Fortress of Mist (Merlin's Immortals Series #2)

Fortress of Mist (Merlin's Immortals Series #2)

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by Sigmund Brouwer

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  “Full of surprising twists, shocking betrays, and baffl ing mysteries. But at it’s heart it’s about courage, wisdom, and hope…”
—Robert Liparulo, author of The 13th Tribe, The Judgment Stone, and the Dreamhouse Kings series

The throne is redeemed, but the battle is just beginning.  
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  “Full of surprising twists, shocking betrays, and baffl ing mysteries. But at it’s heart it’s about courage, wisdom, and hope…”
—Robert Liparulo, author of The 13th Tribe, The Judgment Stone, and the Dreamhouse Kings series

The throne is redeemed, but the battle is just beginning.          

In the dark corners of an ancient land, evil lurks in the shadows. Powerful druids haunt the spaces of their lost territory. Double-minded noblemen fight for domain and influence. Invaders from the north threaten the kingdom of Magnus. This land of promise and redemption is mired in deceit and corruption.
The Orphan King, once victorious in conquest, appears to be losing his grip on his seat of power. Thomas rules Magnus, but does not know whom he can trust. His enemies anticipate his every move, thwarting him at each turn. Something is not right.
Under attack, both in the supernatural and natural worlds, Thomas must reach back into the secret layers of his past to find the strength and wisdom to fight his battles. When the mist clears, who will stand with him?

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“Sigmund Brouwer’s masterful storytelling and eye for detail turn Fortress of Mist into a grand—and harrowing—adventure for every reader. You’ll feel the grime of castle dungeons, the sting of sword blades, and the elation of victory. It’s a story full of surprising twists, shocking betrayals, and baffling mysteries. But at its heart, this book is about courage, wisdom, and hope—and losing yourself in a fabulous story well told.”
—Robert Liparulo, author of The 13th Tribe, The Judgment Stone, and the Dreamhouse Kings series

“Sigmund Brouwer spins an exciting story with Fortress of Mist, full of classic elements and clever twists. His style is reminiscent of the wonderful Lloyd Alexander, and I felt both comfortably familiar with the unfolding story and pleasantly surprised by new plot developments. As the young orphan hero struggling to establish himself as ruler in a world of courtly intrigues and dangerous Druids, Thomas will appeal to boys and girls, young and old. Brouwer keeps us guessing, and I was particularly interested by his use of scientific “magic.” An engaging read that will leave readers eager to pick up the next volume.”
—Anne Elisabeth Stengl, author of the award-winning Tales of Goldstone Wood series

“From the first line, readers will be hooked into this page-turning adventure. An engaging and compelling read.”
—Debbie Viguié, author of Kiss of Death

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The Crown Publishing Group
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Merlin's Immortals Series , #2
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3 MB
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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Thomas woke to a kiss on the forehead from a woman he once believed he had loved, a woman who had betrayed and spied upon him, a woman he had watched die.

But now, in the light of the single candle she held, she looked down upon him and smiled.


“Thomas,” she whispered. “Thomas, I have returned.” He tried to rub his face, but it felt as though his arms were pressed against his side. And because movement seemed nearly impossible, he told himself that he was still in the dream he’d been having before she kissed him.

In the dream, he’d been standing upon the same crest where he had seen the kingdom of Magnus for the first time.

At that initial sighting, the island in the center of the lake that protected Magnus had been placid, reflecting the sheep- and cattle-dotted hills that surrounded it. Then, the high stone walls that ringed the island and protected those inside had cast shadow onto the narrow drawbridge that made a full attack impossible.

In his dream, this was not how Magnus had appeared. In his dream, it had looked as it did on some of the mornings when Thomas would climb to a high point and wait for the sun to break over the opposite side of the valley, watching shrouds of gray swirl upward from the water to hide the walls, so that the castle appeared to be a fortress of mist.

