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.
ON THE NIGHT OF A NEW MOON ALL SHADOWS DEEPEN AND THE DEMONS RISE.
Arlen Bales understands the threat better than anyone. Resisting the coreling plague has shaped him into a weapon so powerful he has attracted enemies both above and below ground.
But as Arlen prepares his people for battle, a daylight war approaches from the south. Out of the desert rides an army led by a man who believes his destiny is to unite humanity against the demons, willingly or not.
Once, Ahmann Jardir and Arlen were like brothers. Now they are the bitterest of rivals, and Jardir’s ambition is matched only by the magic wielded by his first wife, Inevera, a powerful priestess.
The corelings will attack in thirty nights, and the only men capable of defeating them are divided against each other by the most deadly demons of all: those that lurk in the human heart.
Brett's third Demon Cycle installment (after The Desert Spear) offers little forward progression. Demonic "corelings" continue to rise and attack humans. Magicians Arlen Bales and Ahmann Jardir continue to fight each other for the sake of becoming the prophesied "Deliverer" from the demons. The first third of the novel focuses on Jardir's cunning First Wife, Inerva, whose backstory is fleshed out with some uncomfortable sexual power plays. The second half shows some movement and excitement when a coreling invades Arlen's mind, but Brett's fondness for silly dialects and faux-Arab stereotypes derails any sense of immersion. New readers will be welcomed by decent recapping, but Brett offers little for returning fans.
Great read but...
The rules changed! It irritated me how new magic was introduced throughout, made it feel like he's trying to extend the story. I loved the first two books and really enjoy how Peter writes but felt this dragged on a touch too long.
This is what I waited for? It's like he threw out the idea of his character and rewrote him completely, the book spends far too much time on inervara and very little on anything important. Granted it did finish well, but nothing happened till the last few hundred pages!
Overall it felt like a filler book, the next one should be fantastic but that certainly wasn't.
Maybe just read the wiki page and skip this one.
This book is a bit of a stinker compared to the first two books and feels like a chore to read.
Renna is a boring Mary Sue and Arlen’s new “accent” is ridiculous and hard to slog through.