Title: Starchild: The Age of Akra (Book #1)
Author: Vacen Taylor
Publication Date: March 8, 2013
Publisher: Odyssey Books
Recommended Age: 10+
When Mai is chosen to take a pilgrimage to the Valley of a Thousand Thoughts to train with the oldest and wisest master of their people, an ancient prophecy is set in motion. The events to come have been predicted but are not unchangeable. When the Starchild returns to the planet of Sage, the foreknowledge of the prophecy begins to gain strength.
Four children come together and become linked to the events that lie ahead. In The Age of Akra, the first stage of their journey has them facing the deadly spiderflax, only then to be confronted by a creature of the underworld, an evil Dementra called Amual.
The struggle to bring peace to the world of powerful energies lies in the hands of these four children and a strange little lizard. And it will not come easy. This journey is only the beginning.
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“An adventure on a grand scale of four children and their lizard on their journey to the valley of a thousand thoughts. This book is suitable for both girls and boys and will appeal to any one that enjoys an adventure, as well as being science fiction, and creating a wondrous world that takes the reader along on that journey. Looking forward to the next book in the series.” ~ 5-Star review from homeport UK, Amazon (US)
“Struggling readers will enjoy the simple truths of the characters, and more advanced readers will delight in the journey of Mai, Long, and Akra. A journey that introduces multifaceted characters, whom I hope will make an appearance in subsequent titles in The Starchild Series, because I’m already attached to them. Even the slightest of creatures was placed in Starchild with the greatest of skill, care, and thought…” ~ 5-Star review from C. Bullard, Amazon (US)
“I have never been more thankful than I am now for leaving my comfort zone and trying a genre that I would usually avoid. Normally, the idea of reading a sci-fi or fantasy style novel would have me cringing violently, so of course when I first received Starchild, I was a little hesitant. However, boy was I pleasantly surprised. Starchild is superb and really captures the essence of youth and the desire to fulfil your destiny… Quite simply, I could keep going on about how great the novel is until my lips fall off or, you could give it a go for yourself.” ~ 5-Star review from Tasman A., Goodreads
“What an imagination!! Absolutely fabulous. What a great read. The characters came to life so easily. Their physical descriptions have me a visual idea but their personalities evolved and developed quickly so they were my friends and heroes before very long..”~ 5-Star review from Dannielle S., Goodreads
“This book is amazing! I especially loved the selection process, wondering why this was happening and what would be the outcome. I particularly enjoyed the concept of the nations and their powers. It flows really quickly with no boring bits. I’m in high school and I enjoyed it…”~ 5-Star review from M.I. Saunders, Goodreads
About The Author: Vacen Taylor
Vacen Taylor is an Australian author, writer, occasional artist and amateur photographer. She loves creating stories for children and reading to her young readers. She is a happy person with a zest for life and exploring the world at large. Vacen collects comics and loves superheroes. Her favourite superhero is Spider-Man. Vacen also believes in expressing the uniqueness of self. She has had several short stories published for adults online. Starchild is her first novel for children and is the first book in a series of seven.
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