Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Book Review: "The Orphan King" by Sigmund Brouwer

The Orphan King (Merlin's Immortals, Bk 1)

Title:  "The Orphan King"
Series:  Merlin's Immortals Book 1
Author:  Sigmund Brouwer
Publisher:  WaterBrook Press
Publication Date:  5/8/2012
Pages:  209
Buy From Amazon:  HERE

Book Description (PBS):
Since Stonehenge, the ancient and mystery-shrouded Druids have been ghostly hunters, infiltrating the highest power circles of each new conqueror of Britain. Merlin himself was a Druid, until rebelling against them. He established his own line of descendents, bequeathing them the power and knowledge to hunt the Druids. — It is a dark time in medieval Europe. A young man, Thomas, journeys to an isolated castle, unaware of his ancestry, roots that stretch back to the Byzantine Empire. Thomas doesn't realize that he carries the secrets needed to re-conquer the castle for the Merlins. At stake is the direction of mankind's future because the Druids have the ability to end all progress in science, medicine and technologies, thus ensuring the Dark Ages continue for centuries more.

My Overall Feeling of the Book:

I wasn't sure if I would enjoy this book. It was a new author for me and a genre that I don't usually read. Having said that, I really DID enjoy reading this book.
It was full of action, adventure, mystery, a hint of romance, secrets kept for ages, disguises, rescues and a likeable hero(s).

My Favorite Character:

This is a hard questions for this book.  There were so many likeable characters.  I guess I'll go with Thomas.  He is following his mother's teachings and instructions years after her death.  That shows a loyalty and bravery that is quite impressive.

My Favorite Scene:

My favorite scene is when Thomas saves William by rescueing from hanging.  It is where Thomas's secrets start being seen.

My Favorite Sentence/Paragraph:
Over the past week, he'd used his mind and all his other resources to make the plans that, in the cool silence of the cave where he often hid from the monks, seemed to have no flaw.  In the world of his dreams, he could picture himself as the hero, overcoming every obstacle set in his path.  In those dreams, fear did not exist.  In those dreams, matters of themind triumphed over matters of the heart.  In those dreams, intellect conquered emotion.

Thomas, Page 13

It Would Have Been Better If:

I was still left with many questions, as was Thomas.  I guess more will be revealed in future installments of the series.

I Would Recommend This Book To:

YA fans, midieval history buffs, orphans, scientists, warriors, Arthurian buffs, actions/adventure fans.



On to the next book,

(I received this book from the publisher and Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.)

1 comment:

  1. I also reviewed this book and really enjoyed it. Thanks for your thoughts and the review. :O)


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