Friday, October 5, 2012

The Orphan King by Sigmund Brouwer

Book Description:
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 Thoughts:
This was an enjoyable quick read.  Thomas is an orphan that was raised in a monastery.  He has a destiny that he must fulfill, so with the help of an interesting cast of characters, he leaves the monastery and sets out on his quest.  How will his role and quest end?
I enjoyed the characters in this book.  The author did a wonderful job with them.  The story line was intriguing and original.  I liked that the Christian theme was woven through the story, even with the fantasy elements.  The problem I had with it was the story felt 'rushed', almost like it was hurried along where if more time had been taken on it, it would have been a fantastic story!
I rate this a 3/5.  It was good and I'll read the next one but it felt like it was rushed.
Thank you to Waterbrook for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

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