I was cleaning my basement recently and I came across the book The Orphan King: Book 1 in the Merlin's Immortals series. It was written in 2012 and since then the author has written two more books in the series. It look interesting so I decided to read it.
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.
I have always been a fan of the Middle Ages and Merlin. The idea of the Orphan King came from the book Magnus written in 1995. I have not read the book so I could not compare the two editions of the story. The book was a little slow in the beginning but it picked up speed and I could not put it down. I had to find out if Thomas succeeds in his mission to conquer the castle "Magnus". I had thought that Merlin was going to be a character in the book but it is set years after Merlin's time. It was full of mystery, suspense, knights, castles and an medieval times. I was glad that I decided to read the Orphan King and I look forward to read the next books in the series.
Disclosure: i received a copy of the book from the publisher for my honest review and I was not compensated for my review.