Book Title: Frank Penny and The Last Black Stag
Author: Jeremy Elson
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: 30th November 2020
What it’s about
Power is not for the weak or faint-hearted.
If Frank, Cas, Gabby and Anya want to find the next two guardians of the Simbrian and keep them safe, they need to journey across the dangerous borderlands and into the dark and shadowy world of Kzarlac, sworn enemy of Byeland.
Ruled by the fearsome Etamin Dahke, Kzarlac is no place for four naïve teenagers. Keen wits and a large helping of luck are no guarantee they will succeed and return safely.
Driven by their desire to protect the delicate peace that has existed since the time of Kester, their quest is about to take a deadly turn, and the exposure of an unconceivable secret may make Frank regret ever having started.
Jeremy Elson is the author of the Frank Penny series of adventure books for young adults.
Jeremy is a home educating parent himself, and Frank Penny was borne out of his desire to bring to life a home educated child, as well as tell a straightforward and compelling adventure story.
Social Media Links –
Twitter: @Elsonauthor & @frankpennybooks
What I Thought
Frank Penny and the Last Black Stag is the third instalment in the Frank Penny series and although I read it as a standalone. I think it would have been better for me to have read the first two books before diving in as it took a couple of chapters to get into this book. I will get around to reading them as I think it would help me get into the characters heads a little more. It is a good story in itself though.
So for this, we’re following a group of teenagers who are on a quest to find the guardians of the Simbrian and the need to keep them safe. Frank, Cas, Gabby, and Anya are much braver than I was when I was their age, venturing through Kzarlac doesn’t sound like my cup of tea but needs must I guess. I like that these four actually come across as teenagers and not like other books where they seem much older than their years.
I really enjoyed this fast-paced read and I struggled to put it down once I got into and I think it would suit a few age ranges. This is definitely one I would pick up again.
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