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Child of the Daystar

(The Wings of War #1)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  1,956 ratings  ·  222 reviews
Among the scattered fringe cities bordering the Cienbal desert, the true name of the Monster of Karth is spoken only in whispers... 


A sellsword of the utmost caliber, Raz is a killer of paramount skill and highest regard. Towering tall even amongst the atherian, he is the only of his kind to live free in the "civilized" confines of mankind's varied culture
Kindle Edition, 310 pages
Published December 11th 2015 by Lulu Publishing Services (first published November 15th 2015)
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Thanks for reaching out! Book 2 is still in writing phase, but it's well on its way. I'm aiming for a 2016 summer release, but you never…more
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Thanks for reaching out! Book 2 is still in writing phase, but it's well on its way. I'm aiming for a 2016 summer release, but you never know with editing. In the meantime, preorders will be going up soon, and I'll be posting some free material on Amazon as soon as I can get everything together! Hopefully that will tide you over until The Warring Son makes it to print!


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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
First off, the cover of this book is amaze balls!

"By the Sun's grace, I grow. By the Moon's, I sleep. It is in their light that the world is, and it is by their light that I shall live."


I loved Raz! I call him my dragonoid. Yeah, he's a lizard like creature (dragon) that are called Atherian's.

These ole jerks had him and some of his kind as slaves, taking them to the slave market. Supposedly the wings of a male Atherian goes for a pretty
Montzalee Wittmann
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 ...more
Ben Alderson
Jul 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Bryce O'Connor, is a new and NEEDED voice in the fantasy genre. This book is utterly unique, with no ties and similarities to any other works of fiction I have read.
It has set up the story really well, looking forward to the follow up.

Bryce is also a massive fan of Harry Potter and prolific author when it comes to connecting with his readers, I can see the appeal in his work and him as an author!
4.5 stars (Just some points to make.. not a real review)

Thank you Shari Kay for your great review which prompted me to read this! You are right, I totally love RAZ.

I got sucked right into the story and couldn't put it down. I am surprised this is the authors debut!

The writing is absolutely astounding!!! Excellent world building.. 3 dimensional characters that pop off the page..perfect fight scenes (not overdone, or drawn out), I really felt like I was there in the story!

It wasn't overly politi
Oct 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
3 Stars

Child of the Daystar was a solid, entertaining fantasy novel that started out strong but faded toward the end.

The book follows Raz, an atherian who is one of the few of his kind to live among humans. Atherians are basically humanoid lizard/dragon like creatures and yes, they are as cool as they sound. The story has several different POV perspectives, but the story focuses on Raz, and his journey from outcast to accepted member of society to mercenary.

There was a lot I liked about this boo
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dragons are cool. All right-thinking people will agree with me on this. A human-dragon hybrid warrior must be cool by definition. Child of the Daystar is Bryce O’Connor’s debut fantasy novel, successfully funded through Kickstarter campaign in 2015.
While it's not always wise to judge the book by the cover, I couldn't resist this one. Just look at it. It's dope. 

The story starts with our hero Raz I’Syul (meaning Child of the Daystar) Arro when he’s just a child slave. Raz belongs to Atherians – 
Ruthie Jones
Nov 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Child of the Daystar is the beginning of a new and exciting series called The Wings of War. The development of the characters and settings is neither rushed nor superficial. O’Connor presents an original world full of intrigue and promise.

