The Orphan King, Merlin's Immortals Series #1   -     By: Sigmund Brouwer
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The Orphan King, Merlin's Immortals Series #1

WaterBrook Press / 2012 / Paperback

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Since Stonehenge, the ancient and mystery-shrouded Druids have been ghostly hunters, infiltrating the highest power circles of each new conqueror of Britain. Merlin himself was a Druid, until rebelling against them. He established his own line of descendents, bequeathing them the power and knowledge to hunt the Druids.

It is a dark time in medieval Europe. A young man, Thomas, journeys to an isolated castle, unaware of his ancestry, roots that stretch back to the Byzantine Empire. Thomas doesn't realize that he carries the secrets needed to re-conquer the castle for the Merlins. At stake is the direction of mankind's future because the Druids have the ability to end al progress in science, medicine and technologies, thus ensuring the Dark Ages continue for centuries more.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: WaterBrook Press
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1400071542
ISBN-13: 9781400071548
Availability: In Stock
Series: Merlin's Immortals

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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?

Author Bio

With three million books in print, SIGMUND BROUWER is the best-selling author of dozens of popular books for children and adults. An acclaimed storyteller and passionate reader, Brouwer brings his characters to life with the desire to give voice to truth. Over the last two decades, his Rock and Roll Literacy presentation has inspired students and teachers at schools all across North America. Sigmund is married to songwriter recording artist Cindy Morgan. The couple and their two young daughters divide their time between Red Deer, Alberta and Nashville, Tennessee.

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In the year 1312, the 18-year-old orphan Thomas finds the courage to leave the abbey where he has been kept in servitude since the death of his mother. Next he saves from hanging a former Templar knight, a girl who appears to be deaf and mute, and a young pickpocket named Tiny John. They join forces to make an unlikely group journeying toward the kingdom of Magnus, which had once belonged to Thomas' family. Following a slow start with broadly villainous monks, the action gallops along, made subtle and propelled by disguises, duplicity, and secrets aplenty. Faith elements are likewise subtle and well-knit in the story. Thomas makes a clever youthful hero, learning as he goes. Those reeled in by this start to the Merlin's Immortals series by Brouwer (The Last Disciple) will find it hard to wait for the follow-up. Ages 12-up. (July 10) 2012 Reed Business Information

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