Magnus

Magnus➥ [Ebook] ➠ Magnus By Sigmund Brouwer ➯ – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk In , in the Moors of England, Thomas pursues his destiny the conquest of Magnus, an year old earldom and castle Magnus is only the beginning of Thomas quest, one that will unearth ancient secrets, te In , in the Moors of England, Thomas pursues his destiny the conquest of Magnus, anyear old earldom and castle Magnus is only the beginning of Thomas quest, one that will unearth ancient secrets, test his fragile faith, and place him squarely against an evil conspiracy. This book is my favorite of all time. I read it in its original form, Magnus, which I must say I prefer the name and the cover art than to the newer version and met the author when i was in the third gradesince then I have read it at least once a year..I am now 24 years old..I have destroyed several copies and now that it is out of print, again, I have purchased every copy I can get my hands on so that I will have some for my kids The story is such a great mix of Medieval intrigue, romance This book is my favorite of all time. I read it in its original form, Magnus, which I must say I prefer the name and the cover art than to the newer version and met the author when i was in the third gradesince then I have read it at least once a year..I am now 24 years old..I have destroyed several copies and now that it is out of print, again, I have purchased every copy I can get my hands on so that I will have some for my kids The story is such a great mix of Medieval intrigue, romance, and history It also brings faith into the mix so quietly that you almost dont notice it until its touched you There was a lot that I enjoyed here, especially once the plot got going I m a Christian who tends to not particularly like Christian fiction, so I was pleased that the faith was plot important and authentic but not forced or obnoxious I think where the book fell short for me, though, was in two places First, the is he a Druid or isn t he got a little old It s a long book and I got frustrated that so much of the plot was due to people changing their beliefs about someone s loyalty Althou There was a lot that I enjoyed here, especially once the plot got going I m a Christian who tends to not particularly like Christian fiction, so I was pleased that the faith was plot important and authentic but not forced or obnoxious I think where the book fell short for me, though, was in two places First, the is he a Druid or isn t he got a little old It s a long book and I got frustrated that so much of the plot was due to people changing their beliefs about someone s loyalty Although I was impressed with how that all was eventually resolved I cheered when someone was taking smart, proactive action to resolve that Second, I felt that the book had too much recap In a longer book or series with acomplicated plot I can understand the necessity of having to stop every so often and remind the readers what s going on Here, though, I didn t think it was necessary to the degree that it happens It felt like every five minutes the characters were stopping to say Now, what s going on again and it tended to take me out of the story Overall, though, I did enjoy it and am glad it was recommended to me It s strange after pre reading so many contemporary YA books for my kids, it s shocking to read one that is so clean it feels like middle grade Yeah, some treacherous people die off screen of poison and such, and there are some battle scenes where I guess people die, but it s way less intense than a Harry Potter or Percy Jackson book No language, no raunch, and the romance is largely so subtle as to be a bit boring but will probably be plenty for my eleven year old boy, who isof the in It s strange after pre reading so many contemporary YA books for my kids, it s shocking to read one that is so clean it feels like middle grade Yeah, some treacherous people die off screen of poison and such, and there are some battle scenes where I guess people die, but it s way less intense than a Harry Potter or Percy Jackson book No language, no raunch, and the romance is largely so subtle as to be a bit boring but will probably be plenty for my eleven year old boy, who isof the intended audience I guess this is because this is a Christian book, but there was little of the preachiness and insta conversions so prevalent in the Christian fiction my mom tried to steer me away from as a child In fact, the mentions of God and the Merlins faith seem almost to be afterthoughts Maybe I was skimming for a page or something, but it surprised me that suddenly Thomas was saying he d started believing in Katherine s God This was so clearly secondary to recapturing Magnus And after that, the references to faith or prayer were quite few and far between While the Druids and Merlins whose official group name we don t find out til way into the book are clearly Evil versus Good, there doesn t seem to be much spiritual significance to their battles They both use knowledge and technology, not the supernatural, and I m not sure that faith is a prerequisite to be on one side or the other Logically, it should be, but the emphasis is muchon education and the almost forgotten knowledge of the precious books So this wasn t exactly what I expected.Why the three stars This contains a lot of what I m looking for for my son adventure, battles, spying and double crossing, and a young hero who is special not because he s a special snowflake or has superpowers, but because he was well educated by a loving tutor nurse and read a lot of books in Latin Squee Since we just studied this time period in our homeschool last year, I appreciated the historical detail, and it felt pretty accurate The writing style is decent, though the plotting and transitions left much to be desired The author relies heavily on the question of are they Druid or Merlin to create conflict between the main four protagonists, and it frankly goes on waaaaaay too long, especially once you finally realize their real identities at the end of the book And while it makes some sense that the older characters wouldn t tell the younger characters all the details of their organization to protect them in case they re captured and tortured, there has to be a point at which you decide to spill the beans to the next generation in case you re killed I tend to dislike adventure stories where young people go off on quests without vital information that their mentors could give them to help them, and this was Thomas predicament, times a hundred.Along the same lines, the tricks that the two sides use to spy on each other are both repetitive the bad guy who shows up everywhere in England and the Holy Land that Thomas goes, just to listen in on his conversations while imprisoned and ambiguous The POV shifts from Thomas to Katherine, and sometimes we know the trick ahead of time, while other times, the author seems to want to fool the audience along with the enemy While I think the intention was to make the book evenexciting and surprising, I just found it muddled and confusing There s a point mid way through the book where both teams of good guys are planning a double cross on each other because they still don t trust each other , but the bad guys double cross them, and there have been so many times when the seeming peril of the good guys was just part of their plan, hidden from the reader, that I didn