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Eternal Seas

The Relic Hunters, Book 1
By: Lexi Rees
Narrated by: Christopher Dickins
Length: 3 hrs and 23 mins
Categories: Children, Ages 5-7
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Summary

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 realizes 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....

©2018 Lexi Rees (P)2019 Lexi Rees

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"A thrilling and magical adventure with plenty of hair-raising chases and a villain readers will love to hate. Eternal Seas is a must-read for young fantasy fans. (Madeline Dyer, author of the Untamed series)

Eternal Seas is a compelling adventure that weaves mystery and intrigue into a tantalising plot for the reader to enjoy. The writing has a lyrical quality and almost seems to capture the movement of the sea as the story unfolds. A very enjoyable read. (Jude Lennon, author of Hal and the End Street, the Lamby series and other children’s books)

An exciting debut novel that takes us on a roller coaster adventure ride over high seas to mysterious places and brims with magic and intrigue. Young readers will love this book. (Shalbey Bellaman, author of Dragons in the Looking Glass and Jack in the Wallows)

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Great adventure with an excellent narration

I really enjoyed this even though it's a story aimed towards children, and I'm not one. I was positively struck by the way the author marries ages-old traditions of sailing and smuggling with modern technology and contemporary landmarks - particularly in her London descriptions. This is nothing less than a delightful, clean story of adventure, self-discovery, identity, friendship and family ties that go deeper than blood. Christopher Dickins' narration is excellent, and is a perfect match for this audiobook and series. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this to children, parents hunting for good reads for their kids, or adults who can still appreciate a very good story that's somewhat out of their age bracket.

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Wonderful !

Such an incredible performance and story! Reminds me of Percy Jackson. I loved the narrator, works just perfectly.

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Review for Eternal Seas by Lexi Rees


This is an action packed adventure story filled with magic and mystery. It has lots of little surprises that keeps the story fun and interesting and even though it's meant as a book for children ages 7- 12 years old I really enjoyed it as an adult reader. Really looking forward to the next book.
I loved the narrator Christopher Dickens' voices for the characters and delivery of the story.

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Short and sweet

Just as i got into it it was over leaving me wanting more. Full of magic and adventure, this unusual adventure absorbed me.

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  • 09-01-20

A great start to the series.

Finn's family are smugglers, but since his mother disappeared it's just him, his father and his sister Aria. This time, the parcel they have to pick up and deliver is much more mysterious than usual. And when Finn realises he has a strange connection to it, his whole world changes.
A mystical world full of wonder, including my favourite, a magical stall that disappears as soon as you've bought something!
This book was aimed at a younger audience than I was expecting but once I still really enjoyed it. A great start to the series.

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Great book

I read this with my duaghter and she loved it. My nephew then read it and he couldn't put it down.

The storyline is very well written and it is easy to fall in love with the land as the author describes everything beautifully.

She loved the story and the characters and now can't wait to get into the next one in the series

The narrator added an extra depth to the story and really made it come alive

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An exciting children's adventure.

I really enjoyed this children's book, even though I'm well above its target age of 5-7 years. It was full of atmosphere and adventure and I look forward to my grandchildren being old enough for me to read it to them.

Finn and Aria live with their smuggler father on the high seas. He collects and delivers parcels and the children travel with him. Their mother has been gone for quite a while and they both miss her.
The parcel they are collecting this time, is from an island they rarely visit and the collection is shrouded with mystery. The tension builds as they search for the package and then attempt to deliver it to its rightful owner.

There are magical skills and conversations with dolphins, along with powers over the sea and air to help them on their quest. It is quite fantastical and I'm sure any child would love it. Perfect for stimulating young imaginations.

Excellent narration by Christopher Dickins added to my reading pleasure. I particularly liked the voice he gave to Lisana, who joins them in their quest.

I'm looking forward to Book 2 and I hope it will be available in audio with the same narrator.

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Magic, smugglers and an epic adventure

I received a copy of this for free. This has not influenced my review.

What a fun adventure!

This has everything a kid (or adult) could want, with magic, smugglers and an epic adventure.

We follow two young children who travel the seas with their father smuggling things from all over the world. But this object is different to all the others. Together they learn about ancient magic, their family and many secrets.

I would have adored this as a kid, and to make it even better this is one of the best audiobook narraters I’ve come across. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for more audiobooks from him, and of course for more books in this series.

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Fantastic adventure story for all ages!


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 written after listening to it.

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  • KR
  • 17-04-19

Great for introducing fantasy

Finn, Aria and their father are smugglers.  They live on a boat and collect and deliver parcels for a living across seas.  One day they are asked to deliver a parcel for a mysterious customer and so begins an adventure that will change their lives forever.

I absolutely adored this audiobook for children aged 7-12 (ish).  I think it's a brilliant introduction to fantasy writing for young children and I'm sure they'll love the adventure and pirate feel to the book. 

Eternal Seas is set  in a world alike  ours but in the future with differences.  It's similar enough that children can identify with it but cleverly written to ensure the differences add depth to the story.  The different destinations are described vividly and are really brought to life and the sea storms are very realistic.    The portrayal of powers in this book is different to many that children are aware of and the idea of ancient, magical societies is a great one to explore.       

