The Daylight War (Demon Cycle Series #3)

The Daylight War (Demon Cycle Series #3)

by Peter V. Brett
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The Daylight War (Demon Cycle Series #3) by Peter V. Brett


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.

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Praise for The Daylight War
“[Peter V. Brett is] at the top of his game. I give this my highest recommendation.”—

“[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.”—

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345535658
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/12/2013
Series: Demon Cycle Series , #3
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 656
Sales rank: 16,073
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Peter V. Brett is the internationally bestselling author of The Warded Man, The Desert Spear, The Daylight War, and The Skull Throne. Raised on a steady diet of fantasy novels, comic books, and Dungeons & Dragons, 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, then spent more than a decade in pharmaceutical publishing before returning to his bliss. He lives in New York City.

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The Daylight War 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 187 reviews.
Beauty_in_Ruins More than 1 year ago
Much as he did with the second instalment, Brett casts us back in time to open up the novel, introducing us to the back story of Inevera. It's a truly fascinating tale, perhaps more so than her husband's, which truly serves to flesh out her character and better definer her edges. Rather than transform her from villain to hero, as the opening of The Desert Spear did for Jaridr, it lays the ground for a more sympathetic understanding of her motives, and establishes her as a much more cunning and dangerous foe. Most interesting of all, we get to see the 'truth' behind her die casting, the unvarnished facts as she reads them, not as she interprets them for others. Renna proves that her heroics in the closing chapters of the second book were not just an anomaly, while also developing her relationship with Arlen in some rather intriguing ways. There's a desperate sort of happiness there that is entirely unexpected, humanizing Arlen even as he demonstrates just how close he's come to the Core. I wasn't sure about her role after the last book, and I still have a nagging fear that there's either a fall or a betrayal in her future, but Brett succeeds in making her a partner worthy of The Warded Man himself. More importantly, he doesn't allow questions of love and duty to blind Arlen to the truth, resulting in some surprising (but welcome) revelations late in the story. Already a favourite of mine, Rojer really outdoes himself in this volume, earning himself a place at the forefront of the battle. He grows and matures as the mantle of responsibility settles a little more comfortably upon his shoulders; he makes an awkward, politically arranged, suspicion-laden marriage not only work, but become a high point of the story; and he even comes to terms with his past, as he's forced to publicly confront Arrick's misdeads . . . and lingering legacy. He's not the flashy, attention-demanding hero that Arlen is, but neither is he the meek, content to linger in the shadows, sidekick that he seemed set up to be in the first two volumes. If there were to be a weak spot for me in the characterization, though, it would definitely be with Leesha. The drama, the romantic entanglements, and the teenager-like angst were just too much for me. The power and the strength that she showed in the first two volumes really seemed to be leached away here, as she began feeling sorry for herself and almost insisting that she be defined by the men in her life. The story progression follows a weird arc once again, with some early developments, a lot of waiting, and a premature climax. Fortunately, there's a lot of story between developments, with the evolution of the Hollow, the new application of wards, and the rather stunning theft (and subsequent enhancement) of tactics by the demons more than enough to keep things compelling. It's an even darker tale than the first two volumes, with stakes both grim and dire, yet there's a sense of hope that's entirely refreshing. Once again, though, there's an oddly impatient transition to the true climax of the story, with an abbreviated major confrontation, and a cliffhanger ending that is as brilliant as it is excruciatingly painful. Compelling, exciting, and thoroughly entertaining, The Daylight War is certain to please fans of the first two books. Even if it doesn't quite tell the story I expected, and denies us the fight we most desire until the very end, it's still a beautiful piece of storytelling.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first 2 books of the series introduced us to a young man who had been hurt by the world but learned to become a strong solo hero facing the evils of the world...  The protagonist demonstrated an admirable and strong solitude.  It was a page turner to see him develop and grow in strength as he faced a dangerous and violent world on his own terms.   This book takes away that person and introduces us in his place to a husband and wife team who spend page after page engaging in asinine conversations, sharing sappy "I love you"s and parading around as supposed reluctant heroes in an ill tempered and annoying fashion.   Reader beware.  The Warded Man makes no appearance in this book.  A neutered character with a thin veneer of crude personality and his annoying wife have taken his place. 