In his dream, he felt the same undefinable loneliness of yearning that drove him to sit in solitude and wait for the sun to burn away the mist and reveal the unmistakable reality of stone and iron that Thomas had conquered. In his dream, he still knew the truth: Sarah, his mother and the one who taught him of his destiny, had died. William, the knight who’d become a friend and mentor, was gone. Katherine, the first person in Magnus he could trust, had disappeared. In his dream, he felt as he did in  waking—that the victorious joy he felt as the rightful heir of his reclaimed kingdom had dissolved into the burdens of duty, no differently than the mists evaporated in sunlight.

In his dream, he’d heard a voice from the mist calling his name, until the softness of lips against his forehead had pulled him from the mists and brought him the  realization that it was Isabelle.

“Thomas,” she whispered. “Thomas, I have returned.”

More awake now, Thomas told himself to reach under his pillow for the dagger he kept there as protection. While soldiers guarded the only door into his bedchamber, high up in the castle, Magnus still contained too much mystery. Trust, he had early decided, was a dangerous luxury, and he always slept with a weapon nearby.

With great effort, he pulled his arms away from his body, yet it felt as if his hands were moving through warm tar. He let out a deep breath and tried to sit, but could move no further. His silk sleeping gown rustled softly as he tried to move, but it felt like a giant hand held him in place, squeezing him at the waist. What was happening to him? Could it be that he still dreamed, but dreamed that he was awake?

“Thomas,” Isabelle said, her voice too clear, too urgent, to be the work of his sleeping mind. “I offer no harm. We must speak.”

Shadows of the candle flickered across her face.

Impossible. He had seen the blow that had crushed her skull.

