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Child of the Daystar

Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
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Among the scattered fringe cities bordering the Cienbal desert, the true name of the Monster of Karth is spoken only in whispers...RAZ I'SYUL ARRO. 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 cultures. He has no need of loyalties, his sole affections pledged to the gold crowns that buy his time and skills.

Wed to his blades, Raz's only friends are the Moon and Her Stars and the shadows they bring with the night. But Raz was not born to the mercenary's way, to the butchery and battle of day-by-day survival.

Raz, like a sword, was hammered from steel and fire and ashy smoke, forged on the ruins of an old life. And Raz knows who he owes this new path to, this carved way of blood and iron. The Monster of Karth, after all, would never forget who gave him that name. And some debts can't be paid in gold....

©2015 Bryce O'Connor (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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  • Drake Vato
  • 26-08-16

A Solid Start To A Potentially Great Series

Child of the Daystar is the first chapter in the upcoming Wings of War fantasy series. It is also one of the best novels I've experienced this year, and I consider myself an avid reader, one who has hundreds of books under his belt. Author Bryce O'Connor has written a great piece that both entertains and tells a dramatic story, so I heartily recommend anyone to get novel and experience it for themselves.

But first, let me delve a bit deeper into things.

STORY

As a whole, the story of the book, while nothing original, is well told and gripping. The pacing is neither frantic, nor plodding but, as another reviewer had said, goes in a kind-of flowing, fluid tempo that serves perfectly to portray the events that happen on page. (And, in the case of the audiobook, the narrator does an excellent job to reflect this - see below) Overall, the plot begins in a more languid pace, then gradually picks up the speed until in the end we have a nice array of action and dramatics.

The setting of the book is nothing to write home about - it is a fairly standard low fantasy, spiced up with some original elements and a hint of post-apocalyptism. The main draw is the geography, the continent where the events take place being separated into two mega-regions - the freezingly-cold North and the blistering-hot South.

The main characters are well-rounded and complex, and their changes during the story are dramatic, evocative, and most importantly, believable. The side and minor characters are also quite varied and have personalities of their own, though the ones introduced later in the story feel a bit two-sided and could've used some more depth. Given that the plot is more character-driven than story-driven, this is a major point which the author has done well; I sincerely felt invested in the characters, particularly Raz.

The plot revolves around the main character, Raz i'Syul Arro, who lives through a traumatic event early in his life that shapes his future and changes him forever. The book spans twenty years of in-world time, split into three large acts. The story as a whole is a typical "Coming of Age" scenario, mixed with a healthy dose of revenge and Punisher-style crime-fighting toward the last third. The book also sports a sub-plot of a sorts, about a woman named Syrah, who plays an integral part in story; afterwards, the events featuring her are somewhat stand-alone, though it is hinted heavily that she will have a larger role later in the series.

Something to note: this is a set-up novel. As such, many of the events developing in the book are made so that they either serve as a catalyst to the characters, or lay the foundations for future plot hooks. That said, the novel can be enjoyed on its own, but expect to have many story seeds left unresolved or hanging if you don't follow up on the series.

One of the more unique aspects of the novel is its protagonist: Raz i'Syul. He is not human; which is not so uncommon thing in fiction, not at all. What's rare is that he is the central hero of the story, the plot's main character; now that is something entirely different. Fantasy and sci-fi fiction has always frequently featured non-humans in their worlds, but in all the books I have read so far, I have never encountered a non-human main character, with the exception of the Chanur novels. As such, I consider the novel doubly more interesting, because this "non-human main character" concept is relatively novel. (Pun semi-intended)

This also brings a whole new facet to the narrative, and it is something that the author has handled expertly. Raz acts human and (mostly) thinks human, because such has been his upbringing; at the same time, he is an atherian (large, lizard-like humanoid), with his own instincts and behaviors and Raz' psyche reflects that - he frequently experiences inner conflict between his human morals and alien nature.

Overall, the novel is greater than the sum of its parts. What makes it so enjoyable to read is the execution; the way the story is told, the complex characters who bring it to life, and the solid prose that delivers the whole narrative in an engaging and organic manner. Also, Raz is super cool and has become one of my new favorite characters.

TECHNICAL PRESENTATION

Regarding the technical presentation of the audiobook, everything is top-notch, with a couple of minor complaints.

The narrator is superb; smooth and professional. He delivers the story with just the right pacing, giving emphasis to the sentences when the narrative dictated. His voice-acting is lively and varied; he conveys emotion excellently, and even his female voices were quite believable. My only personal gripe was the narrator's rendition of Raz' voice, but since I imagine it is quite hard to perform non-human voices, this gets a free pass; in the end, I even came to like Raz' voice and began to identify the character with it, so I reckon it should be portrayed in the same way for the next book.

Now, about the minor complaints: the first one is the pauses between chapters. They could've been a bit longer, so as to be easier to distinguish when a segment of the story came to a conclusion. The second complaint is the way Audible has split the audiobook into two parts - right before the big turning point in the plot. That can either be considered a tool for heightening tension, or an obnoxious annoyance - and I personally fall into the second camp.