t actually believe they were really in trouble for a long time If the author is pulling multiple Oceans Eleven style incidents where the good guys were okay all along, he can t then turn around and expect the audience to believe the team is in real peril We re just expecting Thomas to pop up and explain that this was all the long game which he does again, multiple times.It looks like this book used to be a series of several shorter books, and it was compiled into one longer one that I read Maybe that explains the abrupt jumps in time or place I found it jarring to have Thomas and the Earl of York part as friends, only to have the Earl turn around and come to arrest him a few pages later The whole third act trip to the Holy Land is fun from a historical perspective, but it really pulls the story off in a different direction The Kind Edward portion seems like a long wind down, partially because he hasn t been a presence at all in the story until then.I liked the characters fine, though there wasn t much character growth throughout the book Thomas does grow in wisdom, I guess, but the whole mistrust issue muddies that issue quite a bit And I feel like this book shows its age when Katherine turns out to be beautiful and unscarred It s nice that Thomas fell for her character and saw through the beautiful traitoress, but how convenient that bandaged up Katherine turns out not to be ugly I feel like I ve read enough YA written in the last couple of years where the person with the disfigurement disability doesn t magically turn out to be beautiful and healthy that we can and should be writing stories that way nowadays Particularly as a Christian, there s the emphasis that man looks on the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart I may be overly sensitive to this particular issue because I live in LA, where even my Christian SAHM friends have perfectly toned bodies thanks to strict diets and workout regimens and my kids are literally bombarded as we drive down the 101 with unrealistic billboard images of female beauty So while I have no problem with book characters being physically attractive, I m sad when all of them, even the seemingly physically flawed ones, are It just feeds the cultural overemphasis on looks.This wasn t twaddle, and there was nothing morally objectionable, but I am not immediately putting it on my reread list I AM going to have my son read it because I do think he would enjoy it, but I m not necessarily going to recommend it to friends unless they are looking for this specific type of story for kids who have already read all the 4 and 5 star classics and are looking forMixed praise Yes Wow, the first 300 pages of Wings of Dawn are a fun 4 star romp The book is set in medieval England There s tons of action with heroes and villains and peasants and knights and the whole deal It s very fast paced, chockful o action This is not detailed historical fiction that places you in the time period with elaborate narration or anything It s meat and potatoes, baby Which is good Count me in Alas, the book dies a pretty horrible, twisted and disappointing death over the last 150 pa Wow, the first 300 pages of Wings of Dawn are a fun 4 star romp The book is set in medieval England There s tons of action with heroes and villains and peasants and knights and the whole deal It s very fast paced, chockful o action This is not detailed historical fiction that places you in the time period with elaborate narration or anything It s meat and potatoes, baby Which is good Count me in Alas, the book dies a pretty horrible, twisted and disappointing death over the last 150 pages or so The lead character leaves England for the Middle East WTF , and the whole thing gets completely bogged down Each plot device seemed to get used twice orFor example, on multiple occasions people fake imprisonment to spy on someone else Or someone s escape is faked, so that they can be followed It got really silly by the end Also, when he left England, Brouwer had to dump in a whole new lot of characters just to keep the thing churning, but it crossed the finish line as flat as a pancake.Oh well It was a fun read and worth it So close tothan that though He he An amazing book What a breath of fresh air This book shows a realistic view of the medieval world through a complicated and wonderfully woven plot.My first ever Sigmund Brouwer read I ve gone back and read it so many times I love this book If I can find a hardback edition or even one of the soft covers of the book Magnus I ll purchase them as well It is a wonderful book Perhaps wonderful is too strong a word, since I gave it only four stars as a rating, but a part of me wants to move it up to five stars Perhaps after the next time I read it I may bump it up It is a piece of historical fiction that takes place around 1310 1315 AD The hero has been taught to believe he will rescue the population and I love this book If I can find a hardback edition or even one of the soft covers of the book Magnus I ll purchase them as well It is a wonderful book Perhaps wonderful is too strong a word, since I gave it only four stars as a rating, but a part of me wants to move it up to five stars Perhaps after the next time I read it I may bump it up It is a piece of historical fiction that takes place around 1310 1315 AD The hero has been taught to believe he will rescue the population and gain control of a secret castle called Magnus He has been taught advanced knowledge from an early age and is well versed in how to use this knowledge to the detriment of his opponents He frees a knight from being hanged, but during his entrance he is interrupted by an old man who tells him to free the other two prisoners He demands they be freed as well and then proves himself to the knight in such fashion that the knight is beholden to aid Thomas the young man in his quest He encounters a young woman said to have survived horrible burns as a child wrapped in rags before being thrown into jail They Thomas and hte knight eventually manage to escape from the jail and Thomas enacts his plans to gain control of the city via the fulfillment of a twenty year old prophecy Shortly after Thomas gains control of the castle fortress, the knight leaves In the course of the following year, he consolidates his power, befriends the Earl of York, and is called upon to assist the Earl of York in fighting a medium size army of Scots After coming up with the winning stratagem for the battle, he returns to Magnus only to find the Earl of York has returned to Magnus to arrest him for the murder of four monks from the nearby abbey where Thomas grew up as a child Claiming trial by ordeal to prove his innocence, Thomas is able to momentarily avoid losing power in Magnus, but his trials increase as view spoiler false hide spoiler prophets claiming to be the One True Followers of the Holy Grail enter Mangus view spoiler and through the use of simple procedures convince the population that they are the true church and the existing churches in Magnus are heretical in nature they then convince the population that Thomas no longer has divine right to rule and thereby depose Thomas as ruler as neatly as he had deposed the previous ruler hide spoiler Because of the actions of the priests, Thomas must flee for his life Having learned that the Earl of York has been arrested, he visits his former friend and pledges to free the Earl His plans are