The Power Vested In Me Book 1 The Gatherers – by A J King (Author), Toby Duckfield (Illustrator)

The book is a fantasy and mystery aimed at young adults, although lots of adults have informed me they have enjoyed the subject matter. It tells the story of 5 teenagers, who as new born babies, are given special powers by a mysterious stranger Thirteen years later he returns, brings them all together, introduces himself as Starkey and asks them to go on a series of quests for him. These quests involve them travelling back in time to five different periods of history, all of which I had to fully research especially as in some of them they encounter real characters from that time. Their escort to these destinations is the Riddleman, who takes them there, gives them a riddle they need to solve and leaves them returning once they have retrieved a specific item for Starkey.


The book also covers the real life struggles of the teenagers all of whom come from completely different backgrounds; it therefore touches on bullying, poverty and step parents. The children learn about team working, tolerating others and facing up to the consequences of your actions.

An inspiration for the book was David Bowie’s Starman. So I have tried to let ‘all the children boogie.’

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by A J King (Author), Toby Duckfield (Illustrator)

Join the ‘Stardust’ to test your intuition, solve riddles and full fill the quests
A mysterious white haired man materialises one night in the nursery of a maternity ward. He projects lights from his hands on to some of the sleeping babies and then vanishes in to thin air, completely unnoticed.
Thirteen years later the five babies, who are now teenagers, win a competition, which none of them can remember entering. When arriving to collect their prize they are greeted by the mysterious white haired man. He appears to know all about them and the ‘secret powers‘ he says he bestowed on them.
He asks for their help, his request is that they go on a series of quests for him, quests that involve time travel, danger and a little bit of magic.
• Who is this man?
• Why has he chosen these children?
• What does he want with the items they gather on the quests?
ALL WILL BE REVEALED IN THE FULLNESS OF TIME! (Unless you work it out first)
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A J King started writing as a child with the desire to be the next John Boy Walton. The latter desire soon faded but the desire to write never did. In previous lifetimes they have been a martial arts instructor, a photographer and worked on the photo finish in the greyhound track. Currently they live in Swansea in Wales (the birth place of Dylan Thomas) UK with their two teenage children and a punchbag called Wolf.

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5.0 out of 5 starsThoroughly enjoyed this debut novel by a j King

By simon on 16 Jan. 2016

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Thoroughly enjoyed this debut novel by a j King, was very well written and had a steady pace throughout. Would say it would appeal to the Harry Potter generation or ideed anyone who likes a bit of mystery and magic! Look forward to the next instalment don’t leave it too long miss King!

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5.0 out of 5 starsRival for Harry Potter

By Will on 28 Dec. 2015

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Bought two books for our grandsons as an extra Christmas stocking present. We just received a text from the youngest (11 year old) telling us that he can’t stop reading it and is enjoying it immensely. The 13 year old has been drawn in by the mystery and magic.

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5.0 out of 5 starsPure Stardust!

By Amazon Customer on 1 Feb. 2016

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The end of this book left me disappointed – because I wanted more immediately.
It is clear that the research carried out by the author as each quest unfolded was meticulous and accurate. As an introduction to the children and their particular skills it was spot on. The concept of time travel came across as believable, whether you believe it or not, and with the story having a modern setting with realistic teenager language throughout, it will be immediately appealing to them.
I didn’t get a feeling of similarity between this book and Harry Potter. If you like Harry Potter then you will enjoy „The Power Vested In Me“ but in its own right. Please don’t make us wait too long for the next one.

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