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.
Over the last few days, I’ve been enjoying this short audiobook. It was a good companion, filling my time with a race across the seas and a range of fresh ideas. It took me on a seafaring adventure, filling my head with ancient, powerful ‘relics’, magical children, and a family of smugglers sailing the high seas. It was fast-moving and fun, and a highly enjoyable read!
Now, I read this book as an audiobook – and I have to say, the narrator was really great! He gave each character a really distinctive voice, which is an element of audiobook narrating that can be done really well or really… not. But this narrator got nicely into the heads of the characters, and portrayed their attitudes through their words. It builds up a lovely picture of the characters and scene when the narrator does their job well, and I’ll always be appreciative of a good narrator!
One thing that I really liked in this book was the family dynamic between Aria, Finn, and their dad. They seemed really close, and to have a solid relationship that was predominantly based on trust and love. Everything they came up against was faced head-on, and they really did make me smile. Finn and Aria did spend a reasonable amount of time winding each other up, but also seemed to love and respect each other for who they were. Something that stands out is this – both Finn and Aria possess powers, but have to keep it secret from one another until the time is right. Finn’s powers make him seem a little strange – he can hold his breath underwater for ages, and talk to fish – but Aria takes it all in her stride, timing his underwater forays and accepting his receiving information from dolphins as if there’s nothing weird about it. I love a good family/sibling relationships, and think that such things are very important in literature, so was very pleased to find such a good dynamic in this book.
I felt that not only did ‘Eternal Seas’ have a good plot and pace for the intended readers, it was also enjoyable to older people (i.e. me). I think my younger brother would also really enjoy the story. The pace moved quickly enough to keep a young or new reader hooked on the tale, and short chapters did their part in the propulsion of the story, keeping the events ticking along – but it wasn’t so fast as to feel rushed. I think it was a really good balance, and would be a great book for someone who’s new to reading chapter books to be introduced to. But the fact that the plot was original and well-thought out meant that I enjoyed it as a teen reader. Overall, I think that the plot and pace were really well-handled.
Read this for…
- Adoption rep.
- Great family dynamic
- Seafaring adventures
- Futuristic fun
This book was a really fun, quick read. I enjoyed it a lot (can we also just quickly appreciate that beautiful cover!), and look forwards to reading the rest of the ‘Relic Hunters’ series.
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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