Today’s offering is The Age of Akra, book one in the Starchild series, a Middle Grade fantasy series by Vacen Taylor. Many thanks to Vacen, and to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to be a part of this tour, and for providing me with a copy of the book.
The foreshadowing of a dark future threatens the seven nations. Mai is selected to train with the mysterious elemental master Sah Dohba who will prepare her to become the protector of the desert lands. Her brother Long, steps forward to travel with her as her chaperone to the Valley of a Thousand Thoughts.
A chance encounter brings them together with Akra, the Starchild. The trio travels on into a battle with the elements. Sandstorms. Deadly creatures. Starvation. Then a chance meeting with a powerful earthfollower, sets them on a new path where they must each find the strength to face a terrifying foe from the Underworld.
Aside from the fact I find fantasy books hard to resist, I was also initially drawn to this one because of the main character’s name. I mean, how could I resist?
The Age of Akra is the first book in the exciting Starchild series. Featuring a perilous journey full of the threat of dangerous creatures, this book is action packed and fast paced. The hazards they face are dark and challenging enough to keep older readers gripped by the story, but not so dark that they will scare younger readers.
I loved Mai and her determined attitude to do the right thing, no matter the risk or the delay it would cause to her pilgrimage. Reluctant hero Long adds an element of humour to the book, and he actually turned out to be my favourite character.
The varying abilities of the different nations give so much scope for Mai and her friends to meet new people along their route, and I am excited to see who they meet next.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Vacen Taylor is a children’s author with a portfolio of screenwriting and stage play achievements. A selection of her poetry has been published in Art and Literature Journals. One of her plays was selected to be part of the Playwrights Program 2017 and then directed and performed as a performance reading at HOTA (previously the Gold Coast Arts Centre).
Her feature film script received a special commendation for Best Unproduced Screenplay titled Grandfathers at the British Independent Film Festival in 2018. The logline can be found under Special Commendations for Unproduced Screenplays here.
Her TV pilot for a series (teleplay) was selected as a semi-finalist in the Hollywood Just4Shorts Film and Screenplay Competition in Los Angeles, CA. This pilot was listed in the top 50 for the Cinequest Screenwriting Competition in 2018.
She presented the first mental health panel at OZ Comic-Con in 2017. This panel was a fantastic opportunity to discuss openly and honestly about artists and their mental health to help support wellbeing, foster connectivity and provide a culture of support.
In 2018 she presented the panel, ‘An artist’s guide to creative happiness: How to strengthen your creative performance’ at Oz Comic-Con in Brisbane. Her panels are extraordinary opportunities to explore ideas with people who are currently working in the industry. She aims to discuss subjects like individualism, the community, mental health, wellbeing, happiness, creativity, co-creating and self-awareness which often leads to interesting questions from the audience.
What else does she do? Vacen is also a creative workshop facilitator and proficient in, teaching, speaking and concept creation. Guest Speaker. Workshop Presenter. Creative Panel Facilitator. Mentor. Support Worker. Counsellor. Social Welfare Advocate.
Giveaway to Win all 4 books of the Starchild Series by Vacen Taylor (Open INT)
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