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The Last Sanctuary

(The Last Sanctuary Series #1)

4.67  ·  Rating details ·  83 ratings  ·  62 reviews
Lily is devastated when her sick grandpa reveals she must leave the small home they share. The next day, a confused Lily awakes in the London Bridge Orphanage, surrounded by danger. With the help of her two roommates, she stumbles upon the ancient world of Ammasaya and a prophecy with catastrophic consequences; three will arrive, one to give, one to die and one to live.

Paperback, First Edition, 402 pages
Published April 2012 by Tangerine Publications Ltd
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Jonathan Terrington
Disclaimer: This was read as a read for review via one of the several groups I co-moderated in the past.

The Last Sanctuary is a modern fairytale with three girls being whisked away to a private college in London. The school they find themselves in is a kind of wonderland with strange things going on and the potential to lead to other worlds of magic and fun. While not everything in the plot made full sense to me there was enough there to get where everything was headed and this was a fun book on
Kayla Howarth
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'll start off by saying that I don't usually like to compare books, but with 'The Last Sanctuary' it's hard not to notice similarities between it and Harry Potter. The major ones: Three twelve years olds are sent to a new school where magical type things start happening (although in this book, the students are unaware that magic exists). There's the shy one, the smart one and the hopelessly dumb yet hilarious one. Giant spider. Suspected evil teachers.

But there is one big difference between Ha
Caren Tamehana
Jul 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Last Sanctuary is a book full of twists and turns, both big and small, that surprise and delight the reader. Mystery combines with humour, horror, and a touch of sadness pulling the reader into the carefully created world of Ammasaya. An abundance of magical characters bring the pages alive with their exploits and quirky personalities. The reader is kept on their toes as the characters intricately weaved backgrounds are expertly revealed, not only bringing surprise but also the satisfying - ...more
Jul 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is an enthralling read. It combines all the elements of a great story, while leading you down a path of intrigue and deception. This delightful story begins with three young girls and as you journey with them in the discovery of their true identities, you are introduced to an amazing world where their destinies will determine the future. There are agreeable and also sinister characters to be wrestled with and just when you think you know the outcome in the plot, it twists and reveals a ...more
Selena Cao
Jul 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The last sanctuary was better than I thought it was. When I read it, it felt like I was literally in the book. I laughed and even cried, only a few specific books make me cry and this was one of them. This author makes the audience want to know, what's going to happen next, it captures their attention. Some parts of the book makes me feel tingly inside and this only happens when I know the book is really, really good. Overall I think this a wonderful fantasy, mystery book to read, through out th ...more
Marc Brackett
Oct 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I haven't actually read this book yet so for the moment the opinions of my daughters 12 and 10 will have to suffice.

To start with my kids read a lot but it's rare for them to talk about what they have read. So when they started talking about "The Last Sanctuary" I knew something was going on. This suspicion was further confirmed when I was asked to intervene and decide which of them should be allowed to keep reading the book. So we have talking about and then fighting over a book.

When I asked
Vivianne M
Jul 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What a story! Three orphans, a boarding school, a mystery and a range of strange and bizarre happenings! As the story unfolds the reader gets caught up in the mystery and can’t wait for the riddles to unravel. Although written for teenagers the novel hooks in mature readers who love a mystery and who try to second guess who is on the side of the main characters and who is out to fulfil the prophecy “Three will arrive, one to give, one to die and one to live”. It’s hard to imagine where the story ...more
Apr 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
An original story for young teens - NO vampires! I've read and loved lots of vampire-type sagas ie Twilight series, City of Angels series, but it was great to find something a little different. Lots of laugh-out-loud moments and plenty of action as three 12-year-old orphans discover they may be able to save the last of the fairies and goblins from extinction. Now recommending this to all my nieces and nephews. Can't wait for the sequel! Awesome!
Emma Shepherd
A different book, not quite like anything in its genre. It's an epic, sweeping tale, but funny, personal and touching without losing sight of the grand stage it’s played out upon.

