Thursday, April 25, 2013

Fortress of Mist {Book 2 in the Merlin's Immortals series} by Sigmund Brouwer

Book Description:  The throne is redeemed, but the battle is just beginning.          
 In the dark corners of an ancient land, evil lurks in the shadows. Powerful druids haunt the spaces of their lost territory. Double-minded noblemen fight for domain and influence. Invaders from the north threaten the kingdom of Magnus. This land of promise and redemption is mired in deceit and corruption.  The Orphan King, once victorious in conquest, appears to be losing his grip on his seat of power. Thomas rules Magnus, but does not know whom he can trust. His enemies anticipate his every move, thwarting him at each turn. Something is not right. Under attack, both in the supernatural and natural worlds, Thomas must reach back into the secret layers of his past to find the strength and wisdom to fight his battles. When the mist clears, who will stand with him?

My Thoughts:  Having read book 1, The Orphan King by Sigmund Brouwer, which to my surprise I truly enjoyed.  I decided to read book 2, Fortress of the Mist. As I began reading Fortress of the Mist I was happy to discover that this read picks up right where Orphan King left off.  This is one of those series that the reader will definitely want to read  in order.  Also, these books are for readers 12 and up . . . great reads for older kids!
Thomas, the orphan king, must determine whom he can trust and who is the enemy.  Will he be able to claim his birthright and keep the kingdom?
There is a lot of magic, mischief and mysterious people in this read.  It is set in 1312 A.D. so there is quite a bit of sword fighting.  Like Robin Hood fighting for the good of the people.  The romance is very light.
This read, to me, is more of a good versus evil, corruption versus honesty type of read.  A read that helps young people to make better choices and be vigilant in seeking out the truth.  Also, Thomas learned to trust in himself...gut instinct, so to speak.
I, actually, liked this story better than the first. I like the shorter chapters, the faith that is interwoven throughout the story and the action.
This is a fine book for adults to read but preteens and teenagers will enjoy it more, I think.  Adults seem to like full, drawn out scenes with many descriptions . . . those of us with short attention spans enjoy the short chapters and the action!
*This book was provided for review by Waterbrook/Multnomah Publishing*

  • Age Range: 12 and up 
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (February 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400071550
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400071555

1 comment:

  1. I'm always on the lookout for good books to recommend to teens. Will look into this series. Thank you!