Sunday, August 12, 2012

The Orphan King: Book One Merlin's Immortals

I received this book from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group for no charge in exchange for my honest review of this book. The opinions expressed here are my own.


Book Description:

 The future of the Immortals is in the hands of an orphan

My greatest fear was that they would find us and make of us a sacrifice beneath a full moon. Now you, Thomas, must help us destroy the circle of evil.

The last words of a dying woman would change the life of young Thomas. Raised behind monastery walls, he knows nothing of his mysterious past or imminent destiny. But now, in the heart of medieval England, a darkness threatens to strangle truth. An ancient order tightens their ghostly grip on power, creating fear and exiling those who would oppose them. Thomas is determined fulfill his calling and bring light into the mysterious world of the Druids and leaves the monastery on an important quest.

Thomas quickly finds himself in unfamiliar territory, as he must put his faith in unusual companions—a cryptic knight, a child thief, and the beautiful, silent woman whom may not be all she seems. From the solitary life of an orphan, Thomas now finds himself tangled in the roots of both camaraderie and suspicion.

Can he trust those who would join his battle…or will his fears force him to go on alone?



My Thoughts:


The Orphan King is the first book in Sigmund Brouwer's new series The Immortals.  This is my first time reading a book by Sigmund Brouwer and I am glad I had the opportunity to read it. In this story we meet Thomas, an orphan who just turned 18 years old, he has been on his own since his caregiver Sarah passed. Thomas has been living like a slave in an abbey all of this time and is waiting for his chance to to leave. As Thomas adventures out into the world on a secret mission that he believes he is the only one to know about it, he makes his way to the kingdom of Mangus with three other people he does not know, he only knows they are to come with him.

From the start of  The Orphan King the storyline gives the reader a high adventure of action, chivalry, knights, swordplay and danger that will keep the pages flying and the reader wanting more. Sigmund Brouwer writes in such a way that you feel like you are there in the  story witnessing all that is happening around them. As I read this story I truly felt like part of the adventures.  I also enjoyed Sigmund Brower's way of weaving the Christian theme throughout the story. He portrays it with Thomas, who begins as a nonbeliever and through his companions he starts to realize that there can be a God. The Orphan King is classified as a Young Adult book, but as an adult I really did enjoy it. I think that anyone 12 years old and older who enjoy Christian Fiction Fantasy will really enjoy this new series. I look forward to Book Two: Fortress of Mist, coming out in February 2013.

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