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26 February 2013

The Daylight War (Demon Cycle #3)

The Daylight War by Peter V. Brett is his third book in the Demon Cycle series - set in a world where people can do what they wish in the daytime, but at night demons rise from the ground and attack. After 300 years of demons, people are fighting back.

The Warded Man, Arlen Bales, has been traveling around the countryside giving people the tools to protect themselves - wards (symbols) that can repel or even harm demons - and is now returning to the Hollow where he has made his home. Many people think he is the Deliverer who will free them from the terror of the demons. Arlen is convinced that all of the people who fight, together make the Deliverer.

Ahmann Jardir is the head of the people of Krasia, a land to the south of where Arlen lives in Thesa. The Krasians have invaded Krasia and will force the people to follow their religious law. They will teach the men to fight demons and teach the women to be more modest in dress and manner. Jardir's people believe he is the Deliverer, or Shar'Dama Ka, foretold in their holy books.

Regardless of who may be the Deliverer, the demons have noticed the turn in the fight and will send stronger creatures to challenge the humans. Both sides must get ready for more difficult fighting - plus the Karsians have plans to fight a daylight war to take over the rest of Thesa.

Brett has created an amazing fantasy world. The characters are diverse and complex. The demons strong and fierce. And the plot mesmerizing. This is one of the best fantasy series I have read and I will wait impatiently for the next book...

Brett, Peter V. (2013). The Daylight War. New York: Ballantine Books.

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