Today, I am happy to participate as a blog tour host on the blog tour for The Star Child by Stephanie Keyes.
Title: The Star Child
Series: The Star Child trilogy, #1
Author: Stephanie Keyes
Publisher: Inkspell Publishing
Released: September 21, 2012
Format: e-book, paperback
Source: a copy was provided by the publisher
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?
When I first read the synopsis, my immediate thought was: Why would the world be about to be cloaked in darkness? My guess was Kellen could be our hero. But why would Kellen travel down into the underworld to try to save the mundane world? That’s just a bit bizarre, don’t you think? Anyway… you could tell I was really curious about what could be going on and my mind was racing with a bazillion questions when I began reading the story. 🙂
The Star Child introduces us to Kellen St. James, a 17-year-old who is about to attend his graduation ceremony at Yale. Kellen is not particularly handsome or athletic. His strength is his photographic memory. Graduating from Yale with a degree in Literature at seventeen, he is just plain geeky. I personally find him a little reserved but let me caution you… don’t be fooled by his ordinary nature – he is truly a hero.
Because I love to read about folklores, I was curious to find out how Lugh the sun god, Síl the Creator, Arawn the Lord of Faerie, and Glacadóir Anam the Soul Snatcher could all play a part in the story. I’m pretty amazed by how things unfold and I love that there are unexpected twists.
With the danger that light could be taken away permanently, Kellen must act quickly or else, everything would be lost. Although it’s kinda expected that Kellen would rise up to whatever challenges that might be in place, I like that he is human and he is not being granted any superpower to enhance his chances to win.
I guess what impressed me the most is the use of contrasts in the story. I really like how the gods’ magnificence is contrasted with Kellen’s human ordinariness. I also like how Calienta (Kellen’s love interest)’s pure-heartedness is contrasted with Cabhan (Calienta’s brother)’s arrogance, Stephen (Kellen’s father)’s callousness is contrasted with Gran (Kellen’s grandma)’s generosity, and Arawn’s hunger for power is contrasted with Kellen’s humility.
Is there romance in the story? Yes, there is, but what I find completely romantic is how the gods and goddesses are willing to give up their immortality in exchange for a human lifetime of falling and being in love with a mortal. Maybe it’s just me, but I always melt and feel so good when I read a scene that radiates the pure joy of an innocent exchange of love and commitment of a lifetime.
The Star Child is a novel that is nicely-paced, eventful and entertaining. This is book one of The Star Child trilogy. Its sequel, The Fallen Stars , will be released in 2013.
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Cautiously, I walked to the door and opened it. And found at least twenty-five faeries waiting on the other side, their faces menacing, their teeth bared. That was when the faerie with the golden hair spoke up.
“I placed a reveal charm on the bed so we could see him for what he is. He is not one of us.”
Great. Looks like Goldilocks sold me out.
“I can explain.” What was I going to say? That I was trying to make it through their world in secret to find a backdoor portal to the heavens and destroy the source of all evil? Hello, movie of the week.
“We want none of your lies.” The group started to press in on me, making me feel nervous.
Slowly, I checked to see that the knife that Calienta had given me was still in my jeans pocket. It was. I needed to get out and fast. I jammed my hands into my jacket pockets and hit the play button on my iPod, which queued up “The Hunter” by my favorite band, Everybody’s Mother. The sound traveled through the speakers embedded in the iPod case and the room was soon filled with the sound of the hunting horn that graced the song’s opening notes. The faeries immediately perked up, turned, and charged out in pursuit of the hunt.
Every one of them left. I stood in amazement for a moment, completely unable to believe that I’d cleared out a roomful of mythical faeries with garage metal.
About the Author
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.
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