Welcome to my stop on the Frank Penny & the Last Black Stag Blog Tour. The third of five in the Frank Penny series by Jeremy Elson, we re-enter the divided kingdom of Rossa as Frank and his friends, Cas, Gabby and Anya find themselves venturing into the dangerous lands of Kzarlac in search of the next two guardians of the Simbrian….
FRANK PENNY and the LAST BLACK STAG
author: Jeremy Elson
Eyrie Press (30 November 2020)
“Power is not for the weak or faint-hearted”
The narrow streets of Rhaeder were a hive of activity and effort as the city is transformed with a growing warren of stalls, stands, kiosks and stages in preparation for the Festival of Harmony; a celebration of the peace that tentatively exists between the Byeland and Kzarlac. As Frank awaits the arrival of his friends, he would love nothing more than for them all to relax and enjoy the festival. But destiny is calling them…
As Frank, Cas, Gabby and Anya seek the next two guardians of the Simbrian, they need to journey across the borderlands and into the perilous world of Kzarlac, sworn enemy of Byeland, where their very lives may be at risk. Ruled by the sinister, terrifying Etamin Dahke, Kzarlac is no place for four naïve teenagers. They will need to stay alert, keep their wits about them and use every skill they have acquired along the way. Still, there is no guarantee they will 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 inconceivable secret may make Frank regret ever having started.
A stunning teen/YA fantasy; the third in the Frank Penny series, The Last Black Stag can be read as a stand-alone, but I would recommend reading the others first. It took me a few chapters to really get into the book. Everything soon fell into place, due to the authors’ skill at weaving previous information into the story without dragging it down in the least. Once I got rolling…WOW! I couldn’t put this book down! The initial “teaser” (prologue) takes the reader back one hundred years and sets the scene for the upcoming tale perfectly. With deft and realistic characterisation, fascinating plot twists and chilling description, this book builds a story with a fine precision and brilliant pace. The tension is palpable. The drama, intrigue and action simply do not stop as our heroes are thrown from one danger to another. There are some truly effective, nail-biting moments (and some rather grisly.) And the building of the story blends the development of the characters and their relationships in such a way as it pulls the reader from page to page with such fascination and curiosity that you are needing more. It is an addictive read and by the end, the “what ifs” and “what abouts” are circling through your head like vultures…but, I guess we’ll just have to wait for the fourth book. Complex, absorbing, captivating and completely engaging, this is a book (a series!) you do not want to miss.
(The first two in the Frank Penny series: Frank Penny and the Mystery of Ludlow Humsbook and Frank Penny and the Kzarlac Spy.)
About the author:
“Jeremy Elson found that most of his education went on outside the classroom. Learning things that he was interested in, away from normal lessons, was far more valuable. Now he and his wife home educate their son; Frank Penny was borne out of a desire to bring life to a home-educated child, as well as tell a compelling adventure story.
Jeremy lives in Guildford, UK. Apart from writing, his passions includes the outdoors, The Smiths, Chelsea Football Club and Star Wars Battlefront (apart from when he’s being comprehensively beaten by his son!).”
You can follow Jeremy @ElsonAuthor and @FrankPennyBooks on Twitter, on Goodreads, on Facebook, For more information about Jeremy, or the Frank Penny books, visit the website: http://www.frankpennybooks.com/
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I want to thank Rachels’ Random Resources (https://www.rachelsrandomresources.com/) for inviting me to join the tour and, along with Eyrie Press (https://www.eyriepress.co.uk/) arranging for the review copy. You are indeed stars!