thwarted, however, and he is captured again by his Enemy, only to be set free by Robert Hood and Hood s band of Merry Men after having been captured by Hood and Co in a clever ambush He then travels to Portugal before traveling to the Holy Land to try and discover the answers to the questions and mysteries surrounding his life, his upbringing, and Magnus Along the way, he encounters his former friend the knight that he had previously saved in the Holy Land He is then captured by Arab bandits while traveling with a caravan to Jordan Nazareth, is set free by one of the bandits shown an act of mercy by Thomas while hiding as a slave in the caravan, and discovers misdirection that makes him believe he has been betrayed He then encounters a survivor from the slave gang from the caravan with which he had been traveling this bloke claims to be his father More confusion and mistrust sets in, and Thomas comes up with a plan to determine, once and for all, who his enemy truly is and who is his friend All goes well, his plan succeeds, and he and his friends then go on to find a massive treasure in the desert They managed to escape from Mameluke soldiers by distracting the soldiers with a false trail of treasure this allows them to make it back to England While in England, Thomas is AGAIN arrested and put into chains by the King s right hand man, the Duke of Whittingham Unable to break Thomas, the Duke arranges for Thomas to escape and follows Thomas back to his old abbey There, the tale comes to an end view spoiler Major spoilers follow, so read at your own risk The burn victim helps Thomas and the Knight escape from prison in Magnus she then helps him put on a giant kite so that he soars on the wind with what looks like angel wings over Magnus, allowing him to gain control of the city castle citadel without any bloodshed He is bitter towards Christianity and priests and monks and organized religion because of how the monks in the abbey where he grew up treated him he swears off organized religion as a result However, due to his fears at the return of the Druids to attempt to regain control of Magnus, he enters the local church for spiritual assistance The man he encounters and who begins to spiritually counsel him is not a priest, but he is very wise and aids Thomas in Thomas spiritual journey to becoming a Christian Gervaise the old man Thomas believed to be a priest helps Thomas escape from Magnus when the Druids regain control of the castle citadel from there he heads first to York in an attempt to help his friend.I almost forgot he is disguised as a giant while attempting to free the knight at the start of the book The knight is to be hanged with a woman and a pick pocket who has never actually been caught stealing A strange old man convinces Thomas he must free all three prisoners if he is to enter Magnus safely We come to find out the beautiful young woman is the daughter of the current Lord of Magnus, and the current Lord is not above using his daughter as bait to draw out and destroy kill the opposition The four enter Magnus safely, but shortly after Thomas befriends the rag covered burn victim, Thomas and the knight are imprisoned The youth and the burn victim help him escape the burn victim Katherine helps him put on the angel costume so that he can conquer Magnus without any bloodshed It works But then she disappears and Thomas is torn with her loss The raven haired beauty shows up, proving she is no longer mute or dumb He promptly throws her in prison until she is ready to confess As she is confessing, she and Thomas are nearly killed by a local candlestick maker both are thrown into prison Then Thomas is called upon to join the Earl of York s army to battle the invading Scots Along the way, he discovers the Druids are hard at work to spook the Earl s army He also discovers the Earl wears jewelry bearing the mark of the Druids Then a beautiful woman appears and begins to assist him to be able to defeat the Scottish army she introduces Thomas to the old man he had met at the gallows at the start of the story The battle is won with the loss of no blood kudos to Thomas for reading and studying Sun Tzu s writings Upon returning to Magnus, Katherine reappears and assists Thomas in his trial by ordeal Then she is discovered by palace guards dressed in her rags But because of what has happened with the raven haired beauty, Thomas no longer trusts Katherine and tells her she must leave him and Magnus as he can no longer trust her It breaks his heart, but she must go After fleeing Magnus, Thomas encounters Hawkwood the mysterious old man and Katherine after he himself has fled York with the raven haired beauty now his hostage Katherine ends up hanging upside down in a snare trap while Hawkwood and Thomas have a brief discussion it is somewhat hilarious as she tries to get the mens attention but they studiously ignore her Hawkwood then has a private conversation with Thomas and before dying when the Druids attack the camp The Druids are riding back to York when Robin Hood I mean Robert Hood captures the party He owes Hawkwood a debt of honor and assists Katherine by fighting Thomas for Thomas freedom Desolate and not knowing what else to do, Thomas returns to his hidden cave, recoversgold he had hidden there, and buys passage to Lisbon What he does not realize is that Katherine is now following him, having sworn vengeance for Hawkwood s death For some bizarre reason, she ends up saving his life when some of the crew decide to murder him and take his wealth Upon reaching Lisbon, he figures out somebody is following him Thomas sets a trap and discovers the assistant cook is none other than Katherine in disguise However, as he tackles Katherine, some of the local police force knock him unconscious and arrest him She palms his gold and uses it to by new clothing to pass herself off as a noble lady she then uses most of the rest of his gold to buy a cargo of wool to sell in the Promised Land.He discovers how much gold she has spent and that she has purchased his freedom as an unruly servant He is quite bitter about the situation, but when he realizes the extent to which she has spent his money and ruined his chances at discovering the answers to the mysteries haunting his life, he vows to leave her be Forever Then she reveals the depth of her love for him And he can do little else except reciprocate Upon reaching the Holy Land, they encounter the knight Thomas had rescued Prior to finding the knight, they are approached by a beggar who then points to swarthy men in their direction What Thomas finds out later is that the swarthy men are actually allies and this is a test to determine if Thomas is a Druid or a Merlin Yeah, I forgot to mention there is an unholy amount of questioning going on as people try to determine who s a Druid and who s a Merlin It gets kinda crazy as the book progresses Thomas and Katherine escape the knight catches up to them Thomas is told he has to travel by caravan to Jordan and then on to Nazareth This is another trial test for Thomas, and he appears to fail it most magnificently.While traveling with the caravan, Thomas shows mercy to the slaves traveling with the caravan It earns him the enmity of the caravan s leader master, but it also unknowingly saves his life What he does not know is that many of the slaves are actually bandits posing as slaves, and once the caravan reaches the point of relative safety on