Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part in this Blog Tour and to the author, Lexi Rees for providing me with a copy of the book to review. My review is my own honest opinion of the book.
After delivering the pearl, Finn and Aria thought life would return to normal. But with the survival of the clans still in peril, they must continue their quest. Can they find the next relic before the forces of evil? Not everyone is who they appear to be. And time is running out …
Oh my! This is a truly fantastic and completely engrossing return to the adventures of the Relic Hunters. I read the first book, The Eternal Seas, to my class last summer and both they and I loved it. I’ve been eagerly awaiting the second book. It has exceeded my expectations: a perfect blend of fast-paced action, edge-of-your-seat moments of danger, unexpected twists and revelations, and wonderfully engaging and likeable characters.
The world is familiar, yet unfamiliar, as it is set in the UK but not quite the UK! It has a really interesting blend of technology, history and dystopia grounded in magical fantasy. I really enjoyed linking places in the story to real places, and loved the reference to the Emerald Isle with its chatty people!
The action opens immediately after the events of the first book. Aria (Air-Rider) and Finn (Sea-Tamer) are blood-magic children who can harness the power of the sea and the air. The children soon find themselves in an action-packed hunt for the Air-Rider relic, the fate of their clan magic being at stake should it fall into the hands of their nemesis, Sir Waldred who wants to harness the power of the relics for himself and destroy clan magic forever.
Aria, Finn and their young friend Pippin find themselves on a dangerous, time-driven quest to find the Relic, aided by their magical abilities. Their daring journey takes them from England aboard The Alcina across the seas to their eventual destination, the Himalayan Mountains. Sir Waldred never feels far from the children which really makes the tension palpable as they fight to stay one step ahead of him. Will they succeed in finding the Air-Rider relic, or will Sir Waldred be the final victor?
I loved the close bond of friendship, and the support, between the children which really helps them to find the courage to deal with the many dangerous situations they are faced with. Their resilience, resourcefulness and quick-thinking makes them excellent role models as does their teamwork and kindness. Both Aria and Finn continue to strengthen their magical abilities: I loved how these abilities are linked to the forces of nature and celebrate both the wonder and the power of nature. I adored Pippin who is such a bundle of excitement, full of confidence and eagerness, but her past is something of a mystery! I must admit that my favourite character has to be the young monk Rahfi who is wonderfully witty, courageous and himself something of an enigma!
This really is the most wonderfully engaging story with incredibly sympathetic young characters which will appeal to any children of 8+ who crave stories of adventure, friendship and magic – with just the right amount of danger and darkness! And, what an ending! I can’t wait for the next Relic Hunters adventure.
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Author Bio –
Lexi Rees writes action packed adventures for children. The first book in The Relic Hunters Series, Eternal Seas, was awarded a “loved by” badge from LoveReading4Kids and is currently longlisted for a Chanticleer award.
She’s passionate about developing a love of reading and writing in children, and as well as an active programme of school visits and other events, she has published a Creative Writing Skills workbook, is a Book PenPal for three primary schools, and runs a free online #kidsclub and newsletter which includes book recommendations and creative writing activities.
In her spare time, she’s a keen crafter and spends a considerable amount of time trying not to fall off horses or boats.
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