If you've ever dreamed about the stars, then you will love Phoenix, the story of a boy who does just that -- and finds himself flying among them, on an alien spaceship and through the power of his father's astrolabe, haunted by the songs of star beings called the Astraeus. Dave McKean's illustrations are literally out-of-this-world, taking the reader right into the heart of the stars, which is where SF Said's wondrous story begins and ends.
Leaving his home planet Phoenix after the stars sing to him, Lucky encounters travel at the speed of dark, star-worshipping aliens called the Axxa, almost-invisible government stealth ships, astrological martial arts, and whispers of a terrible threat, the wolf that eats the stars. The more he sees of the galaxy, in the company of his new Axxa friends Bixa Quicksilver and Frollix, the more he loves it -- and the more he wants to save it from the terrible war between Humans and Aliens that's thrown a great wall across space. But even neon-needled Bixa, the greatest fighter in the galaxy, doesn't know how to stop the war. When Lucky meets the Startalker of the Future, he learns that saving the galaxy may mean losing everything he loves. But -- even at the frozen edge of space, on a planet that shouldn't exist under the command of ferocious King Theobroma -- Lucky has Bixa and Frollix at his side, and together, they reach for the stars.
Phoenix thrills with the inventive, adventurous brio of the best of science fiction -- but Lucky's travels with the aliens with horns, hooves and glowing eyes tell a moving, accessible story about what matters most in our own world. This book has the power of a star to illuminate and inspire.