Source: received for review
What caused the Great Fire of London? The Last Seal offers an explanation…
September 1666: a struggle between two secret societies threatens to destroy
London. Three hundred years previously the Praesidum defeated and incarcerated a
demon beneath the city. Now the Liberati aim to release it and gain its power
for themselves Agents of the King are seeking four suspected foreign spies who
are, in reality, disparate and unlikely heroes: GABRIEL, the sole remaining
member of the Praesidum, crippled by his fear of failure; FREYA, a young thief
orphaned by the Great Plague, driven by poverty and self-interest; TOBIAS, a
cynical physician, obsessed by his desire for vengeance against the Liberati
cavalier who killed his father, and finally and most vitally, BEN, a Westminster
schoolboy, whose guilt over his parents’ death threatens to destroy him. Yet
these four must overcome their personal problems and work together if they are
to foil the evil plans of the Liberati, protect the city and gain the means to
defeat the demon. Thrown together by chance when Ben finds an ancient scroll
revealing the location of arcane seals that bind the demon beneath London, the
story launches into a battle between the Liberati and Praesidium, a battle which
takes place within the Great Fire of London. Ultimately, Ben and his friends
must confront and defeat both the demon and the evils of the Liberati to save
their city and themselves. (Taken from Amazon)
This is the second book I have read by Richard Denning and his talent as a writer shines through in both novels.
This novel is a great read. The description of London during this time is very historically accurate and this makes the novel seem more real to the reader. I loved all the historical descriptions and found myself in central London among all the characters.
The characters all have a sense of purpose within the novel and there was just enough characters for the story to work.
The plot was very fast-moving and kept the reader engaged in the story through out. I found myself turning the pages at a fast pace and finished the book in just under a day.
A copy of this novel was received for free and all opinions expressed are my own through reading it.