One of my favorite types of books is sci-fi/fantasy, especially if the book is by a Christian author. I have read a few of Sigmund Brouwer’s other novels, but this was the first that was classified as Young Adult fiction. I decided to try it since the premise of the book is in Medieval times and I generally like stories in that era.
The Orphan King is the story of a young man named Thomas, raised behind the walls of a monastery by Sarah, his mother. Sarah died when Thomas was young but she had been preparing him for the future. Now an orphan behind the walls of the monastery, Thomas prepares to leave to fulfill his destiny that his mother prepared him for. After helping a former knight, a child pickpocket and a silent woman from being hanged, he has to put his trust in them to accomplish his task: conquering Magnus, the kingdom that was taken from his parents.
Along the way Thomas has to put his trust in the 3 people that he helped rescue from death by hanging. He makes some mistakes along the way but uses those as lessons that prepare him for the upcoming battle. He also struggles with an internal battle: believing in God. He questions how he can believe in a God that has caused him so much pain in his life. Only after meeting a young woman so scarred that she has to wear bandages over her face that he begins to see God differently. God uses this scarred woman to show him that he is part of a greater plan that only God knows.
I don’t want to say more as I do not want to give the entire story away. Overall I really enjoyed this story. It had all the elements of a great saga. After all this is only Book One in a series called Merlin’s Immortals. I look forward to reading the next book.