Review: The Orphan King by Sigmund Brouwer

Christian Young Adult Fiction

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?


Published Date: 2012
Series: Merlin’s Immortals (#1)
Source: Review for Random House – ebook

By the dying wishes of his dying nurse a young man is implored with a destiny to take back what was wrongfully taken by his grandparents. We follow the beginning of this young man, Thomas, as he goes from black shadow in the gallows, and many of the events that lead up to fulfilling a portion of the fate that was bestowed upon him.

Where do I start about this book? Perhaps it’s the fact that there’s so many unanswered questions being the first book of the series but at the same time there were several things that made this book become very difficult to continue reading, but for the sake of a “proper” review, I finished it; pulling teeth.

I will not discourage any other being from reading this book, only because I do not know how another person may react to this first novel of a series. I just hope that Sigmund Brouwer makes the following novels more exciting!

2 Star



About Black ' n Write Reviewer

Library Tech grad who is currently working on a BA in Political Science and filling all her time with books.
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