The Strangeworlds Travel Agency: The Secrets of the Stormforest

Authored by L.D. Lapinski
Published by Hachette

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This is the last of the Strangeworlds Travel Agency trilogy. Fans have been waiting with bated breath to see how L.D. Lapinski will complete Flick and Jonathan’s adventures and their wait is over with this series finale. It starts up where Book 2 left off, with Flick finding out that Tristyan, an apothecary from another world, is her grandfather. Meanwhile, Jonathan has been given a glimmer of hope via a piece of paper, showing that his father could still be alive.

The Seren have created schisms in the universe. They also consume magic, which is putting the future of the multiverse in danger. Tristyan reveals that he is a Seren and is trying to escape from their influence. Flick realises that in order to help the Strangeworlds Society, and to protect Tristyan from the reaches of the Seren, she needs to step up her presence at the agency. She also needs to learn more magic. The trouble is, she’s still got school and her family to factor in. Thus follows a journey to collect suitcases from all the outposts with a trip to The House on the Horizon as well as the City of Five Lights and the world of Pendularbor. Characters of note met along the way are Danser Thess, custodian of The House on the Horizon, a Seren called Azarus and a whole cast of assorted pirates and thieves who assist in the final showdown.

The relationship between Flick and Avery (Jonathan’s distant cousin) has come a long way from the instant dislike in Book 2. In ‘The Secrets of the Stormforest’ we get glances and touches and their burgeoning relationship is beautifully written. There is a bittersweet touch in that they are from different worlds, but as you will see at the end, they make this relationship work for them.

Without giving away any spoilers, the series is brought to an end satisfactorily in an exciting showdown. I particularly liked the epilogue and the last line, ‘the adventures will carry on in the imagination of the reader’. Well done L.D., your third and final Strangeworlds Travel Agency book is a triumph. It took me through a rainbow of emotions and I was happy with the conclusion. This series is perfect for Upper Key Stage Two readers. However, in order to add to the enjoyment of the stories I would recommend reading Books 1 and 2 before starting this.