Peephole In My Skull

The Daylight War is Finished

Yesterday, Sept. 17, 2012, I sent my publishers the final draft of The Daylight War.

The book is currently scheduled for worldwide English language launch the week of February 11, 2013 (Monday the 11th in the UK, Tuesday the 12th in the US*). The German translation will likely be the first to follow (probably a month or two later), with others dropping later in the year.

I will be touring the US, UK, Germany, Australia, and possibly some other places in the coming year. More on that later. I will also be doing a panel and some signings next month at NY ComicCon Oct. 11-14, 2012. Come say hi!

*Please note this is an update over the previously stated US launch date of Feb. 4, 2013. This shift means I will be 40 when the book releases, rather than 39. I’ll talk about that another time.

There will still be copyediting, proofreading and cover design that I will need to be involved in and approve before the book comes out, but creatively, the project is finished on my end.

It’s been a long time.

Looking back over my word count spreadsheets and manuscript backups (yes, it is OCD, but I need a way to track progress) I see that there was a file titled “Daylight War” as early as May, 2008, but it looks like I didn’t begin work on the project in earnest until around October 2009, which makes sense since I’d just turned in the final version of Desert Spear that September.

When you work on a single project for three years, though massive ups and downs in your personal life and equally massive ups and downs creatively, it is a strange feeling to be done. There were times I never thought the day would come, hurdles in the story I never thought I would surpass.

And then there was you, dear reader. One of the many advantages to writing in this day and age is that through my website, email, contests, signings and social media, I have had the chance to meet and interact with thousands of readers. It has been an immense honor and joy, not to mention a huge bedrock of support I was not ashamed to lean on at times, but it has brought a degree of pressure as well. I tend to obsess about my work in general, but having more than ten thousand people looking over my shoulder and asking when I will be done has added a new level to it.

With every contest entry and blog hit, every twitter follower and google circle, every facebook friend and author page like, and most of all, every person who takes the time out of their life to come and meet me in person when I visit near (and sometimes even not-so-near) their home, I feel an added weight of responsibility. A pressure to deliver a book that is worthy of the faith you’ve shown in me. To give you my very best work, because you deserve nothing less.

And I think I have.

Is The Daylight War better than The Warded Man or The Desert Spear? That is not for me to decide. It is very different in spirit and intent than those other books, intentionally so. I have grown as a writer and changed as a person over the last few years, and the book reflects that. When I start writing the same book over and over, then it’s time to worry.

But if I cannot say it’s better, I can say that it is the best book I could make it. I cut no corners, skipped no hurdles and took no shortcuts. This is clear in some ways from the sheer size of the book: 254,000 words (5% longer than Desert Spear, and close to 3x the size of your average genre book).

But it’s more clear in the content. Daylight War explores the characters of the Demon Cycle in a new light, adding depth to the world and weight to their actions. If Warded Man was a book about fear and Desert Spear was about opposing cultures struggling to find common ground, Daylight War is, as my editor put it, “a book about relationships”.

And some of them, I think, will surprise you.

I basically locked myself in my office for the last few days, speaking to no one and working 16 hour days to meet the deadline. Yesterday, after submitting the manuscript, I took a couple of hours and went to the park, walking 6 miles while listening to the Dominion novella by CS Friedman on audiobook (note: it is awesome) and trying to find my elusive zen.

I found it hard to unclench.

Increasingly over the last year I have denied myself a lot of little pleasures: video games, movies, TV and most of all my beloved reading time, out of a sense of determination to “Finish the damn book”. Now that I have, I feel an immense relief, but also a little empty. It’s going to take a little time to learn to relax a bit and allow myself to recharge by catching up on all the books and movies and other things I have been shoving aside. To absorb the creativity of others for a time while my own well refills.

I’ll be keeping busy in the coming months, most likely working on my upcoming 4-issue run on Red Sonja, picking up where I left off in Red Sonja: Blue, and finishing the Mudboy novella for Subterranean Press.

The next book in the Demon Cycle series is tentatively titled The Skull Throne. There has been a working file for that book for over a year, with the stepsheet currently at 84 pages, spelling out in great detail the 21 key chapters of the book’s story arc. Doubtless more will be added, but I already have a clear skeleton to start from.

Here’s hoping I can do this one a little… I want to say “faster”, but I don’t think “fast” will ever be a word used to describe me and my writing. How about “less slowly”?

Thank you all for your patience and support over the last few years. It has meant the world to me. I hope to meet a lot of you in person over the coming year.

Posted on September 18, 2012 at 12:37 pm by PeatB
Filed under Appearances, Australia, Craft, Daylight War, Desert Spear, Events, Fans, Germany, Life, Musings, Poland, Red Sonja, Sales, The Daylight War, Warded Man, World Traveler, Writing
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67 responses to “The Daylight War is Finished”

  1. Congratulations on finishing The Daylight War! I’ve been waiting since I finished Desert Spear…which incidentally was the same day it came out. I have no illusions that I will be able to prevent myself from follow the same path again…which means for a good 6 hours I will be immensely happy and absorbed into your fantastical world…only to come out on the other end waiting with even more impatience for the next instalment. It only goes to show that what you put into the book, your readers will get out tenfold, if not more. So even though I may rant and rave about when the next book will be heading our way. I know that at the end of the day it is only because you put so much of yourself into every book that it has me counting down the years, months, weeks, days until the next one.