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Fortress of Mist: Book 2 in the Merlin's Immortals series 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
BethLove More than 1 year ago
The recently conquered kingdom of Magnus is desperately coveted by the Druids and the dark powers of the symbol and Thomas, the new king of Magnus knows they will not stop until the Kingdom of Magnus is under Druid control once again. Able to withstand siege for 10 years, the walls of Magnus seem impenetrable from the outside but inside it is but a fortress of mist, nothing is as it seems. The very walls are spies and people once thought dead are now visiting the living. The people are demanding answers and Thomas has none. Who can he trust? What is real and what is merely an illusion? For a Young Adult book the book this is an extraordinarily written story. The only reason I only give it 4 stars is because there was really nothing new or fresh but there was still enough action to keep you reading. I would recommend this book for ages 12 and up. It would be a great book for young teens. I received this book free from blogging 4 books in exchange for an honest review!
AllenJessica More than 1 year ago
Plot: This book had much more to it than the first book in this series. There were several plot twists and unexpected turns throughout the story. It continues perfectly where the first book leaves off, and ends at a place where you want to immediately read the next book. Characters: The character development wasn't as good as the first book. Since you are already familiar with most of the characters, there was not a lot to be mentioned about the characters themselves, only plot advancement. I don't necessarily think it's a bad thing though, since this is the second book, you already know about the characters what you need to. Themes: This book really deals with good versus evil and the struggle to sometimes know which side is in fact good and which evil. Thomas is forced to try to understand "those of the strange symbol" while at the same time not really knowing anything about the Immortals. Emotion: As with the first book, I did not think that there was much depth to the emotion. Towards the end, you read of Katherine's emotion's towards being bandaged and not being able to allow Thomas to see her for who she really is. I don't feel, however, that this is enough to compensate for the entire book. Overall: I really enjoyed reading this book. It was another quick read that kept me wanting to know what was going to happen to Thomas and to Magnus and what each side of these opposing societies was going to do next. The last words in the book leave you in anticipation for what is to come in the next books. ---I received this book for free from the publisher for this review.---
crayolakym More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Janessa, Age 15 This is book 2 in the Merlin’s Immortals series, and while it is a perfect standalone book, to really grasp the total “ah-ha” factor of this book, I would recommend reading the first book first as I think it would give the reader a deeper grounding and love for this series. This is a perfect book for all ages, not just young adult, as well as for both boys and girls as it has a strong male and not too girly characters perfect for all readers. There is really nothing in it too mature as it only touches lightly on romance (no kissing), but has all of the flair of Narnia or Harry Potter and will leave you begging for more. “’Delivered on the wings of an angel, he shall free us from oppression!’ I shall never forget the power of that chant, Thomas. The entire population gathered beneath torchlight by the instructions of a single knight. The appearance of a miracle on white angel wings. Yet you yourself doubt angels?” The kingdom of Magnus is facing constant threat from the north and  is ever so slowly falling to pieces around its king, Thomas, who doesn’t know who he can trust anymore, who is on his side, and is in constant battle against the forces working against him. What will Thomas do and will he figure it out before it’s too late?*This book was provided in exchange for an honest review*          *You can view the original review at Musing with Crayolakym and San Francisco & Sacramento City Book Review
CatsReviews More than 1 year ago
       The first thing I thought as I read this book was how light and easy it was to read. To clarify, many novels that deal with Medieval stories with their battles and mystical creatures can seem so dense with plots that twist and turn, taking our emotions with them. These novels are great reads, but can also take an emotional toll on the reader, and can keep us so twisted in knots that it's difficult to put aside to get to sleep. (Yes, I love to read before bed.)       Fortress of Mist was a compelling read that I couldn't put down, but was relaxing to read. I didn't feel as bogged down by the story and it flowed easily from beginning to end. No gruesome battle scenes and events of massive destruction, no needless deaths--My type of story. This is a YA novel, so it's nice that a good story can also be gentle for younger readers.       Since this is a sequel, the opening chapter had the job of catching readers up to what had happened previously, but it was done so smoothly and within the current action that I never felt as thought the story had stopped to dump the history in my lap.       We open with Thomas, new lord of the kingdom of Magnus. He has retaken the fortress that was stolen from his family two decades ago and lost most of his friends. He awakes to find someone in his chambers he thought had been killed, and now she is asking him to join her. In what? She won't say. He comes to discover that the fortress isn't as it appears and doesn't know who he can and can't trust. A new friend becomes a sudden enemy, spurned to attack by lies, and an old friend reveals that she has never been who she claimed, and who Thomas thought she was.      Reading this novel has made me a fan of Sigmund Brouwer's work and I would like to go back and read book 1 of this series. I received a copy of this book for free to review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had all the potential to be amazing. The characters were there, but the plot was lacking. I was unable to read past the first chapter. This might have been because I did not read the first book, however, I wish that the plot had been more interesting. The word choice was lacking, however, the mystery was there.
