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Starchild: The Age of Akra by [Taylor, Vacen]
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Length: 149 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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When Mai is chosen to take a pilgrimage to the Valley of a Thousand Thoughts to train with the oldest and wisest master of their people, an ancient prophecy is set in motion. The events to come have been predicted but are not unchangeable. When the Starchild returns to the planet of Sage, the foreknowledge of the prophecy begins to gain strength.

Four children come together and become linked to the events that lie ahead. In The Age of Akra, the first stage of their journey has them facing the deadly spiderflax, only then to be confronted by a creature of the underworld, an evil Dementra called Amual.

The struggle to bring peace to the world of powerful energies lies in the hands of these four children and a strange little lizard. And it will not come easy. This journey is only the beginning.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3156 KB
  • Print Length: 149 pages
  • Publisher: Odyssey Books (6 March 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BQE5T96
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #776,931 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Age of Akra is the first book in a new science fiction book series for middle grade authored by Australian author Vacen Taylor. Mai, the main protagonist in the story, sets off with her brother Long and her pet lizard Barka on a pilgrimage to the Valley of a Thousand Thoughts to hone her skills as a thoughtbanker - that is, someone who can master the thought of others. Along the way, the duo come across the legendary "Starchild" named Akra who is prophesied to bring goodness and peace to all who inhabit the planet Sage.

Their path is filled with danger as they encounter the compassionless soundwavers who are the sentinels of the land; terrifying creatures living in the desert called sandgropers; the ominous darksealers; the deadly spiderflax and her hungry babies; and the final and most dangerous villain, Amual, a dementra from the underworld. And if that is not enough, the threesome must decide who they can trust along the way as they meet Sahib, an oracle who is both a lightsealer and darksealer and is the oracle of his people; and, Terra, a master earthfollower, who offers counsel along the way and ultimately sets the children on a quest to realize the prophecy. And this is only Book 1!

Starchild: The Age of Akra is an absolutely riveting read. The author wastes no time in orienting the reader into this fictional world reminiscent of Star Wars. In the first chapter, we are introduced to the main character Mai who has some very special gifts. She is ultra-cool as a character and I can see tween and teen girls just loving her. Long, her brother, provides the comic relief in the book with all his clever one-liners For example, facing a dangerous situation opposite a soulless soundwaver, Long says: "Nice hat...It's kind of like an upturned bowl but not.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Middle grade science fiction page turner 30 January 2014
By Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
The Age of Akra is the first book in a new science fiction book series for middle grade authored by Australian author Vacen Taylor. Mai, the main protagonist in the story, sets off with her brother Long and her pet lizard Barka on a pilgrimage to the Valley of a Thousand Thoughts to hone her skills as a thoughtbanker – that is, someone who can master the thought of others. Along the way, the duo come across the legendary “Starchild” named Akra who is prophesied to bring goodness and peace to all who inhabit the planet Sage.

Their path is filled with danger as they encounter the compassionless soundwavers who are the sentinels of the land; terrifying creatures living in the desert called sandgropers; the ominous darksealers; the deadly spiderflax and her hungry babies; and the final and most dangerous villain, Amual, a dementra from the underworld. And if that is not enough, the threesome must decide who they can trust along the way as they meet Sahib, an oracle who is both a lightsealer and darksealer and is the oracle of his people; and, Terra, a master earthfollower, who offers counsel along the way and ultimately sets the children on a quest to realize the prophecy. And this is only Book 1!

Starchild: The Age of Akra is an absolutely riveting read. The author wastes no time in orienting the reader into this fictional world reminiscent of Star Wars. In the first chapter, we are introduced to the main character Mai who has some very special gifts. She is ultra-cool as a character and I can see tween and teen girls just loving her. Long, her brother, provides the comic relief in the book with all his clever one-liners For example, facing a dangerous situation opposite a soulless soundwaver, Long says: “Nice hat…It’s kind of like an upturned bowl but not.” Their relationship really grows throughout the book as they begin to have more and more respect for each other as individuals.

The other fascinating character is the starchild himself, Akra. The author peels away the layers of his character more slowly as Akra’s powers develop. He is almost like a newborn baby, but grows more and more powerful as the story progresses. The other mysterious character is Sahib. Even though the summary of the book states that the four children are involved in bringing peace to the world, I feel Sahib’s character is under-developed and under-explored in comparison to the other three. I hope to see more of Sahib in the future books. All in all, the character development was excellent and I found myself totally drawn in to the characters.

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!

My Bottom Line:

Starchild: The Age of Akra is a riveting, well-written, and imaginative story featuring an intricate plot and stellar cast of characters that is sure to be thoroughly enjoyed by tweens, teens, and even adults who love a great science fiction tale. This is a real page-turner and I highly recommend this book to children aged 10 and older. I just loved it and to think the author has seven books planned for the series … I’m salivating.

* This book was provided to me by the author free-of-charge in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not just for kids 27 May 2013
By Zane O Yates - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I originally bought the Kindle edition for my 9 and 12 year old girls, but, a few days ago, I needed something to read and had a look. The writing is very well crafted, I found myself enjoying the characters, and visualising the world in which they travel. Ms Taylor excels in showing you, not telling you, about this truly unique world she has created. Like Harry Potter years ago, I read one and couldn't wait to read more. The lead character, Mia is a legend in the making, her brother Long you just want to strangle.
5.0 out of 5 stars a good story 4 October 2016
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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It was a little hard to read at first but I got used to the way it was written. Lots of dialogue that became a bit tiresome. This would be a good story for animation I think.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and Fun! 24 April 2013
By Vonda Norwood - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Says, Emily (Vonda's 15 yr old daughter)...

I knew Mia was going to be a fun character to read about. Anyone who has a pet lizard is fun! I'm glad this is a series. I would read this first book again, just because it was so much fun to read. I think anyone, kid or not would be happy to read this book.

Thank you,
Emily
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Starchild: The Age of Akra 14 March 2013
By C. Bullard - Published on Amazon.com
I waited a few days after reading Starchild to post this review because I wanted to do it justice. Oftentimes with science fiction novels, the reader is bombarded with general descriptions of the author's imagined world. That is not the case with Starchild. Instead of handing the reader a laundry list of stale descriptions, or talking at the reader, Ms. Taylor picks the reader up, and gently places her squarely in the story. The reader is at once transported to Sahas, and feels very much a part of the journey to the Valley of a Thousand Thoughts.

The protagonist in Starchild is a young girl, Mai, her traveling companions are her brother Long, and another boy, Akra. Masterfully told from different viewpoints, Starchild is neither a "boy" nor "girl" book, but rather an everyone book. Struggling readers will enjoy the simple truths of the characters, and more advanced readers will delight in the journey of Mai, Long, and Akra. A journey that introduces multifaceted characters, whom I hope will make an appearance in subsequent titles in The Starchild Series, because I'm already attached to them. Even the slightest of creatures was placed in Starchild with the greatest of skill, care, and thought.

Outstanding job, Ms. Taylor, and I look forward to continuing my journey through the series.