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The Daylight War

Brett, Peter V.

(Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Daylight War
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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 Kraisa 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. 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 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.

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Publisher: New York :, Ballantine Books,, 2013.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 0345524152
9780345524157
0345503821
9780345503824
Characteristics: 639 pages ;,25 cm.

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Aug 27, 2013
  • kmuir10 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I'll be honest, I skipped through about a third of this book because going through ANOTHER origin story was taking up too much of my time. The action scenes are AMAZING though,

Feb 26, 2013
  • unbalancedbutfair rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Excellent read. Again the author ratchets up the action beyond the previous book, and again he does not over extend himself. He explores characters we've only seen from the outside before and we see the world through their eyes. Characters we already know continue to grow and change. We have more flashbacks, it can be confusing to keep track of when we are in the story but he provides dates so you can puzzle it out. This one seems slower than the previous two but still excellent. And I still finished it quickly and stayed up late reading it.I'm looking forward to his next installment.

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