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Such a small parcel shouldn’t cause experienced smugglers much trouble. But, as Finn and Aria discover, this is the most dangerous delivery of their lives. Battered by storms and chased across the globe by an evil warlord, they enlist the help of a strange witch-doctor. Together, they struggle to solve the mystery while the fate of an ancient civilisation depends on them, and time is running out …
Eternal Seas is a thrilling adventure for children aged seven to twelve.
I had thoroughly enjoyed reading the e-book version of this story and was intrigued to discover if I’d enjoy the audiobook version as much – and I did! I’m sharing here a mix of my previously posted review of the ebook and added what my thoughts about the audiobook version.
This is the first book in a new series for middle grade readers and I thoroughly enjoyed it! It is a fantasy adventure with brother and sister, Finn and Aria, sailing with their father who is a smuggler. Their mother is missing and you don’t initially know why so I’m not going to spoil it by telling you! With instructions to retrieve and deliver a small parcel as their next job, it shouldn’t be too difficult. However, there are forces attempting to steal it and danger around. As the youngsters explore their own powers they’ll uncover secrets, discover a new ally and face perils in this fast paced adventure.
The audiobook version is narrated by Chris Dickens and he is very talented at bringing the story to life in the imagination of his listeners. He uses his voice to make it clear just which character is talking and his use of expression, intonation and volume is exemplary. I can easily imagine children being as enthralled as I was by how he relates the story and events, capturing you and taking you into the heart of the action packed adventure.
The story has great characters that are easy to relate to. The book version has black line illustrations interspersed through the story that add to the scenarios. Written in short chapters, it is an engaging and entertaining read that will probably appeal to children who are able to read independently, probably from 8years old upwards. It has a male lead character in Finn and a female one in Aria. This story is centred around Finn coming into his powers and striving to solve a mystery with the aid of Aria and their father. Whilst this story comes to a conclusion with many things resolved it also ends on a cliff hanger in which Aria is given the next task, which I presume will be the subject of the second book in this series. I really hope I get to read it as I enjoyed this one and would like to know what happens next – even though I’m an adult!
I used a gift code to purchase a copy of this audiobook, without obligation, and this is my honest review after listening to it.
Trailer – https://youtu.be/sQDLPI9K1ks
Author Bio –
Lexi Rees grew up in the north of Scotland but now splits her time between London and West Sussex. She still goes back to Scotland regularly though.
Usually seen clutching a mug of coffee, she spends as much time as possible sailing and horse riding, both of which she does enthusiastically but badly.
Her first book, Eternal Seas was written on a boat; the storm described in it was frighteningly real.
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