Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part in this Blog Tour and for providing me with an e-copy for review. My review is my own honest opinion of the book.
Starchild Book Three: The Healing Stone
A riveting ice adventure full of incredible challenges, bravery and friendship. When they escape the attacking forces, Mai, Akra, Kalin know they must find a way to purge the evil of the dark peddle that has consumed Long. But as the news of the Underworld king spreads, gloom and fear begin to sweep over the lands. The children must face a dangerous adventure across the ice to reach the healing stone. Once they reach the stone they must face the truth. Have they made the journey in time to save Long or is he lost to the Underworld forever?
I’ve loved reading this series, so I was really excited to be invited on this Blog Tour although I must admit I had already bought the third book after reading Book 2: The City of Souls. This book also has my favourite cover!
Akra, the Starchild, holds the powers of all nations within him and is prophesied to unite the nations, but first he must harness all their powers.
Mai, Akra and Kalin have left the City of Souls and are taking Mai’s brother, Long, to Algus, the City of Ice, in a desperate attempt to save him from the destructive power within him that has connected him to the underworld and is threatening to destroy him.
On their arrival, Akra must face a challenge which requires him to harness the power of a waterclasper which allows him to manipulate water, in order to be granted an audience with the stern, ice-cold Queen Isolda. The children gain an ally and friend in her son, Aque, who convinces his mother to allow them to visit the Healing Stone which offers the only chance of Long’s survival.
The children, along with their new ally Aque, must endure a dangerous and difficult journey across a landscape of ice and snow which requires all their courage and strength as they are chased by fierce predators in a perilous mission to reach the Healing Stone before it is too late to save Long …
The children are in a desperate race against time to save Long before they are discovered by Piceptus, the underworld king, who is intent on opening the gates of the underworld and stopping the fulfilment of the prophecy. Will they be able to heal Long before Piceptus finds them?
Mai, Akra and Kalin are wonderful friends: they are courageous, loyal and determined, and gain strength from each other, and their growing powers, when they are confronted by difficult situations. I felt sympathy for Long as he endures hardship and fights to return to his sister, gaining strength in the hope that she will fight for him … but will this be enough to reunite them?
I really enjoyed continuing this exciting adventure full of friendship, fast-paced action, peril and hope as the children battle to fulfil the prophecy against a dangerous adversary who is intent on their failure.
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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