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Star Child: Awakening

(The Zenkoti Fables #1)

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  43 ratings  ·  29 reviews
On her world, they call her star struck. But why do the stars beckon her so …

On a mining outpost in the Inner Worlds, a young woman dreams of the stars. When she falls in with a motley crew of bounty hunters seeking to avenge an injustice, Novi believes her dreams have come true. But nothing is as it seems.
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Published August 8th 2019
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Science fiction, space travel, daring adventures galore as Petra Landon takes us on a journey into the future and out of this world! Strap yourself in for fabulous reading entertainment with as one stowaway finds herself trapped on a swashbuckling bounty hunter’s ship and the beginning of the destiny she couldn’t have imagined in her wildest dreams!

The first part of a series of wild space travel episodes, there is plenty of action, lots of daring and a crew unlikely to be the true heroes they a
Petra Landon
Feb 10, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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Star Child is LIVE!

Many readers have been confused by the episodic nature of the story. I'd like to clarify that Star Child - Book One - has the first seven episodes of The Zenkoti Fables.

Episode 1 : Call of the Stars
Episode 2 : Through the Looking Glass
Episode 3 : Baptism by Fire
Episode 4 : A Deadly Game
Episode 5 : The Stars send a Message
Episode 6 : An Echo from the Past
Episode 7 : Enemy of the State

News, excerpts & sneak peeks from the next installment of The Zenkoti Fables posted here

An exce
Christi M
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, sci-fi
I was not ready for this book to be over. I knew it was coming since I had been watching the percentage of book left on my tablet, but was still so sad when it did. I love fun adventure stories and this one was so nicely done with great, extensive world building, characters that are interesting, likeable, and sympathetic, and a nice plot and story.


Star Child begins with Novi sneaking onto a ship to poke around. In doing this she discovers she is getting a little more than she bargained
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Thanks to the author for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I am so glad that I've said "Yes" once to a request from Petra Landon to review one of her books. I have been hooked ever since and have had the pleasure to receive ARC's from her. This book is totally different from anything I've read and still feels like a Petra Landon book, so that's the main reason I gave it 5 stars. Of course, it's a great story, with great world building and a great set of characters... It's
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Star Child Awakening
(The Zenkoti Fables #1)
by Petra Landon

A new series full of space adventures is brought to us by author Petra Landon. The heroine is Novi who follows a stranger who had been asking questions back to his ship. Unintentionally trapped when the ship starts powering up for departure, she ends up stowing away. She gets caught, of course, and ends up hitching a ride to an unexpected future on a star cruiser filled with erstwhile renegades who still have their eyes firmly on some as
A great start to another sci-fi, episodic adventure, featuring out-of-this-world characters, set against a backdrop that is detailed and richly full of layers.

Petra Landon really has a way of pulling you into her imagination. She has created another unique story of exploration, set against the vastness that is space. There, we meet Novi, a curious stow-away, who accidentally dares to follow a stranger. Never did she think she would find herself stuck on a ship full of renegades, rebels with a ca
Happy Booker
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Star Child is a science fiction book written about a young woman named Novi. She works in the tavern and overhears a few others talking about someone and follows them onto a ship. While the adventure begins with the young woman’s curiosity, it is not all so bad. She makes friends, connections and even develops bonds.

The events that surpass are diverse, dynamic and intriguing. As I have read other works from this author, I was expecting the same quality of literature and precision. She sure did n
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fabulous odyssey across space...

I love the start of a new series...I love the anticipation, stepping into the unknown... and when it is written by this author, I know it is going to take me down a new road I have never contemplated walking before.

This time I have entered a dystopian, sci fi landscape...there is an inquisitive young girl who works in an ‘off world inn’, but through chance and curiosity, she ends up hitching a ride into the known and unknown, falling head first into an epic adve
On My Kindle BR
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: onmykindlebr
Call of the Stars is a terrific first episode in a science fiction series! Novi, the protagonist, is an adventurous and impulsive young woman who follows a lead, only to become an unwilling stowaway on a spaceship. Landon provides just enough of Novi's history to make her an engaging character while leaving much to discuss about Novi in future episodes. Call of the Stars is a pretty quick read, but the premise is promising; a space adventure filled with political intrigue, a roguish rebel/freedo ...more
Grant Leishman
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019
I’ve long been a big fan of both Petra Landon’s science fiction and fantasy novels, so when I became aware that Landon had started a new science fiction series, I was excited and first in line to receive a copy and read it. I wasn’t disappointed; Star Child Awakening (The Zenkoti Fables #1) was everything I had become used to in Landon’s writings – fast, exciting, full of mystery and intrigue, with a very human element thrown into the mix to soften the, often, weird characters. It, like so much ...more
Sarah Daneen
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It all starts off when Novi boards a ship to spy on the crew however, she is not an assassin or part of an organised group. No, she works in tavern but she over hears men asking questions about someone so she decideds to follow them onto the ship to see if she can get any more information. And it is from here that the adventure begins.
The story is quick paced and the author gives us background information a little at a time as the story progress so you don't feel like you have information overlo
Team Golfwell
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading, “Star Child: Awakening (The Zenkoti Fables Book 1)” by Petra Landon and I thought the cover was very well done which led into a very high adventure story. In my opinion, Petra Landon writes in a brilliant fast-paced manner giving a lot of life to this sci-fi adventure which I felt was thought-provoking and intriguing with very creative characters and creative happenings which continually kept my interest.

I liked the way this very talented author took me, a first-time reader o
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received this novel from net galley, the publisher, and Ms. Landon as an ARC. Thank you!
A great start to a sci-fi series, telling the tale in episodes about Novi’s Adventures with the crew of Ilar’s Justice. It begins with how Novi finds herself aboard the space ship and the various things she learns about while on the ship due to her curious nature. Novi has an ability that helps her get around undetected. She does not quite understand this ability, for she was adopted as a child, but has lea
J.D. DeHart
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I liked Petra Landon’s work so much I had to try this second read. In all honesty, the title came as a digital review copy, but I would not have spent my time checking out this title if I didn’t already enjoy Landon’s work.