nerdnyc1 More than 1 year ago
I will start by saying I loved the first two books, and I like this author. This book is the worst he has written thus far, for 2 simple reasons. 1) The dialect in use by Arlen and his girlfriend is so annoying that I had to put down the book several times in disgust. Imagine an Tom Sawyer and Lenny from Of Mice and Men decided to have a conversation, and that is the dialogue in this book. 2) the other male character (Ahmann) is tried to be shown as a hero, and you get background to show why he acts harshely. Unfortunately, his experiences and culture try to explain this,but he still acts like a jerk, and thus does not overcome his background and is not a hero. That is all I can say without giving away the plot... Hopefully, the author hears this criticism, and stops the series degeneration into the Beverly Hillbillires.
BC1130 More than 1 year ago
Really, there is a lot of it in this book, and that made me not give it 5 stars. The sex is more suggestive than descriptive but it distracts from the main story of fighting demons. I know the author was giving us a deeper insight into the featured characters in this book but much of that had more to do with sex than with fighting demons. Frankly, I skimmed over those stories, wanting to read more about Arlin and the demons. My major complaint, aside from the over use of sex in this book, is that the one main character, Arlin, in the outstanding first book, The Warded Man, has been supplanted by all the other characters becoming "main" characters with stories. I gave Daylight War 4 stars because it did eventually get back to Arlin and his fight with the demons and with his grudge against Jardir. That part was excellent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very disappointing and the end isn't a cliffhanger; it's an abrupt stop as if someone forgot to add the final chapter. Loved the first two books; not sure I'll bother with the next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I Enjoyed the book and can't wait for the next book to be released. The first 1/3 of the book was a bit of a recap of the events which occurred in the other books with a few new things added. At a few points I was wondering if I had already read this and just forgot. The main character seemed to revert back to a more rustic form of speaking then i recalled him using in the previous book. It made reading him a bit tedious at times, it did do justice to his character as he wanted to get back to his roots and be himself rather then the deliverer. The recap in the first part of the story did add to the overall book as the items covered did shed light on the motivations of the characters and the actions they took later on in the story. I enjoyed it and will be looking forward to the next installment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's a great read, but misleading. The title states Daylight War. Expecting this I was waiting for the Daylight War to start up at any time.... It never happened, and was obvious it wasn't going to after some time. Still the elements that drew me to Brett's Novel's are still there. Fascinating, refreshing, Gritty, Brett delves into the sick fanaticism of Religions. If you just read this novel half cocked, and skimming through the pages, catching things out of context I can see people being upset. I say read the whole thing or not at all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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GeraldTarrant More than 1 year ago
THE DAYLIGHT WAR, the third book in Peter V. Brett’s DEMON CYCLE series, is all about delving just a little deeper into the characters. And while that comes at the cost of plot development, I’m mostly OK with that. Admittedly, this is a book with some pretty significant flaws, but the story has so much potential that I’m still eagerly looking forward to the next book in the series. The first book, THE WARDED MAN, was full of break-neck action, expertly introducing us to new characters and new worlds without slowing down the plot progression or interrupting the excitement. In THE DESERT SPEAR, the second book in the series, Brett seemed to go off the path a bit, providing us Jardir Ahmann’s back story and more details into a Krasian society we’d already been introduced to. Now, with THE DAYLIGHT WAR, we open with a detailed account of Inevera’s back story, and it feels like the story relies on flashbacks even more than THE DESERT SPEAR did. Fortunately, Brett’s characters remain his greatest strength. Inevera, Abban, Jardir, Count Thamos and Gared all had the opportunity to become one-dimensional villains at one point or another, but Brett does a great job of adding shades to their character. Jardir is basically a good guy, and was extremely likeable during his childhood flashbacks and throughout