Child of the Daystar

Child of the Daystar

by Bryce O'Connor


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ISBN-13: 9781483441245
Publisher: Lulu Publishing Services
Publication date: 11/16/2015
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.50(d)

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Child of the Daystar 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this novel, more than I thought I would. The story's pace did not drag, nor was it rushed, it simply flowed at a close to perfect pace. The character development was astounding, especially Raz, the Atherian lizard species protagonist whom the author was able to truly make human in all sense of the word. This was the first and only time I have fallen in love with and cared for a reptile. I never would have thought it would be possible for me, but I did. The other characters were the same in the sense that I grew to love those who were kind and good, felt conflicted with some who lost their ways, and hated the despicable ones. There were a few moments or scenes that were so powerful, they were able to touch and trigger very strong emotions. The story drew me in, fully engaged my attention, and left me hungry for more. This is an absolutely spectacular debut novel from a very talented author. I cannot wait to see the story continue throughout the rest of the series. I've already recommended it to others and hope that they enjoy it as much as I did. This is definitely a rising author to watch out for!
DavidLubs More than 1 year ago
As a casual reader and ardent science fiction/fantasy fan, I had high expectations for this novel going in ... and all of my expectations were exceeded! Every scene, every character, and every detail is perfectly painted in your mind. The author envelopes the reader in each scene and each chapter is even more enticing than the last. I'll be counting down the days until the next book gets here but until then, THANK YOU BRYCE O'CONNOR!!!
Alexandrea Wildee 5 months ago
It's been awhile since I have found a series that grabbed me and kept me on the edge of my seat from front to back. I just finished the 4 books that are out and I am so in love with this series. The author knows how to get your heart racing and keep you coming back for more. This series is original and unlike anything I have read, which is quite refreshing. If you enjoy action, adventure, (heart break too) and an all around good-hearted (but also bad-ass) hero then this series will hook you! I couldn't put it down, well worth the read.
MontzieW More than 1 year ago
Child of the Daystar (The Wings of War #1) by Bryce O'Connor is such an awesome epic fantasy novel that stole my brain can kept it locked in this book until I finished reading it, and I loved my prison! This had me right away and had to immediately buy book 2 when I finished this book. Raz, is a lizard-like species that is captured by slavers when he is a baby, just about 2 yrs old. As he is chained up, he attacks and kills some of those who captured him as they are taking him across the desert. They think they kill him too. Another traveling group see the dead group and they don't want sand cats to come so they start to bury the bodies and find out the lizard boy is not dead just very wounded. He almost kills the men. They end up knocking him out and sedate him, healing him, and slowing he becomes part of the troupe. He grows up as part of one of the main family. There is lots of action, adventure, pain, loss, bits of humor, and epic fantasy. So wonderful! This is what I have been looking for! Loved it so much!!! I can't tell you too much. These are just basics. Too much with this story...Just read it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a truly fun read! This is the best fantasy novel I've read in years. Raz is a refreshing protagonist that I'm eager to watch develop in upcoming books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looking forward to the next one in the series.
JaneyZed More than 1 year ago
A fantastic debut novel and a great read! If you like a good fantasy story then I would highly recommend this book! Child of the Daystar is refreshing and original.The characters come to life instantly and the story held me spellbound from start to finish. Following Raz's journey was a roller coaster ride of emotion and excitement that brought a tear to my eye at times and had me gripping the edge of my seat at others. I am really looking forward to reading book two and will be definitely adding Bryce O'Connor to my favorite authors list!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bryce O' Conor did such An incredible job creating this amazing world and well developed characters. I couldn't stop reading ! I was completely hooked in the story by the first chapter. Child of the day star is beautifully written and I can't wait for the other books to come out !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I began reading this book not really sure what I was getting myself into. This book took me on an emotional adventure where Tarzan meets fantasy. Raz is of a different kind and finds himself in a family that isn't his. Is it prophecy, or mere coincidence? As the story unfolds, characters become more than just names on a page and "small" events become twists of fate. O'Connor did a fabulous job of bringing his characters (Grandmother is everything) and setting to life. His writing style is impeccable and is capable of engaging all sorts of readers. In Child, he takes his readers on a journey that will leave them waiting for more. If you love fantasy, meaningful characters, and adventure, pick this book up. You won't be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Child of the Daystar is the kind of book you can read anywhere. It's fast paced, entertaining, and never gets boring. O'Conner does an excellent job of building a convincing world without bogging readers down in the details (if you read fantasy or sci-fi a lot, you know that doesn't happen all of the time). Plus, who doesn't love a story that involves giant walking lizard men? If you're looking for a book that hooks you on page one and doesn't let go until the end, read Child of the Daystar."
