Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The Star by Javi Araguz and Isabel Hierro

A young man marked by a curse.

A village hiding the biggest secret ever to be kept.
A love as dangerous as it is impossible.
A world whose surface is forever undergoing changes… when getting lost is the equivalent of death.

Authors Javi Araguz and Isabel Hierro have written a book entitled The Star. They contacted me curious to see if there was an interest in their book being translated into an English publication. La Estrella (The Star) has a huge following in two languages across twenty countries and deserves a chance here. After reading the first chapter to be translated into English I must read this book. It is categorized as Young adult, green punk, fantasy and romance. I didn’t even know there was a category for green punk! The trailer is amazing and I encourage all readers to check out the website for more info and to request the book in English. After reading the first FREE chapter you will be hooked and want more. So do your part and request for The Star to be published in English so that we can all read and talk about it as soon as possible.

Excerpt From Chapter One of The Star

         A huge tree almost fell on top of her. The quaking of the ground was becoming increasingly turbulent. The Particles were emitting a buzzing sound, like that of a wasps' nest. The girl thought everything was lost, until she heard the little boy whimpering on the other side of the Safe Limit; then, without thinking twice, she battled against the wind to get to him.

         At that very instant, Ivar realized he was not alone.

         A shiver coursed through his entire body. The boy was crying disconsolately, as if the stranger who had grasped him by the shirt were hurting him. The girl's blood froze. The figure seemed indifferent to what was happening, as if he had everything under control. His eyes glowed through the fog, like a cat's when it hunts at night. He was a dangerous sort, there was no doubt about that.

         "A kidnapper!” concluded Lan, remembering the countless legends about child-snatchers that parents in Salvia used to tell their children to keep them from crossing the Limit.

         The girl knew that crossing the frontier meant risking not being able to get back, getting lost like her father did, and leaving her mother all alone.

         The darkness was turning solid. Everything was still falling to pieces. She had to make a decision. She looked at Ivar; the child, on seeing her, tried to run to her, but the abductor caught hold of his hand and stopped him before he could reach her. Lan couldn't face leaving him, he was only five years old, so she closed her eyes, took a deep breath and … leapt across the forbidden Limit.

         Once she was on the other side the forms began to lose shape; the image of the forest became diluted like a water-colour painting. Lan lost her balance and fell on the stranger, who quickly took hold of her arm and shoved her aside. In that brief instant, their eyes met, and the girl saw that the kidnapper had the features of a boy not much older than herself, clean-cut and serene; his inscrutable gaze might just as well be expressing sadness as pleasure and, as she had noticed previously from a distance, his iris shone bright silver.
         The wind buffeted the two of them so fiercely that it almost knocked them over. Lan felt an electric tingling where the kidnapper was holding her. Her whole body tensed and became racked with the pain of wrenching spasms. She tried to break free from him, but he had hold of her very tightly. Then she saw a small,
star-shaped tattoo on the back of her adversary's hand, just at the base of the thumb. The girl was certain she had seen that symbol somewhere else, but was incapable of thinking clearly. Her head was spinning and she was dazed. She opened her mouth to try and say something …

And then everything changed.

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