Book Description: Will this dangerous quest lead the outcast Orphan King toward an ancient secret—or to certain destruction?
Posing as a beggar, Thomas escapes Magnus after fifteen men, who are calling themselves the Priests of the Holy Grail, arrive and take control of the castle through wondrous acts and apparent miracles. With the help of his longtime friend Gervaise, Thomas sets out on a journey that leads him to the ancient Holy Land. Unaware that Katherine and Hawkwood are watching over him, Thomas is tested in his beliefs and comes face to face with the ancient power that the Merlins and Druids have long been searching for.
Enter the world of Merlin’s Immortals, where ancient secrets and evil conspiracies take you on a breathless adventure of discovery, intrigue, and hidden knowledge.
My Thoughts: I have read books 1 & 2 in Merlin's Mortals series. And to be honest Sigmund Brouwer is one of the only authors that I can or even care to read in this kind of genre.
I think it's his way with weaving a story and making the words have action and belief.
In book one we met the Orphan King and then book 2, The Fortress Mist, the Orphan King with the help of others in the kingdom is beginning to "come into his own."
Now in Martyr's Fire, the third book, Thomas must remain in hiding but then 15 priests claiming to have the Holy Grail come and take over.
Thomas disguises himself as a filthy beggar with eye patch and all! He must find out what is going on!
Lady Katherine is one strong and feisty lady! and Thomas can't trust anyone except his faithful friend, Gervaise!
The action! The lords and ladies! The castles! The mystery & intrigue! Oh!What!A!Story!
I'm not sure that it is a "must!" for one to read the previous two books before reading this book but I strongly suggest reading the first two because then the relationships and all that is transpiring will not be too confusing for the reader!
This read is labeled young adult but as an "older" adult I loved it and found it quite fascinating!
*This book was provided for review by Waterbrook Press*