VillaSyl More than 1 year ago
The throne is redeemed, but the battle is just beginning. Thomas has reclaimed the throne of Magnus but a threat rises against his new leadership--the druids. Further, a neighboring kingdom is insisting that Thomas help in England's fight against invaders from the north and he's obligated to help--though he fears that the Earl of York may be working with the secret sect of druids that seek his throne. Thomas has fulfilled part of the destiny he was born too, but he is discovering that there is much more yet to unfold. He must tread carefully as he is unsure who to trust or where to turn to for guidance. As a young Lord of his castle he is discovering secrets that have been uncovered for ages. In his quest for truth Thomas must decide whom he will serve, but he is learning that this decision may not be based on facts, but faith. I enjoyed the story, it was a pleasant read. Although aimed for young audiences anyone who enjoys 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 received EBook from WaterBrook Multnomah Press in their blogging for books program for my review.
CharityU-Austenite More than 1 year ago
: This was a good story, aimed at tweens I suppose, set in a simply fascinating time period. It also included a very interesting cast of characters. I must admit that I highly recommend starting with the first book, “The Orphan King.” I wasn’t able to do this, and thus, I’m afraid that I didn’t enjoy this one as much as I would have – some parts were quite confusing, but I think it’s due to my lack of background with the series. However, it’s got a good story like I said, and mystery abounds throughout its pages. Adventure too moves along quickly in this one! Completely clean, and I think I can safely recommend this series for tweens and early teens. **I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.**
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
Fortress of Mist is the second book in the Merlin's Immortals Series. The first is The Orphan King. This book is geared toward young adults, I would say upper middle school through high school. These are books I would definitely be excited for my children to read. If your child enjoys Lord of the Rings, Narnia, even Harry Potter, I would be willing to guess they would enjoy this series. Honestly, you might enjoy it as an adult. I did and these are not the types of books I would normally choose but because they were geared for young adult I wanted to see what was out there for my kids. I really did like the books and was pushed along with the mystery and intensity of the plot. There is a bit of romance, but nothing mushy in either of these books, no kissing, just normal teenage feelings. I also think this book is appropriate for boys or girls. The main character is boy but still relatable from a women's stand point and there are female characters that I don't think would be too "girlie" for the boy reader. Fortress of Mist takes you into the kingdom of Magnus and the evil that Thomas must still fight to prove himself and keep his kingdom that rightfully belongs to him but was taken from his family. Thomas doesn't know who to trust and I was left guessing who is being honest and who is trying to trick Thomas. Faith is woven in beautifully in this book. Thomas has questions about God and isn't fully ready to surrender but he is searching. Again, I think great conversation for teens who themselves might be in that place in life and are trying to define their faith. If you are looking for some new books for your teen that you don't have to worry about Merlin's Immortals might be a good option for you. Read it first so you can have a conversation with your child about it, how much more enriching will the experience be if you share it together? I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thomas has gained control of Magnus, but is called into war with the Scots.  All the while, Druids plot to recapture Magnus.  Full of intrigues and mysteries.  Perhaps too many I'm not sure I had a clear grasp on all of it:  Who was who, who was good, how did this person get here, didn't she die? It is a very well written book, and perhaps all my questions will be answered in book three.  My only other complaint is that the book is too short for me to fully enjoy. Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group provided me with a copy of this book for an honest review.
ASimplyEnchantedLife More than 1 year ago
This is book two in the Merlin’s Immortals series and I honestly thought it was much better than the first book. I will say, if you haven’t read book one then don’t pick this one up as it would be really hard to follow if you didn’t know the back story. I thought there was a definite improvement in the excitement factor in this book. I’m not sure why but the first book seemed to drag at times for me. I can’t wait to see how the next book turns out! About the story: Thomas has reclaimed the throne of Magnus but a threat rises against his new leadership—the druids. Further, a neighboring kingdom is insisting that Thomas help in England’s fight against invaders from the north and he’s obligated to help. However, he fears that the Earl of York may be working with the secret sect of druids that seek his throne. In this tale we were whisked away to a land of hidden secrets and hints of magic. Two beautiful women also crave Thomas’ attention—one who hopes in secret and another who is brazen in her attempts to seduce him into the hands of the druids. I feel that these stories fall into the fantasy genre but they don’t really read as such and I almost crave that and wish I saw more exploration of that element but they’re still good quick reads. Also, unlike the last book I did see more of a Christian element with this book—mainly from the priest. Though this