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He’d done it. He’d captured Magnus- the kingdom that had the impermeable fortress. On an island, completely surrounded by water, no attack was possible, due to the high walls and narrow drawbridge that protected it. FortressofMist

And yet he- as an orphan- was able to claim his birthright. His dead mother, Sarah, had taught him well.

Could he hang onto his kingdom? Whom could he trust?

His dreams taunted him. Were they real?

“Thomas, there is a great circle of conspiracy. Much larger than you and I…….and there is much at stake. Haven’t you wondered why this castle is set so securely, so far away from the outer world? Why would anyone bother attacking a village here? Yet an impenetrable castle was founded. And by no less a wizard than Merlin.”

Was she real? He’d seen Isabelle die. No, he’d felt her die; right there, in his arms after her skull received a crushing blow.

And yet, here she was, whispering in his ear, in his bedroom. He couldn’t reconcile how anyone had made it past the soldiers outside his bedchamber; much less someone who was dead.

No, he must be dreaming. Yet, he can still feel her kiss lingering on his forehead.

Who is she? Why is she here? Can he trust her? Is she really trying to help him keep Magnus?

Fortress of Mist is book 2 in the Merlin’s Immortals series. I had not read book 1; The Orphan King. If I ever get my “to read” list cleared off, I will definitely go back and get the first book.

Set in 1312 AD, this book has it all- magic, sword play, intrigue, mysterious women, and magic. Two sides are warring for Thomas’ allegiance. One one side are the Druids, with their magic and secret symbols.

On the other side? Thomas doesn’t know. They are nearly as mysterious, and their guidance is also veiled. Thomas doesn’t feel he can trust the one he’s trusted all those years, especially now that she’s revealed her actual face to him. Feeling deceived by her as well, he takes drastic action; despite the depth of his emotion.

I’m learning to really look at the author before I accept a book for review. There have been a few titles that confirmed to me that the author is not one I’m really interested in reading again, so I’m paying more attention to author than I was previously.

Sigmund Brouwer was one author I’ve read I have reviewed before. Because The Canary List was a pretty good book, I thought I’d give this one a shot.

My single complaint is that this book ends pretty abruptly. As in, I was shocked and wondered if I hadn’t gotten the entire download. Then I went online to buy the sequel, only to be bitterly disappointed to learn it’s not been released yet. Boo!

Did you gasp out loud at that last comment? I know I did, once I realized what I’d done. That is the absolute first time I’ve gone to order a sequel of any book I’ve reviewed. I rarely order sequels. To date, there have only been a handful of series I’ve gone and purchased, because it’s hard for me to justify when I have so many unread titles waiting to be cracked open.

One part of me wants to give it 4 out of 5 stars because of the way it ended. That’s just not right; to leave the reader so completely hanging and feeling entirely unresolved.

But. Because this book was SO good, I’m going to relent and give it the 5 out of 5 starts it actually deserves, dirty trick aside. Come to think of it, I’d probably give it 6 or 7 stars {out of 5} because it was that good.

If this era piques your curiosity, run, don’t walk, and get this title!

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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