Title: Ethan Fox and the Eyes of the Desert Sand (Ethan Fox Books Book 1)
Author: E. L. Seer
Genre: Middle Grade/Young Adult Fantasy Adventure
E. L. Seer’s, Ethan Fox Books series, debut novel, Ethan Fox and the Eyes of the Desert Sand is a fast-paced, action-packed, cinematic quest through another world, that adventurers aged 9 to 12 will love and so will their parents. After barely escaping abduction at the hands of Grimleaver vampires, thirteen-year-old Ethan Fox encounters a girl he is deeply drawn to. The two young strangers discover that they share a bond, both missing memories of their past. Together, Ethan and Hayley are lured away, awakening at The Residence, a mysterious parallel world within our own. There, they unravel the mysteries of their tangled pasts and help the Caretakers protect the human world from the Grimleavers and their evil plans to enslave humanity. Ethan and Hayley are expected to solve riddles and puzzles, navigate new worlds watching Earth, and unmask a traitor. All before they can solve the mystery of who they are, where they come from, and why Ethan dreams of eyes in the desert sand. Discover the world at www.EthanFoxBooks.com . A delightful novel that glows with unearthed magic, a wonderland with magical settings and creatures, and true friendships.
Imagine following a rabbit down a hole to discover a whole new world. Sound familiar? How about once you arrive in this world, everyone seems to know your name, like you’re a celebrity? Ring any bells? This is exactly what happens to Ethan Fox. One minute he’s on vacation with his family in sunny California and the next he’s underground in an alternate universe called The Residence. With him is Hayley, a girl his age with who he shares a connection. They become fast friends and this friendship will anchor them to each other as they maneuver through The Residence. The more they discover about the wicked plans of the Grimleavers, the more determined Ethan and Hayley are of stopping the evil lord in charge of the Grimleavers. Through many magical puzzles and riddles, they get closer to the truth. Will they solve the great mystery and unmask a traitor in their midst or will the Grimleavers silence them forever?
Ethan Fox and the Eyes of the Desert Sand is a magical adventure I couldn’t put down. From the first page to the last, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Drawing inspiration from classic characters like Alice and Harry, E. L. Seer creates characters relatable to readers. Every child/teen/adult wants to know where they came from and wants to belong. This theme is prevalent throughout Ethan Fox and the Eyes of the Desert Sand. The descriptive narration is vivid, allowing the reader to become a part of the story. Like any imaginative fantasy, the world-building is quite intricate. E. L. Seer captures the reader’s imagination with the puzzles and riddles Ethan and Hayley need to solve. I found immense pleasure solving (or trying to) the puzzles and riddles. If I had to sum up Ethan Fox and the Eyes of the Desert Sand, it would be this: life is an adventure and it’s through exploring new worlds that you discover who you really are. Highly recommend!
My Rating: 5+ stars
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E. L. Seer is the author of the Ethan Fox Book series, Book #1, Ethan Fox and the Eyes of the Desert Sand. A soon to be series of magnificent novels featuring Ethan and Hayley. Seer was born in Sacramento, California before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area where he spent his career as a software engineer for thirty plus years. He started writing poetry and song lyrics as a young teen in high school. His talent evolved over the years, writing satirical sports columns for his fantasy football league. He owes much of his creativity to his wife, who recognized his descriptive flare and convinced him to explore writing more seriously. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in engineering. Seer lives with his wife and their two dogs in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho (AMAZON – the other way around was BOWKER), where they enjoy frequent visits from their kids, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. MESSAGE FROM THE AUTHOR: It is with sincere gratitude that I would like to thank you for reading Ethan Fox and the Eyes of the Desert Sand. I hope you enjoyed taking a peek at my new family and will join Ethan and Hayley for their next journey in Ethan Fox and the Shadow Princess (the next book in the series). Writing this book has been a journey. I’ve been a software engineer for 30 years, so writing a fiction novel was the last thing on my mind. But then, one day, my wife decided that my imagination and wit could be put to better use . . . so . . . she took me to lunch and told me about a dream she had of a strange hall with lots of doorways. We discussed ideas for hours and she took detailed notes. A few weeks later, I had a colorful dream that I still remember vividly today . . . Gruggins was born. Between Gruggins and my wife, I couldn’t say no. Together, they had coaxed me into writing my first book and you’ve just read the first installment . . . for that, I thank you! E. L. Seer.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N