A gripping read: My review of "The Orphan King" by Sigmund Brouwer

It's time for another Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy Blog tour! This month is featuring two books from Sigmund Brouwer. First up is "The Orphan King". Be sure to come back tomorrow for the sequel "Fortress of Mist".

The Orphan King (Merlin's Immortals Series #1)

about the book....

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 comradery and suspicion.

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

my review....

Forget that this book is targeted at a teen audience - I personally found this to be an absolutely entertaining, gripping read! Thomas is a fantastic character, one raised under a shroud of secrecy and mystery that makes him all the more intriguing, including the fact that he must set out on a mission given to him by his mother prior to her death, even though he doesn't fully understand the mission or everything that is at stake. The writing is crisp, the scenes full of interesting and vivid details, and the characters are intriguing, humorous at times, and always leave you wondering just whose side they are actually on. The Orphan King is, in my opinion, an absolute success and a very solid start to what looks to be a promising series. And may I just say that the cover of this book is simply amazing? I only wish this book were being made into a video - it would be fantastic!

I highly recommend this book, not only for teens, but for any reader who enjoys a good historical fantasy novel. 5 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher, Waterbrook Multnomah publishing group, for the purposes of this unbiased review.

about the author....

Sigmund BrouwerSigmund Brouwer is the author of eighteen novels with nearly three million copies in print. His recent novel The Last Disciple was featured in Time magazine and on ABC's Good Morning America. Sigmund is married to Christian recording artist Cindy Morgan, and they and their two daughters divide their time between homes in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada and Nashville, Tennessee.

Author Website http://www.sigmundbrouwer.com/

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  1. I totally agree with your assessment that this is a book for any reader who enjoys Historical Fantasy. It also grabbed my attention and held it until the end. A video would be fantastic, we can hope!


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