Although the book is set in London, the protagonists can access a world that rests over ours and matches geographically, but it's not a Discworld either. You have to read it to understand, but basically it’s really really good!

Jul 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Enchanting and captivating, I really enjoyed this book. Set in a mystical world intergrated into real life London, it's fantastical with enjoyable characters and an ever thickening plot to keep readers entertained.
Lily, Rose and Olivia get up to some wild adventures in London and Ammasaya and meet lots of interesting characters on the way whilst trying to solve a long covered up mystery.
I great read for preteens that will be enjoyed by teens and adults too.
Priyanka "obama"
Aug 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Just. Wow. AMAZING. It was seriosly awesome. Though there should be more lines for Olivia because she is just the best.
Jun 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: shelf-a
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P.S Mohka
Wednesday 19th june 2013

I first read this book at the suggestion of my friends and teachers. I hoped it to be an interesting world to delve into and that belief proved correct although it took a small while for me to sink my teeth into completely .I finished this book within a day do in that respect it was not a difficult to read , helped by the generally simplistic writing style which most young adult books contain and which suits the age that it is aimed towards. Adm
Jan 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: r4r, fantasy, paranormal
The Last Sanctuary is obviously a product of a fair amount of research and plays a lot on what children enjoy reading: magic, including all sorts of magical creatures; different personas for our main characters (shy/loyal, reckless/dumb, smart/sensible), who cannot find anyone trustworthy so are forced to grow up and grow brave; nasty bad guys; poo, nose picking, and, of course, farts. Nasty, stinky, eye watering and possible deadly farts.

That said, to me it was only average. And it wasn't even
Sep 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
This review is also on my blog The (Mis)Adventures of a Twenty-Something Year Old Girl

The Last Sanctuary is such a sweet story! I enjoyed it very much. It also has faeries in it which I'm obsessed with =D

The Last Sanctuary by P.S. Mokha is a middle grade fantasy story. It's about three twelve year old girls, (Lily, Olivia, and Rose) who have been orphaned and their adventures trying to find the Hidden Room. On the way, they learn a lot about themselves and get themselves into many dangerous pred
Aug 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
For as long as I can remember I have loved stories, from a young child they have whispered to me of adventure, the gentle call of mystery, subtly and grace but also of sadness and joy, darkness and light, and I have adored them. Found within them is often the sense of the unrivalled beauty of words and thought. Beauty is something the human race has chased for years upon years, often they haven’t found it, occasionally, very occasionally they have. Beauty is defined as a combination of all the q ...more
M.A. Carson
Apr 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
An enchanting adventure with a trio of young heroines.

I love contemporary fantasies that set their magic in a modern world, unveiling more and more fantastical elements as you read along. Sometimes the magic is hidden. Other times, you turn a corner and a giant scorpion is in your face. However the fantastical is revealed, it’s always a welcome surprise in The Last Sanctuary. Three special orphans, Lily, Olivia, and Rose are sent to a boarding school that is anything but ordinary, and must uncov
Sep 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Looking for that perfect book that means you can put your feet up, get comfortable, and completely and effortlessly loose yourself in a new world? Look no further than The Last Sanctuary by P.S. Mocha. I know, I know, too many books these days don’t fit the quota; but this book, a book that merges an almost childlike innocence and appreciation with the more subtle realities of life, is one of those books that will utterly hook you with its unique voice, ingenuity, and suspense. It will lead you ...more
Leigh Stuart
Jan 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Unfortunately, this book did not work for me. Many of the ideas and ingredients were right, and I can understand that others found this book to be exciting and imaginative. I mean there are fairies, magic, mysteries, prophecies, a strange school, enchanted artifacts, talking animals, wizards, other worlds, a host of villains, and some very scary creatures who are trying to kill our main characters. The three girls all have their own voices and goals and are, for the most part, quite likable. But ...more
Rebecca Nealis
Jan 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Last Sanctuary is an amazing story, filled with adventure, humor, mystery and that little bit of horror that really gets your attention. It's well written with a good, well thought out plot line and is easy to follow, in the way you are never confused about how or why things happen, there is always a reason even if it's not told until later on and you are left wondering until then. But it also has twists and turns that keep you on your toes and wanting to read more.
I'm not normally one to r
Aliesha Low
Mar 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The last sanctuary is an incredibly well written Novel it puts all the things that should be in a book into it, from what I thought it would be I was totally blown away at how you could put adventure, humour and mystery all into one book.What made me really enjoy it was the fact that there was even a little bit of horror, I myself am not a fan of horror but reading this book it gave me chills and frightened me ,but it made me feel everything it took me into the book made me feel as though I was ...more
Aug 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing! As soon as I started reading it I could not put it down!! The whole time I felt like I was in the story experiencing every twist and turn and strange findings. The 3 girls characters are genius, all 3 having their own personalities and funny little quirks. This book exceeded all expectations. I have recommended it to everybody I know and anybody who asks about it. This author has created something amazing and truly magical!! I cannot wait for the next book!
Jul 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book had me reading till late at night and not wanting to put it down. Every time I thought I knew what was coming there was a surprise or twist. This well-written novel transports you to another world and has you following the girls each step of the way with bated breathe as they encounter things you can't even imagine! From a 30yr old Mum who usually reads historical fiction, this was outside my usual but I was hooked in the first few pages!
Sep 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Last Sanctuary can certainly compete with the Harry Potter series. I can't wait to read the second book!

