"Martyr's Fire" is the third book of Sigmund Brouwer's Merlin's Immortals series (a definite must read for any Arthurian fan) that brings to life an issue that is discussed in other books, but not in the realistic way it is handled in this series. The issue? Magic. What medieval tale cannot be told without a bit of magic?! Brouwer includes it in his series, but the difference is, he defines it. The Druids used magic to deceive the masses, however they made it appear it was from some supernatural source and used it as a "sign" to convince the viewing audience to their way of thinking. What a novel idea, eh? We've seen it over and over again throughout history. (Remember the magicians of Egypt in Exodus?) This defining of magic makes this series seem much more realistic and believable.
In Book 3, we find Thomas had to abandon the throne and is now a wanted man. He is still struggling with trying to decide who can be trusted, especially after all that happened in Magnus. As he travels and tries to find answers, he comes across some fantastic characters, finds old "friends" and learns more about both the Druids and the Immortals.
As with the first two books, this was a page-turner for me. Diving into the world of mystery, confusion and evil, I wanted to find out about things as much as Thomas did. There were a few surprises and one additional hero was introduced that made me smile. An old favorite has returned and some heartache surfaces as things go wrong.
Sigmund Brouwer is quickly becoming a favorite author of mine, and not just because of this series. He's written numerous books and has an amazing gift of storytelling. Make sure to add this series to your list of must reads. You won't be disappointed!!!!
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If you would like to learn more about Sigmund Brouwer and his work, you can visit his website at: http://www.coolreading.com/
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