||Peter Brett and The Warded Man and company return with The Daylight War, the third in the Demon Cycle epic fantasy series. Patrick’s review says, “In the world of The Demon Cycle, humankind use wards to keep the demons at bay. In our world, Brett weaves words to bring that world and the characters within it to life. And live they most certainly do.” (See the rest of Patrick’s review here.)|
In The Daylight War, the women behind the men who would be
Deliverer come to the fore. In the north, Arlen’s love of Renna binds
him to the world of men, but her desire to be always at his side may
just cost her her humanity. In the south, Jardir didn’t come to his
exalted position among the tribes of Krasia on his own. His First Wife,
Inevera, wields a significant power of her own, and even Jardir is wary
of that power. And let us not forget Leesha, behind and between both
men. She might just
have a little something to deliver herself. The Deliverer has come, oh
who it is has yet to be decided, and if the world of men remains
even the Deliverer save it?
In the world of The Demon Cycle, humankind use wards to keep the demons
at bay. In our world, Brett weaves words to bring that world and the
characters within it to life. And live they most certainly do. I just
love this series and will suffer along with the rest of you until Brett
delivers books four and five of the Cycle. Honest word.
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.
About the Author
Raised on a steady diet of fantasy novels, comic books, and Dungeons & Dragons, Peter V. 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 worked for a decade in pharmaceutical publishing before returning to his bliss. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Danielle, their daughter, and two cats, Jinx and Max Powers.
Arlen, titular hero of The Warded Man, has been named the
Deliverer by many in the North. The Deliverer, the man who will free the
world from the demons that besiege it. But naming him thus may have
been premature. There is another who would have that title. Jardir of
the desert kingdom of Krasia has been honed since childhood to fight the
alagai, the demons that rise from the Core every night. He is a
fierce warrior and a leader of men ... the savior prophesied in the
bones of his people. He will enslave the world to take back the night,
and deliver the world.
The Desert Spear is at its heart Jardir’s story, as The Warded Man was Arlen’s. Moreover, with one notable exception, the characters made real in The Warded Man
don’t even make their presences felt until around page 200. When they
do, however, it’s like rediscovering old friends who you didn’t realize
you’d missed. And when Jadir and his very un-Northern-like machinations
are introduced into the mix, all hell breaks loose. Is Jadir the
Deliverer of legend? Or is it Arlen? Both? Neither? Time will tell. The Desert Spear is a powerful sequel to last year’s favorite, The Warded Man.
Brett builds on the excellence that was that first novel and continues
the story of a world beaten to the brink of extinction. I can’t wait to
see what he delivers to us next.
Demons rise from the Core every night to feast on any flesh foolish
enough to not be hiding behind the only magic strong enough to defeat
them – wards. For reasons long forgotten, these symbols, drawn on any
worked surface, stop the demons cold in their tracks. Into this world
are born three rather extraordinary people. Each will grow and excel in
whatever they endeavor to do, each will suffer greatly, and each will
play an important part in delivering the people from the evil that
The Warded Man is the debut novel for Peter Brett and the first
in a reported Demon Trilogy (though the author is on record campaigning
for more). Not since Patrick Rothfuss’ The Name of the Wind have I been this pleased with a debut. The Warded Man
is character-driven fantasy at its page-turning best. The three main
protagonists are fully-realized people – both magnificent and flawed.
Watch them grow up in a world designed to beat them down. Can’t wait to
see what happens next.