Starchild Book Two: The City of Souls

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?

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The City of Souls (Starchild #2)

Author Bio – 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 Thoughts

I am a but surprised as normally a second book isn’t near as good as the build up because of book 1.

In this case the story was just a build up. It was neither better or worse than the first book. I felt this book was a bit too short for what I could detect. It felt that it needed an extra couple of chapters and it would have been the perfect length for the story.

The characters while they grew they didn’t have the same growth I would have expected. All in all this was a good book and sequel.

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