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The Age of Akra by Vacen Taylor - Book Tour & Review + Giveaway


Starchild Book One: The Age of Akra


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.

Purchase Links:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07GPFV2PY

My Review
The Age of Akra is the first book in the Starchild series. 
Mai, a young girl who is a a thoughtbanker (someone who can read people's thoughts, among other things), is chosen to make the pilgrimage across the scorching desert land to the Valley of a Thousand Thoughts. Her brother, Long, volunteers to go with her. The journey will be long, hard, and tedious, but Mai knows it will be worth it.
Along the way, Mai and Long stumble across a mysterious young boy named Akra. He claims he is the Starchild, a person prophesied to bring peace to all the world. But is he really who he says he is? 
I really enjoyed this book. The Age of Akra is an adventurous middle-grade fantasy novel that will suck you right on in and take you on a journey along with the characters. There's danger, action, and fascinating creatures within the pages. 
The world-building is great, and you can feel the scorching sun beating down on you as you trek across the desert with Main, Long, and Akra.
The characters are likable enough, too. 
How does their journey turn out? Hint: It continues in book two, The City of Souls. So you'll have to read and see how The Age of Akra plays out.
I'm looking forward to book two.
4 stars!


Author Bio – 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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Giveaway to Win all 4 books of the Starchild Series by Vacen Taylor (Open INT)
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