I read Star Child a while ago now but due to personal circumstances I had to pull out of the blog tour in September, which was organised by Rachel’s Random Resources. At last, I am finally getting back on top of my reviews & that includes this one!
I was sent this book to review as part of a blog tour organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
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 powerful earthfollower, sets them on a new path where they must each find the strength to face a terrifying foe from the Underworld.
In my theme emojis I’ve said that this is a middlegrade story, but it’s definitely at the younger end of that age bracket – this means that it’s great for children just starting to read by themselves & I think it’s a fantastic introduction to the world of fantasy stories – especially because the world is based on the east, rather than the west. During my read of the book I felt like I was being told a story as a child, so much so that I could almost hear a voice in my head reading it to me. It was a calming experience for me as an adult, but I think children would find the story very exciting.
The plot itself was very interesting & had fable vibes – it felt like an ancient tale from hundreds of years ago that was created to teach a lesson or to instil a way of thinking into the young. The message? Well for me it was about being determined & fighting for what you want. Whilst also being kind & selfless. However, there were a lot of things that weren’t properly explained, giving the book a very mystical feel to it – which makes the message of the story feel a little bit clouded.
I hope that the messages of this story will become more clear within the sequel & I’m sure it’s the start of a great series for young readers, even if it wasn’t overly thrilling for me at the age of 23. If you’ve got little ones just starting to read fantasy though, Starchild is definitely a good way to start out.
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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.
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