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The Daylight War by Peter V. Brett
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it was amazing
bookshelves: 2013_release_read, genre-fantasy, read_2012, t_notable_books_2013

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 compelling the book is), then went back read 1/2 of Warded Man, The Desert spear end to end and then started Daylight War from page 1, so I already read (roughly as the book has some 590 text pages plus character list etc) the first half twice - I would say that this novel is the best of the series and established it as one of the outstanding fantasy series of today.

I explained in the addition to the TDS review why that book benefits greatly of a second reading as the change in perspective may seem jarring on first read at least for a while. TDW on the other hand just smoothly continues the action from TDS and carries it to a great though quite abrupt ending point that begs the next book asap - I would not say it is really a cliffhanger as, well that would be telling but there is a literal cliff involved, and the author has options regarding the ending, but there is no real closure here as it was to a large extent in TDS...

Anyway, all the favorite characters from TDS return and have a lot of pages , while here the back story of Inevera is told (which of course should not be a surprise considering the cover) as the extra in addition to the push ahead; the real nasty corelings start making an appearance as "the stock" - the way they call humans - got again smart a bit too fast by their reckoning in only 300 hundred of years from the last cull as they see it, though the largest part of the book is about Jardir and Arlen directly as finally Arlen accepts his destiny, and indirectly through all the supporting characters and the mixing of cultures through alliance, trade and marriage

As fantasy goes, this is the book to beat for 2013 at least for me

Full review later of course, but again i want to emphasize that in this book all the promise of the earlier volumes gets fulfilled as the author delivers the "real deal", with the only downside being that we want and need the next book asap...
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Reading Progress

December 6, 2012 – Started Reading
December 6, 2012 – Shelved
December 14, 2012 – Shelved as: read_2012
December 14, 2012 – Shelved as: 2013_release_read
December 14, 2012 – Shelved as: genre-fantasy
December 14, 2012 – Finished Reading
July 23, 2014 – Shelved as: t_notable_books_2013

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Search lucky u, ehh...

Nayan Patel Well I remember most of the previous 2 books, do I qualify to read this one today ;)...on a serious note, I will love to know your views on how this one turns out

Ruby Ooh, I can't wait to get my hands on this one!

Liviu thank you for the comments; I plan to start it seriously early next week with a read through of book 2 at least and will update here how it goes

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Jason Like you, I will reread the first two before reading this highly anticipated book, I cannot wait.

Liviu I would say that reading from about half on The Painted man (and reading the Bazaar novella) when Arlen goes to Krasia and fights in the maze and then The Desert Spear is enough as that is essentially where the main story starts, though of course the early stories of the Thesan heroes may be good to contrast with Jardir (and Abban) one from TDS and Inevera's from this one

Jeffrey The funny bit is that you were not that interested in the first book --which I thought at time was one of the better fantasy of that year, but as these writers get better maybe the books get better as well

Liviu I liked the first book, but my point is thatin order to get into the flow of things, you can skip rereading its first half as long as you know what is about. Books 2 and 3 handle better the back story keeping it more compact and pertinent to the main storyline

Greg Markwardt I am super excited to read this in a couple weeks. When my interest in Fantasy novels rekindled I thought nothing would be better then The Night Angel Series then I thought the same of The King Killer Chronicles but now for me anyway The Demon Cycle is the one to beat. I even have a ring of wards tattooed on my forearm.

Great Review as always.

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