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Saturday, December 14, 2019

RRR presents... STARCHILD: Book Two: THE CITY OF SOULS by Vacen Taylor - REVIEW + GIVEAWAY!

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Today, we're spending time between the epages thanks to Rachel's Random Resources and author Vacen Taylor as we discover what the winding road of prophecy/destiny has in store for our little heroes in the making!  Ready, set, let's READ ALL ABOUT today's blog tour guest and ebook of choice...

The City of Souls
Starchild, Book 2
Vacen Taylor

About the book...
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?



Honestly, it didn't take long for me to step back into the world of the Starchild despite the fact that my last venture took place in 2013.  Isn't it lovely when a book can transport you to another world, another time as if it was only yesterday that you last visited?  This time around, things are getting VERY dark, as the prophecy starts to unravel, unknown factors make themselves known in horrible ways, and those we love and trust get fooled by darkness.  It's been a hard journey for our little friends, but there is much more to come that will not only try their strength and courage...but their hearts.

I really like how the author makes her characters relatable...not always an easy feat when you're dealing in Fantasy either.  The struggles they face...wanting power, glory, recognition, and control...are things we all deal with from time to time, thereby making the outcomes of those issues being faced down lessons we can carry with us.  Such as...

...sometimes it is more wise to go with the flow instead of bucking the least until the time is right. 
...staying in touch with those we love and care for can help alert us to strange happenings as they appear, instead of letting the darkness take hold.  Be the light for someone else!
...though we may want to un-shoulder others of the burdens they carry, those memories can also bring enlightenment to those they belong to...but they have to travel through the feelings to get there!

It's definitely a great addition to the growing series and I, for one, can't wait to see how the next leg of their journey goes!  I mean, I have so many unanswered questions and so much anxiety about a certain someone who fell victim to the dark and is still awaiting the freedom they formerly knew, as well as the fate of the Starchild himself, and our leading lady.  High recommendation for fans of Children's Fantasy of all ages!


About the author...

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.



(1) set of all 4 books of the Starchild Series by Vacen Taylor!
(Open INT)

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 Special thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for the chance to bring this tour to you as well as the ebook copy for review. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, this promotion, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. Be sure to check out the rest of the tour for more bookish fun...

Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!

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