A fresh take on the fantasy/sci fi mixture that I'd never read before. Loved the characters and pacing. Can't wait for Book 2.

The stakes are high, the dialogue is fast-paced, and you'll love the author's incredible world-building.
S. Johnston

Starburn: Zantium Wars Book 1

Magicians versus hyperspeed assassins on a moon-sized whale. 
A thousand years after the destruction of Earth. Three teenagers are chosen for the heist of the millennium. 
Starburn, an orphan training to be a quantum magician; 
Estellar, a quirky assassin half-heartedly doing jobs for her family;
Aurum Junn, a gunfighter who loves a girl of a different species;
And on the cracked stardust of the whale's skin lives another teen, Little Moon, who will protect the linkstone at all costs.
This new YA space opera series is perfect for fans who like the fun of Aurora Rising and the serious world-building of Dune.

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Benjamin (or Ben) lives in a little town an hour from Auckland, New Zealand, with his wife and three kids.

Ben has a deep affinity with science fiction. His grandfather was a chemical engineer and World War Two veteran who installed in Ben a fascination with science and history.

From a young age, Ben voraciously read wonderful writers such as: J.R.R. Tolkien, Ursula K. LeGuin, Frank Herbert, Margaret Mahy (who kindly wrote back to his fan mail), Raymond E. Feist, and many others.

His favorite hobbies include reading and hanging out with his kids, surfing, and kitesurfing. With all the recent incredible advances in space exploration, Ben hopes that one day he will live to see huge solar sails (or kites) in space. If this doesn’t happen soon, he will be compelled to write about it.

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The Characters

Starburn is an orphan training to be a quantum magician. He currently lives in the asteroid city of Zantium. We can't really talk more about him unless you read the books.

Estellar is a quirky assassin half-heartedly doing jobs for her family. Her father is one of the Ten councilors who rule Zantium.

Aurum Junn is a gunfighter who loves a girl of a different species. He lives in the Frontier Asteroids where he farms and keeps to himself, except for when someone calls him out.

Little Moon lives on the cracked stardust of a moon-sized whale. She is the daughter of a tribe chief.