The Orphan King by Sigmund Brouwer is a coming of age story. Thomas has grown up in an abbey, hidden from people who are looking for him. His mother died when he was a child, leaving him with more questions than answers. When Thomas ventures from the abbey to start the series of tasks his mother left him with, he embarks on an seemingly impossible adventure with mismatched friends: a knight, a young pickpocket, and a deaf/mute girl. Thomas' task? To wrest control of the Castle Magnus from its current lord, and he only has his three friends to help. Can he do it?
I enjoyed this book. It's a fun, adventurous read that keeps you reading when you might want or need to stop. However, the climax of the book is overcome too quickly and easily; Thomas really didn't have too much trouble when...I won't spoil it for you, in case you read it. But I really liked how the Christian theme was woven throughout the book. Thomas is not a believer in the beginning, but through some of his friends' belief, he realizes that there can be (and is!) a God even though bad things happen.
If you like swashbuckling adventure-type books, you'll probably like this one, as well.
I want to thank WaterBrook Multnomah for my (kindle) copy of this book, but my opinions are my own.