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The Warring Son

(The Wings of War #2)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  1,010 ratings  ·  106 reviews
**Book 2 in the Top 10 Bestselling Epic Fantasy series on Amazon**

Raz i'Syul Arro is a hunted man. To the south, the Mahsadën of Miropa are gone. The šef lay dead, slain at Raz's own hands, their cruel will ripped from the shadows of the city. In response, riders careen to every reachable corner of the known realms, telling anyone with a mind to listen of the boundless ri
Kindle Edition, 322 pages
Published November 29th 2016 by O'Connor, Bryce; 1st edition
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Montzalee Wittmann
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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The Warring Son
By: Bryce O'Connor
Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
This is a great follow up from book one! From the very beginning I was hooked, just like the first book! There is a lot of battles and fighting going on..a lot of corruption in the control of the government that leads to terrible laws. Our dear hero is trying to help the people but finds them blood thirsty. Great narration also.Wonderful performance!
Mark Halse
Feb 27, 2017 rated it did not like it
Woof! I couldn't even finish this. The light tone of the first book continues into the sequel to ill effect.

The first book was so fun and interesting that I didn't mind that the characters lacked depth or that their arches defied logic but in the back of my mind I hoped that some of that insight would be introduced in the sequel. No such luck. THE WARRING SON is one of the worst sequels I've read since WORLD'S EDGE which suffered from a similar problem.

The characters were so shallow and the tone
Buddy read with Shari Kay

Thanks Shari! It was so much fun to read this with you. I can't wait until June when book 3 comes out. Hope we can read it together! I already pre-ordered it! (I am buying them all so I can re read one day).

4.5 stars

My half-assed summary

The book picks up with Raz in the woods. The freeze is soon approaching. He is lost wandering North when he comes across Lueski who asks him for help to save her brother.

Of course Raz does it and then starts to plan how he can clear the n
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: self-published
Actual rating: 2.5

As readers, we love sequels and series. The opportunity to revisit familiar worlds and characters is appealing. Re-experiencing the same thrill an original story gave us is desired. But rare. Many sequels are weaker than their predecessors.

Unfortunately, that's the case here. The Warring Son doesn't feel as fresh as The Child of the Daystar. Instead of taking characters and ideas of the first story and evolving them into something completely original, we experience switching
Charles  van Buren
Dec 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Unnecessarily graphic, December 6, 2017

This review is from: The Warring Son (The Wings of War Book 2) (Kindle Edition)

The writing itself is better in this volume than it was in volume one. The story, however, is just not that good. SPOilERS OR CALL IT WARNINGS AS YOU CHOOSE: The accounts of Raz and his activities are little more than a roll call of graphic violence, torture, mayhem, evil and tragedy. There is even torture and murder of children with details which I did not need to know in order
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Decisive Continuation That Further Shapes The Series

The Warring Son is the second chapter in the now-running Wings of War fantasy series. The sequel to Bryce O'Connor's debut novel, Child of the Daystar, expands upon every element of the series, bringing more world building, more character development, and more riveting action, as we further explore the story and ordeals of Raz i'Syul Arro, the bitter atherian anti-hero, and the people he meets during his crusade for justice and freedom.

Yet, a
Ruthie Jones
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As Child of the Daystar ends and The Warring Son begins, Raz I’Syul, a most unusual and dangerous hero, finds himself on the move. The chilly winds of the North make Raz’s cold blood even colder, and he finds refuge from the forthcoming bitter winter when he helps and befriends a brother and sister fleeing Azbar and The Arena that boasts death as a bloody form of entertainment and a tyrannical show of power.

In helping these two children, Raz is reluctantly drawn to this town and this Arena and a
Devin (Mostly Manga)
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What makes a good sequel to a book? To me it needs to have similarities to the first book to make it a consistent story, yet it also needs to be a little different so I'm not reading the same thing as the first book. The Warring Son fits these qualities and it is a perfect sequel to Child of the Daystar.

The story picks up right where Raz's adventure ended in the last book. Raz is not in the forested mountains of the North and finds himself in even more trouble. Raz is no longer the sellsword he
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm really struggling with this review and rating. On one hand the book was good, it was really good. I love the character development and internal struggles we see with Raz and the development of the bigger story happening in the world.

