Martyr’s Fire is the third book in Sigmund Brouwer’s “Merlin’s Immortals” series. I have not read the first book, but was introduced to the series through reviewing the second book. While you may be able to jump into the series midstream, I found it helpful to have at least a precursory knowledge from the second book. And while the books are labeled juvenile fiction, as an adult I found the stories an enjoyable escape.

Set in Medieval England, Martyr’s Fire tells the story of a local king who has a long mysterious past that seems to be directing his future. A royal child, hidden to keep him a live, and later the leader of a successful insurrection to retake his father’s thrown, Magnus now finds himself fleeing from the mysterious Priests of the Holy Grail who have overtaken the city.

Magnus seems to be the pawn of either the Druids or Merlin’s Immortals, and the woman he loves isn’t sure which side he is really on. Nor can he trust which side she is on. Little is what it seems it is in this tale that, while it plays out on many levels, is a easy, yet enjoyable, read.

In exchange for an unbiased review the publisher provided me with a copy of the book.

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