Review: The Orphan King

Goodreads Synopsis

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?

Hott Review

I never thought I’d read a Christian book highlighting druids and templars. I mean really!
What I liked: It has a very appealing story line and it’s length and intensity are perfect for middle grade readers while still being interesting for older teens and girls as well.
I also really liked how a person was good or evil based on their choices not their position – it’s a hard lesson for many adults and I loved that it was shown to the readers in such an obvious and poignant way.
What I didn’t like: It was along the lines of Harry Potter, Artemis Fowl, and Percy Jackson — it’s a definite middle-grade boys’ book. The boys loved it & thus while I could see it’s virtues it’s just not going on my re-read list.

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Author: Sigmund Brouwer, Author Bio
Source: Blogging for Books
Grade: C+
Ages: 10+
Steam: YA
Series: Merlin’s Immortals, 1

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