Tuesday, May 21, 2013

"Fortress of Mist: Book Two Merlin's Immortals" by Sigmond Brouwer

About the book:  The throne is redeemed, but the battle is just beginning.          

In the dark corners of an ancient land, evil lurks in the shadows. Powerful druids haunt the spaces of their lost territory. Double-minded noblemen fight for domain and influence. Invaders from the north threaten the kingdom of Magnus. This land of promise and redemption is mired in deceit and corruption.

The Orphan King, once victorious in conquest, appears to be losing his grip on his seat of power. Thomas rules Magnus, but does not know whom he can trust. His enemies anticipate his every move, thwarting him at each turn. Something is not right.

Under attack, both in the supernatural and natural worlds, Thomas must reach back into the secret layers of his past to find the strength and wisdom to fight his battles. When the mist clears, who will stand with him?
Review (spoilers included): This book was full of mystery. It starts out with the main character Thomas being visited in his bedroom by a young lady that he thought was dead. Isabelle came to see if Thomas would be part of a mysterious alliance. Thomas had been curious about this group before Isabelle "died." He finds himself cautious now and not sure that he wants to be a part of this alliance. He is not sure that he can trust some one who was able to make him think she was dead. He suspects some type of magic or trickery. He begins to study herbs and potions and figures out how Isabelle was able to seem dead. Thomas learns that the alliance Isabelle is with is known as the Droids. They are known for witchery and are not spoken of highly. They are a group that the people in his kingdom are scared to confront.

 Thomas later meets the Earl of York. The Earl wants to see where Thomas' loyalty lies. The Earl asks Thomas to join him in battle against the Scots.Thomas agrees to go to battle to show the Earl of York that he is not the enemy. Thomas and the Earl defeat the Scots and form a friendship. The friendship is threatened when the Earl's son lies to him and tells him that Thomas is not who he says.

Once Thomas has returned to his kingdom he is visited by one of the Druid leaders. This leader wants Thomas to join him but Thomas refuses. The leader then threatens Thomas and his kingdom and tells him that Thomas will not prosper. He tells Thomas that he will send a sign of bats falling from the sky to scare his kingdom and make them turn against him. Thomas is not threatened. He loves his kingdom and knows that he can prove to them that he is here to protect them from people like the Droids.

A young lady by the name of Katherine has been hiding through out the book in a disguise. She had helped Thomas take the kingdom of Magnus. She had to fake being burned and go in hiding for Thomas' sake. She is now coming back to see if Thomas is going to become part of the Droids. She hides in the secret passage ways and hears Thomas talk to the leader of the Droids. She is impressed that he does not join them but is still uncertain of his loyalty. She decides to show herself and try and learn more of Thomas' loyalty. He is glad to see her and wants to restart their friendship. He starts to put things together and realizes that Katherine has secrets and was able to trick him too. He wonders if she is part of Isabelle's plan? He has a hard time trusting her. He realizes that the mask on her face is not really hiding burns and that it was a ploy. He makes her take her mask off and tell him the truth. She refuses because a man by the name of Hartwood told her to not let her emotions get in the way. She has to wait and see if she can trust Thomas. Thomas is hurt that she will not trust him so he asks her to leave Magnus.

The book ends there. It is setting up for book three. I think that this book would be one that students would enjoy reading. It is full of mystery and keeps you guessing. (rev. S.Wall, Food Services)

DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy of fortress of Mist was provided by Waterbrook Press on behalf of the author, Sigmund Brouwer in exchange for our honest review. Opinions expressed are solely those of the reviewer.
Author Info:  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. Reader's Haven Review's review of The Orphan King.

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