MWolfe More than 1 year ago
I picked this up not really knowing what I was getting into, then literally could not put it down. A great collection of memorable characters, vivid world, and well paced story hooked me in, finished it in a matter of hours. If you love Brent Weeks, Brandon Sanderson and Peter V. Brett you'll love Bryce O'Connor!
M_Robinson More than 1 year ago
I was a beta readers for Child of the Daystar. Child of the Daystar by Bryce O'Connor is the first novel in The Wings of War fantasy series. I am happy to see it finally published. I didn't know what I would be reading when I responded to O'Connor's 'beta readers wanted' on Twitter --- I was pleasantly surprised. Child of the Daystar is about Raz i'Syul Arros, an Atherian child captured by slavers. However, Raz is a valuable find because he is a male Atherian. About one in 20 Atherian hatchlings are male. A winged Atherian is rarer still, and much more valuable. However, after being left for dead in the Cienbal desert Raz is found by the nomadic Arros Clan. Despite some heated opposition to the adoption of a lizard-kind, Raz is adopted by Grea and Agais Arros. And in time, the entire Arros clan accepts Raz as family. In time, it becomes clear that Raz and the Arros Clan's fate are darkly entwined as was prophesied by the Grandmother's prophecy. Eventually, the realities of desert life, organized crime in the civilized fringe cities, his own Atherian blood, all seem to conspire against Raz. When most of the Arros Clan are killed by raiders in retribution for Raz's interference. He dispatches justice as only an Atherian can. Raz's quest for revenge and his Atherian instincts get him recruited by the Mahsadën an organized and methodical criminal ring at the pinnacle of the underworld. Slave, adopted son, mercenary, and assassin. The Grandmother's prophecy has surely entwined Raz's fate ... the only of his kind, he will fall for a face of snow ... will he ever know again what has been lost? Again, I was pleasantly surprised by this novel. There is a nice map illustration of the realm opposite the prologue. The story flows at a good pace. O'Connor makes good use of epigraphs for visual breaks in the body text and to impart both flavor text and history and background without bogging down the story. O'Connor's prose and ideas are clean and clear throughout the novel. This review is based on an EPUB copy of Child of the Daystar, but at 267 pages I believe this novel to be a 2-day read for a strong reader. Child of the Daystar by Bryce O'Connor is a very good read. Bryce O'Connor makes a good showing with his first novel.
Patrick Anguish More than 1 year ago
Bryce O'Connor has done an excellent job telling the exciting journey of Raz i’Syul in Child of the Daystar. I absolutely love to read but am extremely busy and as a result rarely finish a book. This book however is one of the exceptions. The story of Raz’s struggles both inward and outward, and Bryce’s attention to detail in the development of this fantastic world kept me coming back. If you’re a busy person like me this is a book you should make time for! We’ve all read books by authors who exhaust every word possible in an effort to describe a scene with an end result of ultimately detracting from the story. This is not such a book. Bryce, through his masterful use of the written word is able to compose a scene beautifully in a seemingly effortless and concise way. The multidimensional details that Bryce uses throughout bring life to this world that he has created making it both believable and real. Truly a place to turn to in order to escape your own reality for a time. Additionally the personal struggles that Raz suffers as he grows and develops through the story, trying to figure out who he is, what he truly stands for, and if his path aligns with these qualities is something that I think many readers can relate to, serving to draw the reader into the story further. I truly enjoyed the adventure that Bryce has brought me on and eagerly await what comes next!
