Troubador Ancell's Final Battle

Released: 28/05/2018

ISBN: 9781788038515

eISBN: 9781789011234

Format: Paperback/eBook

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Ancell's Final Battle

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Following Ancell’s Quest, one of Troubador’s best sellers, Ancell and the intrepid crew of Misty Dawn sail for South America determined to rescue the orphan children kidnapped by the merciless pirate, Laughing Jack. However, secure in his lair deep in the Amazon rainforest, Laughing Jack has plans to put an end to his foes once and for all.

But the pirates have not counted on the native skills of Inti, the Indian girl who befriends the sailors, nor the albatross, a hungry anaconda, the dolphins, the whales and even the tiny storm petrel who join the sailors in a battle that rages from the depths of the jungle to the high seas. However, when Misty Dawn is becalmed, and Laughing Jack has her at his mercy only the unpredictable killer whales, whose help is far from certain, can save the sailors. What is not in doubt is that only one ship will survive the day . . . 

Ancell’s Final Battle is a fast-moving adventure tale with a loveable cast of often comical but always resolute animal sailors whose banter never ceases however dire their situation and is a heart-warming story of true friendship which will be enjoyed by children aged 9 – 14.

An exciting adventure that children will love! We really enjoyed reading this together with our eldest daughter. Not only was it an exciting adventure, but she learned about a few new animals along the way too!

by BG


Children will love, sometimes fear for and sometimes laugh at this crew of animal sailors as they narrowly escape one desperate situation after another to rescue the children captured by pirates. Partly set in South America, they will also feel for Inti, the resourceful Indian girl determined to find her brother, as they will for the orphans searching for a home, and delight in the storys unexpected ending.

by Beth Williams


A first rate story for children who like tales about distant lands. Lots of interesting details about the Amazon rainforest and ocean voyages in the days of sail. Whether human or animal the characters are so lifelike it seems entirely natural that the animals should battle with pirates and that children should ride dolphins in a game of tag. My son now wants to be a sailor!

by Sal


A very enjoyable adventure story. I particularly liked the theme of the animals drawing strength from their treasured memories of a loved one to defy the pirates. A feel good upbeat read.

by Ben


Tony Main uses a crew of animal sailors to good effect in this story of their battle with the Pirates. Children will quickly recognise the different personalities, laugh at the ever pessimistic field mouse, sympathise with the volatile harvest mouse and fear for the pompous one winged owl, to mention a few. They will also feel for the orphan children and their fear of never finding a home. Lots of exciting action, but also a story about caring for others.

by Rosy Blockley


I loved this book. A jolly, swashbuckling adventure tale at sea and to far flung continents.
Continuing the tale of Ancell, a hedgehog, and his friends, that began with Ancell's Quest but also a stand alone story, this book tacks from Australia to South America and back to England.
Definitely worth a read.

by Tina Seymour


In this story of Ancell and his friends battle with pirates ; the animals have to face the perils of jungle warfare. Kids will love Inti, the young Inadian girl who is desperate to rescue her brother. They will be worried for the orphan children still searching for a home and will be relieved and delighted by the unexpected ending.

by Finn


I loved this book - fantastic characters, great storyline and a passion for animals. Perfect for young readers. 5/5

by Simon


I’m sure that children will easily relate to the very human emotions of the animal heroes as they battle with the Pirates to rescue the kidnapped children. They will feel for the orphans searching for a home. My grand daugter loved this story.

by Angela G.


The loyalty of the animal sailors to their shipmates, however fearful the situation they find themselves in as they fight the pirates, lies at the heart of this wonderfully imaginative adventure tale. Certainly recommended.

by AG


My niece reads books from time to time but soon puts them aside if they do not interest her. However this story really caught her attention. She loved it - so a success!

by Jo Hallett


A great read for all ages. Children will love it either to read themselves or to be read to by adults, who will also enjoy it!
It is an exciting story that holds interest from beginning to end. It is a shame it's Ancell's last battle. We need more stories like this.

by David Beatty


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