Have you ever felt that you were destined for greatness? For a purpose not yet revealed? Have you ever been or wanted to be a part of something, maybe a movement or a cause that could change the course of history? Well if that’s not an option, the next best thing is to read about it.
The Martyr’s Fire – Book Three of the Merlin’s Immortals series by Sigmund Brouwer is one of those books. This mystery is set in Medieval England with the main character, Thomas; a strong supporting cast that include Immortals and Druids and the influence of the church. As with any suspenseful novel there is trouble in the land, a coup of sorts, unrequited love and the backdrop of a once Camelotian-like “island castle called Magnus and by extension the Kingdom around it.” There is one major revelation…but you have got to pay attention, or you might miss it. (Spoiler alert…it has to do with Merlin, the same Merlin associated with King Arthur).
Book Three opens with Magnus coming under siege by the dreaded Druids (false sorcerers who use darkness and secrecy as the way to power). Thomas vows to reclaim and reconquer Magnus, but doesn’t know he is being watched, assisted and protected by the Immortals (those “raised from birth to fight the evil spawned by generations of a secret society of Druids”). The storyline follows Thomas through many adventures that eventually lead him to the truth about his birth and who he is ultimately destined to become. Although it’s Book Three, Martyr’s Fire can easily be a stand-alone book.
THOUGHTS for your SOUL:
- “People treasure their misconceptions.”
- “There must come a time at the beginning of your faith when you let go and simply trust, a time when you make the leap of faith…something much like a leap into the darkness.”
Thomas is driven to achieve one thing and he has vowed to die trying. As the truth unravels he is reunited with an old friend, his mentor. Will he/they succeed?
Let’s BOND over BOOKS rates Martyr’s Fire as MELODICALLY MEANINGFUL (151-300 pgs.)…just the right mixture of content and pages.
Disclaimer: This book was received for free from the WaterbrookMultnomah Publishing Group for this review.