    Thank you for the 12 hours of excitement, danger, romance, action and everything in between. I’m looking forward to another 6 hours of it.

    Posted by Alix, on January 15th, 2013 at 2:20 pm
  2. Just been on to your site, to see if you had a release date for next book in TDC series, and what awesome news. Cant wait till Feb 11th. First 2 were amongst the best fantasy books that I have read, and am sure this will be worth the wait. THANKS

    Posted by Trevor, on January 20th, 2013 at 8:14 am
  3. Like many I’m an avid reader of fantasy, at times we all feel a certain accord to characters we read. Your stories give reason to writers and readers to cherish and love the fantasy genre:). Been waiting a long time to read the daylight wars!!

    Posted by Daniel, on January 27th, 2013 at 6:55 pm
  4. Well done mate can’t imagine how hard it must be to write such an epic story such as yours Csnt wait for it to come out not long now!!

    Posted by Clayton, on January 30th, 2013 at 5:14 am
  5. Fantastic! Been looking forward to this since finishing Desert Spear almost a year ago. The wait’s been torture! The Painted Man (what they call “Warded Man” in UK!) and Desert Spear totally blew me away, totally brilliant. Please keep writing (once you’ve enjoyed a well deserved break!)!

    Posted by Pete, on February 3rd, 2013 at 5:08 pm
  6. I just finished. Awesome!!! Daylight War is a brilliant continuation. Patience will be the operative. I look forward to the direction in which you take the Demon Cycle. Thank you

    Posted by John Torunian, on February 18th, 2013 at 11:05 am
  7. Just finished Daylight War. Totally lost for words.
    What happened to the ending?
    How can you just stop a book like that!
    Strangely disappointed in this third book.

    Posted by Yvonne Linning, on February 22nd, 2013 at 1:18 am
  8. Hi Peter,

    Do you have any idea when the daylight war will come in France ?

    Thank you

    Posted by Nicolas, on February 23rd, 2013 at 4:45 am
  9. Just finished reading this one… absolutely loved it!!! Love the series, such a great read!!! Thank you 🙂
    Just have to wait for the next one now 🙁

    Posted by James, on March 3rd, 2013 at 4:10 am
  10. First I want to say GOOD JOB soo far.YOU did a GREAT work by writing these books.I hope you relax after writing this book.
    But i have 2 wishes:
    1)I reeeeally hope YOU make Arlen:-) and not someone else a Deliverer(and if YOU go with 2 or 3 people to combine a Deliverer that would be just 🙁 )

    2)I understand that YOU have too relax(I too am a biiiig fan of video games 😉 ) but PLEASE DONT WAIT FOR 3 OR MORE YEARS for next book

    If YOU ever come to Serbia dont forget too call 🙂

    Again YOU did a HUGE job with these books.I REALLY hope that we will watch these series at a big screen.

    Relax and have a blast while writing Throne

    Posted by Djordje, on March 5th, 2013 at 11:59 am
  11. The book is simply amasing,i already love it and for short period of time i became your huge fan.I can’t wait for next book,please write as many books as you can,this is fantastic,masterpiece.You are a god.Characters,story,actions,simply amasing.Your huge fan from Serbia,Aca.

    Posted by Djordje, on March 5th, 2013 at 12:16 pm
  12. awsome!
    just a little disappointed in the ending 🙁
    now ill have to wait 2 years or more to learn how it continue … it will drive me mad 100%

    Posted by Filip, on March 18th, 2013 at 12:39 pm
  13. Hey Peter, loved your books and i have been dying to read this one for the past 8 or so months. and so the time has finally come ! yipee!!

    do you know when this awesome book will be out in South Africa.

    Oh and can you give me the number of the cover girl 😉 wink wink nudge nudge =)

    thanks man cant wait!

    Posted by Emporork, on March 20th, 2013 at 1:32 pm
  14. Hi.

    Warning may spoil little

    Have to say this was truly great Book to read…but i think that i am somewhat annoyed what you did with Arlen, Renna and Leesha…..More likely my own thought about that Arlen Deserved more than 1 woman and liked ArlenxLeesha more.

    Well Leesha said that he would not be second wife to any man…
    possible spoiler over

    Why i get feeling that seeing what happened at the End…..You Just Unleashed Krasian Army from their Chains and blood will flow in Thesan Lands?

    Posted by Jarjaxle, on May 24th, 2013 at 12:08 am
  15. Just Finished Daylight War.. love the ending.
    really looking forward to nxt instalment.

    Thanks for hours and hours of fun

    Posted by Mary, on September 30th, 2013 at 4:30 pm
  16. read The Painted Man,The Desert Spear.just finished The Daylight War. Like the twists you made Like putting Renna with Arlen instead of Leesha. And giving Roger Krasian brides. Cant wait for the next.. AWESOME

    Posted by Choque Loniros, on October 28th, 2013 at 3:39 am
  17. Loved this trilogy so much and i read a lot of fantasy. Excellent read, well structured characters who meant something to me and great plot development! However, one little note of sadness..the ending! I reads as though there will be another book??? Possibly another series of books akin to Robert Jordan? If not and this is truly the end then i would like a chat with Mr Brett. On a positive, brilliant trilogy.

    Posted by cameron don, on December 7th, 2013 at 4:25 pm

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