Review – Final Raven – Finian Black

This is a book which has been sitting on my to read pile for a couple of months. It’s been staring at me wanting to be read, but I waited. Why? I knew I was going on residential to London where the book is predominately set. What better way to absorb myself in the story than to actually be there. So within minutes of arriving at the hostel, the book was out and off I set into a magical quest fusing mythology, history and the modern day.

A plague is sweeping across Britain. More and more people are dying each day, but the disease isn’t restricted to humans. Superstition tells us that if the Tower of London ravens are lost or fly away, the Crown will fall and Britain with it. Unfortunately, the plague has spread to the ravens. One by one they are dying, leaving the fate of Britain hanging on a knife edge.

The future of the country now rests on the shoulders of a small group of children. Initially it appears they have no connection, but it soon becomes clear that there is a deep-rooted historical link between the children. They are descended from the knights of the round table. Working together, they use their bravery, magic and friendship to fight for the very existence of our country.

Within a few chapters I was gripped. The story moves along at a fantastic pace. There is never a dull moment. IT reminded me very much of the narrative of a Hollywood blockbuster. There’s action galore with chases, explosions and an evil Bond-style villain hell-bent on ruling the land. Then just as you’re getting comfy, a wicked twist is thrown in. Mix that with a large dose of Arthurian legend (which I’ve always loved) and dollop of history (which I’ve always loved) and I couldn’t put the book down.

Needless to say I was enthralled sat reading this in the heart of where the action takes place. One evening I took a late night run past the Tower of London to soak up some of the story. Later I found a vantage point of the Shard and the Gherkin – both mentioned in the book. Being able to connect a book with a tangible location always help. There’s so much in this book, that everyone will find something to latch onto, be it the setting, the historical element or the modern day thriller.

For children who like fast paced adventures like Percy Jackson, this comes highly recommended. There is a lot going on, including gun fights and explosions, so it is definitely aimed at the top end of primary school and the Young Adult audience. I’m now waiting for the next installment to be published – hopefully the wait isn’t too long.

Age Recommendation: 10+
Pages: 262 pages
Publisher: Weyborne Press
ISBN: 9781546786917

**Thanks to Miss Cleveland and Finian Black for the copy I won via their Twitter giveaway**

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