My Review: A favorite re-vamped.
Thomas is a young man, living in an unproductive abbey, in the possession of ancient secrets that could change the world in the wrong hands. A fight between good evil rages, who can Thomas trust?
The Orphan King is the re-vamped edition of one of my long time favorites that has been published under many different titles (Magnus, The Winds of Light Series, Wings of Dawn), and I was happy to see it yet again return to print. But when I opened the pages I found to my pleasure and surprise that it was slightly different! While the same premise and basic plot remains, little things have been changed here and there, as well as an added tidbit into the bad guy's view.
Slow to start, it quickly accelerated in pace with many twists, and unexpected turns. It is probably just me but I found it a little harder to get into this one than the past editions, but maybe it's just because I have read the other version about 6 times! I also noticed that there were added scenes and that this first volume is longer than volume one of the children's edition of Magnus,(Wings of Dawn) which was titled Wings of an Angel, though it was basically the same book. But one thing that I can say is that the next (what I presume will be) five books will be ever better than this one! Another thing is that they come right after one another making reading the first book necessary.
Thomas is a likable character who is unreadable on the outside, with quick-thinking, whirring brain on the inside, and under that a seeking heart.
Overall, I guess I can honestly tell you that personally this first book is my least favorite part of the story, but it gets much better later on, with non-stop action, and chase scenes spanning from Old England to the Holy Land and the Crusade. Romantic tension and tests of trust, all the while God is drawing Thomas ever closer to Him. I highly recommend the tale as a whole, and this part as well. Perfect for guys too, this is one of my brother's favorite stories.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!