Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Orphan King by Sigmund Brouwer (Merlin's Immortals Book One)

I have read just a few of Simgund Brower's other books. Broken Angel is one of the ones I have read that stuck with me. The Orphan King is another book that is going to stick with you, and even more so for the sequel  Fortress Of Mist,  which I will get to in another post. I have to go ahead and tell you that this series is not your "classic" Merlin and King Author tales. It is connected ,but it is also all on its very own!

Thomas is an orphan, and he has been raised by Sarah. She has raised him with nothing short pretty full instructions of his destiny. He is to destroy the circle of evil, where-ever and whatever that is. For now he has been a slave "servant" in a monastery full of un-Godly men. Knowing that it is time to set forth on the mission he has been raised and destined to seek, he leaves the monks under a great deal of duress. They didn't really want to loose their "slave" but it is high time. Soon Thomas is in the company of a Knight, a mute and deaf young woman, and a young pickpocket! He is keeping this strange collection of people with him because of an old man that appeared and said to do so. This is  a man he doesn't know who he is or how he knows what he knew, but that this is somehow tied to his life's mission  He has a very daunting task. He is going to go take possession of the fortress, the castle/manor called Magnus.

All Thomas has is this ragged little group, his training which he keeps rather hidden, and the things that Sarah taught him, his rather conflicted heart in matters of who to trust and not to trust, and a prophecy. "Delivered on the wings of an angel, he shall free us from oppression."

A very good first book in this series, it speaks boldly of starting to find one's way to God and who to trust, and the forces in play vying for destinies that are yet to come. This is a very in-depth book and this review of mine doesn't quite feel that it does it enough justice, and yet this is the background and set up for what is to come in the next book.


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?

About The Author:
With three million books in print, SIGMUND BROUWER is the best-selling author of dozens of popular books for children and adults. An acclaimed storyteller and passionate reader, Brouwer brings his characters to life with the desire to give voice to truth. Over the last two decades, his Rock and Roll Literacy presentation has inspired students and teachers at schools all across North America. Sigmund is married to songwriter recording artist Cindy Morgan. The couple and their two young daughters divide their time between Red Deer, Alberta and Nashville, Tennessee.

The Orphan King - 
Fortress of Mist -
Author Website

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