Monday, October 29, 2012

The Orphan King (Book 1 Merlin's Immortals) by Sigmund Brouwer

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?
Read an excerpt:

My thoughts: This story jumps right into the action and while there are flashbacks which explain the back ground, to me as the reader, I felt lost or as if I was missing some pieces.  The question of who the immortals are and their mission maybe answered in a sequel or have been answered in a prequel.

The story line is intriguing and one wants to continue reading to find our more.  However, some of the details for which I was searching were not found.  The story involves several fascinating characters which are thrown together on a quest.   I would enjoy getting to know them in greater detail. (reviewed by A.Freeman)

About the author:  Sigmund 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.
DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy of The Orphan King was provided in order to facilitate our honest review. Opinions expressed are solely those of the reviewer and there was no obligation for a positive review.

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