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The Daylight War (Demon Cycle #3)

4.24 of 5 stars 4.24  ·  rating details  ·  25,578 ratings  ·  1,484 reviews
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, tatto
Hardcover, 639 pages
Published February 12th 2013 by Random House Del Ray (first published May 17th 2011)
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Mark Lawrence
There are almost no authors I wait on. George Martin is one, Peter Brett another. I'm hooked on these books. They're the fun, exciting, imaginative fantasy I used to love way back in the 80s, but written for the new milenium with all the additional sharpness and insights that entails.

Brett combines a wonderful idea - the particular combination of 'bad guys' and magic that drives the series - with great characterisation across a broad cast.

To deliver literary punches, to write scenes where we car
Series so far: 4
The Daylight War Is a Sex Filled Romance Novel Masquerading as the fantasy book you thought you were going to be reading.

Peter V. Brett dropped the ball on this one. The Daylight War is in no way a bad book, it’s just a letdown. It seems that when Peter decided he was going to write a third book, he decided to gather up all the most irritating characters of the past two books and make them main characters. Not only that, he also managed to make some of th
Dan Schwent
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Brent Weeks
Peter V. Brett's best book yet. Brett handles the expansive scope of one of this era's biggest epic fantasies with considerable skill. Highly enjoyable.
[Two disclaimers: This review refers to an ARC version, which means I got it for free. It also means the copy I read may contain errors the final, printed book does not. Also, importantly, I count Peter Brett a friend. I will, however, give a forthright, dispassionate review. Peter’s career isn’t at a place where an honest critique on a few point
* Please read this only if you've read the first two books in the Demon Cycle series -- The Warded Man and The Desert Spear. Do not deprive yourself of the pleasure of discovering every twist and turn of this splendid tale in the proper order. Further, I'm purposely shying away from providing details to avoid even unintended spoilers.*

A RECAP: The Warded Man introduced us to Arlen of Tibbett's Brook, a boy whose simple village life was upended by a tragic demon attack. His ensuing restlessness l
Myke Cole
I'm fortunate enough to be one of Pete's beta readers, and I've never felt luckier than I do right now. I can say with complete confidence that he's done it again with THE DAYLIGHT WAR. Readers get to take more steps down the path of mankind's struggle against the darkness venting from their planet's core. Better still, Pete does what he does best: creates compelling characters, puts them on the stage, then stands back and let's them surprise the reader with choices that are all-too-real in thei ...more
The Daylight War was easily my most anticipated novel this year. There's just something about Brett's world that makes me want to live and breath it always. I can't get enough of it and the really the worst part about this book is that I have to wait at least a year to read the next one. In short, yes it's good and worth the wait. It's consistent with its predecessors and even surpasses them in some aspects.

Spoilers follow for the previous books. You've been warned.

The Daylight War picks up dire
May 27, 2012 Campbell marked it as to-read
Recommended to Campbell by: Her grandfather
Feburary 4th 2013

The Warded Man... The Desert Spear... The Daylight War.

These books had fallen from my focus after I read the second one all that time ago and noticed that the third wouldn't be out for... Well, for a long, long time.
And now, looking through reviews of The Doors of Stone by Patrick Rothfuss, my sight strays to a little box in the corner that says 'Readers also enjoyed' and the title, 'The Daylight War' catches my eye as something similar to titles I've seen before, something that
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2 1/2

50 Shades of... Fantasy?

Peter Brett must have been trying to break into the erotic fantasy genre when he wrote this. Every POV human character has sex, and further practically all the chapters contain to some level a sexual content. You may be wondering why I used the phrase "human character", well that is because we do have ONE point of view character who does not get lucky with the ladies. Who is he? A coreling prince... We miss out on the fascinating way in which corelings have sex. Bu
I'm getiing very annoyed with backstories and descending trend of this cycle. Was The Painted Man written by someone else? In that book you at least had really good story till the last page.

