Title: The Orphan King Author: Sigmund Brouwer Series: Merlin's Immortals-Book 1 Pages: 213 Publisher: WaterBrook Press Genre: Fantasy My Rating: 5 stars
Summary: Thomas has been an orphan for as long as he can remember, living in the abbey at Rievaulx. But just before his nurse, Sarah, died, she revealed that she was actually his mother, pretending to be his nurse to hide. She gave him instructions to go to the castle Magnus, which had been taken from his family, and reclaim it. Now, Thomas knows it is time to follow his mother's advice. Bu tin order to complete his quest, he will need help. He devises a plan to free a knight condemned to the gallows. He also frees a boy accused of theft and a beautiful girl who is both deaf and mute. The four begin the journey to Magnus, but they first must learn to trust each other.
My Thoughts: I LOVED this book! Thomas is a strong character who wants to do what is right, but doesn't always know how. He wants to help everyone he can and has a hard time seeing the bad in some people. He wants to trust the knight, but doesn't know if he can. One thing I really liked about Thomas was that he wouldn't kill his enemies. When he took back the castle, he wanted the soldiers that opposed him to have the choice of pledging their loyalty. If they refused, they would be imprisoned, not killed. It must have taken great wisdom and strength to spare the men who might have been the ones who killed his family. The book started out with a mysterious chapter, with the reader not knowing who was talking, or who they were talking about. This didn't really confuse me, it just made me want to read the rest of the book. The end set the scene for the next book, which I will be eagerly waiting for.
Book 1 in Merlin's Immortals Next book: Fortress of Mist
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