The Painted Man #1
The Desert Spear #2
The Desert Spear expands the character list and gives us many many pages from the point of view of Jardir. I know many readers were frustrated about this, but personally I loved it. Jardir is an awe-inspiring character and details and depth of his culture and people is just stunning. The main characters, the minors, indeed the entire lands are put to the test as even worse foes rise up even while they're fighting one another. It's incredibly well written and I fell in love all over again with the characters. In short it's yet another brilliant book and I loved it then and love it still.
|The Painted Man
Demon Cycle #1
544 pages / published in 2008
|The Desert Spear
Demon Cycle #2
658 pages / published in 2010
The review below of The Daylight War WILL CONTAIN MILD SPOILERS for books 1 and 2!
The Daylight War blew my mind.
In this thrilling 3rd book in the series, we get the story of Inevera and like the others, there is so much more to her. The characters, their storylines, the way it all flawlessly intertwines is just breathtaking. I don't think I've ever read a series that's been this consistently good, no, great, throughout.
Besides Inevera's past we follow the lives of the people from Cutter's Hollow as in book 2 and the complicated feelings and choices of the 4-5, 6? main characters. I'm honestly unsure how many count as main characters by now. Obviously there's Arlen, Rojer and Leesha. Then there's Jardir, and now also definitely Inevera. Abban gets his own POV too, and so does Renna, so they matter. And there's also the matter of Rojer's wives. Etcetera. Funny thing is though, Brett writes them all so well defined that you're never (or at least I never were) overwhelmed by the amount of characters. They all play crucial parts and by Gods it's good.
I tweeted my feelings when I finished the book, desperate for more - and the 4th book, The Skull Throne, isn't due till 2015, but Brett (@PVBrett) was kind enough to tweet me back a link to the first chapter of book 4 - a chapter I honestly think should have been the last chapter of the Daylight War as it makes the cliff hanger so much more kickass. The chapter can be found here -- ABSOLUTELY DO NOT READ IT IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THE DAYLIGHT WAR!! --
The Daylight War
Demon Cycle #3
688 pages / published in 2013
Review by Iben Jakobsen, BoB, 2013