February 8, 2022

BLOG TOUR: People of the Sun (The Eye of Ra #3) by Ben Gartner

Hi friends! I'm pleased to be part of the book tour with Goddess Fish Promotions for People of the Sun by Ben Gartner. Make sure you check out the giveaway towards the end of the post - the author will be giving away one $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner. Make sure you check out the pages of the other tour hosts as well - the more you comment, the more chances you have to win!

People of the Sun Blog Tour (Goddess by Fish Promotions)

About the Book

The explosive reveal about who John and Sarah really are and why they’re traveling through time, with their most gut-wrenching challenge yet.

In the time of the Aztec, a scoundrel named Cort├ęs arrives and the kids are forced to make an extremely difficult decision: If you could change history, should you? For more twists, more danger, and more fun, read the third book in The Eye of Ra series, People of the Sun!

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/People-Sun-Eye-Ben-Gartner/dp/1734155280/

Local bookstore: https://indiebound.org/search/book?keys=author%3AGartner%2CBen

Apple: https://books.apple.com/us/book/people-of-the-sun/id1578394762

B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/people-of-the-sun-ben-gartner/1139909512?ean=9781734155280

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/people-of-the-sun-2

Everywhere else: https://books2read.com/people-of-the-sun-ben-gartner

REVIEW of People of the Sun (The Eye of Ra #3) by Ben Gartner

Rating: 4 Stars

Release Date: February 1, 2022

Format: eARC (From Author and Goddess Fish Promotions)

Publisher: Crescent Vista Press

Ben Gartner mixes fantasy, history, geography, and even a bit of sci-fi with his latest installment in The Eye of Ra series, People of the Sun. The story is full of twists and turns that will keep readers engaged and invested (no matter if they are children or adults). 

The main characters, Sarah and John are once again called upon to save the world and sent back in time to set things right with those we now commonly know as Aztecs. The tricky part? They have to be very careful about what they change, lest they break the timeline and end up poofing themselves out of existence. 

I appreciated how everything was very easy to understand while reading - you never had to think too much about the rules or dynamics of how things worked. For example, with the introduction of time travel and the risk of poofing one’s self out of existence, it could have gotten very complicated very quickly (and made it too hard for young readers to understand). That was never an issue with this book - Ben Gartner broke things down in very easy to comprehend ways (while also avoiding the risk of dumbing it down too much and potentially insulting readers). The same goes for other concepts, like this history that was introduced or the geography. I’m always very happy when I don’t need to break out a map or a history book to be able to follow along with a certain chain of events. 

I didn’t realize going in that this was the third book in the series, but I had minimal issues following along with the story. The author includes enough details that you aren’t missing out on too much by not reading the first two books. However, when given the opportunity I would recommend reading the series in order for the best experience. 

Altogether, People of the Sun is an action-packed, fun-filled middle-grade adventure book. I would recommend it to fans of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series or Michael Scott’s The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel. A great choice for readers of all ages! 

Thank you to the author, Crescent Vista Press, and Goddess Fish Promotions for my complimentary review copy of the book. I appreciate the opportunity to read and review People of the Sun immensely. Please note - I voluntarily read and reviewed People of the Sun. All opinions expressed in the review are my own and not influenced in any way.


This was too weird, so it had to be happening for real. If it made no sense at all, then it had to be real. That was what John had come to expect of their life ever since he and Sarah entered that cave in Colorado and traveled back in time to the ancient Egyptian town of Saqqara. Then, later, traveled through time again, from the museum in Washington, DC, to the ancient Roman frontier town of Aventicum.

Abnormal was their new normal, and seeing these two people—if that’s all they really were, and not gods—speaking of Aten and telling them they were needed again . . . John shrugged. It had to be true. 

Something in his bones told him: It has to be true.

He thought all this out before the earth trembled again, and he matched the stare of the older man. John’s hand reached to the pendant he always wore around his neck. The eye of Ra. 

The tremor stopped and immediately John asked, “How d’we go back?”

The old woman grinned. “Always so precocious.”

The old man laughed. “Agreed. Some things never change.” He winked at the woman.

“If you are who you I think you are, then prove it.” Sarah crossed her arms and pivoted back to confront these strangers head-on.

“What exactly is going on here?” Aunt Lorraine asked. “Do you know each other?”

“That necklace isn’t what you think,” the old man said, looking at John fidgeting with his pendant.

John felt the warmth of the pendant on his chest. He could trace it in his sleep, and in fact had done just that many times in his dreams—over the brow, around the almond-shaped eye, down the arc with the curlicue finish, then the final straight line with the knifelike edge. The eye that could transport them through space and time.


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About the Author

Ben Gartner is the award-winning author of The Eye of Ra time travel adventure series for middle graders. His books take readers for a thrilling ride, maybe even teaching them something in the meantime. Ben can be found living and writing near the mountains with his wife and two boys. https://BenGartner.com









Question of the Day: If you could travel back to one time in history, when would it be and why?


  1. Replies
    1. Of course! It was my pleasure. Its always a great experience working with Goddess Fish Promotions :)

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    1. I think so too, Rita! Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog today :)

  3. Thank you for hosting, and for the terrific review! I'm flattered.

    1. Of course! It was my pleasure to read and review the book :)

  4. Thank you for sharing your review of this book, it sounds like a must read for me

    1. Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog today! I appreciate your kind remarks :) I hope you get a chance to read the book, definitely a fun and engaging story!

  5. I love the cover and the excerpt.

    1. I do too, Sherry! Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog this week :)

  6. That depends on if I know what I know now when I arrive back in time... if so, I would travel back in time to when computers became started gaining popularity and learn everything I could about them... if not then I guess I would travel back in time to...never mind - don't have a clue! Great excerpt and People of the Sun sounds like an exciting read! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a spectacular weekend!

    1. I like the way you think Stormy! A very well thought out answer (I would probably want to know what I know now if I went back in time too). Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog, and I hope you have a spectacular weekend as well :)

  7. I teach seventh grade English and my kids absolutely loved The Eye of Ra! I can’t wait to do it a year after year because it’s that good!

    1. That's awesome - I'm so happy to hear that :) Thank you for your service as a teacher (they are so so important to nurturing young readers) and thank you for taking the time to visit my blog Royaldixie


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