However, there was one part, I won't give anything away, but there was one scene in the book that broke my heart. Even as I'm trying to write this I can't stop crying. It was a brutal scene that hurt my soul. I'm aware that this is an incredible accomplishment f
Feb 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
really a horrible book specially final chapters
Jeremy Michael Gallen
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
The first sequel of author Bryce O’Connor’s The Wings of War fantasy series, unlike its predecessors, occurs entirely within one year, in the second book’s case 861 v.S. (ver Syul), within the same timeframe as the end of its precursor. In the prologue, the warlord Gûlraht Baoill is in the Vietalis Ranges, lustful for more lands to conquer, including the valley town of Metcaf. The main chapters open with the titular protagonist, Raz the atherian, an anthropomorphic dragon-like race, headed north ...more
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019
It wasn't bad, but it wasn't good either. I liked the beginning of the story (in book one), the idea of Raz as someone who is going to help his kind understand humans and forge better relations with them. The concept was not ideal - there was talk that artherians have tried to go to humans and learn language before but it never worked out. (Why it didn't? excuse was very weak, I wondered why they've never tried to kidnapp someone and force them to teach the language, which should be quite obviou ...more
Ryan Delts
Nov 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a next book in the Wings of War Series and it is an excellent addition to the expanding saga of Raz i'Syul Arro the hero of Child of the Daystar (The Wings of War Book 1). Bryce O'Connor writing style is solid and has matured since the publication the previous entry in the saga. This book creates a sense of investment in the characters fates' while building and expanding the world that continues to draw the reader into the multiple layers of intrigue and plot presented throughout the nov ...more
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read all three of these in one weekend and loved all three of them. While I think using violence against women to get the plot moving is a lazy plot device, there is violence against everyone in this book, so be prepared.

In the first book, we Raz grows up with people who love him and teach him to be his best self. Raz struggles to understand how best he can use his strengths to help people he loves. In the second book, when bad things happen, and you know they do, he tries to make change from
Kevin Potter
Jan 12, 2019 rated it liked it
As with the previous book, the narrator is skilled but his range of voices (particularly for female characters) is a little disappointing.

Thankfully, this book does not continue the time skipping problem the first book had.

Is all quite linear and logical. And while the actual storyline is a bit simple and unbelievable, it was entertaining.

However, the indecisive POV problem from the first book continues, as does the shallowness of the secondary characters. One or two become a bit more real in th
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Bryce has done it again! In this second book in the Child of the Daystar series Bryce has been able to continue the exciting story of Raz, introducing new characters and more importantly giving a little more insight into the personalities and back stories of some of my favorites. The book is well written in that the story continues to evolve from where the previous book left off rather than beginning anew, a sign of a well thought out and executed plotline for the series. Some of the plotlines a ...more
M. Robinson
Nov 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was a beta reader for this book.

The Warring Son (The Wings of War, #2) by Bryce O'Connor, begins where Child of the DayStar left off: on a road headed north.

Winter is coming, and Raz i’Syul Arros intends to weather the next few months uneventfully in The North, safe from the Mahsadën's assassins in The South, by escaping to The North ahead of the freeze. Alas, the best laid plans…. Raz's naiveté proves an ever-enduring fulcrum to leverage the plot.

The Warring Son starts with an interesting ep
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The grand finale of this will be one of those book scenes that stay with me forever. I have never read an author so good at making the slaughter and brutality feel necessary and not gratuitous. But again, no sex, so prudes can read it. Where would he stick it anyway, he is a lizard in a land of humans 😂
Starting where the last novel took off, with Raz on the run after events in Miropa, it unfolds into a slightly grander story, yet still smaller in scale than most fantasy is by the 2nd novel. On t
Cary Williams
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Warring Son picks up where Child of The Daystar left off and ties in well with the storyline. New characters are introduced, and existing characters are further developed, as they start to tie into the main storyline more. This novel is more graphic and brutal than the first, but I like that. It had my blood pumping. As with the Child of the Daystar, the pace is right on track. Everything that needs to be included is. Although there is a lot of fighting in this one, there is plenty of time t ...more
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a powerful, emotional, and ultimately sad inclusion to the series. Raz is a great character and in this book feels far more kinder then he ended up last time. He still has a hardness to him but seeing him open up again and try to save others in his own way was touching and engaging to read.