the route, they will relax their guard and the cook will feed the guards and travelers poison which will obviously allow the bandits to gain control of the caravan s and the accompanying wealth Thomas makes it to Jordan early and disguises himself as a beggar this is how he sees the knight, Katherine, and the two assassins traveling together into the city His faith and trust in the inherent goodness of Katherine now shattered, he flees to Nazareth and encounters another knight who claims to be his father The knight who claims to be his father turns out to be a Druid and captures Katherine and William the good knight But then the Druid knight is captured by Thomas, who then takes Katherine and William on a little journey He claims he is giving each of them poison and a temporary antidote until he can deduce who the true Druid truly is The false knight reveals his true colors and is captured by the Mamelukes for his trouble s Thomas, Katherine, and William manage to escape from the city, but are captured by bandits and soon pursued by Mameluke soldiers They lead the bandits to a cave along the Dead Sea which houses and incredible treasure There, they managed to convince most of the bandits to lead the Mameluke soldiers astray whilst they find the treasure The treasure is found, Thomas and William arm themselves, and the bandits fall into the pit due to Hawkwood s timely assistance The four of them managed to escape the Holy Land and return to England.Thomas and Katherine seek an audience with the King, only to be hindered by the Duke of Whittingham, who turns out to be Waleran and the top Druid in England Thomas is tortured but refuses to break Waleran then sets a plan in motion that allows the two to escape after the King of England has informed the two they will die if his kidnapped infant son is not soon found safe and alive The two love birds are followed back to Thomas cave they encounter William, the kidnapped son, and the kidnapped prince s nurse when Waleran enters the scene The nurse turns out to be the queen, and Waleran s bragging ensures the power of the Druids will be broken for all time The book that everyone has been seeking is destroyed to safeguard all of humanity from wicked men who would seek to use it to gain and maintain power The book ends with Thomas discovering William is Katherine s father just prior to their wedding taking place hide spoiler I thought it was a good book, overall I liked the last section of the book, which has the written form of Easter Eggs whereby the author explains various things introduced in the book Everything in the book could have happened as written events, technologies, tactics, herbal uses remedies, poisons and counter poisons and antidotes and whatnot were based upon the science and known knowledge of the time s including knowledge from foreign lands It was some very good speculation on the part of the author.Some of the book did become a little repetitious while reading I had forgotten that from the last time I read the book At the same time, it did not really take away from my enjoyment I think the whole who s a Druid who s a Merlin mystery could have been wrapped up sooner I liked the logic games and guessing games the characters engaged in throughout the book I think it helped maintain some level of suspense throughout the course of the story.Even though the time period is three hundred years later, the book kind of reminds me of the iron lance by Stephen Lawhead They are similar in some respects, yet quite different in others At the same time, I liked the religious message behind each one Each author does a nice job of having his main character discover Christianity and what it means to be a Christian without being pushy about it I also liked how Katherine was most definitely a strong female character in this story and able to hold her own in some respect s It was a nice change of pace and added to the story it also ensured she was the right choice for Thomas.I thought the character development was well done for each character I did not feel like any character was a stereotype or a cardboard cutout Each character felt essential to the storyline even the minor secondary and tertiary characters were well done Granted, some of them werecut out in nature, but that is how it goes They did not need very much character development to let us know they were jerks or thieves or murderers or cutthroats or whathaveyou May the Fourth be with you Ohhh man I SO wanted to be able to give this book 3 stars, but I just couldn t do it.When I was a kid, I read a children s series Brouwer wrote telling the same story I LOVED it it meant a lot to me, and I was therefore excited to read this version as an adult.There were some great moments elements those things that caused me to fall in love with the series but OH MY WORD, there were such massive problems.The characters felt cartoonish in their perpetually melodramatic responses to EVERYTHING Ohhh man I SO wanted to be able to give this book 3 stars, but I just couldn t do it.When I was a kid, I read a children s series Brouwer wrote telling the same story I LOVED it it meant a lot to me, and I was therefore excited to read this version as an adult.There were some great moments elements those things that caused me to fall in love with the series but OH MY WORD, there were such massive problems.The characters felt cartoonish in their perpetually melodramatic responses to EVERYTHING and never just being reasonable.There was an absurd amount of repetition and over explanation.And I never thought I d say this, but there were just too many plot twists Sooo many moments of But wait But wait to the point where it was comical and not in a good way.It was a chore to get through, and I don t think I would have bothered finishing it had it not been for the nostalgia and my deep desire that it would redeem itself As I said, there were some really great aspects Some of the plot twists were great Some of the moments between the characters were great But mostly it just felt long and silly I don t write synopsis Read the cover for that.Theist meanderings and musings aside, this is an interesting read that contains all of Brouwer s slight of hand magic trick style protagonists.An amazing, seemingly miraculous event occurs that is impossible.and then it is shown from the other side, and the mechanics of the staging told in such a way that you are excited to be fooled.It s like a polite, non foul mouthed version of Penn and Teller with a central morality tale with a good characte I don t write synopsis Read the cover for that.Theist meanderings and musings aside, this is an interesting read that contains all of Brouwer s slight of hand magic trick style protagonists.An amazing, seemingly miraculous event occurs that is impossible.and then it is shown from the other side, and the mechanics of the staging told in such a way that you are excited to be fooled.It s like a polite, non foul mouthed version of Penn and Teller with a central morality tale with a good character arc and story that doesn t get bogged down in its preaching.For me, that s tops Meh For a kid s book it is much heartier than I expected Plus that cover makes it seem like its going to be incredibly cheesy, but it is not It is, however, very tiresome The plot gets bogged down and when they go to the middle east weird and introduce all these new characters but its the same are they for us or against us, they seem for us PSYCH they are against us over and over, I was pretty much done. One of my favorite books growing up It has it s shortcomings, but they are far outweighed by the intriguing story that demands your attention and won t let go until you find you re on the last page Highly recommended for young teen readers I can still think of very few books that have impacted me quite as much as this one and think that it should be read and shared by all.