The characters are extremely likable (except the ones you aren't supposed to like) and I particularly loved Pippin - she was how I imagined a little puppy dog would be if they could talk.   

The audio itself was extremely well narrated, by Christopher Dickins, who did a brilliant job of using a range of voices so the characters can be distinguished between easily - I feel this is important for young children who find it more difficult to focus on audio.  Short chapters make it easy to listen to or read in shorter sessions.

This book is great for sharing with a younger child or for older readers to read alone.    

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  • 16-01-20

Great start to a series

Travel with Finn and Aria on a journey to return magic to the world. I was invested in the outcome of the story within the first few minutes, despite not listening with children (as I do not have any) There is adventure and excitement galore as they search for a relic (the first in a series) which holds the key to restoring magic to a world which has had magic stolen from it by an evil scientist. Christopher Dickens is a treat to listen to. He carries off several voices with different accents without a hint of struggle, and he really brings the story to life, painting vivid pictures with his voice. Bravo to both Lexi Rees, for a wonderful story, and Christopher Dickens for bringing it to life.

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  • 15-01-20

Mystical powers

Wonderful story of 2 youngsters learning about the mystical powers they possess, which helps to find their mother. Looking forward to the next book.
Narration was excellent

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  • 13-01-20

Lots of unexpected plots and twists

What a wonderful fun book. I love how Finn was able to speak to all water creatures! By Pippin stole my heart! I hope she has a story too!

Well done to both the author and narrator!

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  • Aspen Bassett
  • 05-01-20

great road trip read

Great story, complete Characters, and a cool plot. The sibling banter between the lead character and his little sister made the book for me. I am a sucker for siblings supporting siblings, working together to protect their family. The book is a quick, easy read, and, in my opinion, a great road trip read!!!

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  • Lexie S
  • 04-01-20

Adventure

I recieved this as an audiobook free and my review is voluntary. I wasn't sure what to expect from this book but the magic and adventure is really fun. It was a great book.

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  • Karen
  • 30-12-19

Great characters and world

As an adult I could easily get into this audio book and I really enjoyed it. I found the characters interesting and was right along for the ride with the main protagonist. I found him likeable and relatable. The book is full of action, adventure and twists, so there's never a dull moment.

The narrator does a great job too.

I received a free copy of this book for a review, but I enjoyed it lots :)

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  • Patricia Terry
  • 22-12-19

A great adventure

Original plot, awesome story full of adventure and magic, and wonderful characters. This is the first book of a series, and there is a cliffhanger. I received a free review copy of this audio book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • jstep
  • 12-08-19

This book series needs to be made into a movie...

Eternal Seas, The Relic Hunters Book 1 by Lexi Rees was excellent! I finished this last night and I have to say that I really didn't want it to end and have already checked Audible to see if the second one is on there yet (it isn't as of August 2019). Ms. Rees has crafted a super fun and entertaining YA series that is safe to listen to for younger listeners and is enjoyable for adults as well.

Finn, his sister Aria, their father and a few other great characters star in this adventure which introduces you to a magical world with relics to retrieve and give to the elders before the wrong people get their hands on them to destroy them and keep the magic from ever coming back to the world. It's such a fun adventure and I cannot wait to listen to the rest of the series!

Christopher Dickins did a fabulous job narrating Eternal Seas. His English accent fit perfectly with the story and the various voices that he used for the characters really helped me envision each person and scene as if it were a movie. I really enjoyed his narration and hope to listen to more in the future. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher for an honest review.

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  • Margaret
  • 31-07-19

Good start to a kids adventure story

This is the first book I’ve read/listened to by this author and I would listen to another. I’m curious where this storyline will go. It is a great story for kids - I’d guess ages 10 and up.
There were once magical people of earth, fire, air and water. After a war, in which the Earth Lords won, the other clans have a guardian to protect each of the relics they have imbued with their clan’s magic. The Leader of Earth Lords wants to find and destroy all relics so he may reign over all and magic will be gone forever.

Travelling with their Dad on their smuggler’s ship, they are headed on a dangerous route to pick up an unknown parcel and deliver it. Finn and Aria find themselves separated from the ship and find a remote island and a relic. They are strong kids, each pulling their own weight to try to protect the relic they’ve found. They are being chased by ones who want to take the relic, the kids want to deliver it to the people who deserve to have it. Problem is determining who that is. Along the way they learn more about themselves and their connection to the relic.

This is the first book I’ve listened to by this narrator ( Christopher Dickinson) and I would gladly listen to another. He does a fabulous job narrating this book. His voice acting and pace is excellent, voices are distinct and varied. I got drawn into the story right away.

There are no explicit sex scenes, excessive violence or swearing.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this unbiased review.
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  • CuteAsADaisy
  • 04-06-19

Fantasy, Magic & Mystery

My 14-year-old son read this one with me and really loved it. The action starts pretty quick in the first 5-10 mins and made it a hard book to pause or put down. It reminded him of the Amulet series mixed with Percy Jackson. We're pretty big fans of fantasy books and this was definitely a really fun one. It is a story about 12 and 10 year-old kids on an adventure to protect and bring back the magic. The story is a clean one (free of bad language and graphic violence) and I can see 2nd-3rd graders and up thoroughly enjoying this book. The narration was great. We loved the English accent, and he did a wonderful job with the voices and acting throughout the book.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.