The Age of Akra

The Age of Akra

by Vacen Taylor

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ISBN-13: 9781922200020
Publisher: Odyssey Books
Publication date: 02/19/2013
Series: Starchild , #1
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

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The Age of Akra 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 to me. (What is a spider-flax? The book's glossary of this world's creatures, human and otherwise, nearly all of them dangerous, will tell you.) What brother wouldn't be suspicious of Akra, the strange boy who Mai and Long stumble across. Will Mai and Long have to rely on Akra, even though his uncontrolled powers seem to bring about one predicament after another? An adventure full of strangeness and perils- and this is just the beginning!
TracyMJoyce More than 1 year ago
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 balance in their world. This is a journey about children who discover their inner strengths, who have to learn to work together despite their disagreements and who learn never to give up in the face of adversity. The story has been very well crafted for its age bracket.  While it is fast paced, the characters are engaging and the world Taylor has created is really fascinating.  The violence is not graphic, nor is the language inappropriate – even the most fastidious parent will find nothing to object to here. I tutor English and often work with children who don’t really like reading.  What I like about Taylor’s book is that I feel it would engage these children because: The cover is awesome – kids will love it and want to know what’s in the book. It’s not long. They are not going to pick it up, roll their eyes and groan about the length.  It’s fast paced - but I think I said that already ;-) This would be a great stepping stone for children to transition to larger books. I would have loved to have seen a map with this book.  As an adult reader I would have liked some more detail in world building.  Having read the book, I can see that there is a huge depth and complexity to the world of this novel, but the pace means we just skim the surface of it. This is probably NOT going to worry young readers at all – they may be bored with the kind of detail I would like! Though I did find that this, combined with the pacing, meant that, early on, there were some details and jumps in plot that I think could be confusing for some readers. They do, however resolve themselves as you read and it is well worth reading.   I recommend reading the appendix on page 125 which explains the powers of the seven nations before starting the book.  4 Stars!
C_Bullard More than 1 year ago
I waited a few days after reading Starchild: The Age of Akra 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 of the journey to the Valley of a Thousand Thoughts. The protagonist in Starchild is a young girl, Mai, her traveling companions are her brother Long, and another boy, Akra. Masterfully told from different viewpoints, Starchild is neither a "boy" nor "girl" book, but rather an everyone book. Struggling readers will enjoy the simple truths of the characters, and more advanced readers will delight in the journey of Mai, Long, and Akra. A journey that introduces multifaceted characters, whom I hope will make an appearance in subsequent titles in The Starchild Series, because I'm already attached to them. Even the slightest of creatures was placed in Starchild with the greatest of skill, care, and thought. Outstanding job, Ms. Taylor, and I look forward to continuing my journey through the series.