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    Magnus Epub ¿ Paperback and place him squarely against an evil conspiracy. This book is my favorite of all time. I read it in its original form, Magnus, which I must say I prefer the name and the cover art than to the newer version and met the author when i was in the third gradesince then I have read it at least once a year..I am now 24 years old..I have destroyed several copies and now that it is out of print, again, I have purchased every copy I can get my hands on so that I will have some for my kids The story is such a great mix of Medieval intrigue, romance This book is my favorite of all time. I read it in its original form, Magnus, which I must say I prefer the name and the cover art than to the newer version and met the author when i was in the third gradesince then I have read it at least once a year..I am now 24 years old..I have destroyed several copies and now that it is out of print, again, I have purchased every copy I can get my hands on so that I will have some for my kids The story is such a great mix of Medieval intrigue, romance, and history It also brings faith into the mix so quietly that you almost dont notice it until its touched you There was a lot that I enjoyed here, especially once the plot got going I m a Christian who tends to not particularly like Christian fiction, so I was pleased that the faith was plot important and authentic but not forced or obnoxious I think where the book fell short for me, though, was in two places First, the is he a Druid or isn t he got a little old It s a long book and I got frustrated that so much of the plot was due to people changing their beliefs about someone s loyalty Althou There was a lot that I enjoyed here, especially once the plot got going I m a Christian who tends to not particularly like Christian fiction, so I was pleased that the faith was plot important and authentic but not forced or obnoxious I think where the book fell short for me, though, was in two places First, the is he a Druid or isn t he got a little old It s a long book and I got frustrated that so much of the plot was due to people changing their beliefs about someone s loyalty Although I was impressed with how that all was eventually resolved I cheered when someone was taking smart, proactive action to resolve that Second, I felt that the book had too much recap In a longer book or series with acomplicated plot I can understand the necessity of having to stop every so often and remind the readers what s going on Here, though, I didn t think it was necessary to the degree that it happens It felt like every five minutes the characters were stopping to say Now, what s going on again and it tended to take me out of the story Overall, though, I did enjoy it and am glad it was recommended to me It s strange after pre reading so many contemporary YA books for my kids, it s shocking to read one that is so clean it feels like middle grade Yeah, some treacherous people die off screen of poison and such, and there are some battle scenes where I guess people die, but it s way less intense than a Harry Potter or Percy Jackson book No language, no raunch, and the romance is largely so subtle as to be a bit boring but will probably be plenty for my eleven year old boy, who isof the in It s strange after pre reading so many contemporary YA books for my kids, it s shocking to read one that is so clean it feels like middle grade Yeah, some treacherous people die off screen of poison and such, and there are some battle scenes where I guess people die, but it s way less intense than a Harry Potter or Percy Jackson book No language, no raunch, and the romance is largely so subtle as to be a bit boring but will probably be plenty for my eleven year old boy, who isof the intended audience I guess this is because this is a Christian book, but there was little of the preachiness and insta conversions so prevalent in the Christian fiction my mom tried to steer me away from as a child In fact, the mentions of God and the Merlins faith seem almost to be afterthoughts Maybe I was skimming for a page or something, but it surprised me that suddenly Thomas was saying he d started believing in Katherine s God This was so clearly secondary to recapturing Magnus And after that, the references to faith or prayer were quite few and far between While the Druids and Merlins whose official group name we don t find out til way into the book are clearly Evil versus Good, there doesn t seem to be much spiritual significance to their battles They both use knowledge and technology, not the supernatural, and I m not sure that faith is a prerequisite to be on one side or the other Logically, it should be, but the emphasis is muchon education and the almost forgotten knowledge of the precious books So this wasn t exactly what I expected.Why the three stars This contains a lot of what I m looking for for my son adventure, battles, spying and double crossing, and a young hero who is special not because he s a special snowflake or has superpowers, but because he was well educated by a loving tutor nurse and read a lot of books in Latin Squee Since we just studied this time period in our homeschool last year, I appreciated the historical detail, and it felt pretty accurate The writing style is decent, though the plotting and transitions left much to be desired The author relies heavily on the question of are they Druid or Merlin to create conflict between the main four protagonists, and it frankly goes on waaaaaay too long, especially once you finally realize their real identities at the end of the book And while it makes some sense that the older characters wouldn t tell the younger characters all the details of their organization to protect them in case they re captured and tortured, there has to be a point at which you decide to spill the beans to the next generation in case you re killed I tend to dislike adventure stories where young people go off on quests without vital information that their mentors could give them to help them, and this was Thomas predicament, times a hundred.Along the same lines, the tricks that the two sides use to spy on each other are both repetitive the bad guy who shows up everywhere in England and the Holy Land that Thomas goes, just to listen in on his conversations while imprisoned and ambiguous The POV shifts from Thomas to Katherine, and sometimes we know the trick ahead of time, while other times, the author seems to want to fool the audience along with the enemy While I think the intention was to make the book evenexciting and surprising, I just found it muddled and confusing There s a point mid way through the book where both teams of good guys are planning a double cross on each other because they still don t trust each other , but the bad guys double cross them, and there have been so many times when the seeming peril of the good guys was just part of their plan, hidden from