaiting the next installment
I loved the first two books, but there was a sharp decline in the story with the Daylight War. I found myself losing respect and caring less about some of the characters that I had greatly appreciated in the first two books. The interaction between Arlon and Rena was painful. I'll probably listen to the next book in the series, but I'm hoping for an improvement.
The performance was still very good from Pete Bradbury.
" I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.
There are plenty of great reviews for each of 3 written 'Demon Cycle' books, so I'm providing overview thru the first 3 together & VERY interesting POV written by Peter V. Brett regarding a reviewers dislike for the 1st book & the negative points in the 1st book 'The Warded Man' that made her stop reading this ongoing saga.
For an unknown reason I thought this was a trilogy so was both pleasantly surprised & quite annoyed when about 3/4 thru book 3 realizing this book couldn't possibly end with the questions unanswered to that point & realizing 'Skull Throne' slated for approx. release in 2015. So many trilogy's, 10 book series, & even series the author plainly admits they will never finish? At times it makes you wish for writing 'The Great American Novel' within ONE book... BUT, personally enjoying many of the series in limbo, its the waiting, OK, with the pointless crying over... I found the books & story so far to be unique, engaging, action filled with believable romances involved (except for a point made below), & an interesting magic system that combines a few previous systems from varying authors. I obv. thought the books so far are great so these points are minor:
Besides a couple parts I had a hard time digesting the overall writing so far in this series is fantastic, great world building, complete character development for each major POV. The issues I found hard to swallow occurred in the first book (often the case) 'The Warded Man'. The main issue was in regards to a violent acts done to Leesha IMO would not only cause physical but major mental scars, but within 48 hours it's as if the event never happened when she's ready to sleep with a character she just met, the tattooed & one of the main protagonists, the warded man? while Rojer snoozes in the cave. I am no female but I found this a bit unrealistic? Whats great about this part is when a reviewer brought this point up, Peter V. Brett addressed her point & his answer was interesting:
"Actually, women who have been sexually assaulted will often seek out a consensual sexual experience very soon afterward, as an attempt to cleanse themselves of the assault and reassert control over their bodies, not to mention the hopes that if a pregnancy ensues, they can tell themselves it is the result of the consensual act and not the assault. I know this as a fact, both from research and from personal experience. Whatever else you may think of the story, please do not think that I touched on the topic of sexual assault lightly, gratuitously, or without any knowledge of what I was talking about."
Whether u choose to accept Peters reasons is up to you but really cool that he responded to a readers concern personally (he wrote about 2 more paragraphs but it addressed other issues as well), always great to see an author who addresses his readers, Patrick Rothfuss is down to earth as well. I'm just glad there was no need to graphically describe events, that might have had me fast forwarding because as common in history the act of rape occurred, there's no need to go into any detail about it.
Another small issue which is neither right or wrong IMO just an observation, is that plainly Krasian's are modeled after parts of middle eastern or Arabic fanatics & regular cultural differences. I' m not ethnically close to Arabic except that it is closer to Asia versus the US so I couldn't judge if any insult would be felt by those who felt the metaphorical reference as well as blatant use of religious martyrdom & jihad to fight the demons unlike the rest of the world that started off hiding behind wards. It was interesting how he turned something like fanatically fueled Jihad into the weave of the story.
The MINOR details brought up in the series so far doesn't change any thoughts about the overall quality of the books, they are very well written & am anxiously waiting for the next installment. Hopefully the series isn't like GRRM where you wait 6 years! for the next installment between book 4-5 (yet still waiting impatiently for next 'GoT' book lol), the next book is due out in early 2015 last read. I highly suggest the series but be prepared to go look for other books to keep u busy until the next book...
Retired Army, avid listener
I prefer to select books in a series once the series has been completed, I wish I had known this was not a trilogy.
It was good, some parts very good, but for me too much time on interpersonal relationships/politics and not enough on the interesting plot line. Worth the time but I really hope the author focuses on more story, less sex scenes and politics. This is about us (humans) versus them, please focus.
Also- this book especially jumps about in timelines with little heads up it is happening. More than once I had to check to ensure I had the correct book in the correct order. He covers ground from previous books throughout the story, treating some chapters as prequels to chapters from the previous books- sounds confusing(?)- at times it certainly was.
Based on a google search it looks like the next in the series is going to be a year or more....
I travel (Drive) up to 12 hours per week. Filling this time with great stories helps me to keep my sanity.
Very original world and story line with uniquely interesting characters. The story is told from several different charaters perspectives. From each of the perspectives, it is easy to root for them all even if they are seemingly on opposite sides of the same struggle.
I am not familiar with his other work, after these three books, i will be looking for more of his work.
I absolutely cannot wait for book four after the cliff hanger at the end of book three.
No. I like larger stories that take time to unfold. Would not want to rush this story.
I am now listening to this story a second time, something i rarely do. I may even listen to it again a third time, very enjoyable.
It took me a couple of chapters to get back into this story. The others were so long and detailed that I had wondered if I needed to listen to them again. But I found that I started to recognize the characters again rather quickly. I LOVE this story!! It's a world unto itself and it is just so well done. And the narration was outstanding as well. If you're on the fence about whether to get back into this story - quit procrastinating already and download this book!
Arlan (is that how its spelled?)
Just quality work. Couldn't ask for a better narrator for this story.
Just the detail and the rich characters.
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