I'm never one to turn down free books, so even though I suspected this book was probably not going to be my favorite, I decided to try it anyway. This book being a fantasy, I was expecting to be confused because...well, that's just what happens with me and fantasies. The Orphan King did confuse me- at first. Then, to my surprise, I actually figured out what was going on! As for magical content- I'm still not sure what's really going on with that. The bad guys obviously use magic. At first, I thought the heroes were using it as well, but then it's revealed that their seemingly mystic tricks were just that- tricks. Because this book had more going on than mystical symbols and potions and sorcery like a lot of fantasies do, I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would- certainly more than the last fantasy I received from this publisher. I also appreciated the fact that it was set in a historical context. That made it much easier for my mind to grasp.
Overall, though this book didn't amaze me or convert me over to the genre, I certainly didn't hate it, although I probably would not recommend it to someone who wasn't already a fan of fantasies.
Objectionable content: This book had several violent scenes, nothing too disturbing, but violent nonetheless. The "enemy" is known to perform human sacrifices, although this is only mentioned, not described. Magic is performed by the bad guys and it at first seems as if the hero is using magic, as well.
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
I love historical fantasy and The Orphan King didn't disappoint! Having never read anything by this author I had no idea what to expect but I couldn't put the book down once I started reading.
The story begins in a marketplace in England in the 1300s and moves to the monastery where Thomas has lived pretty much his whole life. Thomas is on a mission, though he's not entirely sure why, and he travels with some strange companions. There's a knight, a young thief, and a pretty lady, and you have to stop and wonder, are they more than what they appear to be?
Personally, I'm excited for the next book to come out. I know it's written more for the "young adult" crowd but I enjoyed the book and look forward to sharing it with our kids when they get older.
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for an honest review.
This was my first time reading anything by Sigmund Brouwer, so I wasn't sure what to expect - one can never tell with historical fantasy, anyway.
But I have to say, while the plot was great, the execution felt very slow-paced and everything seemed to drag by so slowly. Looking back, now that I've read it, and summarizing the plot points, by rights it should have been a fast-paced, action-packed book. But, for whatever strange reason, it wasn't. I can't explain why, but it just failed to hook me and make me believe in the adventure and the mission. The main character's thoughts and emotions felt distant, leaving me feeling like an outsider and confused about his motivations and thought processes, and never really engaging me.
It also got rather confusing - two-thirds of the way through the book brand-new, major characters were still being introduced, bringing layers of the plot and the plots-behind-the-plot with them. That in itself isn't necessarily a bad thing - I've read many books in which key characters get introduced late in the story - but in this book it just didn't work, for whatever reason. I suspect it was because so much of the aforementioned plot-behind-the-plot was left vague and shadowy, and never really fully explained.
And the ending was just a bit too easy. Everything just sort of fell into place just right with a few half-hearted complications, and ta-da, we win!
Definitely not my favorite read of the summer. If the other books in the series were to fall across my path, I don't know that I would necessarily avoid them, but I don't see myself going to great efforts to seek them out.
I received a copy of this book free of charge from the publisher in exchange for my review.
The Orphan King by Sigmund Brouwer is the first book in the Merlin's Immortals series. Young Thomas was raised by his mother only to the age of 10. Even during this time though both he and his mother had to pretend that she was his nurse. His mother also made him promise that for his safety that he would always have to protect this secret. He knows nothing of his past and only that he is meant to fulfill a destiny as an immortal. He knows he must leave the monastery where he was raised by monks who felt more about themselves that the small boy who did their slave labor.
This book is set in medievil England. This book is a fantasy that strives to bring to light the druids life of immortality. There is some Christianity views in the book through the storyline but generally follows a fantasy druid view. It is somewhat difficult to follow but that is part of the draw of the series to bring the reader back to read the next book in the series. I would say this is a book for middle school and up readers of fantasy.
I recieved this book from Waterbrook Multnomah Press for this review.
Within a time of strife and unrest can an element of bravery, trust and faith be enough to successfully withstand the unknown that lie ahead?
In the year 1312, Thomas, an orphan, who is raised in an abbey from a young age, longs to claim the power which belonged only to the King. When Thomas is sent on a quest to the castle of Magnus along with three others, Thomas discovers each possesses their own well kept secrets. The kingdom must be conquered but there are many dangerous obstacles that will challenge the fortitude of the strongest. Is it possible to capture an area in unknown terrain against the many who loyally protect their territory or will the four be forever silenced?
From the start of the book the storyline offers a high adventure of action, chivalry, knights, swordplay and danger that will satisfy and keep the pages flying. The author has the ability to place the reader into the story themselves witnessing all that is happening around them. Secrets revealed, turns, well flowing dialogue, unexpected ending, and well developed characters keep the story alive with absolutely no dull parts. I was highly entertained and will recommend this faith inspiring, hard to put down book to others! Well written 5 stars! I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.