I'm really disappointed that first 30% of The Daylight War doesn't develop plot at all. Instead we have Inevera's "POV" on things we already knew. What's the point? I think that those chapters could be at least two times shorter. Things start to get interesting in second half, but I feel almost cheated by th

Full review originally at Fantasy Book Critic

Overall Rating = 4 & 1/2 stars

ANALYSIS: Peter V. Brett’s The Daylight War is a book that most fans have been clamoring for since the release of The Desert Spear back in 2010. This book focuses on Inevera’s character as the past books have done for Arlen, Leesha, Rojer and Jardir. This book would also serve to show the conflict brewing between Jardir and Arlen and so easily marked itself as the most anticipated title for 2013 IMO. A warning thoug
Ademilson Moraes
The list of authors I really admire and wait on is very limited. There is Patrick Rothfuss, George Martin and now there is also Brett. This is how good this books are.

This one had a pace a lot slower than the previous one, but it was worth it. To give readers a full, complex experience, to write believable characters whom we care about, the author has to give these characters enough background. That takes a lot of time; sometimes, even entire books. It's the case of Daylight War, where time sto
Really not sure how to review this book. I have to say that I struggled for the first part because it was so hard to get in to, and with the constant flicking between times and people, it really started to grate. Only started to properly enjoy it towards the end and the big battles.

Arlen and Leesha were kinda annoying in this book. Leesha was especially annoying and only redeemed herself at the end, and only a little and Renna is just horrible, nothing about her is appealing and I cant stand rea
Daylight War is the weakest of the series so far. This book greatly suffered by having too many flashbacks which did not add much to the overall plot. Most of the chapters felt like filler and there wasn't much action until the last 25% of the book. I had high hopes for this one and they were not met.

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Već je prošlo dosta od kada sam pročitala knjigu, a nikako da dam malo detaljnije utiske.
Dakle, četiri zvezdice možda jesu mnogo u odnosu na pet koje sam dala nekim daleko boljim knjigama iz žanra (recimo Martinovim, Sandersonovim i sl.). Sa druge strane, tri zvezdice su mi delovale premalo kada se uzme koliko sam uživala u knjizi. Ne mogu da je pohvalim da je koncizna, da je maestralna, da je originalna. Zaista, ako se izuzme Ineverino odrastanje, koje je bilo previše plastično u trenucima (i

Uzimajući u obzir da sam The Daylight War (u nebuloznom Laguninom prevodu kao "Sunčani rat") čekala kao ozebla Sunce :) mogu slobodno da zaključim da sam donekle razočarana.
Sa izuzetkom delova koji se odnose na Ineverino odrastanje i na to kako je postala damating i damadža(u čemu sam uživala) i poslednjih 200 stranica, ostatak knjige je poprilično trom, nedinamičan, previše razvučen, sa nepotrebnim podsećanjima na momente iz prethodnih delova.
Sve u svemu, posle intenzivnog drugog dela i tempa k
David Sven
Nooooo!!! Cliffhanger ending! You bastard Brett!

The last 25% of this book was brilliant. As good a finale as the last book barring the cliffhanger finish. Cliffhanger is probably a little inaccurate - it was more like the story ended just when it started taking off and my blood was up and wanting more.

But as good as the last 25% was, the previous 75% was a grind at times. The main story picks up where we left off last book and stretches some thirty days till the next new moon while the Thesans a
Damian Dubois
You would think that with a working title of 'The Daylight War' that we would finally get to see the Krasian's much sort after Sharak Sun and get some pretty epic battles to accompany it. Well, so much for that. This book reads more like an extension of the Desert Spear due to the fact that not a whole lot happens over the course of 791 pages (the last 17 of which include a very handy Krasian dictionary). In fact only about a month elapses between the end of the second and third books and some o ...more
Kylene Jacobs
Jan 21, 2012 Kylene Jacobs marked it as to-read
I can not wait to read this book, I absolutely loved the first two although I must say that Jardir's history was dragged out a bit too much in The Desert Spear, but overall a fantastic read!
 Charlie - A Reading Machine
Finished this last night and really enjoyed it. I've read the first three books in quick succession and don't feel I have much more to add on Brett's fantastic writing in terms of style and nuance. Safe to say I am very much enjoying myself reading these books.

