Saturday, June 22, 2013

Speak up Saturday–Book Review–The Orphan King by Sigmund Brouwer

Speak Up Saturday It’s been awhile since I posted any book reviews, really, so I’m going to try and get caught up. Because it’s not like I haven’t been reading them…just not posting my reviews :-)

From the publisher:

The future of the Immortals is in the hands of an orphan
My greatest fear was that they would find us and make of us a sacrifice beneath a full moon. Now you, Thomas, must help us destroy the circle of evil.
The last words of a dying woman would change the life of young Thomas. Raised behind monastery walls, he knows nothing of his mysterious past or imminent destiny. But now, in the heart of medieval England, a darkness threatens to strangle truth. An ancient order tightens their ghostly grip on power, creating fear and exiling those who would oppose them. Thomas is determined fulfill his calling and bring light into the mysterious world of the Druids and leaves the monastery on an important quest.
Thomas quickly finds himself in unfamiliar territory, as he must put his faith in unusual companions—a cryptic knight, a child thief, and the beautiful, silent woman whom may not be all she seems.  From the solitary life of an orphan, Thomas now finds himself tangled in the roots of both comradery and suspicion.
Can he trust those who would join his battle…or will his fears force him to go on alone?

I have read and reviewed two other books by this author, one I liked and one I did not, so I was a bit leery of reading this one, but I must say that I was pleasantly surprised.

This book is set in one of my favorite time periods, right around the time of King Arthur and the Knights of Camelot. It’s technically a bit after that, but it still has knights and castles and the like. The other reason I tend to like books set in this time period is because the dark ages were so full of the battle of good and evil, the church was in such turmoil, and the stories often could be categorized as “mystical realism”, which I just plain enjoy (almost as much as Science Fiction)

The Orphan King is book one in a series. I’m not sure how many books there will be, but book 2 is out already and book 3 will be released later this year. Also, I just found out that it is a revised version of a story collection that was previously released as Magnus.

I liked the story and the characters well enough, but it often felt like I was in the middle of the series instead of the beginning. There was a lot that went unexplained, which I’m hoping will be covered in the next two books. The mystery of it was interesting at the beginning, but after so much went unexplained still by the end of the book, it was a bit frustrating. 

This book is classified as Christian Fiction and is published by a Christian publisher, but I wouldn’t really classify it as such. Sure, there’s a bit about religion and a bit about the church of the time, but that’s not at all the focus of the book.

Overall, I liked this book, and I wouldn’t mind reading the others in the series, but it’s not a high priority to me.



It would be a great help to me if you would please rate my review. I get the chance to review more books based on my rating, and there are cool contests and such. Thanks!!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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