Fantasy fiction fans across the globe are currently gripping their knickers at the thought of the imminent release of The Daylight War by Peter V. Brett. We've been waiting for the third instalment of The Demon Cycle for a while, but our patience will be rewarded in February with not only the new release (out on 11th Feb), but also a UK book tour later in the month.
The Daylight Tour comes to London on Tuesday 26th February for a launch party at Forbidden Planet, where Brett will read from and discuss his new book, and sign his much-loved backlist for hoards of adoring fans (probably not an exaggeration).
The Painted Man introduces us to a world where the night is truly to be feared. As the sun sets, demons rise from the core to ravage the land and destroy anyone who is unfortunate enough to be caught outside their protective magical wards after dark.
Eleven year-old Arlen, after watching his mother be cored from the safety of his warded front porch, bitterly faces the realisation that mankind is made up of cowards, fenced in by their fear and too cowed to fight for their freedom. Escaping into the night he is determined to find a way for people to take back their world.
In a faraway hamlet, a young girl called Leesha discovers that people can be just as destructive as demons and almost as stupidly cruel. Within the ashes of her perfect life she discovers an aptitude for healing that raises her above her kin as a leader in the fight against the night.
Rojer has lost everyone who loved him to the demons. Working as a travelling musician he has to make his own magic to protect him.
Coming together, Brett's three protagonists use their unique talents to fight back against the night, not realising that even darker powers are rising.
In book two, The Desert Spear, we are introduced to the background of a character who makes a fleeting but negative impression in The Painted Man. The life of Ahmann Jardir, raised as a hardened warrior and climbing to glory as the leader of the demon-hunting Krasian army, gives a new depth of perspective to Brett's world and introduces a new menace to Arlen and his friends. Jardir believes himself to be the Deliverer, the one man who can unite the human nations in the fight against the demons, and he is planning a war to make this 'destiny' a reality.
The third part of the story will delve into the past of Inevera, an ambitious and (putting it mildly) somewhat vehement character from the second book who will undoubtedly become painfully relatable as her point of view unfolds. We will also be reunited with our favourite characters as they prepare for the oncoming daylight war.
Brett's deep character exploration and page-turning pace make these books so gripping it's easy to lose several hours at a time between their pages. The world is sharp and detailed in its development, the action is incredible and the characters are conflicted and real. If you haven't read them, you really should.
Forbidden Planet is the perfect venue for an event like this (check out some reviews of the shop here, here and here). Specialising in comics, books and SFF and cult memorabilia, its shelves are crammed full of geeky-goodies that makes it a home away from home for Genre fans or characters from The Big Bang Theory. If you haven't been to Planet before, be aware that the basemented book section where literary events usually take place is quite small and cave-like, and the signing isn't ticketed, so if you want to guarantee seeing Mr. Brett you should aim to get there early to avoid disappointment. Don't forget to buy something cool while you're there to show your appreciation for the free event.
I have had the pleasure of meeting Peter V. Brett before and am glad to say that, as well as being a hugely talented author, he is an incredibly nice man who strives to write personal comments in his books and is interesting as hell to hear speak about his work and bookish interests. It's guaranteed to be a great evening.
To see other UK Daylight Tour dates and venues click here.