At times it was a little frustrating seeing the same story from a third perspective but I understand it is the writer's choice to show different points of view to give balance to the story and flesh out the characters, which he does this p
Katherine Coble
This book is what happens when a fantasy author has one good idea and then sees how well the HBO series _Game Of Thrones_ and the erotic Fifty Shades trilogy sell. The author turns his promised trilogy into a "cycle" and waters down three books of story into a presumed five...or more.

_Daylight War_ feels as though Brett decided to dilute his trilogy by amping up the sex factor. The prologue sees a mother chuckling with her young children about the son's plans to attend a gay orgy later that day
Adam of the Wertzone sums up my feelings pretty well in his review. This book was chock full of filler. No wonder Brett apparently needs five books for this series. Really, Daylight should have been cut in half and merged with book four. I have to say I'm not sure if I'm going to continue with the series or not.

I'm reluctantly giving this book three stars. Probably closer to two and a half. This would have been a much better book with a plot and some editing.
Absolutely brilliant! I don't know how Peter does it, but each book is even better than the previous one, a feat I thought almost impossible.

Be warned though...
As you may already know, the author has a way to sway the reader’s allegiances. A way to make the "bad" guys likeable by reintroducing the world from their point of view. Everyone has reasons for their actions and those reasons are just as moral as the next guys. Do not jump into conclusions until you know all the facts. In the end you'll
I powered through the first two books in three days only to find out that the third part wont be out till next year. -sigh-
wanted to start it and realized that I forgot a lot of what came before or maybe better put i got out of the rhythm of the series and it doesn't really talk to me anymore - I know the outline - so I guess i need a reread of at least book 2, even if only a fast one

I finished The Daylight War and while I plan an immediate reread of at least the second part - I read the first 250 pages (thought it was more like 100 and was shocked when i got back to see the page indicator saying 250, this is how co
Love-anne Laq
This was a big let down to me, who so eagerly waited for the book to be released. I did not dislike the Inevera's back story as I wanted to understand how she went from being a nice young girl to cold hard bitch. That being said, the Arlen Bales and Renner Tanner story just seemed very out of place. The whole Love you bit, made feel like writing myself into the book so I could bitch slap somebody.
Also when the Arlen start speaking like a country bumpkin
It was implied that Arlen had strong feels
Eon (Windrunner)
I could pretty much copy my review for the second book here. Great book, flashbacks were annoying, yet good on their own and I need some more of this world. Also, a cliffhanger of note to finish this book with.
T. Edmund
Like many other reviewers, it seems, I liked The Painted/Warded Man, enjoyed The Desert Spear less, but was interested to see where the series was heading and ultimately was disappointed by this third installment.

The unusual thing is Daylight War isn't necessarily that bad, it simply possesses positive and negative points in equal abundance. Leaving the reader a feeling of spending time with a treasured friend who has been unusually obnoxious that day.

So where to begin?

I'll start with the good -
Mogsy (MMOGC)
Just a heads up: this review will contain some spoilers for the previous two books in the Demon Cycle series, but I would assume if you haven't read them already you wouldn't have made it this far to the third installment.

The nightly battle against the demons of the core continues in The Daylight War. With the appearance of the more intelligent mind demons and their mimics from the last book, humanity now prepares for the new moon when the powerful Princes will return again with their hordes ri
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Raised on a steady diet of fantasy novels, comic books, and Dungeons & Dragons, Peter V. Brett (“Peat” to his friends) 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 live ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Demon Cycle (6 books)
  • The Warded Man (Demon Cycle, #1)
  • The Desert Spear (Demon Cycle, #2)
  • The Skull Throne (Demon Cycle, #4)
  • The Core (Demon Cycle, #5)
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