The Daylight War by Peter V. Brett
Book Three of The Demon Cycle

64%

9 Critic Reviews

Third in Brett’s once-projected five-installment—now swelled to six—Demon Cycle...Obvious ancestry aside, and though the book is dense and a touch too busy, it’s capable fantasy.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

With The Warded Man and The Desert Spear, Peter V. Brett surged to the front rank of contemporary fantasy, standing alongside giants in the field such as George R. R. Martin, Robert Jordan, and Terry Brooks. The Daylight War, the eagerly anticipated third volume in Brett’s internationally bestselling Demon Cycle, continues the epic tale of humanity’s last stand against an army of demons that rise each night to prey on mankind.
 
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.
 
Arlen Bales was once an ordinary man, but now he has become something more—the Warded Man, tattooed with eldritch wards so powerful they make him a match for any demon. Arlen denies he is the Deliverer at every turn, but the more he tries to be one with the common folk, the more fervently they believe. Many would follow him, but Arlen’s path threatens to lead to a dark place he alone can travel to, and from which there may be no returning.
 
The only one with hope of keeping Arlen in the world of men, or joining him in his descent into the world of demons, is Renna Tanner, a fierce young woman in danger of losing herself to the power of demon magic.
 
Ahmann Jardir has forged the warlike desert tribes of Krasia into a demon-killing army and proclaimed himself Shar’Dama Ka, the Deliverer. He carries ancient weapons—a spear and a crown—that give credence to his claim, and already vast swaths of the green lands bow to his control.
 
But Jardir did not come to power on his own. His rise was engineered by his First Wife, Inevera, a cunning and powerful priestess whose formidable demon bone magic gives her the ability to glimpse the future. Inevera’s motives and past are shrouded in mystery, and even Jardir does not entirely trust her.
 
Once Arlen and Jardir were as close as brothers. Now they are the bitterest of rivals. As humanity’s enemies rise, the only two men capable of defeating them are divided against each other by the most deadly demons of all—those lurking in the human heart.

Praise for The Daylight War
 
“[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


From the Hardcover edition.
 

About Peter V. Brett

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Raised on a steady diet of fantasy novels, comic books, and Dungeons & Dragons, PETER V. BRETT has been writing fantasy stories for as long as he can remember. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Art History from the University at Buffalo in 1995, and then spent over a decade in pharmaceutical publishing before returning to his bliss. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife Danielle and their daughter Cassandra.









Author Residence: Brooklyn, NY









Author Hometown: New Rochelle, NY
 
Published February 12, 2013 by Del Rey. 656 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Horror. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Daylight War
All: 9 | Positive: 5 | Negative: 4

Kirkus

Above average
on Jan 20 2013

Third in Brett’s once-projected five-installment—now swelled to six—Demon Cycle...Obvious ancestry aside, and though the book is dense and a touch too busy, it’s capable fantasy.

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Tor

Excellent
Reviewed by Robert H. Bedford on Feb 11 2013

...Peter V. Brett is at the forefront of purveyors of epic fantasy whose teeth were ground on the likes of Robert Jordan, George R.R. Martin, Terry Brooks, and David Eddings...in other words, with The Daylight War, he’s at the top of his game.

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City Book Review

Good
on Jan 31 2013

This book was a great addition to the Demon Cycle series. The fight scenes were well done and of perfect length to add excitement and move along the plot, which moved swiftly.

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SF Site

Good

...a highly entertaining, fast-paced, and action-packed novel that I'm sure is going to please fantasy fans everywhere.

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SFFWorld.com

Below average
on Feb 20 2013

The Daylight War...is an extremely badly-paced novel that features a tremendous amount of filler and redundant recapping of the plot

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Fantasy Literature

Below average
on Feb 22 2013

Some might wish the two storylines were more narratively connected.

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Starburst Magazine

Excellent
on Feb 12 2013

The depth of Brett’s writing increased...The pages fly by, each one filled with tension and excitement; there’s never a dull moment, and it’s fair to say that this is the best of the series so far.

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Below average

The fights are essentially boring...There’s too much deus ex machina, and the narrative itself begins to rely on these powers to reveal key details and progress the story.

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Good

Fans of the series will not be disappointed. That’s a cliché thing to say in a book review, but it’s true. Brett has his hooks in me and I want more of The Demon Cycle.

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