Going from one bad situation to another isn't easy to endure but for Raz cruelty and violence is always a means to an end, never the end he desires most. He will become what he needs to in order to pr
Johnny Ayers
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I rolled right into The Warring Son after reading the first book of the Wings of War series, Child of the Daystar. So well did the first book roll into the second I didn't even REALIZE I was reading a second book. I was deep in a great, well written story. I couldn't be bothered by such trivial details as knowing, much less caring, that I was onto the second book. The Warring Son continues a well thought out story. It flows well with exciting action, top notch world building and unique, well dev ...more
Nicholas Coulter
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Realities of Humanity as Seen through the Eyes of an Outsider

I truly loved reading this book. It managed to provide an intriguing and riveting story filled with everything that is wrong with humanity. War, deceit, bloodlust, slavery... And yet even still the main character tries to hold out hope that they can be better.

Raz as a main character provides an interesting point of view on the world in which he lives. He's an Anthropomorphic dragon who was trained in the martial arts by his adoptiv
Ashley Sloan
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second book in the Wings of War series delivered just like the first. I like that the premise is different from the first and our beloved Raz is on a different sort of journey but still fighting the good fight. The reader still follows several character story lines throughout the book and we get to know some characters better from the first book while we also get to meet some new characters. I very much enjoyed the book but what really had me not be able to put it down was the last 8 “chapte ...more
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The best and most frustrating thing about the Wings of War series is that it always makes me yearn for more. This book continues Raz's story, as he escapes the South for safe haven in the North, leaving behind its pain and the bad memories. This was a great sequel, I've read several that haven't lived up to the first books greatness, but this one... it supported it very nicely. It added insight to what I am guessing is the overall plot. It left a clear cliffhanger that is again, killing me! I'm ...more
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
These are so confusing. I love love love the easy and effortless way he writes both dialogue and description, these books are a total treat language-wise. The overall grand plot is also compelling. but the books themselves just dont do it for me. Its like an 11 hour A-Team episode, or a 300 page comic book. There is no tension or concern over the characters or their obstacles. The heroes will be fine and the "red shirts" will die. I have book 3 and 4 from a sale, but can't see myself reading the ...more
Jonathan Williamson
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
We get to follow Raz i'Syul Arro through the next stage of his journey and I loved reading this book!! Definitely a bit more dark than the first book but doesn't every trilogy need to have an Empire Strikes Back? I could definitely feel the debate going on inside of Raz and could see why he made the decisions he did. Life isn't always a clear easy to follow path and I thought that the author definitely continued to put us, the readers, on an enjoyable journey with Raz in this next segment of his ...more
Sarah J
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved the first book for making me care about Raz through his journey. In this second volume, Raz remains true to his complex character, but continues to grow through the new events and relationships he experiences here. O'Connor continues to prove to be a gripping storyteller that mixes action, emotion, and ideas to provide a well-rounded literary experience. I've already ordered the third volume and literally cannot wait for my copy to arrive, so I'm going to start reading it on the Kindle a ...more
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good, but also very violent

The writing is great. The action is well described and gripping, even the conflict is well done. However, to me, the level of graphic violence, particularly in describing some of that violence with regard to how it was enacted upon children, was too much. In my opinions on the author took the descriptions a step too far too frequently.

For those that don't care about the items above, i would rate this book 5 stars without the graphic violence enacted against innocent k
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great Expansion

A great expansion to the series and the world, this book takes us to the North where many things are different, and some are not. This is more a progression for the plot and other characters than it is for Raz, who behaves pretty much as you might expect from book one. It's another action-filled story though and well worth reading to see what horrible things fate does to our favorite lizard man. It will be very interesting to see what happens next. Recommended.
Taniqua Cary
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wow this was depressing. Poor Raz has been through SO MUCH throughout the years it’s sad, but I feel like all of this hardships will shape him into one of the most awesome characters I’ve read about lately as long as the author knows how to do it properly. I’m not too worried about it though because so far this series is just amazing. This author is not afraid of killing off characters at all. I’m looking forward to the next book!
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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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“The desire for change is enacted by change, not by a lack of it. When things shift, there is a natural outcry, a desire for a shift back. Sometimes this is a positive reaction, sometimes not. Regardless, once that shift becomes the new normal, that desire to effect dissipates and is eventually forgotten.” 5 likes
“My reason, Raz i’Syul Arro, is that if you struck out to eliminate every person who has ever made poor decisions in their life, you would find yourself alone in an empty world when you were done, with your blade at your own throat.” 5 likes
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