Classic tale of good and evil

Athena Nagel

4.5 Stars

September 19, 2012

The Orphan King by Sigmund Brouwer is the first book in his Merlin Immortal Series. Thomas was raised in a monastery in medieval times. The monks are greedy, gluttonous individuals who preach one thing but certainly behave contrarily. Thomas is abused and treated as a slave. He leaves the monastery in search of truth and to recover what rightfully belongs to his family – Magnus. Along the way he picks up some companions – a knight, a young pickpocket thief, and a silent woman.

Through his journey and challenges, Thomas must decide who he can trust and who he cannot. Throughout the book many situations are not as they initially appear to be. The lands are dark and poor and there exist so many struggles. Thomas knows he has a special destiny and from the beginning he knows he must leave the monastery but even that decision leaves him troubled. Can he really leave? Yes, and he does with great drama. The story gets to an epic battle between Druid Cult and Merlin’s Immortals.

This book is a very interesting, captivating story. It is very easy to attach yourself in the story to the characters. Immediately in the first chapter you are engrossed. The story is a fast moving story and a quick read. Thomas struggles throughout the story with his lack of faith in God and constantly questions and makes mistakes. The story is well written and the characters are believable. There are some questions that are left unanswered but I am sure that is intentional due to its first position in a series. I would not hesitate to have my children read this story, yet I still enjoyed it quite a bit as an adult.

I will definitely continue reading this series.

I received a complimentary copy of The Orphan King from Blogging For Books. All opinions, good or bad are my own.