The Boy who Lit up the Sky (The Two Moons of Rehnor, #1)

The Boy who Lit up the Sky (The Two Moons of Rehnor, #1)

by J. Naomi Ay

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The Boy who Lit up the Sky (The Two Moons of Rehnor, #1) by J. Naomi Ay

Lydia Kalila, the Princess Royal of Mishnah, is forced into marriage with the son of her country's mortal enemy for the sole purpose of producing an heir.  Duty comes before personal choice for a princess, especially when her country has been at war for more than a thousand years.  Lydia's pregnancy removes her brother and new husband from their respective lines of succession, placing her yet unborn infant at the head of both queues.  No one is happy about this, especially Lydia who dies during childbirth from wounds caused by the talon-like toenails of her very strange newborn son.


Grief stricken at the loss of his daughter, the Mishnese King hastily sends Senya, his infant grandson off to a decrepit inner city orphanage with the intent to retrieve him much later when things got sorted out.  At the orphanage, Senya is protected by the invalid Sister Meri who instantly falls in love with the little fellow.  She's not bothered at all by his strange telekinetic and telepathic powers, flickering pupil-less silver eyes, or wicked clawed toenails. The House Father takes a shine to the lad too, and when Senya is six years old, he is summoned to the Father's chamber.  The Father ends up in flames, forcing Meri and Senya out into a snow storm running for their lives. 


Thus begins the tale of Senya, a prince created to be king of a planet but tossed aside until his twelfth birthday when Lt. Taner, a Royal Guard detective is sent to retrieve him.  It is unclear to all whether Senya is the product of something good or something evil, but in either case, it is very apparent that he is something more than just Lydia Kalila's son.

*** Note to readers- This title contains graphic language, sexual situations and some violence.  It is not intended for children or young teens.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940154901229
Publisher: J. Naomi Ay
Publication date: 01/27/2015
Series: Two Moons of Rehnor , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 33,923
File size: 375 KB

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The Boy Who Lit Up the Sky 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite The Boy who Lit up the Sky (The Two Moons of Rehnor) by J. Naomi Ay is the story of Senya, a rather unusual hero. His life starts out in an orphanage in which only one person treats him well while all others abuse him and hate him for being different. And different he is: not does he look different from all the other kids, he also has certain powers that start to become stronger the older he gets. But he does not stay in the orphanage for long as his carer Sister Meri escapes with him when the boss of the orphanage wants to do something unspeakable to the little boy. But life does not get much easier after the escape. Sister Meri and Senya have some strange kind of connection, but all changes once the truth comes out and Senya is taken to the king. Because Senya is more than just an ordinary orphan boy. The Boy who Lit up the Sky is a good and entertaining read because it shows readers that even the most unlikely characters can solve the hardest problems. It encourages the reader not to give up when things seem hopeless. You cheer on certain characters, and hope that other characters disappear from the stage quickly (unfortunately, some don't). It is a rather nice story and I liked the idea of the plot. The book is in general well written and has some interesting twists and turns along the way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would like to read more in the series but B&N does not seem to carry,Guess I will give my money to Amazon
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my review through Goodreads' READ IT AND REAP program.  I thank the author for this opportunity.   For me, this story was—odd.  I’m not sure exactly why that word summarizes it best for me, but when I try to think of descriptive words for the story, it is the word that comes to mind again and again.  I find I am confused by the world created between the covers of THE BOY WHO LIT UP THE SKY.  The people and social norms suggest that the world is ancient and pre-industrial, but the gadgets and technologies are anything but.  Thus, I pictured thirteenth century people in a twenty-first century world, and somehow, it did not work well for me.  Things from just the first few pages that suggested an old included the orphan home and the way it was run, the power of the Father, the infants’ loss of their parents during the “winter freeze,” use of words such as “half-breed” and “milord,” the “one year olds’ room” where “twenty babies sat naked in chairs, eating, sleeping and pooping at will,” the reference to orphan girls who “unless they were rescued before age seven or eight, would be put to work earning their keep,” the fact that there were only jobs for “men who joined the guards and women who worked as maids in the Palace,” the loss of babies from “a fever going around,” the off-handed manner in which a child sexual predator was introduced, and so forth.  I could picture these things in a world very different from the world of today.  Even so, these same early pages occasionally noted things like a bottle warmer, the Father’s new “speeder,” old radiators that “spat and hissed,” and a note that no busses serviced a particular area.  I grant that a fantasy world can be anything.  I just found that for me this one was—not believable—it was—odd.   The main character, Senya, also known later as Sehron, is I believe, intended to be a sympathetic character.  In fact, I found that I quite disliked him.  Perhaps this was because I couldn’t quite capture his spirit.  As an infant, he did magic and unexplainable things, then after escaping the orphanage, became a street waif that was always and forever found with a cigarette between his lips and with a chip on his shoulder.  He was a bully and a murderer.  In short, I found no redeeming value about his person.  Also, I must say that while his eyes shone silver from the outset, it was some time before I discovered that Senya was in fact blind, and that he only saw through the eyes of others.  Perhaps I had I missed something along the way. . . ? Each chapter is told through the eyes of a different character.  Here is where the author excelled—that is, the author showed a keen ability to take on different personalities.  However, it may have been this approach that also worked against providing continuity to the story—continuity that may have helped me to identify more readily with Senya. Perhaps my biggest issue with THE BOY WHO LIT UP THE SKY was the manner in which women were portrayed.  With the exception of Meri who summoned the courage to escape a violent and predatory environment, the women were all superficial and silly.  They complained about not trusting Senya with their children, but did not do what any mother I know would do—remove their children from the potential harm.  Of course, it may be that this was due to their subservient role in this medieval land but as noted above, this was not a medieval land—at least not technologically speaking.  Most keenly, I noted that the men spoke of their women solely as those who handled domestic chores.  Thus, the men referenced whether someone’s wife could cook or not (“Perhaps he just doesn’t like your wife’s cooking.  I’m not sure I do either.”), and made such comments to their own wives, as:  “Have you not enough tasks to keep you busy such as tending your baby and cleaning this house?” or “. . . this is my house.”  Without genuine or realistic women characters, the story fell flat for me. I also note that there are some editing errors.  Some are merely grammatical and there is the use of both “smart” and “dumb” quotation marks at the same time.  There also are instances where the incorrect word was used, such as “wretched” for “retched.”  All that said, THE BOY WHO LIT UP THE SKY does deliver a “new” fantasy world for those readers looking for the same.
Anonymous 8 months ago
A straightforward fun book with the occasional twist and turn. Good for a quick read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A new and unique story, well told. A true movie in the mind read. DMB
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repatpat More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book and would like to read book 2, but Barnes and Noble does not carry it as an e-book. As stated by a prior reviewer, it was a bit confusing at first. I thought I was reading about a country back in the 13 or 1400's, but then as I continued reading, I discovered that they had many modern conveniences. But, if you can overlook that, which I did, I still enjoyed the book. I thought the character development was handled well and I want to find out what happens, and how it happens. It was different than any other fiction book I have ever read, and that is what makes me want to read more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story, can not wait for more books.
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JaimeBuncie More than 1 year ago
Not a bad first book. Felt a little rushed in places, wouldn't mind reading more in the future just to see where it goes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wanted this to be better. A little strange and hard to get through. Main character is a semi - Jesus figure, except that he kills a lot of people and has metaphorical sex with a 13 yr old who is destined to be his bride. Author seems to have outlined and titled a dozen books for this series, which, by the way, also includes Jedi mind tricks. Might read a few more to see where this is all supposed to be going. But only if they are in the range of 1 or 2 bucks.
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For Apprentice's!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bye ily