Continuing the impressive debut fantasy series from author Peter V. Brett, The Daylight War is book three of the Demon Cycle, pulling the listener into a world of demons, darkness and heroes. On the night of a new moon all shadows deepen. Humanity has 30 days to prepare for the next demon attack, but one month is scarcely enough time to train a village to defend themselves, let alone an entire continent caught in the throes of civil war. Arlen Bales understands the coreling threat better than anyone.
Born ordinary, the demon plague has shaped him into a weapon so powerful he has been given the unwanted title of saviour, and attracted the attention of deadly enemies both above and below ground. Unlike Arlen, Ahmann Jardir embraces the title of Deliverer. His strength resides not only in the legendary relics he carries, but also in the magic wielded by his first wife, Inevera, a cunning and powerful priestess whose allegiance even Jardir cannot be certain of. Once Arlen and Jardir were like brothers. Now they are the bitterest of rivals. As humanity’s enemies prepare, the only two men capable of defeating them are divided against each other by the most deadly demons of all: those that lurk in the human heart.
©2013 Peter V. Bret (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
"The most significant and cinematic fantasy epic since The Lord of the Rings. Inspired, compelling, and totally addictive!" (Paul W. S. Anderson, director of Resident Evil: Afterlife)
"Peter V. Brett is one of my favorite new authors" (Patrick Rothfuss, New York Times best-selling author of The Name of the Wind)
"I enjoyed The Painted Man immensely. Action and suspense all the way." (Terry Brooks)
"An absolute masterpiece… literally unputdownable, and deserves to be the next Big Thing in dark fantasy." (www.ozhorrorscope.com)
"A very accomplished debut fantasy. Recommended." (www.sfrevu.com)
An engineer enjoying his share of escapism.
Third book in the series doesn't add as much to the world the author has been building as the first two, instead concentrating on carrying forth the plot lines started before and adding more background and detail to the existing characters. There are definitely some good parts to this book, so I would expect someone whom liked the previous two, enjoying dipping back into Peter Brett's demon world.
I must warn, however, that throughout latter parts of the book, I had a certain feeling that the author is forcefully contriving to bring everyone together for a grand finale to the series. This would probably be timely, as some repeating elements in the storytelling (characters' inner struggles and constant escalation in power) are definitely wearing on me. That, combined with diminishing excitement as demons no longer seem as much of a threat, made some of the sections feel more tedious than interesting.
Overall, there's more of what you've likely already read. The book doesn't necessarily add new revelations, but the story progresses along adding more depth to the characters, has a bit of a dip in the middle, but adds pace towards the end and finishes off with almost a literal cliff-hanger - so there's definitely more to come.
It's a fun book to listen to with a superb performance from the reader ... I've just started to get into the genre of fantasy, magic... I enjoy listening while I'm doing other activities.. easy listening because the story is not to convoluted.
I loved the relationship that are built in the book among cultures and people... many analogies can be drawn to modern day conflicts...
Pete Bradbury used a wonderful array of voices and moods - a great job.
I thought the ending was very abrupt and in fact have come on line now to see if there is a fourth book in the series... alas there is not.
You have to enjoy listening to very lengthy books to enjoy this trilogy.
Peter V Brett has a wonderful way to link all the characters together, showing their point of view and how it can be perceived from all sides....really interesting way to get into the heads of the characters. This book tied a lot together - the ending was a surprise....
Definitely the relationship between Lisha & Aman - how even though Aman wants to enslave the world she can empathise with his reasoning...
The narrator was different from the first 2 books & I must admit he lost a lot of the characters identities because of his lack of ability to "do" multiple accents - but his pace, tension and emphasis was great.
Very well worth while. Brilliant story and the collection should be on your shelf in hard copy as well as the audio version
I'd been waiting so long for this to be released that when it appeared I eagerly downloaded it, not thinking to sample it first. Shock horror! A new narrator and with an American accent! I really don't think I can listen to this now. Such a shame.
"Content good but missing Peter Joyce"
The book itself is good but it was a hard slog to listen to the new narrator
"Trying to enjoy it but cant"
I've listened to the first 2 audiobooks and they were great, the narrator was perfect. With the 3rd they have an American narrator and whilst he does try, if like me you still have the old books stuck in your head it will be difficult to get used to with this one - the story is great but whereas in the first two there was emphasis on certain words, it just doesn't have the same impact with this audiobook. All i can say is that if you love the demon trilogy story then you're going to have to be patient and stick with it or just buy the paperback. For me i am sticking with it and trying to enjoy it, though it is hard work. It would have gotten 5 stars if they had stuck with the old narrator but for this reason alone i'm marking it down to 2.
"The Narrator has changed, and he's terrible."
I can't listen to this, the narrator ruins it. It's all told in an American accent now even for the people who are clearly not meant to have it.
The original narrator was much better.
I hate it when they change the narrator in the middle of a series.
I do not recommend this as an audiobook.
Why have audible released the American version in the UK? Pete Bradbury narated the US versions of book 1 & 2 while Peter Joyce narated the UK versions so why change halfway through the series. Very annoying
The book itself is amazing and just as good as the previous 2. However, the change of narator has took the shine off listening to it.
"Such a shame"
As a blind listener you bond with characters by accents. changing a narrator half way through a series makes this wonderful book impossible to follow. ive been waiting for this book for over a year. :(
"NOT Peter Joyce"
One of the most awaited books of this year ruined by the change of narrator. Couldn't get past the 1st 10 mins. Would give it Zero Stars if I could.
"Annoying change in narrator"
Overall content is ok, sadly spoiled by the random change of narrator, really spoiled it for me
When I downloaded this Audiobook, I thought that it would have been narrated by Peter Joyce, as the first two, to my deepest and most disappointing astonishment I had to listed to this awful, terrible and foreign American narrator who clearly had no idea of what it is that he was doing. Why oh why did I buy this, if only I had known I would never have bothered, Do not waste your time, or money, read the book yourselves, you will do it much better justice. A dreadful interpretation, I deleted the audio book after the first three chapters as I just could not bear it any longer. I have since written to Audible to ask for a refund. It just goes to show when producers do not understand the product they are handling and put someone incompetent in the narrators seat, you get reviews like this one. Well done!!!!
"Terrible choice of narrator"
Great book, well written.
However, since I'm reviewing an audio book - I have to consider its narration. Terrible. I can imagine that Pete Bradbury narrates other books rather well. He's not terrible - but the decision to have him narrate this book really is: terrible.
Buy the book. Not the audio book.
Bring back Peter Joyce!
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