much of THE DAYLIGHT WAR, but he’s also hard and bent on conquest rather than cooperation. Inevera and Abban’s motives are sometimes selfish, and all the characters make mistakes, often deadly ones, but there’s something likeable in all of them. The only flaw for me was with Arlen and Renna, who too often strayed into becoming hillbilly superhero demon killers. Renna is probably the weakest character in the book, and Arlen was a stronger character before those two paired up. I don’t object to their relationship — it allows Brett some storytelling flexibility with Leesha Paper — but their interactions are the weakest in the book, especially contrasted with some of the other relationships that feel far more functional and better developed. This was far from a bad read thanks to the strengths of Brett’s writing ability and the depth of his characters. I would have liked to have seen more plot development from THE DAYLIGHT WAR, but I’m hoping that as the Demon Cycle progresses, Brett relies less on flashbacks and writes stories with the same forward momentum that made THE WARDED MAN such a great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Daylight War is the third book in Peter V. Brett’s Demon Cycle Series. The books tell the story of a human race locked in a life and death struggle with evil demons that rise from the earth’s core every night to feed on mostly helpless people. The story is structured chronologically with the exception of flashback chapters, which are utilized to explain the background of the plot development. The main character of the story is Arlen Bales, a farmer’s son and Northerner. His best friend, Ahmann Jardir who is a Krasian, betrays Arlen and leaves him in a desert to die. Arlen survives the desert and demon attacks and becomes a great warrior and leader. In this book, the Krasians have invaded the north and are subjugating the Northerners under Krasian rule. The plot focuses on humanity’s fight against evil, a conflict between two men, and a clash of two cultures. In The Daylight War, humanity is engaged in a rapidly escalating fight against evil. With Arlen’s help, humans are slowly regaining the ability to fight the demons. Arlen has begun organizing village people and larger towns in order to counter a rising tide of demon aggression. Besides manufacturing and distributing specially warded (covered with intricate fighting designs) weapons to the villages and towns, Arlen also teaches people how to make their own weapons. His efforts do not go unnoticed by the demons. This results in Demon princes attempting to kill Arlen before he can strengthen the humans to the point they can defeat the demons. His one time friend, Ahmann, also sees his actions as a threat. Ahmann is the leader of the Krasian people who live in the southern deserts. The Krasians are warrior societies who are single-mindedly obsessed with killing demons. While they might seem to be natural allies for the Northerners, they are not. Where the Krasians live to fight demons every night, the Northerners, who are primarily farmers and merchants, try to keep the demons at bay.  Ahmann believes the only way to defeat the demons is to unite all humans under one leader and culture. For this reason, Arlen’s action to unite the Northerners is seen as a threat by Ahmann. The belief that there can only be one leader, however, is not the only reason for clashes between Krasians and Northerners.  Besides being tribal and extremely militaristic, Krasians have a very strict class structure. Slavery is acceptable in Krasian society and women are viewed more as possessions than as people.  Plural marriages are not only common, but are expected. Most young men are forced to undergo a brutal training camp designed to make them into warriors willing to give their lives, at a moment’s notice, to kill demons. Northerners are feudal, however, with the exception of royalty, their class structure is more driven by economic factors than birthright. While women are second-class citizens in the north, they have considerably more choice in their lives than the average Krasian woman. Northerners also do not force people into slavery. This causes a huge culture clash because Krasians view Northerners as weak and unwilling to fight. This perception leads the Krasians to invade the north in an attempt to subjugate the people and force them to fight, under Krasian leadership, against the demons.  Arlen views the lack of basic freedoms in the Krasian culture as wrong and prepares the Northerners to resist Krasian aggression as well.  The Daylight War and the Demon Cycle Series are an exciting well-written story that illustrates the classic struggle of good versus evil.  Even when the odds are stacked almost overwhelmingly against humanity, hope and determination keep humans in the fight. The story also shows how two friends, who were blood brothers, can turn into bitter enemies due to betrayal. Finally, the clash of cultures has relevance when compared to conflicts that can be seen in today’s world. The plot is strong and exciting because of the way Brett masterfully weaves these conflicts together into a rich and compelling tale.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Demon Cycle series started off fantastic with the Warded Man and the Desert Spear. This entry follows the story of the main characters as before while expanding the back story of a few characters and their impact on the story so far. It isn't as good as the previous two but still a great and exciting read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was worth the wait! I would have given it 5 stars but the romance between Arlen and Renna was really annoying! Also Leesha's character went from strong and independent to weak and whiny! Overall, this book was good. We also got to see the confrontation between Jadair and Arlen. Finally!!!
