Sunday, 7 October 2018

New Release Spotlight & Review: Eternal Seas by Lexi Rees

Eternal Seas by Lexi Rees

Such a small parcel
shouldn’t cause experienced
smugglers much trouble,
but this parcel is far from normal.

Chased across the seas, Finn and Aria must solve the
mysteries within the parcel. 
What does it mean? Who should they trust?
What will happen?
The fate of an ancient people depends on them
and time is running out ...

I don't normally review children's books, although I do spend much time trying to find books to appeal to my son. As he fits the target age for Eternal Seas he's been reading along with me and offers some of his own thoughts which I've included.

Finn and Aria live an idyllic life with their father, Ragnar aboard the Alcina. However, when they sail to Izmarli to pick up a parcel, both children are wary because it isn't a safe island to visit. Yet despite their initial fear, it soon becomes apparent, they are meant to be there...

An exciting sea-bound fantasy, Finn and Aria's adventure is fast-paced and perfect for inquisitive minds. Complementing the descriptive narrative are illustrations which offer the reader a lovely visual to describe new destinations or objects are mentioned.

The ending is satisfying as Finn, along with Aria complete the task after an action-packed journey across the seas. Everyone who has loved this book will be eager to follow up on the tantalising teaser left by the author which lays the foundation for the next instalment in the Relic Hunters series.

As a mature reader who read Enid Blyton's books at a similar age to the target audience, Eternal Seas washed a nostalgic feeling over me. I loved and devoured all the adventure books she wrote especially the Famous Five series and The Sea of Adventure. I particularly like how similar books I enjoyed as a child are available to my son with a more contemporary feel to them.

Although aimed at the nine to twelve age group, I feel younger readers would enjoy this book too; either by reading it themselves, along with an adult or as an audiobook, if it's an option. Overall, Eternal Seas has a wide appeal and bravo to author Lexi Rees for writing this delightful escapade.

4 stars

***arc received courtesy of via the publisher Troubador***

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.