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  1. The Orphan King - eBookeBOOK
    The Orphan King - eBook
    Sigmund Brouwer
    WaterBrook Press / 2012 / ePub
    $7.99
    4 Stars Out Of 5 21 Reviews
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  1. Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 21, 2013
    debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    It is 1312 AD and all Thomas knows about his past history is that he was raised for the first ten years of his life by a woman named Sarah. When a fever took her too soon from him, he was placed in a tiny monastery and cared for by four greedy monks. Not one to question his lot in life, he clings to the stories of the Immortals his nursemaid passed down to him and practices all the things she taught him. The library she has knowledge of and shares with him, and all the wonderful powers he can have with the simple study of herbs and powders. Chafing under the injustice of the monks who were supposed to be his guardians, he holds back all his studying and tends to the endless task of the garden for their gluttonous bellies.

    On the night of his planned escape, things go wrong. Forced to reveal his knowledge of their wrong deeds, he barely escapes the monastery with all he needs to make is journey. His destination is the castle of Magnus; a formidable, unconquerable and legendary place of evil. To become king of such a fortress it must be taken from another; but Thomas has a clever plan to make it his. Among his companions there is the knight he recused from the gallows, a beautiful, silent girl and a young pickpocket sentenced to hang for his crimes. Sure of his destiny, he is completely unprepared for the challenges he is about to face. Will the mysterious knight be able to make Thomas the great king he is supposed to be? Or is destiny ever truly enough?

    While I enjoy watching films from the medieval time period, I cannot say I've ever enjoyed reading about this time period. So coming into this novel, I was hoping to be at least mildly entertained at best. But I discovered instead an author who does more than entertain and amuse; he actually takes you to the time and place of the story. I am now staunch supporter of the mystical/fantasy/medieval genre, and I highly recommend this book for anyone.
  2. Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    4 stars
    November 12, 2013
    Jessica Allen
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    This review was written for The Orphan King, Merlin's Immortals Series #1.
    Plot: This was an interesting plot with a lot of mystery and intrigue. The plot is revealed as you read and you are kept in wonder as the story unfolds. But by the end of the book, the plot has been revealed and executed. You are left, however, with questions that are sure to be answered in the rest of the series.

    Characters: The character development in this book is very interesting. You start off with no knowledge of any of the characters, but as the story goes on, you learn about the intentions and even some background on some of them. However, you learn still, as you read on that things you thought you learned as truth about some characters, turns out to be falsehood. In some stories, this method of character development would have been confusing, but for this story, it works and it works well.

    Themes: I would say that an important theme in this book is finding God. Thomas, who grows up in a monastery, doesn't believe that a loving God could exist in such a cruel world. As his journey progresses, he is faced with people who challenge him to question his beliefs and allow him to look beyond what he thinks and see that the possibility of God is more real than he has believed.

    Emotion: This book did lack emotion. There was intrigue and wonder, but there was no emotional connection to the characters or their predicaments.

    Overall: This book was a very easy and a very fast read. I was kept engaged by the mystery and wanted to continue to read to see what would happen next. While it is geared toward younger readers, it was enough to satisfy and wasn't too childish.

    ---I read an ARC of this book. The final published book my differ.---
  3. Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    May 26, 2013
    debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Orphan King, Merlin's Immortals Series #1.
    It is 1312 AD and all Thomas knows about his past history is that he was raised for the first ten years of his life by a woman named Sarah. When a fever took her too soon from him, he was placed in a tiny monastery and cared for by four greedy monks. Not one to question his lot in life, he clings to the stories of the Immortals his nursemaid passed down to him and practices all the things she taught him. The library she has knowledge of and shares with him, and all the wonderful powers he can have with the simple study of herbs and powders. Chafing under the injustice of the monks who were supposed to be his guardians, he holds back all his studying and tends to the endless task of the garden for their gluttonous bellies.

    On the night of his planned escape, things go wrong. Forced to reveal his knowledge of their wrong deeds, he barely escapes the monastery with all he needs to make is journey. His destination is the castle of Magnus; a formidable, unconquerable and legendary place of evil. To become king of such a fortress it must be taken from another; but Thomas has a clever plan to make it his. Among his companions there is the knight he recused from the gallows, a beautiful, silent girl and a young pickpocket sentenced to hang for his crimes. Sure of his destiny, he is completely unprepared for the challenges he is about to face. Will the mysterious knight be able to make Thomas the great king he is supposed to be? Or is destiny ever truly enough?

    While I enjoy watching films from the medieval time period, I cannot say I've ever enjoyed reading about this time period. So coming into this novel, I was hoping to be at least mildly entertained at best. But I discovered instead an author who does more than entertain and amuse; he actually takes you to the time and place of the story. I am now staunch supporter of the mystical/fantasy/medieval genre, and I highly recommend this book for anyone.
  4. North Carolina
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Pleasant surprise
    January 4, 2013
    Katharina
    North Carolina
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Orphan King, Merlin's Immortals Series #1.
    I wasn't entirely sure what to expect and I wasn't sure I'd like this book. But I was pleasantly surprised and am looking forward to book two and finding out more about Thomas, the knight, Katherine and the mysterious cloaked man.

    This was a fun read and intriguing. I'm still not entirely sure what's going on in the land and with Magnus but that's ok because it adds to the suspense and certainly makes me want to keep reading the series.

    I read this as an ebook and at one point had to put it down and when I got back I discovered I only had a chapter left. There is so much more to this story! I do wish it had been a bit longer but I also understand that the author is prepared to write a series and is setting the stage and only gave us the first stage of Thomas' adventures.

    Great book for adventure loving teens.

    Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher through the Blogging for Books book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
  5. Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    orphan king review
    December 7, 2012
    beckie
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    This review was written for The Orphan King, Merlin's Immortals Series #1.
    "The Orphan King" by Sigmund Brouwer is a young adult novel that starts the Merlin's Immortals series. In "The Orphan King" Thomas begins a journey to take over Magnus, a village of sorts in England during the 12th century. As he travels there with William the Knight; Isabelle, the girl; and Tiny John, the pickpocket; he is somehow involved with the centuries old battle of the Immortals vs the Druids. This whole part of the story is left cloaked in mystery and it is never clear what they are fighting over or who is on which side. Normally, this would annoy me to no end, but it is told in such a way that I am left wanting more. I am intrigued and am left thinking about the book trying to figure it out. The group fights bandits, dabbles in science (otherwise known as witchcraft), he escapes the abbey, and William teaches Thomas to be a man, a wise one, along the way. It is a short book, read in a day. I would say the age level would be 8th grade or higher. It might appeal more to boys, but not necessarily. I liked it.
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