Skuldren More than 1 year ago
This is the most epic book I've read this year! The Daylight War is the third book in Peter V. Brett’s Demon Cycle series. This is a novel with intensely deep characters, an exotically rich world, and a sweeping story. Mankind has been brought low by an unforeseen threat, demon like monsters that roam the world at night and who can only be harmed by sunlight and magic. For centuries the world has been at the mercy of these beasts, but the coming of the Deliverer has swung the tide of war back into the favor of man. Yet in this case, there are two deliverers, and mankind wages a war between them. Only one can win the Daylight War and lead them united against the demons of the night. First off, The Daylight War is not a book you would want to suddenly jump into. You’ll want to start with the first book in the series, The Warded Man (or The Painted Man for UK editions). Then you’ll want to read the second nook in the series, The Desert Spear. Both are outstanding novels. The Daylight War continues the wonder that Peter V. Brett weaved in the previous stories, while introducing new threats and fleshing out more characters. In The Desert Spear, readers were well rewarded with Jardir’s point of view, the man who would become supreme leader of the Krasian warrior society. In The Daylight War, we get to see his wife’s viewpoint, and a whole new side to the events that occurred in the previous novels. Inevra is very similar to Jardir in that she too is a very human character with very relatable ambitions and motivations. When first looked at, she appeared to be ruthless and untrustworthy. But when her side of things is revealed, that changes completely. Aside from Inevra’s story, Arlen, Rojer and Leesha’s stories continue. I think this would have to be the best I’ve seen Arlen so far in the series. Bringing Renna into the story was a masterstroke, and was just what Arlen needed to bring back his humanity and to balance him as a character. He’s now more awesome than ever, and with his new found magical powers, he’s practically a superman. Renna is no slouch either. As a new character stepping into the limelight, she’s almost as powerful a warrior as Arlen. Her addition to the adventure is indispensable. Rojer also gets his due with even more excitement and page time, so all his fans can eagerly look forward to some great stuff. Toss in the other characters (Leesha, Wonda, Gared, Jardir, Amman, etc) and you get quite a wonderful cast to lose yourself in. As for the story, there is a lot of preparation for the threat of the mind demons. Both Jardir and Arlen are preparing their sides for a coming conflict during the next new moon. Inevra’s POV means there are some flashback sections. About three quarters of the way in, the night battles start, and the book ends with a nice climactic battle which I will not spoil for you. I will say this, it’s a cliffhanger that will cause you to burst with emotion. Brett reveals just how devious of an author he is. With a beautifully rendered backstory for Inevra, and deeply portrayed characters that are easy to get lost in, The Daylight War is a truly great book. Brett’s storytelling is like stepping into a dream. It so easily captures your imagination and immerses you in another world and another life. I’d have to say this is the best book yet in the Demon Cycle. If you are looking for a great series, look no further. I give The Daylight War a five out of five.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you haven't read this series you are missing out. We'll written and colorful. A real page turner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Holds Bretts hand wearing hot pink top bathing suit with no starps and hot pink bottoms that r tied on both sides
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SmalltownSR More than 1 year ago
A great continuation of the story line, fantastic writing. I'm still not overly fond of the Southerners with their domination and traditions; despite their parts of the story line and explanations. And I really hope Leesha can find some peace.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Does anyone know locations of active clan camps with recent posts? Cant seem to find any. Am interested in roleplaying.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
May i join my names iceheart and my short is frost i have war experience
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Start with The Warded Man. This is creativly writtn and the narrator (if audible) is great
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