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The Healing Stone

Starchild Book Three:  The Healing Stone by Vacen Taylor

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?

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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.

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My Review

5 Stars

The kids now have Silvershade and have escaped Piceptus for now. But Long has become possessed by Ameal. They travel to the Ice City and Queen Isolde to ask permission to use the Health Stone. But they have to win a challenge before continuing with their journey to help heal Long and continue on their quest.

I love this series. You can’t help but cheer for the kids, hate the bad guys, and hope that everything is going to work out. And the history of this world is so fascinating. I was rather upset with how the challenge initially started but I was glad that they could finally get to the Healing Stones.

Then there is Piceptus who has gained an unlikely ally, the soundwavers. That was an interesting twist and one I hope the kids can get over, especially Fojan. Piceptus is bound and determined to stop Akra no matter what.

This is a great series for mid grade readers and up. I was surprised that this is not a trilogy and am very excited to read the next step in this journey.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

 

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