series doesn’t necessarily make it to my “to keep and reread” shelf they’re still worth the read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Review: My first thought after finishing this book was "Well, I'm glad that's over." It usually takes me about a day to read a book of this length, and it took me EIGHT. This book was a hot mess. Everything good about it was totally demolished in the end! And in all honestly it didn't have a lot going for it to begin with it. Basically Thomas is just trying to keep his castle. He makes friends and foes (mostly foes), and in the end, none of it matters. It was just a long and drawn out way of saying "these people are dangerous, but I don't care". That's about what I got from it. His two romantic interest turns out to be the same person, and, surprise surprise, the deformed girl isn't deformed. There were no plot twist, every little detail was handed to me on a silver platter. I wish I had something nice to say about this book, but I just can't think of anything. There wasn't even a happy ending! It ended with Thomas banishing Katherine. Now, just because I didn't like it, doesn't mean that everyone would feel that way. I get the feeling that my little brother would love this book. It doesn't require a lot of thinking or use of the imagination, and it has a few battle scenes (not well staged battle scenes, but they were there). It didn't offer a lot of suspense or intrigue, but it would make a decent children's book. ~The Literary Maidens *Disclaimer* I received this book from Waterbrook Publishers and all thoughts were one hundred percent completely my own. I was not paid to do this review.
Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
The second book of Merlin's Immortals picks up as if the first never actually ended.  Thomas is trying to resolve himself to the events that end the first book and the shock of betrayal that came with them.  While he tries to come to grips with the things around him, the Earl of York comes and insists he join in the war effort against the Scots.  Thomas's knowledge of war from his secret stash of books comes in handy and he makes a name for himself among the soldiers and their leaders. But treachery strikes once again, turning his friends against him, Thomas finds himself defending the city he just claimed.  While this book was much violent than the first, it wasn't overly graphic (except for one scene on during the march to the Scots).  Thomas is growing and learning to trust in his insights and knowledge to get him out of trouble, while still trying to sort the the intrigue and mystery that surrounds him.
TyeshaT More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this one as much as I enjoyed the first. It is a fast paced, short, historical fiction. It included the famous battle of Robert the Bruce with a new twist. I suggest reading the first book or you won't get who some of the people are. This book is great for all ages though I don't know if adults would like it as much as the young
Novel_Teen_Book_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Thomas of Magnus, the Orphan King, currently holds the fortress of Magnus. But there are many who would try and take it from him. And when the Earl of York comes to demand that Thomas and Magnus support England’s stand against the invaders from the north who are led by Robert the Bruce, Thomas has no choice but to obey and try and prove his loyalty to the crown. But who is truly loyal to Thomas? What are druids? Who is trying to kill him? And what ever became of Isabelle and Katherine, two mysterious women whose absence is yet another mystery in his life. Medieval fantasy is my favorite genre, which I think is why I like these books so much. But they don’t read like fantasy as much as they read like a subgenre of Arthurian historical fiction. Since they take place in England in the past and bring in historical elements, perhaps historical fiction is the genre in which they belong. Regardless, I enjoy them a great deal. Thomas is a fun hero to follow. He’s young, cautious, and brave, though he makes his share of mistakes. And these books have an intriguing mystery and time travel element that have me totally hooked. They’re short, though, and I sometimes feel that each story could hold more than it does. Still, I look forward to the next one.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers' Favorite It is midsummer in northern England in 1312 A.D. and young Thomas has done battle and has regained the castle that is rightfully his. Now he is the Orphan King, Thomas of Magnus. Thomas is avenging the death of his parents that occurred twenty years before, for they were the rightful rulers of Magnus. Allied with the nearby powerful Earl of York, Thomas is troubled by the symbol on the ring worn by the Earl but he needs him at his side as the Scots are advancing on them from the north. Elderly, grey-haired Gervaise counsels Thomas to look out for the Druids and the barbarians from the isle. But battles loom. Thomas tells the Earl of York that "the most important thing in war is to attack the enemy's strategy" (page 71). Thomas manages to defeat the huge Scottish force in a valley by having his forces gathered in a small camp in the valley as well as on the surrounding hillsides. Then there are the Druids, Hawkwood and Katherine who disguises herself as a burn victim when she is hobbling around as an old woman, a herbalist who gives Thomas words of warning. Thomas consults the ancient books of wisdom that he has hidden away, but can he cope in this world where intrigue survives? And is his beloved Isabelle truly dead? "Fortress of Mist" which is the second book in Sigmund Brouwer's 'Merlin's Immortals' series is a delightful and well-written fantasy. Adults as well as young adults will truly love every word in its two hundred fifteen pages. The main players in this plot are multifaceted and believable characters. The plot is complex as supernatural forces and those of this world combine and Thomas is under attack from both. "Fortress of Mist" and this entire series by Sigmund Brouwer are not to be missed. These books should be on reading lists everywhere.