Title: Child of the Daystar
Author: Bryce O’Connor
Series: Wings of War #1
The atherian and the humans don’t mingle. But when an atherian slave is left for dead and rescued by a group of desert traders, he fits into human society in a way the rest of his kind never have. Named Raz i’Syul, his actions will shape the course of kingdoms . . .
This is another great series with a draconic main character. Raz is unusual even for an atherian, as he is both male and winged. Unfortunately, he can’t fly, but it’s hard to tell if that’s because he was raised by humans, or because the wings aren’t capable of it. (And by the end there are hints this will change, which I hope is true.)
The characters have a lot of depth. Raz, being non-human, struggles at times with the things that mark him as different—not the looks, so much, but the bestiality that lurks underneath his conscious thoughts. He tries to stick to his ideals, but the world around him is falling apart. Can one person do anything meaningful against all of that? But the quotes heading each chapter are told from a historical perspective, indicating that he will, indeed, be instrumental in some fashion.
I wasn’t quite as fond of Syrah’s portions. Most of the story is about Raz, and he gets a full arc—not one that solves all of his problems, but one that resolves some things for his character and launches him on to greater things ahead. Syrah feels like she’s still setting up for some future development. With one exception, her portion of the story doesn’t touch on his, and it’s harder to see why her sections are important.
Overall, though, this was a compelling story, and I will be interested to see where it goes from here. I rate this book Recommended.