SeaJourney (Book 1)

SeaJourney (Book 1)
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Series: Arken Freeth and the Adventure of the Neanderthals, Book 1
Genre: Action & Adventure
Tags: neanderthals, seajourney
Publisher: AIS, Limited.
Publication Year: 2015
Length: 380 Pages
ASIN: 1508605629
ISBN: 9781508605621
Arken Freeth is a 14-year-old boy in the Lantish Military Academy. War has broken out with the Amarrat Empire. Arken and his classmates set off on their first training voyage as officers-to-be into waters previously controlled by the Lantish Sea Service, but now patrolled by the Tookans, pirate allies of the Amarrats.
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Join Arken as he struggles to survive 13,000 years ago in the lost world of the Lantish Empire on the Western edge of the Circle Sea, now called the Atlantic Ocean. Arken is the only commoner in an academy for Royals, and to make matters worse, he is also part Neanderthal, a secret he must hide from the people of Lanth or he will be put to death.

Shortlisted For Dante Rossetti Award

 

Fun review from 10-year-old Sasha Greer

Arken Freeth is an amazing book that is written in such a way that you can look at it from anyone’s point of view and it will still make sense. The blend of story line and action is also amazing! If I rewrote this book, I wouldn’t change a thing!

! CAUTION: SPOILER !
The book starts off when Arken Freeth attempts to graduate military academy by lifting a huge rock on to a huge pole. He is strong enough, but not tall enough. So he has to try at sword sparring. He passes by beating his archenemy Gart who of course then wants revenge (Embarrassing him, Killing him, etc. You know the usual.). In the Arken Freeth world, if you graduate the academy you go on SeaJourney which is someone’s first Journey at sea. Most of the rest of the book is about the adventure that Arken has on his SeaJourney
! END SPOILER !

In conclusion this is an amazing book. I look forward to reading the next 2 books in the series. I hope that after reading this review you will too.

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What’s more fun than Neanderthals? How about Neanderthals on the high seas? Now that we have your attention… Author Alex Paul delivers a highly imaginative, middle-grade epic fantasy adventure-packed story with everything you could ever ask for to have a rip-roaring good time. SeaJourney (Book One) opens with an ancient archive stating that the Arken Freeth, lived 11,000 years prior, before the great flood. It follows that Arken’s world is inhabited by saber-toothed tigers and other monstrous beasts—and populated by both humans and Neanderthals. It’s Arken’s fourteenth birthday and he’s looking forward to graduating from school and going on a sea journey with his classmates. All he needs to do is balance a huge rock on a small point. That sounds easy enough, right? Well, he fails. The only way he can redeem himself is to combat Gart, a very large, bully of a boy who happens to hate him. Arken wins the skirmish—and more of Gart’s wrath in the process. However, both boys will board the Sea Nymph with their classmates to serve their country, Lanth. It turns out that the people of Tolaria (allies of the Lanths) are under attack. Yolanta, King of Tookan, is even now traveling with pirates to hunt down Tolarian Princess Sharmane and steal her magic necklace. The Sea Nymph is readying for war. Arken meets a girl named Talya, a freckle-faced scout-in-training, who warns Arken that Gart plans to kill him. And when word reaches the Sea Nymph that Princess Sharmane’s vessel has been attacked, Arken, who has proved his worth leads the charge against the enemy ship. Somewhere in the middle of all that is happening aboard the Sea Nymph, there’s a Neanderthal who is gearing up to join in the fun. With three other Arken Freeth volumes in production, SeaJourney introduces readers to a worthy hero and reveals some of his secrets and hidden powers. The book is well suited for tweens who identify with the underdog who overcomes hardships and ultimately triumphs. Too, our heroine is not based on her looks so much as her energetic attitude. With fast-escalating action on every page, a likable, capable hero, plenty of mystery and an abrupt ending, readers will be lining up for more. Arken Freeth and the Adventure of the Neanderthals, SeaJourney #1 is sure to please those who crave fantastical adventures with pirates, underdogs, prehistoric beasts, and Neanderthals!
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