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 honor, 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.
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Prologues are controversial for authors, dividing people as firmly as a Marmite/ Vegemite debate. Personally, I find them helpful to get me into a story quickly, if they are only a page or two. After all, if you were there, in the author’s world, you would have a vague idea of the context/ background/ scene before the story itself unfolds. But I do agree, a prologue that is really a chapter in itself, is probably not doing its job.
Anyway, conscious of the polarized views, my early drafts of Eternal Seas did not have a prologue in them. The problem was, I then found myself writing in a lot of back story. Beta reader feedback on the back story was as brutal as only an eight-year-old can be, so I ripped it all out and wrote a short prologue. I can’t describe how hugely relieved I felt after I did that. All the clunky back story bits had gone and a weight was lifted from me, and also from the plot. The whole story just ran so much more smoothly, and helped the pace throughout the book. So, love it or hate it, here it is …
Defeated by the Earth Lords during the Last War, the other clans were forced deep into hiding, locking away their powers in mysterious relics.
As the centuries passed, people forgot these powers ever existed. They faded into myths and legends, bedtime stories for children about magical people who could control the waves and walk amongst the clouds.
Today we go about our daily lives, unaware of how ordinary we have become.
But not everyone forgot.
The guardians, who protect the relics, did not forget.
The clan elders, who wait patiently, did not forget.
And Sir Waldred, the ruthless leader of the Earth Lords, will never forget. He will not stop until the relics are found … and destroyed. Only then will his reign be unchallenged. Forever.
We didn’t know it that morning, but our lives were about to become much less ordinary, and a lot more dangerous.
What do you think? Are you a prologue fan or not?
Blog Tour Competitions
Win one of two £10 Amazon gift vouchers (UK only). To enter
- 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
Illustration competition – 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.uk and 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
Please see detailed terms for entry requirements
- 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
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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