CONCLUSION

Child of the Daystar is the begining of a fantasy series I will follow with great interest. The combination of a unique main character, solid plot, and a promising story arc and setting makes this book one of the better debuts in recent years. The novel is not without flaws, and there were certain parts where the critic inside me pointed out as lacking or not good enough, but these did not in any way diminish my enjoyment of the novel. Considering Mr. O'Connor is a fresh author, his craft can only improve in the future, bringing even better books to come.

Bottom line, if you like fantasy novels, and want a new, fresh series with an unique and likeable main character, then buy Child of the Daystar and keep an eye out for the rest of the books, when they are finished.

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  • Paul Z.
  • 02-08-16

I can't wait for the next!

This is a wonderful first book. O'Connor is a great writer; the world is interesting, the characters are complex, and he leaves you wanting more. I have read 50 books so far this year (Jan. 1 to Aug. 1) and I would put this in my top 10.

Mikael Naramore is also a top notch narrator.

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  • christian
  • 06-12-16

The best book I've ever read, and I've read over 200 hours

This book is simply amazing, it's set in a perfect time and environment that sets the books mood flawlessly. The characters are in depth and have fully fleshed out back stories. This book is calm in places but has areas of pure emotion and action, making it very exhilarating. This beautiful work of art deserves to be seen. I will never forget this book for as long as I live. I am giving this book a perfect review for the sheer emotional power it has, the author of this book is quite honestly an amazing one, the one that created this breath taking book. For all who see this review, I highly encourage you read this book, you won't regret it, not even for a second.

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  • Amanda L Brooks
  • 31-10-16

Action packed with a badass protagonist

Let me start by saying that this is not my favorite genre of novels, however a friend recommended I give this a read and I am glad I did. The book starts off quickly and does not let you go from there. In the style of The Punisher and Man on Fire, this story follows it's protagonist, Raz I'Syul Arro, on his path of revenge and redemption through the immersive universe that Bryce has created. This book is intense and exciting and will have you quickly logging the hours of this audiobook as it keeps you on the edge of your seat. Overall this is great debut from Bryce O'Connor and I will certainly be looking forward to finding out where the rest of the Wings of War series goes.

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  • Kathleen
  • 05-04-18

RIVETING!!

The writing is wonderful, the story pulls you in and and sure enough, you’re caught!!

The narrator, Mikael Naramore, creates so many voices, it really makes the story come alive in your mind’s eye. Looking forward to the next one!!

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  • KLM
  • 14-12-16

Complex, wow

Amazing just amazing. I can't wait for the next book. This book grabbed me and didn't let go. The narrator was perfect for this book and wow. I will be recommending this book to everyone.

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  • Dustin Jernigan
  • 28-08-16

Fantastic read

main character seeming a bit Mary sue~ish(would only dock a half star for that if i could) at times but man was it a really good read, It definitely put this author on my radar

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  • Jason
  • 29-03-19

World building at the expense of story - meh

The Good:
The main character is likable and you care about what happens to him.
Scenes are generally pretty good.

The Bad:
Awkward writing at times - made me think, "Where's the editor on this?"
Shoves world building down your throat in a way that isn't material to the story - meaning you don't care. I kept thinking, "Nice of the author to do all this world building for a future book right now." I think the editor should have caught this IMO.
Sequels are muddled with the internal motivations of the characters not feeling real.

Conclusion:
I enjoyed the story but am very thankful the book wasn't longer. It was more than a little slog to get to the end. Wouldn't recommend and won't be doing book #2. The narrator does a pretty good job with the material. I don't regret listening to it but found myself wishing it was more polished. It could have been a much better book.

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  • Christopher
  • 24-03-19

Start of a new Book-Lust

(For younger listeners) It says the F word a handful of times along with with other curse words and mature themes.
That being said, I loved this selection. The book was expertly written and flowed well. The story was CAPTIVATING! I can not wait to listen to the other books in the series! HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

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  • Richard B. Topie
  • 06-03-19

Amazing Start to a Series!

I first heard of this series from going to the book store. The spellings of names and cities were a turnoff so I skipped it. When I started using Audible this came up again so I decided to use one of my first credits for it. I DO NOT REGRET IT!

The Story is great and very easy to follow. Each character is distinctive and unique. I got really attached to the characters and the main protagonist's struggles. The pacing is good too. There are quotes at the beginning in each chapter that give you a hint at which character you will be following. This helps you mentally prepare and reconcile what has happened in that arc to catch you back up and even hint at what is to come. Like a church line and you will follow a female character or something about the desert and you know it is the main character or another character from the desert.

The narrator does a good job at speaking in a woman's voice then switching to a man's. (Of course, because the narrator is a man) He even does a great job at different men's accents. Very broad range of vocals. I've listened to other books where the male narrator does a good job at male voices but make the women sound like they smoked 12 packs in 30 seconds.

This is a book that I don't dread to re-listen to due to a detail I may have missed. :)

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