The Daylight War starts off exactly where The Desert Spear left off. As with The Desert Spear there are more interesting flashbacks which only serve to add depth to key characters, and give further insight into the fascinating Krasian society. The increasing depth of characters who are supposedly the ‘bad guys’ -for some reason I see the Krasians as the ‘bad guys’ despite often being able to empathise with them, possibly something to do with being introduced to the Hollowers first?- has added another layer of complexity and subplot to a story already epic in scope.
I have found the exploration of Krasian society amazing, and am intrigued by the absolute nature of it. While I realise that the inspiration is Middle Eastern, it does also put me in mind of Mongol society too – very harsh but fair. As with The Desert Spear, I read through The Daylight War very quickly, and unfortunately found myself a little disappointed with the ending, which I felt seemed a little tacked on. My disappointment was a little offset by the fact that we got to see both focal points of the climactic battle though, so I can’t complain too much.
Having since started The Skull Throne, it seems as though the two would have fit together very nicely as a single book. Having since finished The Skull Throne, I also realise it would have been unfeasible, due to the respective lengths of the two books, but I can’t help but feel there could have been a better cut-off point.