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The Healing Stone by Vacen Taylor - Book Tour & Review + Giveaway



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?

Purchase Links
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1922200204


My Review
In book three, The Healing Stone, we readers follow Mai, Akra, and Kalin as they make their way to the city of ice. They're desperate to get permission from the queen so they can travel to the healing stone and hopefully purge Long of the evil pebble that has a hold over him. Their journey isn't an easy one, and as the darkness grows, so does their determination to defeat it. Will they succeed?
I found The Healing Stone to be a darker read than the first two. It's definitely a bit heavier in terms of events that play out, but it also showcases the strength of friendship. The children meet both new and old characters along their journey, and with their help, they realize just how important they really are in the coming war. They are essential to the prophecy, but will they be able to take on the evil forces of the Underworld?
I actually really like the cover of this one. The creature (I assume a Tuyet, as described in the book) is kind of scary looking, but also unique. It's my favorite cover of the series. 
As with the other two books, The Healing Stone is a quick, easy read that will have readers on edge, hoping the children will find a way to continue on their journey and see things through. But it seems like every step forward also causes two steps back. 
And by the end of the book, **possible spoilers ahead** things seems a bit bleak, even with Long now healed and realizing his mistake; swallowing that pebble had definitely been a bad idea. 
**end spoilers**
I'm curious to know how everything will end. I'm sure book four is full of darkness, but I know there will be a light at the end of the tunnel. Or so I hope. Can't wait to find out!
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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