Book Review: Penny Preston and the Silver Scepter by Armen Pogharian

Posted June 19, 2021 by lomeraniel in Audiobooks, Fantasy, Review, Time Travel, Young Adult / 0 Comments

Book Review: Penny Preston and the Silver Scepter by Armen PogharianPenny Preston and the Silver Scepter (Misaligned #2) by Armen Pogharian
Narrator: Michelle Babb
Series: Misaligned #2
Published by CamCat Publishing LLC on 06-02-21
Genres: Fantasy, Time Travel, Young Adult
Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Narrator
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Overal Rating: four-stars

There’s more to this scepter than meets the eye
Eighth-grader Penny Preston unwittingly releases two time-travelers from the distant past⎯one, a strange elf-like creature, an evil spirit from Celtic myth with a penchant for igniting fires, and the other the sole survivor from an ancient civilization that created the prehistoric scepter recently discovered in Piper Falls. When a series of baffling events haunts the town, Penny and her friends must race to unravel the secrets of the scepter to prevent the two time-travelers from using it to change history and return to power. Trouble is, one of them seems to share her misaligned powers.
Will Penny prevail before the paranormal investigator called to town catches on and creates a panic?

Penny is still dealing with the aftermath of the previous book, when closing a time fold she discovers a mysterious red time strand that will give everyone some headaches. If the previous book revisited the Celtic lore, in this one we’ll get a presentation about  Ancient Egypt, and we’ll travel to a long-lost world from six centuries ago in a riveting tale of wonder and never-ending adventures.

The same characters from the previous book appear in this installment, but the story is centered this time around other people and events. I found the background information interesting and the parallel stories entertaining and engaging. There are several POV changes throughout the book that makes it rich and engrossing.

The two main characters, Penny and Duncan, are 11-year-olds, so this book is mainly aimed at middle graders. It doesn’t mean that it can’t be read by older fantasy fans, as the story involves much more than kids’ problems, but it’s something to keep in mind.

Michelle Babb’s narration is exquisite, as always. She has become one of my favorite female narrators. She is expressive, she gets the nuances of the story and transmits them successfully to the listener. Babb delivers great characters’ interpretations and she voices each of them in a unique way. I could listen to any book narrated by her for hours and not get tired of it.

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