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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,514 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter V. Brett Narrator: Pete Bradbury Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Demon Cycle Release Date:
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With The Warded Man and The Desert Spear, Peter V. Brett surged to the highest ranks of contemporary fantasy, standing alongside giants in the field such as George R. R. Martin, Robert Jordan, and Terry Brooks. 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.

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  • “The much-anticipated third episode of Peter V. Brett’s Demon Cycle picks up the story of 2010’s Desert Spear. At its heart is nothing less than the survival of humanity against an onslaught of demons. To fight this advancing scourge, Arlen Bales and Ahmann Jaredir must bury their own differences and become deliverers. The momentous lynchpin installment of a five-part fantasy saga.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “Capable fantasy.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Aviral | 2/13/2014

    " This series overshadows even the King-killer chronicles. Finally, a book about female politics and power plays that pulls it off without sounding cheesy or judgemental. Mind-blowing character development- everyone's the good guy or a villain from some perspective. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kathy | 2/6/2014

    " For me a rather dissapointng third book in this series. I'm getting very frustrated with these characters and most of them are becoming steadily unlikable. Most of the real action only happens in the last section of the book. This started out as a very promising series but if this is a preview for the next two books I'm not sure how much more time I want to spend with these characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mel Horne | 1/31/2014

    " This book was a bit like that childhood candy that you remember fondly, but when you come across it again , find there is something lacking. I enjoyed reading the story as the words are well crafted, but found it a bit slow and meandering. I don't know why, but I am left feeling mildly annoyed that the story is yet to be told and am not sure I will be able to keep the flames alive for the next book. I really loved the two previous books so am feeling a tad deflated at the moment. Maybe I will come round, but just now I am miffed, that as something real is about to happen, the book ends - Sigh. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Peter | 1/27/2014

    " Absolutely amazing to read and more than likely one of the best books of 2013, this is fantasy at its finest. My only problem with it is that I have to wait for the next book. "

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About the Author
Author Peter V. Brett

Peter Brett is a New York Times bestselling fantasy author. He received his BA in English from the University of Buffalo and worked in medical publishing before becoming a full-time writer. He is most known for his Demon Cycle books, which include The Painted Man, Desert Spear, and The Daylight War. He has also written standalone novels and novellas, including Tibbett’s Brook and Brayan’s Gold. Brett lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and daughter.