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The Age of Akra

(Starchild #1)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  52 ratings  ·  38 reviews
The foreshadowing of a dark future threatens the seven nations of Sahas. Mai is selected to train with the mysterious elemental master Sah Dohba, who will prepare her to become the protector of the desert lands. Her brother Long steps forward to travel with her as her chaperone to the Valley of a Thousand Thoughts.

A mysterious encounter brings them together wit
Paperback, 142 pages
Published March 8th 2013 by Odyssey Books (first published March 6th 2013)
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Jul 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Dash fan
4☆ An Action Packed Fantasy Adventure.

This really isn't my normal genre but it certainly was an great introduction to fantasy. If I was able to understand it, then the target readers, middle grade would absolutely love it.

As I said before I dont know anything about the genre and what constitutes as fantasy, but what I will say is I loved the strength, determination, Courage and Friendship/Bond the Characters had with each other.

I was transported to another bea
Cindy Cipriano
Feb 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Middle Grades
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 ...more
Mar 12, 2013 rated it really liked it

Mia, a thoughtbanker, is chosen by the ministers to train with SahDobha and become part of the prophecy. Mia’s brother, Long, volunteers to be her chaperone and together the pair set out on the journey to the Valley of a Thousand Thoughts. Starchild is book one in an interesting new junior fiction series and follows Mia and Long on the first section of their trip. We are introduced to a number of characters with unique abilities that will enable the reader to use their imagination to escape into an exciting w
Wendy Potocki
Jun 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A Mystical, Magical Adventure!

Following in the footsteps of shamanic storytellers, the wizardess Vacen Taylor has delivered a winner! Mystical and magical, it’s a thoroughly engaging adventure that will delight both children and adults.

Mai is a worthy heroine in this imaginative tale. Likeable, fierce, and yet always compassionate, she sets out on a journey of a lifetime. Accompanied by her older brother Long and her fabulous pet lizard Barka, I believe that one day lizards just might replace
Candice Lemon-scott
Feb 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It's every editor’s dream to be sent a story that has fabulous characters, a unique setting and an exciting plot. Starchild: The Age of Akra delivers on all these fronts. It’s a story for older children that could very well be defined as a cross genre of fantasy and science fiction. Taylor combines the best of both of these elements to create an entire world that’s completely believable. Rather than sitting somewhere on the outskirts, as I often feel with this genre, I was completely drawn in to ...more
Tasman Anderson
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have never been more thankful than I am now for leaving my comfort zone and trying a genre that I would usually avoid. Normally, the idea of reading a sci-fi or fantasy style novel would have me cringing violently, so of course when I first received Starchild, I was a little hesitant. However, boy was I pleasantly surprised. Starchild is superb and really captures the essence of youth and the desire to fulfil your destiny. Mai is courageous and patient when it comes to her often foolish brothe ...more
Meghan Steger
May 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved it, even though its set for a younger age the language is slightly more mature allowing for more experienced readers to enjoy its journey. While a short read, the pace is fast enough to captive the readers attention as words are not wasted on description, allowing for one's imagination to explore. Mia is a wonderful strong young women, with a great sense of independence and self worth; certainly an excellent role model for younger girls. I can't wait to see what the series has in store f ...more
Jul 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Youth who love scfi will love this book! Lots of adventure! Of course this is out of my comfort zone, but am very please that I stepped out for this set. Really enjoyed it!
Tina Reynolds
Jun 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this. The characters were well drawn, I liked the world that had been created. Lots of good points.
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was the most different of all reads. The book started with a bang where the author plonked me right in the middle of action, and I had to scamper hard to understand the things happening around me.

Mai was selected to train under the elemental master Sah Dohba, and she had to undertake a pilgrimage to the Valley of a Thousand Thoughts. On the way with her chaperone brother Long, she met up with the Starchild Akra, sealer and oracle Sahib, and creatures of the dark, modified serpen
Jun 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: from-netgalley
***I received the eBook free as a review copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review***

An amazing book with a fast-paced plot.

This book is a fantasy book revolving around a prophecy involving four children with awesome powers. Mai is a thoughtbanker and is selected by the Ministers of the Elements of the world to undertake a pilgrimage to the Valley of Thousand Thoughts. Her brother, also chaperoning the journey, Long joins her and they embark on an adventure.
Mawson Bear
Aug 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
Soon after we start following Mai on her quest to the Valley of a Thousand Thoughts, we come upon a terrifying sandgroper, a mountain lair and a spider-flax - not just any spider-flax, mind you, but one that must be milked by perhaps the most annoying brother who ever had to accompany a girl on a pilgrimage. Although, it was hardly Long's fault that his little sister got selected by the Elders for this journey. And his reluctance to approach the spider-flax seemed an entirely reasonable response ...more
Dannielle Small
Feb 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
What an imagination!! Absolutely fabulous. What a great read. The characters came to life so easily. Their physical descriptions have me a visual idea but their personalities evolved and developed quickly so they were my friends and heroes before very long. I cried when Mia was selected and was on the edge of my seat when it looked like Long wouldn't make it. I couldn't put it down. A very clever story with wonderful likable characters in amazing places with fascinating skills and weird animals. ...more
Apr 15, 2015 rated it liked it
A story with developed characters and world that would bring any one a little joy and tears. The characters that are introduced into this instalment are hardy and welcoming, without being whiny or annoying, as is the habit of most YA authors. Without a doubt, one of the better YAs I've read so far.

