The Last Seal

ABOUT Richard Denning

Richard Denning
Hi - I am Richard Denning. I was born in Ilkeston in Derbyshire and I live in Sutton Coldfield in the West Midlands. I am currently working as a General Practitioner with a North Birmingham practice. I am 43 and am married with two children (Helen and Matthew)Activities and InterestsI am a More...


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. 

The Great Fire of London raged from September 2nd to 5th and destroyed the heart of the medieval city of London. Some 13,000 houses and hundreds of churches, guild houses, warehouses and historical buildings went up in smoke. 80,000 people were made homeless. I have always found this great event fascinating and started researching it in detail a few years back. I started reading around what beliefs and superstitions people had. I found about the widespread paranoia about foreign plots and conspiracies that people had at the time as well as their belief in magic being real. that came together very quickly into a idea. I asked myself what if the fire was not just an accident, what if there really were secret societies involved and a supernatural explanation behind the great event.

“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