I appreciate the attention to detail this author provides, at no expense to character development and plot. Highly recommended for science fiction readers.
Ellie Mitchell
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing

We’re introduced to a young girl named Novi on the mining planet, Idriko. Escaping on a rebel cruiser, Novi soon becomes involved with its renegade crew as it takes on various jobs for some mysterious new clients. There is talk of Synths wanting to blow up star portals (purely speculation), a strange lockbox emitting high energy, and sacred ‘benevolent ones’ mentioned, like ancient Gods.

The story develops quickly, building toward a strange conspiracy involving The Guild (a shady
Jul 07, 2019 rated it liked it
"Wy called her a star child and that's what Novi was—always looking to the stars and hankering to travel them. Novi was never happier than in space, among the stars. On Idriko, they had a name for the ones like her—star struck."

Brief Introduction to the Plot:
The synopsis does an excellent job of hinting at some of the adventures Novi had during the book, so I am only going to describe how her story began.

Novi lived and worked on the mining outpost Idriko. She had been planning on tak
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book for an honest review. And Petra once again puts out something amazing! Petra is so skilled at bringing characters to life, I find myself whole heartedly cheering for some and really not liking others. The world building in this books is fantastic you are immersed in vivid detail, not only sights and sounds but how each world smells. In the previous books I have read of Petra’s it was an urban setting in cities we know and love, so it was awesome ...more
Frances  Dunning
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm hooked can't get enough of Novi's adventure. She becomes an unexpected stowaway on a starship of bounty hunters and is now on an adventure of a lifetime. The series

Additional chapters are such a treat. I'm so enjoying this story.

Just finished the lasted chapter and couldn't be more excited. Are we closer to understand Novi's origins? How will her new friends react to her latest adventure.
Jennifer Tooker
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it

Full disclosure, I was provided an advanced copy of this book by the author however I have voluntarily chosen to write a review. All opinions are my own.

Stargazer – Stowaway – Shipmate

Novia Dozanti leads a calm life on a mining outpost. As she goes about her duties in the same inn that her mother once worked, Novi can’t help but wonder what else is “out there” and why she seems to be so obsessed with finding out. But when a wrong turn lands her amid one of the most fabled renegades to ever trav
John Purvis
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Star Child: Awakening" eBook was published in 2019 and was written by Petra Landon ( Ms. Landon has published five novels. This is the first novel in her "The Zenkoti Fables" series. 

I received an ARC of this novel through in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘PG’. The story is set in the far future. The primary character is the young girl Navi.

Navi is trying to find her way off of the mining world where she lives.
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from the author for a honest review

Star Child is the new book by Petra Landon, one minute I'm at 3% of the book and the next think I'm at 99% and a bomb is dropped about Novi and then I see words “The End.” How can this be? I just started! This was a fun, interesting book to read, it's not like the last two books which where romance/sci-fi books. This book is about Novi who has accidentally/on purpose got stuck on a “rebel” ship because she was trying to find out i
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of the book from the author. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Petra Landon seems to be able to consistently spin stories of adventure and hope. The author is a queen of world building that makes you fall into the story right away. This book is a space cowboy Odyssey meets fantasy book following Novi, a woman from a prison/mining planet that ends up accidentally 'joining' a crew of space adventurers. What she learns along the way will mean more to her (and her new frien
Terez Lyle
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as a gift.
Novi finds herself aboard the renegade cruiser, Ilar’s Justice. Curiosity brought her aboard the ship, but before she had a chance to leave the ship takes off and she finds herself a stowaway.
I really really really enjoyed this book. It is fast paced and isn’t full of boring technical jargon. I also like how the cuss words were done in Brit. The story is well written and the characters well thought out. I find the character of Novi really intriguing, with her abili
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved Petra Landon’s, Star Child, and can’t wait for the rest of the adventure and journey to continue. It is so good to read a book that has risk taking, pure chance, a spot of curiosity and a bunch of characters that you feel you are with along on the trip, to places yet unknown. Novia’s story is one that one can relate too, with wanting to know our origins, and purpose, each being unique and precious.
Thank you for the free book I received of Star Child, it is one I will definitely read aga
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, series
Petra Landon does it again. I honestly couldn't put this book down. It was such an easy read, and the story just pulled me in.

We have really one main character - Novi - in this novel, but I believe the captain will play a bigger and bigger role in the coming books. She stows away on the ship, and jets across space to different locations. Although she had never meant to be on a moving ship, she's stuck and she comes to like being on the ship with these people.

The crew are a mix of friendly-ish re
LaVerne Schaf
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received this book free from the author and voluntarily read and reviewed The book. The book will draw you in from the very beginning. It just gets better as the story goes. Petra sure does know how to write sci-fi books.
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not half bad (minor spoilers)

Overall a good read. The story is interesting and the style is engaging. Only found 3 formatting errors that stood out to me.
A few world building issues that bothered me but didn't take too much away from the story.
The galaxy or whatever the inhabited area in this story is in has a whole bunch of planets that are apparently all the same topigraphically (spelling) with the only chamge planet to planet occuring based on them being to either side of an asteroid belt big
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Again this author just draws you in to her new world and the people in them. The description of the galaxy is just what to expect, exciting awe inspiring and you just want to keep on reading.
Frank Geimer
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great start for a new author! The world building is good, character definition is well rounded and there is enough intrigue to keep you wanting more. I look forward to great stories in the future.
B Morrison
rated it really liked it
Sep 25, 2019
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