Authors Spotlight:Scarlett Van Dijk

The Sky Stone series by Scarlett Van Dijk

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The Sky Stone series is a trilogy of YA Fantasy novels by Australian author, Scarlett Van Dijk. The first two novels of the series, Sky Stone, and Guardian Core, are published and available to read. The third and final book, Magic Spawn, is in progress and expected to be published in the coming months.

 “In a medieval land torn apart by war, a crazed king seeks divine power. Skyla, a seventeen year old social outcast from the 21st century, is stripped from her home and transported to this land where magic is a part of everyday life. With a destiny and new powers bestowed upon her by the gods, will she succeed, and will she finally discover the place where she belongs?”

To find out more about Sky Stone, visit www.scarlettvandijk.com

Guardian Core by Scarlett Van Dijk

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Guardian Core is the second book of the Sky Stone series written by Scarlett Van Dijk. It is classified as a young adult, fantasy novel.

“When Skyla was thrown into the magical land of Branzia, she had no idea what was in store for her. But now, after becoming a legend throughout the land, she realizes that she isn’t finished yet…

Thrown into inner turmoil, with her greatest weakness exposed, she must now step into a major project which could shape the future for all Sky Guardians; the Guardian Core. It isn’t long before this future is threatened. Skyla must overcome these new challenges… or be destroyed by what is most precious to her.”

Top Customer Reviews book 1

on July 27, 2015
Format: Paperback

I’m not normally one for the genre, but found this to be a great read.

In my opinion the series has potential to grow into something amazing,
Definitely will be keeping my eye out for the rest of the Sky Stone series

on October 15, 2015
Format: Paperback
A very enjoyable trip to a fantasy world. The imaginative style really pulls the reader in. The story has it all adventure romance and fantasy.Excited to visit again in book 2.
on August 13, 2014
Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase
Sky Stone is a first-person narrative of a teenage girl who is transported to a medieval world in need of a savior. Although I do not typically enjoy first-person narratives, Sky Stone is well written and engaging. The book is very reminiscent of the Deltora Quest books, although I would say aimed at older teenagers more so than young teens.
Overall the story was enjoyable to read, I look forward to following the progress of Scarlett as an up-and-coming author.

Top Customer Reviews book 2

on October 15, 2015
Format: Paperback
A well written fantasy. Draws the reader into life with Sky and the guardians Leaves you wanting more. I wander how Sky’s previous life evolves without her?

A little about the Sky Stone series to date:

This series is set in the magical land of Branzia, a land separated from the rest of Earth due to the presence of magic. Skyla is a seventeen year old girl who doesn’t believe she belongs on Earth. It feels like a dream when she is suddenly whisked away to Branzia and has the special abilities of a Sky Guardian bestowed upon her. After being given the destiny by the gods to end the fighting in this land besieged with war the dream soon becomes a nightmare. Even so, Skyla discovers she does have a place in the world and a mission only she can accomplish with friends she would never have found in the Outside world. Quickly Skyla becomes a legend throughout Branzia as the fire-wielding Phoenix.

Despite Skyla’s new found strength, it turns out that which drives her forward, is also her greatest weakness. Even with the war over, it appears the gods still haven’t finished with her. The fate of all Sky Guardians rest on her shoulders, but with her greatest weakness exposed, she has trouble protecting just herself. She will need to mend her broken heart, or the true fight will be over. With the existence of a previous Phoenix suddenly emerging, Skyla wonders whether history is repeating itself… and will she suffer the same fate as her predecessor?

Sky Stone and Guardian Core are available as both ebooks and paperback from Amazon. Both ebooks are available for only $0.99 US!

order Sky stone click here

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About the Author Scarllett Van Dijk

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Scarlett Van Dijk was born in 1993 in Geelong, Victoria, before relocating to South Australia with her family. Her love of writing grew during her time at Wilderness School, with her first novel, Sky Stone, begun at the age of fifteen. After graduating high school, Scarlett entered the University of South Australia studying the Bachelor of Medical Radiations (Medical Imaging), completing the degree in 2014. In 2012 Scarlett began writing Guardian Core, the second book in the Sky Stone series, and published this in 2015. Scarlett’s love for creative writing is accompanied by an interest in dancing, reading, and desktop publishing.

Visit www.scarlettvandijk.com to learn more about Scarlett and her writing.

Starting the Sky Stone series and Inspiration:

Sky Stone was initially to be a novella, written with the intention of entering a young authors novella competition. However, when the word count exceeded the limit of 20 000 words and was nowhere near competition, Scarlett gave up on that idea and allowed Sky Stone to grow into a full sized novel. After six years of work, on and off, and numerous rewrites, Sky Stone finally hit Amazon in 2014. However, it was not the stand-alone novel Scarlett had hoped for. Despite the blood, sweat, and tears that had fallen in the writing of Sky Stone, a sequel had begun to surface in Scarlett’s mind and demanded to be written. The next year Guardian Core was published.

Scarlett first delved into reading novels at the age of thirteen when she came across her first YA fantasy novel. That novel happened to be one of Tamara Pierce’s ‘Song of the Lioness’ series. Tamara’s books drew her in instantly and soon Scarlett had devoured every one of her books. A couple of years later Scarlett began writing what was to become Sky Stone, although at the time

Scarlett had no idea it would become the first novel in a series. Tamara’s books were a large inspiration for Sky Stone with their strong female characters who were able to achieve their goals and fight despite obstacles which were challenging. Plus, who doesn’t like a good sword fight mixed with a bit of magic and love?

Since then Scarlett has read many more books but stand outs to her have been Robert Jordan’s ‘Wheel of Time’ series and any of Brandon Sanderson’s books. Scarlett hopes to create the sense of wonder in her readers that she feels when reading these books.

Visit www.scarlettvandijk.com click here to learn more about Scarlett and her writing.

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