Mercia Books has published The Last seal, first in the Praesidium series of historical fantasy/horror novels for older teens and adults.
Two rival secret societies – the Liberati and the Praesidum - are caught in a battle that threatens to destroy the city and its unknowing inhabitants.
When a truant schoolboy, Ben, finds a scroll revealing the location of magical seals that bind the demon, this throws him into the centre of a dangerous plot that leads to the Great Fire of London.
Ben must overcome his own problems - fear of failure, desire for revenge, guilt over his parents’ deaths - if he is to protect the city, and confront the evil demon.
As the plot unfolds, a little more of the mystery about Ben’s own past and his parents’ deaths is made known. Ultimately, Ben and his friends must combat sorcery, defeat the evil Liberati and destroy the demon if they are to save their city and themselves.
What readers are saying about The Last Seal:
“The historical elements really shineand kept me interested, as did the atmosphere of a burning London and all the darkness and bleakness surrounding the terrifying Dantalion… The tension and suspense in the latter part of the book were terrific… at several points I had butterflies in my stomach.”
Leigh Ferrani, author, Oxford Literary Consultancy
“At times, I literally couldn’t put the book down and was hooked to finding out what happened next. I was extremely impressed by your ability to keep the reader engaged with the action throughout.”
Stephanie Williams, editor, Rebel Books.
"Take the biblical terrors of a Dan Brown novel, add a little Harry Potter, then set it in the time of the Great London Fire of 1666, and you have a snapshot of Richard Denning's suspenseful and exciting novel, The Last Seal"
Nan Hawthorne, author or An Involuntary King.
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