Thursday, August 16, 2012

"The Orphan King" by Sigmund Brouwer

Magic! Hidden Secrets! An orphan with an unknown history. These are just a few of the things found in this first book in a new series by Sigmund Brouwer. 

Thomas is a young man whose life is filled with secrets. He has spent much of his life within the walls of a monastery, being raised by a woman he doesn't know is his mother. But, there is also a cave that holds special books that she has told him to guard with his life. Her death, and the truth in her words, leads to more abuse by the monks, until he finally realizes that he needs to go in search of his true heritage. He must retake Magus, but he can't do it alone. The first thing he has to do is escape the monastery, then he has to rescue the knight and convince him to join the quest. In rescuing the knight, Thomas also rescues a pickpocket and a deaf/mute girl. What part do they play in the story? Who are the others who lurk in the shadows? In a world of magic, Druids, monks, fear, and treachery; Thomas must find his way with the help of friends he doesn't know or understand. Will he learn the truth about his family and history?

This was an enjoyable book for me because of the setting and topic. I love reading about Medieval times and all that surrounds them, and I enjoyed meeting the characters as well. I also found the book to be a fast read. It left me wanting more from the characters and I will definitely read the books to come. This is a book designed for YA readers, but adults will enjoy it as well. I received my free review copy from the Blogging for Books program for an honest review.

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