However, the idea of the MC being the 'Chosen One' is an overdone cliché - but how else were you going to get her out of a superstitious village of mind-readers, I guess.

Recommended for th
M.l. Saunders
Mar 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing! I especially loved the selection process, wondering why this was happening and what would be the outcome. I particularly enjoyed the concept of the nations and their powers. It flows really quickly with no boring bits. I’m in high school and I enjoyed it. The author has done a great job with all the characters and setting the scene. I look forward to finding out where the next book will take the children and Barka the lizard.
Gigi Sedlmayer
Mar 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
All the way through I enjoyed reading "Starchild" by Vacen Taylor. She is a great story teller and brings you right into the story. You can see where Mai and Long, her brother and Akra are walking, going with them through their adventures, feeling their fear and their courage and traveling with them through the alien world.
Keep going, can't wait for the next adventure of Mai and Long.
Dimity Powell
Mar 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-lit
Strong and riveting start to what is sure to be an engrossing series for young readers keen on fantasy, mythology and sci fi. Really enjoyed the use of elemental forces and energies to create a believable world in jeopardy of corruption. You can't help but become caught up in Mai's quest to save the delicate fabric of her universe and restore the balance of power. Looking forward to Book Two.
Aug 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Intriguing idea, just not carried out particularly well. Good character development, but the author seemed to switch between POVs without warning - that could be how my electronic copy looks, but some switches were mid paragraph so I don't think so.

I'm only mildly curious to know what happens next.
Mar 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An adventure on a grand scale of four children and their lizard on their journey to the valley of a thousand thoughts. This book is suitable for both girls and boys and will appeal to any one that enjoys an adventure, as well as being science fiction, and creating a wondrous world that takes the reader along on that journey. Looking forward to the next book in the series
Diane Greiner
Mar 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a great story for middle grade readers - fast-paced, great characters and plot. The special abilities the characters have make this story unique. I look forward to reading the next book in the series and will be adding this to my school library!.
Susanne Powell
Jul 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
Gorgeously penned characters and a thrilling plot, this book will have you hooked from the first sentence and leave you wanting more! Great read for children of all ages.
Apr 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Age of Akra is an excellent introduction to epic fantasy for middle grade readers (8-12yo).

The book opens with Mai and others from her village being tested by various elemental masters to see which of them will undertake a pilgrimage to the Valley of a Thousand Thoughts in order to train with Master SahDobha. Mai is chosen, for this great honour. Mai acquires companions on her journey and together they experience an adventure battling forces of evil and beginning to repair the ba
Jul 11, 2013 rated it did not like it
Starchild Book 1 is about young Mai who sets out on a journey with her big brother Long to master the element of thought. Chosen by her village she treks through the desert, when the pair find the Starchild; a long lost kid from some legend that is not explained. Ok so I wanted to like this book; seriously the summary reminded me of Avatar: The Last Airbender and I am a huge fan of the show. (Not that horrid mess and shouldn't exist known as the movie.) Any who I picked this up and was expecting ...more
Anne Hamilton
Mai is a thoughtbanker. She is chosen to go on a pilgrimage across the desert to the Valley of a Thousand Thoughts to train with a master of their people. Her brother, Long, volunteers to go along as her chaperone. As a morpher, someone who can create the illusion of a shape-change, he has been viewed with suspicion and distrust in their village.

Not long into their journey, Long finds a silvery-blue ball - and out of it emerges the Starchild whose first words are: "Are you a Falcon G
Jill Smith
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Powers of the Seven Nations of Saha’s, will be tested as the prophecy of the Star Child becomes reality. Mai is chosen to go on a pilgrimage, her brother Long goes with her as her chaperone. Their journey is to the Valley of a Thousand thoughts as they are both Thoughtbankers, with the ability to read people’s minds. They start their journey across the deserts towards their destination when they come across a crater. They investigate and meet a strange boy called Akra, who is still recoverin ...more
Jo Bailey
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Starchild: The Age of Akra is an intriguing adventure about Mai,a young girl who possess special powers and is required to travel to the Valley of a Thousand Thoughts. Her brother will act as her chaperone so she can train with the master. Other children will join the duo and their journey will be continually bombarded with danger and numerous interesting characters, nearly overwhelming sometimes, but it adds to the adventure and will keep readers turning the pages.
This first instalment is
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Mai is a remarkable child that has been sent on a quest by her elders to the Valley of a thousand thoughts. To hone her skills as a thought banker. So she can master the thought of others.

Mai is joined by her over protective brother who will be her chaperone and protector throughout her quest. Also with her little stowaway her little lizard Barka (who is an amazing little character to be involved in the book)

Mai is one tough courageous and feisty little lady. She takes co
Cassandra MADEUP BookBlog
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was an absolutely brilliant introduction to what promises to be a fun filled adventure if the first book is anything to go by!

The Characters are well rounded and very individual. i loved seeing how very different they were whilst working brilliantly to compliment one another throughout the adventure. Each of them was fun to read about for one reason or another, they had their own distinct personalities! Seeing them working together when faced with challenges was great, and I think many rea
Jessica Bronder
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mai has a special ability and is chosen to train as a thoughbanker in the Valley of a Thousand Thoughts. Her brother, Long is her escort to the valley. Along the way the meet the “Starchild,” Akra. There is a prophecy that Akra will bring goodness and peace to the land. As they three travel the meet people and creatures that are light and dark.

I loved this world and the characters. You get dropped right into the middle of the story and off you go. No one hundred pages of world building, it’s a
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