the last seal

last seal cover

Available from: Mercia Books in two diferent covers


ISBN: 97809568103-3-5 and 97809568103-9-7

RRP: £9.99 (Mercia books price £7.99)


Also available on Kindle and paperback
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Out now: the new 2nd edition Paperback!


Paperback and Kindle Version out now - see links on right

The Last Seal is Historical Fantasy set during the Great Fire of London: Gunpowder

and Sorcery in 1666!

Here is the short promo tape:




17th century London - two rival secret societies are caught in a battle that threatens to destroy the city and beyond. When a truant schoolboy, Ben, finds a scroll revealing the location of magical seals that binds a powerful demon beneath the city, he is thrown into the centre of a dangerous plot that leads to the Great Fire of 1666. 




" If you enjoy tales of the struggles between good and evil, I highly recommend this book to you! It's a fun, quick paced read that you won't be able to put down! It made for an excellent summer read!"


Confessions of a Bookworm


"an awesome array of characters which definitely included the good, the bad and the ugly, and an amazing plot!"

" This young adult historical fantasy had me totally engrossed and I would recommend it to anyway who loves historical fantasy/fiction (especially British) whether you’re a teen or an adult. "


The Slowest Bookworm


"Denning has a real thirst for historical knowledge and this certainly shines through in his books, with his descriptions of London in 1666 making you feel as if you were in the middle of the raging fire."

YA Yeah Yeah


"Set amidst a time of terrible tragedy for London, it is also a historical treat for those of us who really enjoy learning about the past.   Written in an easy style, it is highly recommended for readers of any age who enjoy historical fiction with a twist of paranormal.  I am definitely looking forward to the next book in this series when it is released."


Curling up by the Fire


This is such an exciting read, with lots of suspense and believable characters which I thoroughly enjoyed.  I loved the way the author weaved elements of fantasy around the historical facts of the Great Fire, all obviously meticulously researched.


Carole's Books


"If you like historical fantasy, don’t miss it! You’re gonna be dragged to this history and won’t be able to put it down until you’re done reading it."


Murphys Library


"I was immediately drawn into this fascinating world where a truant and thief end up embroiled in an adventure to save the city." 


Mel's Random Reviews


"a fast-paced and compelling historical fantasy adventure for young adults" "entertaining and enjoyable escapism "

Phantomn Paragrapher


"fun to read good and historically accurate fantasy" 
"Denning wrote fluently about several different themes: friendship, temptation, sacrifice and duty"

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Sami Airola at Rising Shadow


"I rarely read tween action books and was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book." 

Sugar Peach


“A diamond of a compulsive read”
Helen Hollick, Author of Sea Witch


“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.


The historical elements really shine and 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


Small stock of the first edition is still available from Mercia Books

HARDBACK ISBN 978-0-9564835-5-3

RRP £19.99

(Mercia books price £9.99)


Also available for purchase at the following booksellers:

Warwick and Kenilworth Books

Waterstones in Sutton Coldfield





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