Eternal Seas by Lexi Rees – Book Review
Eternal Seas by Lexi Rees – Book Review
The Relic Hunters: Book One
Author – Lexi Rees
Publisher – Troubador Pub
Pages – 184
Released – 28th September 2018
ISBN-13 – 978-1789014648
Format – ebook, paperback
Reviewer – Stacey
Rating – 4 Stars
I received a free copy of this book
Such a small parcel shouldn’t cause experienced smugglers much trouble, but this parcel is far from normal. Lost and scared after a violent storm, Finn and his sister, Aria, take shelter on a remote island. They discover the parcel contains a relic belonging to a long forgotten people.
Locked inside are powers which will change their lives, and the world, forever. As Finn realises his connection to the relic, a vision strikes him – but what does it mean? Who should they trust? And if they decide to follow their hearts rather than their orders, will they manage to deliver the relic in one piece?
Chased across the seas as they try to solve the mysteries within the parcel, the fate of this ancient people depends on them. Finn and Aria must choose between what is right and what is easy – and time is running out … With brave protagonists and life lessons of courage and honour, Eternal Seas speaks from a `flawed’ character perspective that everyone can relate to.
Young readers who enjoy daring plots and exciting adventures will delight in this original story of different races and tough choices.
Finn and Aria are brother and sister with special powers that they are just learning about. They live out at sea on a boat with their father who is a smuggler, their mother has been missing for a long time and no-one knows why or how she disappeared.
The children’s father is given a job to collect a parcel from one island and delivery it to another. He has been told that he will need Finn to help him locate the parcel. It would seem though that not everything is as straightforward with the delivery as they would like. In the parcel is an ancient pearl relic that is very dangerous should it fall into the wrong hands.
Trackers have been watching the family and know that they have the item and will do anything to get their hands on it. Can the family get the relic to the right people and outrun the hunters?
Eternal Seas is a middle grade (MG) book told from Finn’s point of view. He is a young lad who has some special powers, powers he is just learning about, including the ability to talk to the creatures in the sea. He is very headstrong and has a lot of determination and bravery for a boy so young. He is also very amusing.
The whole book is one fun, fast-paced adventure. It is essentially a good v’s evil book set out at sea and on some mystical islands. The plot held my attention and I found myself rooting for Aria and Finn the whole way through.
Within the pages, there are black and white illustrations that really bring the story to life and help you to visualise what is happening. The book does end on a cliffhanger setting the scene nicely for book two, which I now can’t wait to read.
Reviewed by Stacey
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About the Author
Lexi Rees spends as much time as possible sailing and horse riding, both of which she does spectacularly badly. Attempts at writing whilst horse riding have been disastrous, so Eternal Seas was written on a boat; the storm described in the book was frighteningly real.
Blog tour competitions
Prize – Win one of two £10 Amazon gift vouchers (UK only). To enter share a photo of you with the book (paperback or ebook) on Twitter or Instagram Tag @lexi_rees (Twitter) or lexi.rees (Instagram) and #EternalSeas Closing date 30th November 2018. UK only. Winners will be drawn randomly
Prize – Would your children like to see their illustrations published in a book? Six lucky winners will have their illustrations printed in the sequel to Eternal Seas. Winners and runners up will also have their drawings featured on www.lexirees.co.uk and on social media.
Drawings must be in black and white, and can be in any of the following categories:
– Aria flying up in the sky
– a cat
– mountain ponies
– a snow eagle
– a demon-goddess
– a sailing boat
– Finn and/ or Aria
Please see detailed terms for entry requirements. Open to children aged 13 or under. You can enter as many categories as you like. Winners will be chosen by Lexi Rees
Children’s name and age will be published together with their illustration. Parents/ guardians must confirm they are happy with this when they enter. Other information (e.g email address) will not be shared.
No purchase necessary. Closing date 31/1/19.
Entries must be scanned or photographed in high resolution and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The winners may need to post originals if the images are not high enough quality for printing. Postage costs will be covered in this case. Full entry details can be found on www.lexirees.co.uk