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The City of Souls by Vacen Taylor - Book Tour & Review + Giveaway



Starchild Book Two:  The City of Souls


A gripping forest adventure full of mystery, betrayal and courage.
When a new sealer boy joins the journey, Mai, Long, and Akra are confident their challenges have come to an end.  But as they embark on their journey once again, they find themselves having to escape from the clutches of dangerous enemies.
They travel to Naroan – the forest lands of the soulbankers, the regulators of life and death. Against the backdrop of rules and suspicion, the children are challenged with unravelling the mystery of the Silvershade, which has been calling to Akra from the moment he arrived in the forest city. But Long is tormented by his doubts – he must face a deadly power from the Underworld before it takes him into the darkness. 
Will the dark pebble take Long along a road of no return? Or will his friends find a way to help him?

Purchase Links
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07GPRK289

My Review
The City of Souls is the second book in the Starchild series. Mai, Long, Akra, and Sahib are still on their journey. Unfortunately for them, another complication arises as they travel through the desert land. Captured by Sand Slavers, the children have to figure out a way to escape or else they'll be bound for life. "Saved" by yet another enemy, the group is then taken even further from their journey, deposited in the land of the soulbankers instead. It's there that things take a dark turn.
War is coming, but are the children ready to face it?
I really enjoyed The City of Souls. It continues the journey from book one, but takes the group on an even stranger, darker journey than the one originally embarked upon. 
Long is absolutely insufferable in this book, but to be fair to him, he's not exactly himself. Sahib, the sealer, is an intriguing character full of secrets even he, himself, doesn't know he has. And Akra is now feeling the pull of something called Silvershade. Can he and Mai discover what it is before it falls into the wrong hands?
As I mentioned before, this book is a little darker than the first. There's mystery, action, and intrigue. It's an interesting read, and I can't wait to see what happens in book three. 
4 stars from me!



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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