Star Children Saga Book 1
by Palmer Pickering
Genre: Adult SciFi Fantasy
-Chanticleer’s Paranormal award
-Readers’ Favorite General Fantasy award
-Foreword Indies awards
-Killer Nashville Silver Falchion awards
-Chanticleer’s Cygnus Science Fiction award
-SPFBO Fantasy award
“The path to power is cloaked in shadows, so if you avoid all the shadows, you’ll never learn anything.”
It’s 2090: the last outpost of freedom is the moon, the best defense against technology is magic, and the only hope for humankind rests in the hands of the Star Children. Twins Cassidy and Torr must save Earth from a ruthless enemy at a time when the only force more powerful than alien technology is magic. Moon Deeds launches the siblings’ journey across the galaxy, where they must learn their power as the Star Children, claim their shamanic heritage, and battle dark forces that threaten humankind.
The Star Children Saga follows Cassidy and Torr as they slowly awaken to their destiny as the twin Star Children, born every millennium to reconnect with the source of all life. They come to discover the sheer enormity of their task: to find our ancestors on a lost planet across the galaxy and save humanity from a spiraling descent into darkness. The powers they must wield to accomplish this task are truly frightening and put at risk everything they love.
Come along with twenty-year-old twins Cassidy and Torr, who inherited deeds to land parcels on the moon. They want to use their moon deeds to get off Earth and escape a brutal dictatorship. But first they must unlock their shaman powers. A rollicking yet poignant adventure in the not too distant future, when we have colonized the moon and nearly lost Earth to a dictatorship. Only the shamans remain free, plus the lucky ones who escaped to the moon.
Join the adventure! An addictive space opera, science-fantasy series.
“Evocative, wholesomely absorbing, and thematically rich, Moon Deeds is a must-read for all science fiction fans … Stunningly written, filled with magic, science, and intrigue, and featuring fascinating, endearing characters and a brilliant ravaged setting, this ambitious sci-fi novel is one of few books that once started are hard to put down and will make fans eagerly wait for the next installment in the series. It’s a novel that deserves to be read by every science fiction lover. Highly recommended.” -THE PRAIRIES BOOK REVIEW
“A highly recommended read for fantasy fans everywhere … There are some powerfully adult themes at play in this epic-length space opera, making the character-driven emotional plot just as important as the galaxy-wide savior story at play in the wider story arc. Fantasy and science fiction fans will enjoy the combination of alien sci-fi elements, super tech, fantasy magic, and old mythologies, which are all woven into the everyday plot with great credibility. Author Palmer Pickering handles the balance of interpersonal drama and plot progression well, and fans of series like Star Trek and Doctor Who are sure to appreciate such craftsmanship.” -K.C. Finn for Readers’ Favorite
“Intelligent, high science fiction at its finest … I found this novel to be as much a psychological thriller as it is a science fiction adventure, and the draw-in happens almost instantly. This is unquestionably one of the best books I’ve read this year and Pickering has roped in an entire family as new fans. I’d give Moon Deeds a whole bucket of stars if I could.” -Asher Syed for Readers’ Favorite
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Star Children Saga Book 2
Sequel to Palmer Pickering’s award-winning Moon Deeds
– A. Muir
“This is one of the best fantasy books I’ve read in a long time.”
– T. Govender
In Light Fighters, Cassidy and Torr are trying to survive on the moon while facing threats from all sides. As their shamanic heritage surfaces and they hone their magical skills, they are hunted for their power, escalating into a tension-filled game of cat and mouse.
Ridge is stuck between the sadistic Balty and the desire to control his own life. His magical gifts become entangled with those around him, pulling him between opposing forces. When his path crosses that of the Star Children, he must decide whose side he is on.
Meanwhile, we learn that while the twin Star Children are hoping to find the Star People, the Star People of Turya are desperately seeking the Star Children as well. Their stories interweave as the mythology of the Star Children unfolds.
A compelling expansion of the Star Children Saga.
Adult content: 18+
#1 – Adult Science-Fantasy Genre
Q: Welcome to Palmer Pickering, author of “The Star Children Saga:” “Moon Deeds” and its sequel “Light Fighters,” which was recently released. These books are science-fantasy, correct? Are they for adults, or young adults (YA)?
A: Hi, thanks for inviting me to share with your readers. These books are definitely for adults: 18+. Some people think they are YA, but the books are long and the material gets very graphic and gnarly, especially in “Light Fighters.” I specifically targeted an adult audience because I wanted the freedom to explore tough topics without censoring myself too much.
Q: So what makes the books science-fantasy?
A: Well, it’s pretty much magic in space. Or another way to say it is it’s fantasy in a science-fiction setting. Kind of like how “Star Wars” or “Dune” seem to be science-fiction, but the intriguing stuff is the mysterious and mystical aspects of the stories—the magical or spiritual traditions and practices.
Q: Can you give a really brief synopsis of your series that illustrates the science-fantasy aspects?
A: Sure. The long arc of the series is that we are descended from a humanoid race on a lost planet across the galaxy. This alien race colonized several planets, including Earth, and every thousand years the planets are connected by pathways of light, by which the ancestors and descendants reconnect with each other. It’s up to Cassidy and Torr to figure out how to open the pathways of light. This quest “probably” will involve quite a bit of “magic.”
So, the science-fiction part involves our moon, other planets, alien races, space travel, space colonization, etc. The challenges and solutions involve a variety of shamanistic practices and magic systems.
Q: Thanks for that. Sounds interesting. When is the next book coming out?
A: Book Three of the series, “Anaximenes,” is in development now, but it’ll take a while to finish it. I have another book, “Heliotrope,” coming out soon. This is a completely different world, and the genre is Heroic Fantasy/Sword & Sorcery.
Q: Looking forward to it. Best of luck.
Palmer has been writing fiction since she was eight. She received her BA in American Studies from Wesleyan University, with concentrations in Religion and Race Relations.
She currently works in Silicon Valley in the gaming industry and high tech. In addition, Palmer holds a certificate in Chinese Acupressure, is a certified solar panel installer, and studied Tibetan Buddhism with the 14th Dalai Lama.
She lives and writes in the magical redwood forest of the Santa Cruz Mountains, California.