New Release Interview: The Daylight War by Peter V. Brett


brett-daylightThe Daylight War by Peter V. Brett is in fine bookstores today!

It has been a long time coming. Peat has worked on it non-stop since the publication of The Desert Spear, putting the remnants of humanity under greater and greater conflict with their nightly demon adversaries. The author has done that! The Daylight War sees a greater conflict grow between our two main characters, the outcome from which may save or destroy the human race.

Peat begins his tour today for The Daylight War, visiting several bookstores in support of his newest book! Click HERE to see that schedule.

Here is a bit about The Daylight War:

With The Warded Man and The Desert Spear, Peter V. Brett surged to the front rank 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.

To celebrate the release of The Daylight War, I interviewed Peter before he left for tour. Here is that interview:


Shawn Speakman: THE DAYLIGHT WAR, the third book in your Demon Cycle series, publishes today in fine bookstores! Tell Unbound Worlds readers a bit about the series and where this third book sits in the five planned?

Peter V. Brett: The Demon Cycle is a series of five books telling the life stories of a group of characters during a pivotal turning point for humanity. After centuries of peace, demons have returned to the world, rising each night to prey on humanity. Immune to mortal weapons, the demons have torn down a once-advanced civilization, reducing its inhabitants to a scant few on the brink of extinction, huddled in fear behind ancient symbols of protection called wards.

The first book, The Warded Man, focused on the life of a young man, Arlen Bales, who might be destined to deliver humanity from its fate and let them claw back to power by meeting the demons on their own terms.

But destiny is a tricky thing, for in the second book, The Desert Spear, we are introduced to Ahmann Jardir, another man who seems destined to save the world. Once he and Arlen were like brothers. Now, they are the bitterest of rivals.

In The Daylight War, we meet a young woman who seems to hold fate in her hands, Jardir’s First Wife Inevera. She has seen the future, and guided events for decades, putting her husband in power and shaping the coming battle. She means to give him the power to unite humanity and defeat the demons once and for all… no matter the price.

Speakman: Early reviews of THE DAYLIGHT WAR have been great. You use social media throughout your day. Do you pay attention to the reviews? Or do you try to separate yourself from that element of the craft?

Brett: Yes to both. I read every review, good and bad alike, but separate them from the craft. I have never read an email, apart from one pointing out an actual typo, that made me rethink something I have written. I stand by my books and the way they’re presented. If people have problems with my work, that’s cool, too. We should never shy from discussion, and everyone is entitled to their likes and dislikes. It doesn’t make me second-guess.

Speakman: You’ve been blessed with great cover art. Do you have a favorite? Or are they all equal but each mean something different?

Brett: I used to think nothing could beat the Jardir cover on Desert Spear, but I really believe Larry Rostant has outdone himself with his rendition of red and black Inevera on the US cover of The Daylight War. That book is breathtaking.

Speakman: What do you sense is the biggest improvement you’ve made as a writer with THE DAYLIGHT WAR?

Brett: I think the story becomes increasingly complex as the characters gain in experiences, both personal and shared. Keeping up with the ongoing soap opera of their lives in addition to the overall story requires keeping an increading amount of information in mind when writing each one’s perspective. So far, my head hasn’t exploded, so… Point to me.

Speakman: Have you begun writing Book 4 yet? Does it have a tentative title?

Brett: Book 4 is tentatively titled The Skull Throne, and is plotted in great detail. I will be starting on the prose in the coming weeks, and working in earnest on it after my book tours end in late March.

There you have it! If you haven’t read this series, definitely give The Warded Man a try. And if you have, today sees the publication of The Daylight War!

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