To start the year of blog posts I’m going to highlight a few of my favourite book reviews for Book One: The Age of Akra.
Prepare to be taken away to the planet Sage, as we embark on a quest for the Valley of a Thousand Thoughts and are led well beyond the scope of our initial journey.
Here’s a little piece of what Gina had to say about Book One: The Age of Akra
“Far be it from me to try and over explain a work of fantasy even at a middle grade level seeing as how it’s not my usual forte, admittedly though, I HAD FUN! So, in order to better get across my likes/dislikes, I’ll approach this one on familiar ground. Characters anyone? Mai was a GREAT character; humble, loyal, eager to learn as well as share what she has learned, in other words a great model as well as fictitious leader in the making. She has a lot on her shoulders but makes the most of each challenge and never accepts defeat. (Definitely like her… ^_^) Long, the unlikely volunteer and yet perfect traveling companion especially with his unique skills, proves to be the comic relief most often, but also shows us that your lot in life does not measure the size of your heart…and despite any misgivings you may have about him, Long’s really is quite large. Oh yes, and speaking of comic relief, I couldn’t forgive myself if I left out Barka! He’s a good-natured little fellow that never hesitates to tell you like it is…though tell is not meant in the traditional sense. Think Rapunzel…(read the book…you’ll see)…”
The second book review is by Mother, Daughter and Son Book Reviews.
Here’s a little of what Renee had to say about Book One: The Age of Akra.
“To say that the amazingly imaginative world and setting Vacen Taylor has created in Starchild greatly appeals to my inner geek is a huge understatement. In chapter 1, Taylor sets the stage by describing (in just right amount of detail) the multilayered and complex social structure of the foreign planet Sage. We learn about the special gifts and powers of the various people who inhabit the planet such as thoughtbankers, lightsealers, darksealers, soundwavers, soulbankers, firerulers, waterclaspers, and earthfollowers – all of whom play a key role in Mai and Long’s journey. And then there are the antagonists: darkones, minions, the spiderflax, dementras, and more. Oh what an imagination! Loved it – more please!”
Starchild: The Age of Akra is an absolutely riveting read. The full book review can be found here Mother, Daughter & Son Book Reviews
A great book review means a lot to a writer. As a creative a writer’s work is often, in many ways, an extension of some part of themselves. Some of us just allow the work to flow organically while others develop it carefully. There is no wrong or right in my opinion. There is simply a story being told the way the creative person intended it to be told. : )
If you have read Book One then it’s time to read Book Two: The City of Souls.