The Orphan King
Merlin's Immortals, Book 1
By: Sigmund Brouwer
What: A young man seeks to fulfill his mother's dying wish. But doing so places him in the midst of a centuries-long game that could cost him his life.
Recommended to those who like: Loosely Christian, fantasy, quick reads.
Thomas is a man on a mission. He seeks to conquer Magnus--a grand fortress that was stolen from his family before he could remember it. Orphaned and abused by monks, he must find a way to escape and make alliances that can help him conquer the fortress.
Though he knows some of the challenges before him, he couldn't possibly know about the challenges that will be presented to him as he is thrust into the midst of clandestine combat between two secret societies. Will he be able to convince them of his loyalty? Or will someone end his life first?
This is a quick, easy read that I would recommend for middle grade/young teens and up (there is some violence, but it's not overly graphic). Adults will easily be able to enjoy the series as well. There's intrigue, fantasy action, and some lovable characters.
The Christian message is subtle and well-played. I hope that the themes of faith continue to be explored throughout the rest of the series; we've only scratched the surface as of yet.
The Bottom Line: Recommended for young teens and up who are looking for a quick and intriguing fantasy read.