Monday, December 2, 2013

Martyer's Fire by Sigmund Brouwer

Read first chapter here
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.

Martyr's Fire by Sigmund Brouwer is the third novel in his Merlin's Immortals series. This novel follows in the footsteps of Fortress of Mist and provides more information about the elusive group started by Merlin -the Immortals. The plot of this novel was interesting and contained mystery, sadness, suspense, and betrayal. However, the plot felt very fractured and I had trouble connecting to the storyline and characters at various points throughout the novel. The novel is narrated in third person, with the point of view alternating between that of Katherine and Thomas.

The characters of this novel were not very dynamic though fairly realistic. Even though this novel is the third in the series, I still feel like I do not know the characters well or that I can relate to them. I did learn a little bit more about Katherine's past and Thomas's expected future and the new struggles and resentments that lie between them. However, there was still very little connection established with the true personalities of the characters and the readers.

Overall I have trouble enjoying this series and really connecting with its plot and characters. I wish the novels were longer, more structured, and contained more relatable characters.

I received this novel for free from Waterbrook Multnomah Press in exchange for an honest review.

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