the reader, that I didn t actually believe they were really in trouble for a long time If the author is pulling multiple Oceans Eleven style incidents where the good guys were okay all along, he can t then turn around and expect the audience to believe the team is in real peril We re just expecting Thomas to pop up and explain that this was all the long game which he does again, multiple times.It looks like this book used to be a series of several shorter books, and it was compiled into one longer one that I read Maybe that explains the abrupt jumps in time or place I found it jarring to have Thomas and the Earl of York part as friends, only to have the Earl turn around and come to arrest him a few pages later The whole third act trip to the Holy Land is fun from a historical perspective, but it really pulls the story off in a different direction The Kind Edward portion seems like a long wind down, partially because he hasn t been a presence at all in the story until then.I liked the characters fine, though there wasn t much character growth throughout the book Thomas does grow in wisdom, I guess, but the whole mistrust issue muddies that issue quite a bit And I feel like this book shows its age when Katherine turns out to be beautiful and unscarred It s nice that Thomas fell for her character and saw through the beautiful traitoress, but how convenient that bandaged up Katherine turns out not to be ugly I feel like I ve read enough YA written in the last couple of years where the person with the disfigurement disability doesn t magically turn out to be beautiful and healthy that we can and should be writing stories that way nowadays Particularly as a Christian, there s the emphasis that man looks on the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart I may be overly sensitive to this particular issue because I live in LA, where even my Christian SAHM friends have perfectly toned bodies thanks to strict diets and workout regimens and my kids are literally bombarded as we drive down the 101 with unrealistic billboard images of female beauty So while I have no problem with book characters being physically attractive, I m sad when all of them, even the seemingly physically flawed ones, are It just feeds the cultural overemphasis on looks.This wasn t twaddle, and there was nothing morally objectionable, but I am not immediately putting it on my reread list I AM going to have my son read it because I do think he would enjoy it, but I m not necessarily going to recommend it to friends unless they are looking for this specific type of story for kids who have already read all the 4 and 5 star classics and are looking forMixed praise Yes Wow, the first 300 pages of Wings of Dawn are a fun 4 star romp The book is set in medieval England There s tons of action with heroes and villains and peasants and knights and the whole deal It s very fast paced, chockful o action This is not detailed historical fiction that places you in the time period with elaborate narration or anything It s meat and potatoes, baby Which is good Count me in Alas, the book dies a pretty horrible, twisted and disappointing death over the last 150 pa Wow, the first 300 pages of Wings of Dawn are a fun 4 star romp The book is set in medieval England There s tons of action with heroes and villains and peasants and knights and the whole deal It s very fast paced, chockful o action This is not detailed historical fiction that places you in the time period with elaborate narration or anything It s meat and potatoes, baby Which is good Count me in Alas, the book dies a pretty horrible, twisted and disappointing death over the last 150 pages or so The lead character leaves England for the Middle East WTF , and the whole thing gets completely bogged down Each plot device seemed to get used twice orFor example, on multiple occasions people fake imprisonment to spy on someone else Or someone s escape is faked, so that they can be followed It got really silly by the end Also, when he left England, Brouwer had to dump in a whole new lot of characters just to keep the thing churning, but it crossed the finish line as flat as a pancake.Oh well It was a fun read and worth it So close tothan that though He he An amazing book What a breath of fresh air This book shows a realistic view of the medieval world through a complicated and wonderfully woven plot.My first ever Sigmund Brouwer read I ve gone back and read it so many times I love this book If I can find a hardback edition or even one of the soft covers of the book Magnus I ll purchase them as well It is a wonderful book Perhaps wonderful is too strong a word, since I gave it only four stars as a rating, but a part of me wants to move it up to five stars Perhaps after the next time I read it I may bump it up It is a piece of historical fiction that takes place around 1310 1315 AD The hero has been taught to believe he will rescue the population and I love this book If I can find a hardback edition or even one of the soft covers of the book Magnus I ll purchase them as well It is a wonderful book Perhaps wonderful is too strong a word, since I gave it only four stars as a rating, but a part of me wants to move it up to five stars Perhaps after the next time I read it I may bump it up It is a piece of historical fiction that takes place around 1310 1315 AD The hero has been taught to believe he will rescue the population and gain control of a secret castle called Magnus He has been taught advanced knowledge from an early age and is well versed in how to use this knowledge to the detriment of his opponents He frees a knight from being hanged, but during his entrance he is interrupted by an old man who tells him to free the other two prisoners He demands they be freed as well and then proves himself to the knight in such fashion that the knight is beholden to aid Thomas the young man in his quest He encounters a young woman said to have survived horrible burns as a child wrapped in rags before being thrown into jail They Thomas and hte knight eventually manage to escape from the jail and Thomas enacts his plans to gain control of the city via the fulfillment of a twenty year old prophecy Shortly after Thomas gains control of the castle fortress, the knight leaves In the course of the following year, he consolidates his power, befriends the Earl of York, and is called upon to assist the Earl of York in fighting a medium size army of Scots After coming up with the winning stratagem for the battle, he returns to Magnus only to find the Earl of York has returned to Magnus to arrest him for the murder of four monks from the nearby abbey where Thomas grew up as a child Claiming trial by ordeal to prove his innocence, Thomas is able to momentarily avoid losing power in Magnus, but his trials increase as view spoiler false hide spoiler prophets claiming to be the One True Followers of the Holy Grail enter Mangus view spoiler and through the use of simple procedures convince the population that they are the true church and the existing churches in Magnus are heretical in nature they then convince the population that Thomas no longer has divine right to rule and thereby depose Thomas as ruler as neatly as he had deposed the previous ruler hide spoiler Because of the actions of the priests, Thomas must flee for his life Having learned that the Earl of York has been arrested, he visits his former friend and pledges to free the Earl