E_A_Walsh More than 1 year ago
I received this book as an ARC in exchange for my honest review ) It's been a long time since I read a high fantasy book, I'm not sure why I strayed away from them but Child of the Daystar have rekindled my love for it. This is a must read book, the writing is smooth, solid and the tone draws you into a masterful rich world. I could picture everything clearly like I was watching a movie instead of reading a book. I was pulled so deep into this world that before I knew it the story was over and I was left wanting more. This story is not only unique it is original. I don't believe I have ever read anything like it. Not even on the manga side of the house were their high fantasy is always left field. The world building, the story telling, the characters, all are masterfully done. If this book is not on then best seller list, then humanity is lost to me. There's no shortage of blood splattering action, right out of the gate we are trusted into this eat or be eaten world. I was a little shocked at first, but that didn't last long, I like it when the author doesn't spear on the gory details. There is also the emotional side of the house, my heart was connected and at times I was holding my breath, at one point I think my heart stopped. It is a wonder how a fictional story can do that, how an author can cause such a reaction with words. There are times when I get annoyed while reading, either with the why it is written or the why a particular stance is written. I felt non of that while reading this marvel, and it was refreshing. There are no many books that are so much alike that it's a chore to find something not only original but good. I highly recommend this book, as I have my been raving, it is nothing like you have ever read. You will be trapped from the first words, and you will not be able to put this book down. I would like to thank the Author Bryce O'Connor for choosing me to be on his review team. It was a outstanding experience and one I would glade repeat. Happy Reading -E.A. Walsh
Alissa Garrett More than 1 year ago
In Child of the Daystar, there are no wasted characters or moments and nothing feels "shoe-horned" in just to move the story along. I enjoyed reading this book so much because of that, and I'm looking forward to watching the rest of the story unfold. Raz and Syrah have fully rendered lives with hopes, dreams, friends and enemies. They also both have so many relateable qualities, from Raz's familial devotion and a desire to protect the defenseless to Syrah's strong faith and conviction. Though they see the world differently, its clear they forged an attachment in their brief meeting. It's hard to tell exactly where that attachment will lead them, but based on this first book, O'Connor won't disappoint. If you like fantasy, if you like magic, if you like heart-wrenching choices and fast-paced battles, if you like reading; then you're going to love this book.
Cirkaydien More than 1 year ago
From the very beginning this story is enchanting. The characters feel so real, and it's easy to get attached to them. The details are well thought out, and really bring the story to life. The twists and turns kept me eager to stay up and read all night. Raz is not your everyday hero, and I love that about him. I would recommend this to any friend of mine. Kudos to a great debut novel!
Cory_O More than 1 year ago
Child of The Daystar breathes a fresh air into what tends to be an ageing genre. High fantasy, despite it's youthful charm and various character roles, seems to sometimes lack something new. O'Connor seems to have found a new niche with Raz, who as a "lizard-man" easily walks into a genre that openly welcomes him, yet hasn't seen much of his like before. In this story, gone are the traditional fantasy roles of the elf archer, the dwarven axe-wielder, and instead enter the nomadic, mysterious Atherian. The story of Child of The Daystar moves with a quick pace, never leaving the reader confused in it's rush, but also never slowing to a crawl that seems to eventually burden even the most famous of the genre. The tale is fun, exciting, and always leaving the reader guessing which dark corridor Raz will fight through next. With the subtle hints of new characters popping up, yet never fully explaining why or how they are there, this story promises not to be the first in a series of exhilarating and fresh adventures for Raz and those who follow him...or for those he follows.