The two main plots that follow Raz i’Syul and Syrah switch back and forth seamlessly, and their crossing paths provide the catalyst for the story's explosive movement forward and outward. Even though Raz and Syrah are completely opposite in every sense of the w
James Piggott
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From the start this novel took be by surprise. O’Connor has managed to write the story with a clean exposition. The description of events, surroundings and people is to the point and rarely sidetracks. O’Connor easily manages to create characters that are engaging to the reader. Without lengthy background descriptions the reader is able to quickly determine their nature. For the most part their actions reflect a realistic and pragmatic knowledge of their world. Every one of their actions can lea ...more
Ashley Sloan
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A terrific read that started almost immediately in chapter 1. Very well written and filled with action. The reader becomes invested in the characters and you have to keep reading to find out what happens next. Before you know it, you’ve finished the entire book. On to book 2!
Dec 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Child of the Daystar is a beautifully written Dark Fantasy novel, containing quality world-building - you’ll be easily drawn to the world the author has created. The book is focused on the journey and personal growth of a unique character called Raz, a sort of antihero. There are internal and external conflicts involved that add depth to the story, and this is why this book is so interesting. It’s just not about Raz’s mad fighting skills; it’s about his internal struggles too.

With an overall omn
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A different kind of fantasy novel 4.5 stars

Raz is one of the atherian—a reptilian desert people. The only one who lives in human society. By profession he is a mercenary, a sellsword who will kill for money as long as you offer enough of it. This story tels his origins, his work and the actions that made him both butcher and savior of an entire city.

This was different, and honestly quit interesting. Raz isn't human and he knows it, we know it and all around him know it. He is dangerous and deadl
Mark Halse
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
A humanoid dragon assassin main character? It sounded goofy and immature the first time I received a recommendation for this book. I couldn't have been more wrong.

CHILD OF THE DAYSTAR is a mesmerizing fantasy romp. From page one through the Epilogue this book got it's hooks into me and hasn't released me yet.

Despite this the book could've benefit from a couple hundred more pages. Coming in under 400 pages, CHILD OF THE DAYSTAR introduced a number of interesting characters and a unique world that
Ryan Mueller
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This one just barely makes it to a four-star rating. I enjoyed it, but I didn't feel fully invested in the story for a while. The beginning was slower than I would have liked. Then it really picked up about halfway through, and I became a lot more interested. Mostly, it's getting four stars because I did like it enough to seek out the sequels.

The story starts out with the main character as a baby, and the entire section of him growing up didn't quite work for me. I kept reading and waiting for t
Joe Jackson
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was pretty sure I was going to like this from the minute I laid eyes on the cover, and I certainly wasn't disappointed. It wasn't exactly what I expected based on the inside flap teaser and some of the book reviews, but that turned out to be a very good thing.

What makes Raz such a fascinating character is the dichotomy of his nature. He is at once a creature of instinct and rage, but also a man of honor and family values instilled in him by his adoptive parents. Some regard him only as the for
Kitvaria Sarene
This started of a bit slow, and at times felt pretty generic to me, even though the main character is from a race I haven't read about before.
It definitely hooked me more in the second half when the story seemed to speed up and the plot became apparent.
I liked the main character even if at times he felt a bit wooden to me, as in not fully like a "real" person. He did grow on me over the course of the course of the story and I liked how he seemed a bit too perfect at first, but did show some fl
Dec 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely loved this book!! This is definitely a series that’s going to eat my life up as soon as I started this from the first page it had me and I couldn’t put it down. Bryce has an excellent way of connecting you with the characters and even the side characters. I felt I was a part of the family unit that existed and I was even worried when characters that weren’t mentioned that often encountered problems. Over all of the characters though the main character Raz stole the show for me his pre ...more
Tiger Hebert
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a fun read! Raz is an unconventional protagonist, and he's fun. He's a bit OP, but he's the Monster of Karth, what do you expect?

Overall it's a good story arc. The writing at some points is down right poetic which is great, but sometimes it's a tad bit too much. Syrah's story arc is unfinished so it seems out of place, but it's clearly being setup for book 2. Overall, looking forward to reading the next one.
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well this will be a confusing review. Please keep in mind 3 -stars is "I liked it"... I think too many people think 5 is very good, 4 is good, and 3 is awful.

EDIT - after reading Book 2, I had to come back and bump this from what was really 3.5 to 4 stars. The book is great on its own but also I now appreciate it a great deal more, seeing how so much came back in critical ways in Book 2- not just plot stuff, but Raz's value system and why/how he makes decisions.

