Friday, February 22, 2013

CSFF Blog Tour: The Orphan King by Sigmund Brouwer

I’m two days late on this tour. With a heavy, fast snow storm and a new job, time flew away from me. I hate being late on things, especially when you are trying to support another author. So here is my small review. Forgive me, my fellow CSFF blog tour for my tardiness.

About the Book:
Series: Merlin’s Immortals
Book One: The Orphan King
Author: Sigmund Brouwer
Reader Age Range: 14+ (In my opinion)
Page Count: 220
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
Genre: Speculative Fiction/Fantasy/Christian/ Medieval/Young Adult

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?
My Review:
I must admit I wasn’t really into this book right away. It was sort of boring and had no depth or should I say heart to the story. The characters were loveable, but I was slightly confused and felt there was another story that I should have known within the stories story. In the beginning of the book there is a page called Author’s Note and he mentions some neat history on writing this story, but he also mentions about Thomas (the main character) having a quest many years ago in another tale of his. I felt like I was missing something. Now I did not dislike this book. Many of my favorite books have a bad beginning with me, but I felt I should mention it with this, in case you too felt the same way. Continue on, you’ll enjoy the final tale.

It seems like the tale of Arthur and Merlin is very popular right now. How many times can you change up this famous story? Many times!
Sigmund Brouwer writes lovely and is great at teasing you to continue onto the next chapter. I enjoy teasing cliff hangers at the end of a chapter and he truly does a grand job at it. The final sentence in each chapter was always great!
I felt this story wasn’t going to have a message in it. Many complain on how they hate a book that seems preachy. If you are writing Christian fiction it should have some purpose, some message woven within it. One-hundred pages in I felt there was going to be none, but I was quite wrong…  yet again. Sigmund Brouwer has woven a very touching message on God’s love. One that will break your heart. I loved Katherine.
All in all, in the end I enjoyed this different tale on the legend of Arthur and Merlin. I would also recommend it to others especially fans of Arthur/Merlin and those who enjoy Medieval set tales.

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Be sure to see what the other tour members said about The Orphan King by Sigmund Brouwer. :-)
<a href=""> Gillian Adams</a>
<a href=""> Julie Bihn</a>
<a href="http:/"> Thomas Fletcher Booher</a>
<a href=""> Beckie Burnham</a>
<a href=""> Janey DeMeo</a>
<a href=""> Theresa Dunlap</a>
<a href=""> Victor Gentile</a>
<a href=""> Nikole Hahn</a>
<a href=""> Jeremy Harder</a>
<a href=""> Ryan Heart</a>
<a href=""> Janeen Ippolito</a>
<a href=""> Becky Jesse</a>
<a href=""> Jason Joyner</a>
<a href=""> Carol Keen</a>
<a href=""> Emileigh Latham</a>
<a href=""> Rebekah Loper</a>
<a href=""> Shannon McDermott</a>
<a href=""> Meagan @ Blooming with Books</a>
<a href=""</a> Megan @ Hardcover Feedback
<a href=""> Rebecca LuElla Miller</a>
<a href=""> Anna Mittower</a>
<a href=""> Eve Nielsen</a>
<a href=""> Nathan Reimer</a>
<a href=""> James Somers</a>
<a href=""> Steve Trower</a>
<a href=""> Phyllis Wheeler</a>

In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.  I was not required to write a positive review. Thank you, WaterBrook Press! I was also given book two of this series and I look forward to reading it.