His plans are thwarted, however, and he is captured again by his Enemy, only to be set free by Robert Hood and Hood s band of Merry Men after having been captured by Hood and Co in a clever ambush He then travels to Portugal before traveling to the Holy Land to try and discover the answers to the questions and mysteries surrounding his life, his upbringing, and Magnus Along the way, he encounters his former friend the knight that he had previously saved in the Holy Land He is then captured by Arab bandits while traveling with a caravan to Jordan Nazareth, is set free by one of the bandits shown an act of mercy by Thomas while hiding as a slave in the caravan, and discovers misdirection that makes him believe he has been betrayed He then encounters a survivor from the slave gang from the caravan with which he had been traveling this bloke claims to be his father More confusion and mistrust sets in, and Thomas comes up with a plan to determine, once and for all, who his enemy truly is and who is his friend All goes well, his plan succeeds, and he and his friends then go on to find a massive treasure in the desert They managed to escape from Mameluke soldiers by distracting the soldiers with a false trail of treasure this allows them to make it back to England While in England, Thomas is AGAIN arrested and put into chains by the King s right hand man, the Duke of Whittingham Unable to break Thomas, the Duke arranges for Thomas to escape and follows Thomas back to his old abbey There, the tale comes to an end view spoiler Major spoilers follow, so read at your own risk The burn victim helps Thomas and the Knight escape from prison in Magnus she then helps him put on a giant kite so that he soars on the wind with what looks like angel wings over Magnus, allowing him to gain control of the city castle citadel without any bloodshed He is bitter towards Christianity and priests and monks and organized religion because of how the monks in the abbey where he grew up treated him he swears off organized religion as a result However, due to his fears at the return of the Druids to attempt to regain control of Magnus, he enters the local church for spiritual assistance The man he encounters and who begins to spiritually counsel him is not a priest, but he is very wise and aids Thomas in Thomas spiritual journey to becoming a Christian Gervaise the old man Thomas believed to be a priest helps Thomas escape from Magnus when the Druids regain control of the castle citadel from there he heads first to York in an attempt to help his friend.I almost forgot he is disguised as a giant while attempting to free the knight at the start of the book The knight is to be hanged with a woman and a pick pocket who has never actually been caught stealing A strange old man convinces Thomas he must free all three prisoners if he is to enter Magnus safely We come to find out the beautiful young woman is the daughter of the current Lord of Magnus, and the current Lord is not above using his daughter as bait to draw out and destroy kill the opposition The four enter Magnus safely, but shortly after Thomas befriends the rag covered burn victim, Thomas and the knight are imprisoned The youth and the burn victim help him escape the burn victim Katherine helps him put on the angel costume so that he can conquer Magnus without any bloodshed It works But then she disappears and Thomas is torn with her loss The raven haired beauty shows up, proving she is no longer mute or dumb He promptly throws her in prison until she is ready to confess As she is confessing, she and Thomas are nearly killed by a local candlestick maker both are thrown into prison Then Thomas is called upon to join the Earl of York s army to battle the invading Scots Along the way, he discovers the Druids are hard at work to spook the Earl s army He also discovers the Earl wears jewelry bearing the mark of the Druids Then a beautiful woman appears and begins to assist him to be able to defeat the Scottish army she introduces Thomas to the old man he had met at the gallows at the start of the story The battle is won with the loss of no blood kudos to Thomas for reading and studying Sun Tzu s writings Upon returning to Magnus, Katherine reappears and assists Thomas in his trial by ordeal Then she is discovered by palace guards dressed in her rags But because of what has happened with the raven haired beauty, Thomas no longer trusts Katherine and tells her she must leave him and Magnus as he can no longer trust her It breaks his heart, but she must go After fleeing Magnus, Thomas encounters Hawkwood the mysterious old man and Katherine after he himself has fled York with the raven haired beauty now his hostage Katherine ends up hanging upside down in a snare trap while Hawkwood and Thomas have a brief discussion it is somewhat hilarious as she tries to get the mens attention but they studiously ignore her Hawkwood then has a private conversation with Thomas and before dying when the Druids attack the camp The Druids are riding back to York when Robin Hood I mean Robert Hood captures the party He owes Hawkwood a debt of honor and assists Katherine by fighting Thomas for Thomas freedom Desolate and not knowing what else to do, Thomas returns to his hidden cave, recoversgold he had hidden there, and buys passage to Lisbon What he does not realize is that Katherine is now following him, having sworn vengeance for Hawkwood s death For some bizarre reason, she ends up saving his life when some of the crew decide to murder him and take his wealth Upon reaching Lisbon, he figures out somebody is following him Thomas sets a trap and discovers the assistant cook is none other than Katherine in disguise However, as he tackles Katherine, some of the local police force knock him unconscious and arrest him She palms his gold and uses it to by new clothing to pass herself off as a noble lady she then uses most of the rest of his gold to buy a cargo of wool to sell in the Promised Land.He discovers how much gold she has spent and that she has purchased his freedom as an unruly servant He is quite bitter about the situation, but when he realizes the extent to which she has spent his money and ruined his chances at discovering the answers to the mysteries haunting his life, he vows to leave her be Forever Then she reveals the depth of her love for him And he can do little else except reciprocate Upon reaching the Holy Land, they encounter the knight Thomas had rescued Prior to finding the knight, they are approached by a beggar who then points to swarthy men in their direction What Thomas finds out later is that the swarthy men are actually allies and this is a test to determine if Thomas is a Druid or a Merlin Yeah, I forgot to mention there is an unholy amount of questioning going on as people try to determine who s a Druid and who s a Merlin It gets kinda crazy as the book progresses Thomas and Katherine escape the knight catches up to them Thomas is told he has to travel by caravan to Jordan and then on to Nazareth This is another trial test for Thomas, and he appears to fail it most magnificently.While traveling with the caravan, Thomas shows mercy to the slaves traveling with the caravan It earns him the enmity of the caravan s leader master, but it also unknowingly saves his life What he does not know is that many of the slaves are actually bandits posing as slaves, and once the caravan reaches the point of