The Daylight War

The Daylight WarThe Daylight War

Demon Cycle #3

Peter V. Brett

My rating: 1 of 5 stars


I absolutely loved The Warded Man and really enjoyed The Desert Spear. However, the Krasian culture turned me off, so I went into this read with some real trepidation, but determined to enjoy it.

I almost stopped right at the beginning as we get the backstory of Inevera, Jardir’s first wife. We get the seamy side of the Krasian culture rubbed into our faces, in a very smelly, graphic way.

Then the story switches to “present” time and back to Arlen and I enjoyed that.

Then we have a back and forth between The Desert Spear and Cutter’s Hollow. The contrast made my disgust all the more intense.

Lots of graphicness when it comes to sex in this novel. It didn’t add anything and left me feeling dirty. The training of the dama’ting, Leesha and Jardir’s relationship, Jardir and Inevera’s relationship, Leesha and others, Fiddle-man [I can’t even remember his name] and his two wives. The merchant friend of Jardir who’s wives, daughters and servants are raped by another warrior.

Every time I felt like I was getting into the plot [and I enjoyed the story overall], something came along and pulled me out of it.

I don’t want to read about a culture of the Strong preying on the Weak. I read enough of that in the news. Rule of Law, of Equality for all, this is the goal I want to read about.

And then the ending! When Arlen and Jardir go over the cliff, and the book ends?. NO THANKYOU! What a cliffhanger.

Due to this book, I’ll be getting rid of my hardcovers of the first 2 books and no longer recommend this series and author to anyone I know. Which is hard, because I thought  The Warded Man was SO fantastic. Now I am sad…

The Desert Spear

The Desert Spear
Demon Cycle #2
Peter Brett
4 Stars
dtb, 579 pages

follows Jardir, the Desert Spear [the man who betrayed Arlin in the first book], as he grows up and takes over the Krasians. Begins his drive to take over the northern kingdoms to make them all one so they can effectively fight against the demons wholesale.

Arlin, Leesha and Rojer are wound through the story, and Leesha plays the next biggest role, after Jardir.

Once again I really enjoyed this, not quite as much as The Warded Man, and am looking forward to the next book in this cycle.

The Warded Man

The Warded Man

Demon Cycle #1

Peter Brett


5 Stars


A world several thousand years after ours. The night belongs to demons, which rise out of the core of the earth and destroy life where ever they can find it. Wards, drawn symbols, are humanity’s only defense against them. Defensive wards are all that are available to humanity. A prophesied savior, the Deliverer, is supposed to restore humanity’s ability to fight back.

Follows 3 main characters, Arlen, Leesha and Rojer. Arlen becomes a messenger and finds a lost city of new offensive wards. Leesha becomes a villages Herb Gatherer and makes up new wards. Rojer is a jongleur who can play the violin and charm demons. In the end, Arlen is betrayed by a kingdom based on arab culture [big surprise there] but wards himself and starts to teach the hamlets how to fight back.

Brutal. While not graphic, very bad things happen and you are not left in doubt about what those bad things are. Extremely well written and it just pulled me right to the end. A book I was excited to be reading. Good stuff.