The Daylight War

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 book 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. When he started out, he made a few rash decisions that caused me some grief as a reader. Sometimes I wanted to tear my hair out and scream at him. As he became the Warded Man, he began to lose his humanity, which caused a little bit of a disconnect for me. But Renna changed everything. Bringing her 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. Given time, she will certainly be his match. Her addition to the adventure is indispensable.

Through the series, Rojer has become one of my favorite characters. It’s not often that you get to see a court jester become a hero in the story. Plus he’s a fiddle wizard! How awesome is that? In The Daylight War, Rojer gets even more excitement and page time, so all his fans can eagerly look forward to some great stuff. While I’m no fan of Leesha, she gets her own page time too and is faced with dealing with Jardir and her reunion with Arlen. More or less, she gets lots of drama issues to deal with. Toss in other characters like Wonda, Gared, Jardir, Amman and others, and you get quite a wonderful cast of characters 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 metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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