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Review: Martyr’s Fire

Posted by on October 21, 2013

I am very excited to join the Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy Blog Tour! They have done some awesome books in the past, and I am looking forward to sharing new adventures with y’all!

Today’s blog tour features Martyr’s Fire by Sigmund Brouwer, book three of Merlin’s Immortals.

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: Merlin’s Immortals
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (October 15, 2013)

Find it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, WaterBrook Multnomah, ChristianBook.com, and Goodsreads.

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.

*Review*

Thomas is now the ruler of Magnus, but not for long when the Priests of the Holy Grail arrive and take control while displaying wondrous acts and miracles, but something deeper and darker is underfoot, and it is up to Thomas to figure it out.

Martyr’s Fire takes you back in time when history and fable blur the lines of fact, but that’s the beauty of speculative fiction. I enjoyed the world Brouwer recreated. There was a sense of familiarity amid the fantastical. I loved the little details that rooted us in a different time and place like Thomas wearing a piece of fat in tiny cage around his neck to keep the fleas away.

While we have the adventures of Thomas, we see another story unfolding. The clash of the druids and the Immortals, hailing all the way from the time of King Arthur. I loved the concept of the Immortals and how they were connected to Merlin.

I was worried about jumping into book three before I read the others, but I was never confused about what was going on, and the story itself was engaging as I tried to figure out the good guys, bad guys, and where this story was heading. But I’m sure I missed out in the character building of the previous books. The relationships were key. I knew Thomas had a history with the other characters, and it will be interesting to see how their relationships progress in the next book.

One thing that disappointed me was missing the dual between Robin and Thomas. We end one chapter in anticipation of the dual and begin the next chapter with a time lapse and a vague reference to it.

It was a fun, short read. Maybe a bit too short. Ha! It ended in the middle of things, and with a  surprise reunion I’m sure readers of book one and two would definitely appreciate it.

I would recommend to anyone who loves to read young adult, medieval, Arthurian-flavored stories.

*In conjunction with the CSFF blog tour, I received a free copy of the book from the publisher.*

 

*Blog Tour*

Don’t forget to check out the other blogs and what they had to say about the book!
Red Bissell
Beckie Burnham
Theresa Dunlap
Emma or Audrey Engel
April Erwin
Victor Gentile
Nikole Hahn
Becky Jesse
Jason Joyner
Carol Keen
Krystine Kercher
Rebekah Loper
Jennette Mbewe
Amber McCallister
Shannon McDermott
Meagan @ Blooming with Books
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Writer Rani
Nathan Reimer
Jojo Sutis
Steve Trower
Phyllis Wheeler
Deborah Wilson
Rachel Wyant

6 Responses to Review: Martyr’s Fire

  1. rbclibrary

    I was also surprised Brouwer did not include the fight with Robin. I think it would have been fun. Thanks for your thoughts.

  2. Jojo's Corner

    Great review! You’re right, the books can be read as stand-alones or as a series! Can’t wait for more:-)

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Yeah, but I really think I missed out on the characters growth and interaction from the previous stories. I knew of it, but didn’t experience the journey with them, which lessens the emotional impact of the story. Does that make sense? Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Shannon McDermott

    Welcome to the tour! I hope you enjoy it.

    I did enjoy the surprise reunion, as it brought back a character I liked in the first book and hadn’t really seen since. Now if only Brouwer could somehow bring Tiny John to the Holy Land …

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J.L Mbewe - Author