Book Review: Penny Preston and the King’s Blade by Armen Pogharian

Posted September 27, 2021 by lomeraniel in Audiobooks, Fantasy, Review, Young Adult / 0 Comments

Book Review: Penny Preston and the King’s Blade by Armen PogharianPenny Preston and the King's Blade (Misaligned #3) by Armen Pogharian
Narrator: Michelle Babb
Series: Misaligned #3
Published by Sue Arroyo on 08-24-21
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Narrator
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Overal Rating: four-stars

How do you succeed where a legend failed?
Eight-grader Penny Preston thought she knew how to handle the Bodach, spirits from the 5th dimension. But when a primordial power threatens to tear the fabric of the multiverse, higher-dimensional energy seeps into Piper Falls and re-energizes the Bodach and their powers.
Unleashing havoc in the peaceful town, their attacks draw three others to the small town⎯an ancient commander seeking revenge for her defeat by the King’s Blade, an ethereal Celtic spirit with a taste for exotic nuclear particles, and a shape-shifting spy.
Penny and her friends must again dodge detection, as they sort out the intentions of these powerful entities. How can she succeed where King Arthur failed when one bad choice or wrong step risks unleashing the apocalypse of the Darkest Day?

Penny and her friends will have to fight being from other dimensions again. Like in the second book, the story begins shortly after the previous installment, and is triggered by the events that happened at the end of it. This means that this book, like the second book, is not meant to be read as a standalone.

The story was again interesting, engaging, and complex. It visited the Arthurian legends but with a twist to include magical elements and beings from other dimensions. There are two storylines in this book: one happening in the present day with Penny and her friends as main characters, and another one in the past, in the time of Arthur and his knights.  There is plenty of action, and many events happen in a short amount of time. This is a book to focus on, as there are many important details that we don’t want to miss to be able to follow the story. It’s an incredibly fresh and original take on Celtic legends, and it’s one that I’d recommend to anyone into fantasy and historical fiction regarding Arthurian Legends. The characters are unique, charismatic, and quirky, and we see an evolution from the first book to this one. There are also funny and lighthearted moments, which makes for an upbeat reading.

Michelle Babb did a fantastic job narrating this book, delighting the listener with expressive character interpretations. Her compelling tone kept me engaged from beginning to end, despite the complexity of the story. Babb has a special talent to provide each character with a unique voice and style, making the audiobooks she narrates a terrific experience for the listener.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Story (Plot)
Overall: four-stars