Today we’re taking part in The Last Seal blog tour, so here Jonathan reviews it for us…
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 themselvesAgents 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.
The first chapter of the book explains haw a powerful Warlock released a demon called Dantalion. But very soon after the Demon had been released it was imprisoned in a stone tablet by a man in an organisation called the Praesidium. The rest of the book is set in 1666 right at the beginning of September.
Ben who is a school boy at Westminster had his parents killed by a small fire 6 months ago. The last thing his Dad gave him was a necklace with a strange engraving of a portcullis on it. He has run off during his Latin class to try and do something more exiting in the rest of London. He soon comes to a book shop that mysteriously has the same sign as on his necklace. He goes in and is looking about when a strange man walks in and threatens the shop owner, Gabriel, and asks for a scroll. Ben leaves and Gabriel slips the scroll into Ben’s bag without anyone realising. Later upon reading the scroll Ben finds the Portcullis symbol on it and also realises it is information on how to release Dantalion. What will Ben do?
This book is good because it mixes magic and historical fact into one story. I found some parts of this book tedious because it has too much detail, but overall it was quite good. I would rate it 17/20.
Thanks, Jonathan! To find out more about the book, the author and the blog tour, check it all out here. The next stop on the tour will be on the 16th September, at Ya Yeah Yeah. You can buy it here now..