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10.21.2013

CSFF October Blog Tour ~ Martyr's Fire Day 1

Martyr's Fire
Merlin's Immortals Book #3
By Sigmund Brouwer

Today is the first day of the CSFF October Blog Tour and Martyr's Fire is the focus of this month's tour.  Martyr's Fire is the third book in Sigmund Brouwer's Merlin's Immortals series.

For my first offering I'm going to recap the series up to this point so that those who haven't yet read these books will have an inkling of what has taken place.

The Orphan King - Thomas has been raised in secrecy, hidden from the world outside the walls of Harland Moor Abbey.  His true identity has been hidden to protect him from those who had killed his family when their kingdom was taken. 

Thomas has been raised in secrecy, hidden from the world outside the walls of Harland Moor Abbey. His true identity has been hidden to protect him from those who had killed his family when their kingdom was taken.

Much that Thomas should should have been taught about his past was lost when the woman who acted as his nurse died before she could impart most of her knowledge.  One clue that Sarah gave him was that she had hoped to see "him grow into a man and to become one of the Immortals and to help them destroy the circle of evil."  

Along the way Thomas learns important lessons in trust and in whom to place it which proved invaluable once he and his army of three were trapped within the walls of Magnus.  All too soon Thomas and William find themselves locked away in the dungeon with another prisoner who has been locked away for ten years. 

How is Thomas to fulfill his destiny when he is beneath the very island castle he is determined to free?  Can he bring hope to the helpless and the downtrodden who are trapped within the castle as much as he is?  Does the phrase "Delivered on the wings of an angel, he shall free us from oppression" hold the answers he seeks?


Fortress of Mist Thomas of Magnus has reclaimed his kingdom, but he feels isolated and lonely. Sarah is dead, William has left, and Katherine has disappeared. 

But when Isabelle comes to him during the night, he is confused because he saw her die after being clubbed by Geoffrey.  But Isabelle refuses to answer Thomas's questions until he pledges his allegiance to the symbol.  But Thomas is unwilling to blindly pledge his allegiance to the unknown or to give up what has been left to his care.

All too soon the Earl of York comes to Magnus and Thomas is again tested.  Thomas agrees to ally himself with the Earl in battle against the Scots.  But treachery follows Thomas as secret forces of opposition try to sway him to their side.  But all Thomas knows is that those of the symbol are after his knowledge - the books left to his care that are hidden away from Magnus.

Following Thomas's suggestions the forces under the Earl prevail against the larger Scot army. But treachery awaits Thomas' return as the Druids try to force his hand or bring about his death at the hands of the Earl of York.  Following the instructions of a message Thomas is able to persuade his accusers of his innocence.

But who can Thomas trust as those around him try to manipulate him in an elaborate game of chess in which he is the pawn?  With no one willing to answer his questions Thomas must rely on the teachings he received as a child from Sarah.  Can no one fill the need in Thomas's life?

Be check back tomorrow for more about Merlin's Immortals and Martyr's Fire.

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Be sure to check-out all the participants in this month's tour which runs October 21 - 23.