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The Star Child
Author: Stephanie Keyes
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: September 21, 2012
Publisher: Inkspell Publishing
Description: The world is about to be cloaked in darkness. Only one can stop the night.
Kellen St. James has spent his entire life being overlooked as an unwanted, ordinary, slightly geeky kid. That is until a beautiful girl, one who has haunted his dreams for the past eleven years of his life, shows up spinning tales of a prophecy. Not just any old prophecy either, but one in which Kellen plays a key role.
Suddenly, Kellen finds himself on the run through a Celtic underworld of faeries and demons, angels and gods, not to mention a really ticked off pack of hellhounds, all in order to save the world from darkness. But will they make it in time?
My Thoughts: After being told his mother died when he was a small child, Kellen St. James finds himself being shipped off to boarding school. The only benefit was that he was near his grandfather Alistar, who truly cared about him. His father, Stephen, has always been emotionally distant and uninterested in Kellen's life, that is until he finds out that Kellen is childhood prodigy, then he makes arrangements for him to attend Yale at the age of 13. Kellen is now 17 years old and graduating from Yale. Of course, his father doesn't even make an effort to show up. After his mother's passing, the only love he was shown was from his Gran in Ireland, and he loved her dearly. Upon her passing, he received a letter stating that she had left him everything, including a trust, which enables Kellen to finally break free from his father.
When Kellen was a young boy, he had an encounter with a beautiful young girl whose name was Calienta on the beach at his grandmother's home. Since that time, he has dreamt about her every night. He is unsure if she is a dream or if she is real, but he is determined to find out. As he prepares to head to London, and then Ireland, he begins to have even more intense thoughts and visions about Calienta. Upon his arrival in Ireland, he finally meets her, but this meeting is not what he expected. In fact, meeting Calienta changes Kellen's life forever, as he finds himself to be part of an ancient prophecy in a world filled with mythical beings. The question is will he and can he accept his destiny and can he fulfill his destiny before time runs out?
Star Child is an interesting fantasy. Kellen seems fairly normal in the first part of the book, which focuses more on Kellen's history and that of his family, laying the foundation for what is to come. It isn't until about one-third of the way in that you begin to see the mythological element introduced. It took me several chapters to get into the book, but I did like Kellen's character. I found the plot interesting, and enjoyed the fantasy aspect of this book. I loved the Irish setting and Stephanie Keyes did a wonderful job describing that and making it come alive. Calienta was a different sort of character, and was intriguing. Overall, I found this to be an entertaining and interesting read. Keyes has created and imaginative and exciting world in this novel. If you enjoy YA fantasy that combines, mythology, faeries, and supernatural beings, you might want to check The Star Child out.
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Stephanie Keyes holds an undergraduate degree in Management Information Systems as well as a Master’s in Education. A
seasoned, facilitator, Mrs. Keyes worked in Training and Development for an international telecommunications corporation for twelve years; spending the first eight years of her career as a Software Trainer and Technical Writer and the last four working in Human Resources and Employee Development.
In May of 2012, Mrs. Keyes left the corporate world to focus on her family and her writing full-time. She also operates a freelance graphic and instructional design business, Sycamore Road Design.
Inkspell Publishing will release her first novel, The Star Child, on September 21, 2012. She is now currently at work on the second book in The Star Child Trilogy, The Fallen Stars.
Keyes lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two children, and Riley the dog.