Review and Giveaway: Fortress of Mist by Sigmund Brouwer

fortressFortress of Mist by Sigmund Brouwer (Merlin’s Immortals #2)

Published: February 19th 2013 by WaterBrook Press
Format/Source: Paperback from LibraryThing Early Reviewers
Genre: Young adult medieval fantasy

Synopsis:

For readers of medieval fantasy like Lisa T. Bergren’s River of Time series or the novels of Bryan Davis, Fortress of Mist is a thrill-ride of adventure, romance, and drama.

Following Thomas’ conquest of Magnus, the young ruler must now lead his people into a new era – one which is sure to reveal dark forces at work behind the evil undercurrent that controlled Thomas’ kingdom for so long. Who will stand with Thomas to fight against the mysterious Druids? After being abandoned by Sir William, of his remaining “adopted family,” who can he trust? Can he trust either Katherine or Isabelle with his secrets-or his heart?

Review:

Thomas is the new young ruler of a strange, slightly autonomous island in northern England. He has managed to wrest control of Magnus away from his family’s enemies. But it isn’t long before new troubles come in the shape of someone who should be dead, secrets withheld, and war.

I had not read the first in the series, but I felt like I had a reasonable understanding of the important events that had passed. The author makes an effort to touch on those events to ensure that the reader is on the same page as the characters. I definitely appreciated that.

Told in multiple third person points of view, the story is a quick and light read. I felt more of a connection or understanding with Katherine than with Thomas, who seemed like this kind of enigma of an intelligent and perceptive man.

To address a review I saw, I do not believe this to be ‘Christian literature’. Yes, there is the presence of the Church which should really only be expected of a story taking place in medieval Europe. Expectations of anything else would be inaccurate. Additionally, while the main character is undecided on his faith and a Church worker tries to convince him otherwise, it is not preachy. It does not have the other trademarks of the Christian literature I’ve read in the past. Someone with anxiety over reading Christian literature should not be afraid to read this book.

I enjoyed the story, it was a pleasant read, but it felt like it was the middle of a larger novel. Aimed at a young adult audience, I understand that it is a series to make it more manageable in length, but I didn’t feel a real conclusion to the story. It was like I picked up a book, opened to a random page and read for a few chapters before putting it down again.

I am intrigued by the mystery of the story and might look for its sequel in the future to get more answers.

My rating: 3/5

Giveaway!

I’m giving away my copy of Fortress of Mist! The only way to enter is by going through the rafflecopter. No entries by comments will be accepted. This giveaway is limited to US/Canada only. (I promise, my next giveaway will be International again!) Please only enter if you’re 13 or older or with parent permission. This giveaway ends May 14th.

 Enter the giveaway by going to this rafflecopter.

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