While I had at first thought that this book might be kind of weird, there wasn't much selection to choose from if I wanted a print book from the blogging program, so I ordered The Orphan King to read and review, and now am glad I did! This book piqued my interest from the first page and kept me eager to continue reading.
Thomas, an orphan who doesn't have a clue of what his family's mysterious past is or the destiny he is to fulfill, escapes the corrupt monastery where he was raised and ends up on an urgent quest with three mysterious companions who may or may not be just what they seem: a knight, a pickpocket, and a mute and deaf girl. Can Thomas trust them? Are they allies or enemies? And what lies beyond the walls of the city Magnus?
I just have to add, I really liked the bold, creative, ingenious main character Thomas- and mischievous young Tiny John, the pickpocket. All the characters were well-written and memorable, but those two were my favorites!
I read this whole book in less than 24 hours and couldn't put it down! (My mom and two of my siblings have also read it now, and they were hooked, too!) I am now eagerly anticipating the second book in the series, Fortress of Mist, which is coming out in February.
To sum up, the author, Sigmund Brouwer, writes a captivating and unforgettable story. I wish I could give this book more than 5 stars because it was way more than just a good book. This book was outstanding!
A big thank-you to WaterBrook Multnomah for a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest revew!
"My prayer was to watch you grow into a man and become one of us, one of the Immortals. You will help us destroy the circle of evil."
The oath Thomas gave his mother on her deathbed to one day understand and destroy the evil that forced them into exile now directs his life. Smart and handsome, but young and a bit naive, Thomas escapes from the monastery where he's spent his entire life to accomplish this purpose.
On his journey, he encounters several people who play significant roles in his life: William, an ex-Knight Templar, who becomes a grudging mentor; John, a percocious boy with surprisingly helpful pick-pocket skills; and two mysterious young women, the mute Isabelle and the scarred Katherine. One has captured Thomas' attraction; the other, his heart. Finally, an old man who keeps appearing and disappearing seems to know more about Thomas' purpose than he does, but what exactly does he want? As Thomas draws closer to the first stage in his plan--capture the impregnable castle, Magnus--intrigue entwines around him, and he discovers not everything, nor everyone, is what it seems. And who exactly are the Immortals?
My recent fascination with Camelot, King Arthur, and Merlin caused me to buy this book. While The Orphan King by Sigmund Brouwer is set after the Age of Camelot, several references to Arthur and Merlin hint that the classic legend will influence this new story, which is legendary in its own right. While the first half of the book felt a little slow to me, the second half flew by. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough (or tap the pages since I got the ebook). It's the kind of book that slowly unwraps layer by layer different aspects of each character and elements of the story that hint at something big beneath the surface that's trembling to break through.
Apparently, some events in The Orphan King appear in Brouwer's books, Magnus and Wings of Dawn, which he released twenty years ago, but he wanted to approach the story with new perspectives. I haven't read the original books, but The Orphan King is great on its own. Swirling with mystery, it's a coming-of-age tale that thrusts you into a time and place that lingers, even after you set the book down.
Thomas is a young man, living in an unproductive abbey, in the possession of ancient secrets that could change the world in the wrong hands. A fight between good evil rages, who can Thomas trust?
The Orphan King is the re-vamped edition of one of my long time favorites that has been published under many different titles (Magnus, The Winds of Light Series, Wings of Dawn), and I was happy to see it yet again return to print. But when I opened the pages I found to my pleasure and surprise that it was slightly different! While the same premise and basic plot remains, little things have been changed here and there, as well as an added tidbit into the bad guy's view.
Slow to start, it quickly accelerated in pace with many twists, and unexpected turns. It is probably just me but I found it a little harder to get into this one than the past editions, but maybe it's just because I have read the other version about 6 times! I also noticed that there were added scenes and that this first volume is longer than volume one of the children's edition of Magnus,(Wings of Dawn) which was titled Wings of an Angel, though it was basically the same book. But one thing that I can say is that the next (what I presume will be) five books will be ever better than this one! Another thing is that they come right after one another making reading the first book necessary.
Thomas is a likable character who is unreadable on the outside, with quick-thinking, whirring brain on the inside, and under that a seeking heart.
Overall, I guess I can honestly tell you that personally this first book is my least favorite part of the story, but it gets much better later on, with non-stop action, and chase scenes spanning from Old England to the Holy Land and the Crusade. Romantic tension and tests of trust, all the while God is drawing Thomas ever closer to Him. I highly recommend the tale as a whole, and this part as well. Perfect for guys too, this is one of my brother's favorite stories.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
I love Sigmund Brouwer's fantasy (Especially the dystopian Broken Angel and Flight of Shadows) so I was really excited to see he had a new series for teens coming out. Actually The Orphan King is a rewritten version of Brouwer's earlier work for adults, Wings of Dawn, which I've read in the past. I liked it then and I like it now. My only complaint is that I didn't feel that the story ever really got going, (which is probably due to the fact that Orphan King is only a small piece of the story) it felt very serialized. It also felt a little young and to short for a teen audience. I feel it would have been better marketed to a Juvenile audience. But Brouwer is a fantastic writer and I can't wait to see how this series develops! I'm tempted to go back and reread Wings of Dawn, but my to-read list is kind of astronomical right now so that probably won't happen_ I guess I'll just have to wait until February 19th when Fortress of Mist comes out to find out what happens to Thomas next!
The Orphan King by Sigmund Brouwer is a book of inspiration and encouragement telling everyone that as long as you have a plan and some good friends anything is posable.
Set in northern England in 1312, a young boy named Thomas plans to fulfill his destiny and become king of the dreaded city Magnus. Said to deliver them on the wings of an angel Thomas sets out to save a knight who has done no wrong, and ends up with a few unexpected companions. As he and his new found friends travel to conquer Magnus problems arise. When they finally reach the city they enter and a few days later they are thrown in jail. Now Thomas must break out of jail and conquer Magnus all in a day. Many people stand in his way. Will Thomas ever take his rightful place as king of Magnus?
I would recommend this book to all ages 3rd grade and up. The only reason I don't suggest this book for ages below that is because it has some large words in it, and there is some violence.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.