It's a magical book to read and it absorbed me in the story and the lives/adventures of Lily, Olivia and Rose.
It's a fluently written story wich forms an unity without 'sidepaths' or dull moments.

I want to thank the author for giving me the opportunity to read this great book as a giveaway / firstread on goodreads!
Sep 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was such an intrigueing story about three orphans who went on an amazing adventure to unlock secrets about their past. It never failed to keep me hooked, right from the very first page. I love how it kept me guessing and I never really knew what was going to happen next, it was such a page turner, i didn't want to put it down! It has so much suspense and adventure that really kept me wanting more. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys fantasy books, a truely great story!
Aug 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The last sanctuary is a great book full of surprise and mystery with a mix of humour and horror, which attract the reader into a magical world where the three orphan Olivia, lily and rose lives. As I read the book I felt like I was in a different world, which made it hard to put the book down. I enjoyed it although the way with interest and passion.
Michaela Reynish
Jan 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A terrific first novel that has the makings of becoming a classic. The last sanctuary is truly an enchanting story that entwines the readers further into mystery and suspense.I believe that this book series can really go far.From the ending of the harry potter series to a book like The last sanctuary, there really is something magnificent on our shelves for young and old readers today.
Aug 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Last Sanctuary is an enthralling read with many twists and turns as you follow the journey of 3 young girls Olivia, Rose and Lily. The scenery captured by Mokha was beautiful whilst discovering the mysterious secrets that lie within the London Bridge Orphanage. I really enjoyed this novel it was a great read, I recommend it to anyone who has a taste for fantasy.
Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gifts
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

The Last Sanctuary is a well written novel and will take you to a wonderful place of magic. It's about three young girls helping each other to survive and to find out who they really are. Can't wait for the next book.
Victoria Newland
Mar 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved it.I found it so hard to put the book down, and in the first couple of pages I was hooked. It has an awesome story line and I would recommend it to anyone. :)
Sep 27, 2012 rated it liked it
The Last Sanctuary is a Middle Grade Fantasy book by P.S. Mokha. I thought the setting was fantastic. Modern day London and Amassaya (the other, magical world) are intertwined expertly, and I loved the premise of the dragons! It really is a unique story/world, and I love how it all came together in the end. In terms of pacing, the beginning was a bit slower than the end, and I would have liked to see the beginning with the girls already at the school but that is just a personal preference. It is ...more
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P S Mokha was born and raised in London. Like millions of others, he spent his early working life commuting into the city and reading books on trains.

The books often transported him further and to more interesting places than the trains.

The author is currently living in the timeless and rugged beauty of the New Zealand wilds. He is miles away from mains water, street lighting and other distracti

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