Friday, September 7, 2012

The Orphan King by Sigmund Brouwer

Recommendation: **** (4-stars)

In book one of his new Merlin's Immortals Series, Brouwer introduces us to an ancient world where trust is not easy to come by. Secrets lie around every bend and friends can become enemies in the blink of an eye, if you can figure out they are your enemy. Thomas was raised in an abbey for most of his life, raised in secret by a woman who pretended to be his nursemaid, raised as a slave to the monks who mistreated him and taught him to despise the God they claimed to serve. Most importantly, he was raised with a secret he must guard with his life and a destiny bigger than he can ever imagine. His quest to conquer Magnus, the ancient castle, turns out to be only the beginning.

Positives: Kids will enjoy the medieval setting and the high level of intrigue. The well-developed characters are clever, sinister and thought provoking.

Negatives: None

Talking Points: Raised in an abbey and surrounded by religious practices and people for many years Thomas was calloused toward God. He questioned his goodness, his love and even his existence. Talk to your kids about their thoughts and feelings toward religion. Let your kids be open and honest and carefully listen to their answers. Use this conversation to continually point your child to the gospel. I Corinthians 1:18 tells us that the cross is foolishness to unbelievers, they cannot understand it. Pray for the Spirit of God to work in your child's heart and continue to teach them of the great Creator God who sent his Son to rescue us from our greatest danger - our own sinful hearts. Romans 8 is a wonderful passage that I kept thinking of while reading this story.

Age Level: 10 years of age and up

I received a free copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah in exchange for this review.

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