Over the last few weeks, I've been rereading Peter V. Brett's Demon Cycle, starting with the Painted Man. I love these books and still find them a lot of fun no matter how many times I've read them. I still have no idea why I bought The Painted Man. At the time I wasn't reading fantasy books - mainly crime novels and other thrillers but it came up on Amazon as part of a 'buy this' deal and I hit the click button. It was like someone had seen the stories inside my head and written something similar. I devoured it. It had everything - magic, monsters and mayhem. I think I made my first attempt to write a Nathaniel Rane story shortly after. It was a terrible thing that still lurks on my computer somewhere.
The Desert Spear came next and in a rather risky move, Brett concentrated the first half of the book on Jadir, one of Painted Man's antagonists, and in the process showed that in his own mind, he was just as much a hero. Brett's writing had improved drastically as well and was a sure sign of an author coming into his own.
It seemed a long wait for The Daylight War but again the wait was worth it. This time, Jadir's wife, Inevera, got the spotlight, again, turning a 'baddie' into a well-rounded character who was actually quite noble, risking all for the cause. It was a long read, covering a tight period of time from lots of perspectives, but hopefully not a sign of Brett hitting GRRM-like problems of too many characters to keep track of.
Book four arrives next year and, I for one, am counting the days until it arrives.