My review of Fortress of Mist by Sigmund Brouwer

About the book:

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?

My review:

Fortress of Mist is Medieval fiction at its best. The setting rang true as did the emotion and fear of the people. If you enjoy stories involving castles, lords, superstition, herbalists, treachery, battles between clans, druids, and legends, you will enjoy this book. There were real players in this story such as Robert the Bruce, king of the Scots and the Earl of York. Edward II is also mentioned in this novel. I love stories containing real legends and players from the time period.

There is darkness building and brewing across the land. Secrets are brought forth that have yet to be revealed. The end of the story is pretty intense, yet leaves the door wide open for the next installment. I did not read the first book in the series, The Orphan King, but there was just enough background and history trickled into the story to give me the background I needed to understand Thomas, Lord of Magnus, and the was he came to be in charge of the castle and village. I look forward to reading the next book.

Fortress of Mist (Book 2 – Merlin’s Immortals) was published by Waterbrook Press and released Feb. 19, 2013.

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