The Orphan King: Book 1 in the Merlin's Immortals series by Sigmund Brouwer

Tammy Griffin

4 Stars

July 23, 2012

I've been reading "out of my genres" for the past two weeks. Why? Because I believe that every once in awhile one needs to read other types of genres to bring a broader scope to one's life. It's like eating fruits and vegetables all the time...yes, they're good and good for you but one must have a bite or two of chocolate to make life sweeter! The same is said of books. Sigmund Brouwer pens an unusual story in the Orphan King. There are medieval kings, queens, and subjects along with the poor uneducated peoples. Now, Thomas has lived all his young life behind the thick, corrupted walls of the monastery. Then one day a dying woman tells Thomas that he must destroy the circle of evil before it kills him and all the people.
Thomas secretly leaves the monastery only to find a mysterious and somewhat "hardened" people. Actually, I got so involved in the story that I didn't want Thomas to leave the monastery...stay safely behind thick walls, fight from within...From the title I thought I knew what what going to happen...dread! But this interesting story takes on a persona all its own and no! it didn't play out anything like I thought it would. (Don't you just love when a book isn't predictable!?). Thomas meets up with some unlikely companions...a cryptic knight, a child thief, and a beautiful but silent woman. Who is on his side and whom can he trust? "Enter a medieval world of love and chivalry, of ancient secrets, an evil conspiracy, noble knights, and a mysterious castle called Magnus..." (taken from the very beginning of the book). This is a fast read that has been written in a flowing style. Reading about ancient times, complete with castles and moats, makes for a fantastic read! Book 2, Fortress of Mist, will be available in February of 2013! This book was provided for review by Waterbrook/Multnomah Publishing