Title: Daygo’s Fury by John F. O’Sullivan
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Publisher: Self Published
Length: 261 pages
Publication Date: September 15, 2015
Rating – 4/5 stars
It’s not easy to survive in the slums.
Liam is an orphan, living with eight others in a dilapidated flat. Every day is a battle in the war to survive. As conditions deteriorate, and casualties rise, Liam begins to lose faith. He looks at the bums on the side of the streets with hate. They’ve given up the fight. They are weak. But it frightens him, how he sometimes longs for their life. Panic grows within his chest. Racquel offers him hope, something good to live for, in a place where there seems nothing but dirt. But what form of survival is worth living for? And what is Liam willing to do to survive? What is he willing to become?
Niisa lives in the great forests of the Chewe mountains. He knows he is the odd one in the tribe. He knows he is different. Daygo calls to him, it speaks to him in the sounds of the forest, in the falling of the rain, in brief glimpses of sunlight through the canopy of trees overhead. It is the life that inhabits all things, that fuels all movement. He will do anything to join the Waloleng de Kgotia, the famous priests of the daygo stream. The tribespeople might consider his actions evil … but they don’t understand.
The world is on the brink of famine and war. New magic is set to be unleashed. The beasts in the north, considered only a surreal page in history, raise their heads and consider, once again, marching south.
Daygo flows, but which way will the current pull …
I’d like to say a big thank you to the author of Daygo’s Fury, John F. O’Sullivan for giving me the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review!
Daygo’s Fury is a fantasy story that is epic in scope and detail. It is told in the alternating perspectives of three young people whose lives are vastly different from each others. My favorite character perspective is Liam, a homeless orphan whom is really just trying to do whatever he can do to survive on the streets while always dreaming of a better life.
It is an epic fantasy so the writing can be somewhat dense (which I love) and the pacing a little slower but that I think is balanced with some really great action sequences/fight scenes given to us through Liam’s perspective. The writing itself is very detailed with very detailed descriptions and I found myself just getting sucked up and lost in this world. At first I thought it was a little slow in the beginning and early half of the middle but after finishing the book, I appreciated the amount of time spent detailing the background events that make up the experiences of our main characters so far. It was definitely a very dark story told in a hard and unforgiving setting but it also had settings of beauty like the forest we encounter in Nissa’s perspective. I find Nissa to be an intriguing character and I’m interested in seeing what his journey is going to be like going forward. It was hard for me to cope with his perspective as he does things that I personally found hard to read but he is such a complex character that I was inevitably drawn in. The city seemed like such a cruel place and there was alot of violence to animals and to women that were hard for me to read but they just added to this picture of a really dark, dirty city where one would have to be ruthless in order to survive. This makes me so much more sympathetic to both Liam and Racquel and the life they are living.
As a whole this was an interesting story that drew me in and just kept getting better and better as the story progressed. I am VERY interested in continuing the series and seeing what happens to the characters that we have been introduced to in this book. It is a very unpredictable plot which I love because the story can literally go anywhere from here and I’m looking forward to the same amount of detail continuing in future books in this series. I cannot wait to see what sort of man Liam becomes. It is so evident in this story that this world is huge and it is going to be fun to watch the world and all of it’s stories unfold as the author releases more of this series in the future. I cannot wait! You can find more information and also purchase this book using one of the links below! Happy reading everyone!
About the Author
John O’ Sullivan is a qualified yoga teacher and property valuer who writes epic fantasy that is real and uncompromising. Through his work be transported to another world, and live each scene through another’s eyes, until the mind behind the eyes merges with your own. Know an epic life, know human failures and human triumphs, know fear and loss, heartache and hope, weakness and strength, magic and power and helplessness in a world gone mad.
Find and follow John in the following places.
Some of his favourite authors.
Fantasy: Robert Jordan, David Gemmell, Peter V. Brett, Joe Abercrombie.
Historical Fiction: Robert Harris, Conn Iggulden, Ken Follett.
Literary Fiction: Phillip Roth, Wally Lamb, Rohinton Mistry.
Some of his favourite books: The Wheel of Time Series, This Much I Know is True, A Fine Balance, Shogun, The Human Stain, The Pillars of the Earth, The Agony and the Ecstasy, Half of a Yellow Sun, Property, A Suitable Boy, The White Tiger, A Life of Pi.
Fear is the enemy.