I wasn’t sure what to expect from Eternal Seas; the synopsis I was sent made me thinks pirates & that’s why I became interested, but there wasn’t much else. Alas, there weren’t really any pirates, but the book was interesting & will be great for young children just starting to read stories on their own.
I was sent this book in return for an honest review as part of a blog tour, by Rachel’s Random Resources.
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.
Eternal Seas is written for middle grade children, but definitely falls toward the younger end of that category; the writing is very striped back (similarly to The Power of Destiny by Elizabeth Jade) but it does form a good plot with a lot of mystery that will definitely keep young readers engaged. I can definitely see the pros of this book; it’s a great way to introduce children to “the chosen one” stories, as well as pirate-esque stories & teaches that familial ties go deeper than blood relations. However, this wasn’t one of those middle grade book that I fell totally in love with.
Despite the fact that this story wasn’t for me, the book is full of twists that did surprise me & I can see the rest of the series improving with each instalment. I would definitely recommend this to parents of young readers as it’s full of adventure & excitement, without anything inappropriate or any heavy violence. If you use one of the links below to make a purchase I will receive a small fee at no cost to you so please consider doing so.
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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.
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Win one of two £10 Amazon gift vouchers (UK only)
- 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
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 lexirees.co.ukand 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
* Terms & Conditions: 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 lexirees.co.uk.