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The Orphan King (2012)

by Sigmund Brouwer(Favorite Author)
3.62 of 5 Votes: 2
1400071542 (ISBN13: 9781400071548)
WaterBrook Press
Merlin's Immortals
review 1: Young Thomas has been raised behind the walls of a corrupt monastery and now that the time is right he must break loose and follow the instructions of his dead mother. With the help of his strange companions, a knight, a pickpocket and a def mute girl he must conquer the kingdom of Magnus. Without knowing who to trust and not having much experience out in the world Thomas embarks on an adventure that could change all of medieval England. If you love medieval books and anything that refers to magic or old folktales then this book is for you. There are references to Merlin and the secret societies of Druids and Immortals. The book captures the readers’ attention from the very begging and they are very curious to see the developments in Thomas's journey and which society wi... morell become supreme.
review 2: 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. 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. less
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Great middle grade read - especially for the boys.
I liked this book but it lacked tension
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