The Orphan King by Sigmund Brouwer is the first book in the Merlin's Immortals series. Young Thomas was raised by his mother only to the age of 10. Even during this time though, both he and his mother had to pretend that she was his nurse. His mother also made him promise that for his safety that he would always have to protect this secret. He knows nothing of his past and only that he is meant to fulfill a destiny as an immortal. He knows he must leave the monastery where he was raised by monks who felt more about themselves that the small boy who did their slave labor.
This book is set in medieval England. This book is a fantasy that strives to bring to light the druids life of immortality. There is some Christianity views in the book through the storyline but generally follows a fantasy druid view. It is somewhat difficult to follow but that is part of the draw of the series to bring the reader back to read the next book in the series. I would say this is a book for middle school and up readers of fantasy.
I received this book from Waterbrook Multnomah Press for this review.