The writing style/language, the c
Sarah J
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was recommended this book by a colleague, since they knew I am an avid reader with a special bent towards fantasy (and sci-fi). I was a bit skeptical, but quickly found myself enraptured by this unique, complex character as he began his epic quest in O'Connor's elaborate but thoroughly painted world. I brought this book on vacation thinking I'd pick it up now and then but couldn't help devouring it within the first 3 days, immediately ordering the next in the series. Well worth the read!
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing

One of the very few books that had me absolutley hooked from the beginning all the way to the end.
Devin (Mostly Manga)
I love fantasy an 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 - out 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 ...more
( 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 an
Wesley Ann
Dec 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. It was a bit sluggish up to about 1/4 of the way through but then came together well and the pacing picked up nicely. Normally I don't read books where the main character isn't human or elf or something to that effect (humanish in looks) I'm not much for, like this book, the main character is a lizard species, however I was surprised that didn't bug me (yes I realize this is silly of me to dismiss books simply bc of the main characters species but it's just one of the many q ...more
Christine Evans
Feb 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a backdrop to a longer tale. I enjoyed the book and fully intend on following this author for more.

I feel I would have had greater empathy for the characters if their minds were better revealed. I was told but not shown and couldn't appreciate the settings. truth told, I finished this book two nights ago and cannot recall a single name. Minds work by associating new concepts to established ones and repetition is important if you wish the memeries to stay. On the same token an influx of
Charles  van Buren
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Interesting debut novel, December 2, 2017

This review is from: Child of the Daystar (The Wings of War Book 1) (Kindle Edition)

I first downloaded a sample and was not enthralled. However, the book is available through Kindle Unlimited and I liked some parts of the sample so I downloaded and read the book. It did improve as the story progressed. The story is quite good when it deals with the desert nomads and the cities of the south. Less so, in my opinion, when it turns to the monks/priests in the
Apr 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Picked this up when browsing the Prime reading fantasy listings. Glad I did. O'Connor writes well, and offers up a glimpse into a familiar-yet-distinct world that you find yourself both rooting and feeling sorry for simultaneously. The characters aren't cardboard, and the story is painted in broad enough strokes to allow for a rich epic to unfold. The fantastical elements don't overshadow the plot, and seem natural to the world O'Connor's created. There's plenty of well-written action, good dose ...more
Laurie Jo
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Well thought out and written

I enjoyed this book throughly. Often I think when reading fantasy, that the battles are too drawn out and boring, but this was not the case. The battles were detailed but not overwhelmingly so. I was disappointed the story ended so quickly. There seems to be much left to explore with the characters. I Did not encounter the editing issues I see so often in self published books.
Taniqua Cary
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wow I keep finding these hidden gems on amazon after digging deep in the kindle unlimited library. I really loved this book! It was so different in a way from others with the cast of characters. I loved how there was always a little quote from some unknown characters (rare times they were known) that would sometimes foreshadow an event. Honestly all those quotes and characters will probably be known the further into the series you get but hats besides the point! Even with the foreshadowing, I co ...more
Jun Wen
Dec 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Clarity is clearly one O'Connor's strengths - crisp writing and clear narrative made Child of the Daystar a breeze to read for me. These are important strengths to have in fantasy writing, because the goal is to submerge the reader in fantastic lore, not drown the reader in convoluted writing. This is a fine line to walk - oversimplification deprives the work of identity, while over convolution bars the reader from immersing himself in the lore that is central to any work of fantasy. Child of ...more
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Bryce writes high fantasy stories with special twists on character and plot. Child of the Daystar, the first installment in his series, The Wings of War, released in December, 2015. The fifth and final installment is arriving an Amazon and Audible soon!.


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The Wings of War (5 books)
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  • As Iron Falls (The Wings of War, #4)
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