Alicia Reese More than 1 year ago
Bryce O’Connor introduces readers to a fantastical world comprised of intrigue, revenge, familial love and personal soul-searching through characters of different societal statuses, civilizations and even different species. Child of the Daystar finds itself in the genre of fantasy and science fiction. As his debut novel, O’Connor intertwines his love of the fantasy genre with his remarkable writing skills. This novel will tug at your heart-strings as you follow the main character, Raz I’Syul, through his remarkable journey as he tries to find his place in the world.
JWatson_scifinut More than 1 year ago
The author can write with the best of them ,so I do not think anyone who purchases this book will be disappointed. I have read many fantasy books and found this one has great potential to be an epic run . This book has a different spin on what the main character should be and I found this refreshing. This book has enough action to keep you turning the page. The map could use more detail,I know a lot of readers may not be concerned with maps,but come on what does it hurt to give the maps respect. If you like the Epic type fantasy books ,you will want this one because it has that attitude.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Though I'm not quite finished with Child of the Daystar, the first of the Wings of War series, I'm thoroughly impressed. Dark fantasy isn't typically a genre that I read, but from the beginning I found myself pulled into this new world and I didn't want to put the book down. I'll probably finish reading it in the next few days, but I highly recommend this to anyone that enjoys adventure.
Absurd-Book-Nerd More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this debut novel. The pace was perfect, it wasn’t rushed or slow. Bryce O’Connor has created great characters that were thoroughly developed, some of which I absolutely fell in love with and some loathsome ones that I hated (as I should). The backstory is rich and full of different cultures, races, and personalities. The main character, Raz is a mercenary, assassin, and an Atherian (a race of lizard people, making him a 6-foot tall scaly winged beast). Raz is raised by the human Arro clan. Eventually, a tragedy causes Raz to lose touch with his human side. The beastly side of him is unleashed to hunt wrongdoers down. He is unpredictable, making his character very exciting. You just don’t know what his is going to do. The story sucked me in, kept me hooked, and left me hungry for more. This is an impressive debut novel from a very gifted author. I am anxiously awaiting the next book so I can see what happens next! I received this book for free from ARC in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Jacques More than 1 year ago
I was privileged enough to be selected as a beta reader for Child of the Daystar. This is not a book I would have typically selected to read, but what drew me to the book was the artwork as well as trying to broaden my reading experience. All I can say is that I was not disappointed. I did not know what to expect from this, but soon found myself wanting to read more and more, trying to understand and immerse myself into the world of Raz i’Syul. It is at once a familiar tale of heartbreak and revenge, of fitting in and being your own man; but ultimately it is about understanding what it means to be Raz. Child of the Daystar had just the right amount of brutality, strength, hate, love and passion to balance the fierceness of Raz with the more human elements of his surroundings – politics and betrayal. I would highly recommend reading this if you are looking for something different, something fierce, something enchanting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love fantasy and I love this book. Bryce O’Connor’s Child of the Daystar is the beginning of a new and intriguing fantasy series. Let’s get right down to what makes it intriguing – our main character, Raz i’Syul Arro. There’s nothing in a story that I love more than its characters, especially this memorable one. Sellsword, assassin, and a scaled 6 foot tall, winged beast. Raz is an atherian, a race of lizard people, and they’re more than just appearance. After being captured then left for dead by a group of slavers at a very young age, Raz is taken in and raised by the Arro clan, a group of human traveling merchants. After a major tragedy, Raz loses grip of the humanity he has. The monster inside of him that he was able to keep controlled for years is now unleashed to hunt down those who do him wrong, or others wrong (if the price is right). This is why Raz is one of my most favorite fictional characters - he is unpredictable. Will he kill or not kill? Will do more damage than what has already been done? This book is very violent, thanks to Raz. Claws, sharp teeth, intelligence, tough scales and strength that a human can’t compete with make an excellent killing machine. Child of the Daystar has some of the most gruesome and exciting fights I’ve ever seen in