To anyone who disliked the second book of the series, let me tell you that this is not where it gets better, at least not for me. The Daylight War, the third book out of five in the Demon Cycle series is what I would say inflicted with the infamous middle book syndrome, especially in terms of plot. Let’s digest how much time passed here compared to the previous books. The first book, even though it’s highly character driven, still managed to spin their tales for twenty years, this, of course, can only be done once because it was a coming of age tale for Arlen, Rojer, and Leesha. The second book lasted more or less nine months excluding Jardir’s flashback chapters. In the case of this book, there’s only one-month progression in the main story. That said, despite how small the plot progression is, I enjoyed reading the characterizations of some the characters, Rojer and Abban, in particular, were my favorites in this book. The countdown to the upcoming arrival of the mind demon made the book compelling to read and did it deliver? I’d say so. The last 25% of the book, although a bit anti-climactic, was still really well written and I found that it was easily the best part of the book, together with Rojer’s Song of Waning scenes.
Picture: Rojer playing the Song of Waning by Dominik Broniek
Brett did a lot of things right, the world-building remained great and there’s no doubt that Brett is a great writer. However, I can’t bring myself to agree with a lot of his storytelling direction in this book. This book could’ve been brilliant, but sadly at the same time, he also did a lot of things wrong, at least for me it is.
I asked my good friend—whose taste in books aligned with me and loved this series so far despite all the infuriating stuff—on whether it’s okay to skip Inevera’s flashback or not because I was so bored reading it; he said go for it because it doesn’t provide anything to the main plot. I didn’t follow that advice; I am not a wise man. I have an advice for all future readers of this book, I can’t believe I’m saying this, but really, skip all Inevera’s flashbacks chapters; I just saved you 150 pages of pointless stuff. The only reasons you should read her flashback chapters are:
-You absolutely love and want to know more about Inevera, the purpose of her POV is to flesh out her character, that’s it. Whether you read her flashbacks or not, you won’t miss anything in the main storyline. Also, in my opinion, her characterization only made her characters worsen in worked better as this mysterious character.
-You want to see Jardir’s flashback events from her perspective.
-You want to know even more about the city of Krasia’s culture, which I imagine you should have enough by now. It was already explored in detail through Jardir’s flashback chapters in The Desert Spear after all.
I am one of those who actually enjoyed reading Jardir’s flashback chapters in The Desert Spear, the fact that he became so crucial to the story made it even more worthwhile even when I still think it was too long. In the case of Inevera, after her flashback chapters were finished, her past doesn’t really have any value to add to the story. I don’t mind a coming of age stories and flashback chapters throughout the entire series if it’s actually important to the main story. A lot of books followed this storytelling direction but a coming of age tale for a minor character? It was unnecessary, that’s all. All it did was made the book that already felt long became even longer than it should be. These flashback chapters belong in a novella instead of the main novels.
Brett also keeps on destroying my love for the female characters by making them infuriating with each new book in the series. I loved Leesha in the first book, but now her character has become shallow, selfish, and self-righteous; she spent almost the entirety of the book thinking which man to fuck but angered when all other man fucked other girls other than her. I loved Renna in the second book; I totally love her character development there. Here, she became this extremely clingy girlfriend who gets jealous with every single thing Arlen did. I also can’t stand the romance between Arlen and Renna, it was extremely corny. The fact that the phrase “Love you Arlen Bales” were repeated more than the word “succor” infuriated me to no end. It is easily the worse romance section I’ve ever read in any adult fantasy books and don’t even get me started on the excessive amount of unnecessary sex scenes that would fit this book into the erotica fantasy genre.
I may sound really negative in my review, despite all my problems with it, I actually still enjoyed reading the book. Plus, after that cliffhanger ending, there’s no way I’m not continuing this series. Up until now, the second and the third book fail to rise up to the greatness that the first book delivered. There are only two books left, I’m still hopeful to see if it will ever be that good again. This is still a good book, even with all my cons with it; I still would give the book a 3.5 or 4 out of 5 stars IF I skipped all Inevera’s flashback chapters.