Rhuna, The Star Child is the thrilling sequel to Rhuna: Crossroads, and is the third book in the Rhuna Fantasy Books series, but each book can also be read as a standalone novel. Rhuna, the Star Child is set in mystical Ancient Egypt where Black Magic was developed by the followers of the legendary villain, The Dark Master. As strange and frightening curses plague the population, Rhuna discovers the underground organization that performs this uncanny new magic, but she can only combat it with the help of her long-lost father. Having learned from her father amazing new skills to empower her on the Astral Plane, Rhuna once again strives to preserve peace and harmony in the idyllic Atlan civilization.
Far more challenging than fighting powerful Dark Forces, however, is Rhuna’s personal anguish when her daughter becomes involved with the leader of the Black Magic movement, and the once-perfect Atlan society based on utopian principles begins to crumble all around her. Shocking events escalate Rhuna’s world to a breathless climax as she and her family undergo a momentous upheaval, and she is forced to make great personal sacrifices for her loved ones.
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“Beware! They are instructed to take Lozira and kill anyone who interferes!” Damell shouted breathlessly as he approached Lozira and Goram.
Goram pulled Lozira behind him and then turned to face the approaching swordsmen.
“What is this?” he demanded of the men. “Put down your weapons!” Goram shouted, still sheltering Lozira who stood stunned and speechless. Damell stepped to the other side of Lozira, blocking the men’s approach, but the men raised their swords in readiness to strike.
“No!” shouted Goram as he lunged forward to snatch the sword away from one of them, at the same time immobilizing him with a hefty kick to the groin. The second man promptly thrust his sword into Goram’s abdomen, and then prepared to strike Damell. Rhuna watched transfixed as Goram stood stunned, blood gushing from his gaping wound. Mustering his remaining strength, he slashed the sword he had taken from the first man across his assailant’s throat before collapsing to the ground. A bright red arc spurted from the assailant’s severed throat and landed in heavy splats on Lozira and Damell. A strange long silence followed, and then Rhuna sensed Lozira’s shrill scream.
Rhuna forced her Extended Consciousness back into her body as fast as possible, and then jumped to her feet, breaking into the fastest sprint she had ever done. She heard Lozira’s scream above her own panting and pounding heart as she ran down the street, and as she turned the corner, she saw Damell holding Lozira as several people also came running towards the bloody scene.
“Rhuna! He is mortally wounded!” Damell said horrified.
Barbara was born and raised in Sydney, Australia; the only child of German migrants who provided a rich and diverse childhood environment. Already in third grade she wrote a short children’s book for a class project and realized that she was deeply satisfied with creating stories. In sixth grade, for another class project, her teacher was so impressed by the lengthy story she submitted, that he commented at the end “I see we are going to have another author”.
Over the years, Barbara kept writing one thing or another, but only as a hobby while she pursued other interests and goals. In the 1990s, she completed a correspondence course in professional writing, doing it in her spare time after work. This led to having a few short stories published, but what she really wanted to do was write a proper novel.
At this time, Barbara had travelled extensively and gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in subjects that held special appeal for her, namely ancient history, myths and legends (such as Atlantis, the builders of megaliths around the world), folklore (the belief that a god-like race gave mankind its technology), human psychology and the culture of other countries. What better subject for her Fantasy book series than to combine all these elements into one big adventure!