a fantasy. I couldn’t help myself from smiling and rooting for Raz whenever he fought against some disgusting slaver. Raz isn’t the only interesting character in the story, mind you. Syrah is a Priestess-­in­training, and her roles in the story give you an idea of what beliefs are practiced in this world. The world-building in Child of the Daystar is interesting and very easy to grasp. Slavers are through the roof and the poor dominate the middleclass and wealthy combined. From the clothes of the people and the buildings that they live in, everything is described to you very nicely. O’Connor paints a picture in your head of the world that surrounds Raz with great detail in a short length of sentences. You know what kind of status a character has just by the clothing he/she wears or where they live. If that isn’t enough world-building to fill your fantasy needs, you get an excerpt of lore at the beginning of almost every chapter. Pretty cool, huh? Child of the Daystar brings an adrenaline rushing thrill around every corner. The intense fights and conversations between the characters add so much to the story, making you crave for more. O’Connor’s writing is splendid. I’m not a professional writer, but I know great writing when I see it. The story is solid and not all over the place. The book does not reach up to 300 pages and over, but that’s because it is very well paced and doesn’t need to be that long. A lot happens in this book, and none of it drags on. It feels good to read something straight forward and to the point. Aside from Raz, another memorable thing about this book is the dialogue. Dialogue is very crucial in a story. They help define who a character is, and their believability. None of the characters sound the same. They each have their own personality in their voice and they don’t sound like they’re all talking to themselves in a mirror. The conversations are just fun to listen to. Raz is a dangerous being, so I’m dying to learn what troubles he may bring (or follow) in the next installment. I read for entertainment, and fantasy is my go to. Child of the Daystar is a new and creative fantasy novel that made me feel very happy after I finished it.
Jerri-Lee More than 1 year ago
Child of the Daystar is the debut novel by Bryce O’Connor and what an epic start to The Wings of War series! Fierce, provocative and dangerous Raz is not your typical hero. Raz is an Atherian male - a reptilian desert people, a rarity among his kind made even more so by his wings. Raz is still a child when he is taken in by the Arro clan, a close loving nomadic family whose story effortlessly pulls you in to their lives making their wagon lifestyle feel like home. Raz is raised as a human but his Atherian nature lingers in the shadows revealing itself more after his family is taken from him and his innocence is corrupted by murder and vengeance. Syrah is a sweet peace loving young woman who lives by the Faith serving a mission to help and heal others and a vow never to take the life of another. Her albinism sets her apart from her people and while she seems to be the perfect opposite of Raz, Syrah is highly skilled in combat and the arts of the Faith, make no mistake this girl is no wallflower! Syrah’s brief but intense encounter with Raz has a profound impact on both of their lives, the extent of which I’m sure we will discover later in the series. A few scenes which provide major turning points in the story line were vivid, enthralling and tear jerking. Whether you’re into lizards or not one cannot help but admire Raz’s contrasting human and animalistic nature. Raz’s story has so much potential and I look forward to both learning his Atherian history and following him toward his destiny. Bryce O'Connor's eloquence creates a world that is believable and easy to visualize making Child of the Daystar an absolute joy to read. The only criticism I have of this book is that it ended, I eagerly await the next installment! I definitely recommend this book to anyone searching for their next epic series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Child of the Daystar is Bryce O'Connor's debut book and the first in the wings of war series. As is claimed by Bryce this is definately "fantasy with a vengeance!" The story centres around Raz i'syul, an Atherian humanoid winged lizard who is rescued from death by a traveller tribe who then adopt him and raise him as one of their own. Constantly having to rein in his violent Atherian nature, Raz grows from a child to a young adult with his adopted family until his tribe is massacred in revenge for his rescue of a human female healer. Raz quickly descends into a world of violence, corruption and treachery as he avenges the deaths of those closest to him. The story is very well written and in Raz I see the birth of a hero as great, if not greater than R. A. Salvatore's Drizzt do' Urden. The only bad thing about this book is that it has left me eagerly anticipating the next in the series. A great read and I would recommend it to any lover of fantasy!