relative safety on the route, they will relax their guard and the cook will feed the guards and travelers poison which will obviously allow the bandits to gain control of the caravan s and the accompanying wealth Thomas makes it to Jordan early and disguises himself as a beggar this is how he sees the knight, Katherine, and the two assassins traveling together into the city His faith and trust in the inherent goodness of Katherine now shattered, he flees to Nazareth and encounters another knight who claims to be his father The knight who claims to be his father turns out to be a Druid and captures Katherine and William the good knight But then the Druid knight is captured by Thomas, who then takes Katherine and William on a little journey He claims he is giving each of them poison and a temporary antidote until he can deduce who the true Druid truly is The false knight reveals his true colors and is captured by the Mamelukes for his trouble s Thomas, Katherine, and William manage to escape from the city, but are captured by bandits and soon pursued by Mameluke soldiers They lead the bandits to a cave along the Dead Sea which houses and incredible treasure There, they managed to convince most of the bandits to lead the Mameluke soldiers astray whilst they find the treasure The treasure is found, Thomas and William arm themselves, and the bandits fall into the pit due to Hawkwood s timely assistance The four of them managed to escape the Holy Land and return to England.Thomas and Katherine seek an audience with the King, only to be hindered by the Duke of Whittingham, who turns out to be Waleran and the top Druid in England Thomas is tortured but refuses to break Waleran then sets a plan in motion that allows the two to escape after the King of England has informed the two they will die if his kidnapped infant son is not soon found safe and alive The two love birds are followed back to Thomas cave they encounter William, the kidnapped son, and the kidnapped prince s nurse when Waleran enters the scene The nurse turns out to be the queen, and Waleran s bragging ensures the power of the Druids will be broken for all time The book that everyone has been seeking is destroyed to safeguard all of humanity from wicked men who would seek to use it to gain and maintain power The book ends with Thomas discovering William is Katherine s father just prior to their wedding taking place hide spoiler I thought it was a good book, overall I liked the last section of the book, which has the written form of Easter Eggs whereby the author explains various things introduced in the book Everything in the book could have happened as written events, technologies, tactics, herbal uses remedies, poisons and counter poisons and antidotes and whatnot were based upon the science and known knowledge of the time s including knowledge from foreign lands It was some very good speculation on the part of the author.Some of the book did become a little repetitious while reading I had forgotten that from the last time I read the book At the same time, it did not really take away from my enjoyment I think the whole who s a Druid who s a Merlin mystery could have been wrapped up sooner I liked the logic games and guessing games the characters engaged in throughout the book I think it helped maintain some level of suspense throughout the course of the story.Even though the time period is three hundred years later, the book kind of reminds me of the iron lance by Stephen Lawhead They are similar in some respects, yet quite different in others At the same time, I liked the religious message behind each one Each author does a nice job of having his main character discover Christianity and what it means to be a Christian without being pushy about it I also liked how Katherine was most definitely a strong female character in this story and able to hold her own in some respect s It was a nice change of pace and added to the story it also ensured she was the right choice for Thomas.I thought the character development was well done for each character I did not feel like any character was a stereotype or a cardboard cutout Each character felt essential to the storyline even the minor secondary and tertiary characters were well done Granted, some of them werecut out in nature, but that is how it goes They did not need very much character development to let us know they were jerks or thieves or murderers or cutthroats or whathaveyou May the Fourth be with you Ohhh man I SO wanted to be able to give this book 3 stars, but I just couldn t do it.When I was a kid, I read a children s series Brouwer wrote telling the same story I LOVED it it meant a lot to me, and I was therefore excited to read this version as an adult.There were some great moments elements those things that caused me to fall in love with the series but OH MY WORD, there were such massive problems.The characters felt cartoonish in their perpetually melodramatic responses to EVERYTHING Ohhh man I SO wanted to be able to give this book 3 stars, but I just couldn t do it.When I was a kid, I read a children s series Brouwer wrote telling the same story I LOVED it it meant a lot to me, and I was therefore excited to read this version as an adult.There were some great moments elements those things that caused me to fall in love with the series but OH MY WORD, there were such massive problems.The characters felt cartoonish in their perpetually melodramatic responses to EVERYTHING and never just being reasonable.There was an absurd amount of repetition and over explanation.And I never thought I d say this, but there were just too many plot twists Sooo many moments of But wait But wait to the point where it was comical and not in a good way.It was a chore to get through, and I don t think I would have bothered finishing it had it not been for the nostalgia and my deep desire that it would redeem itself As I said, there were some really great aspects Some of the plot twists were great Some of the moments between the characters were great But mostly it just felt long and silly I don t write synopsis Read the cover for that.Theist meanderings and musings aside, this is an interesting read that contains all of Brouwer s slight of hand magic trick style protagonists.An amazing, seemingly miraculous event occurs that is impossible.and then it is shown from the other side, and the mechanics of the staging told in such a way that you are excited to be fooled.It s like a polite, non foul mouthed version of Penn and Teller with a central morality tale with a good characte I don t write synopsis Read the cover for that.Theist meanderings and musings aside, this is an interesting read that contains all of Brouwer s slight of hand magic trick style protagonists.An amazing, seemingly miraculous event occurs that is impossible.and then it is shown from the other side, and the mechanics of the staging told in such a way that you are excited to be fooled.It s like a polite, non foul mouthed version of Penn and Teller with a central morality tale with a good character arc and story that doesn t get bogged down in its preaching.For me, that s tops Meh For a kid s book it is much heartier than I expected Plus that cover makes it seem like its going to be incredibly cheesy, but it is not It is, however, very tiresome The plot gets bogged down and when they go to the middle east weird and introduce all these new characters but its the same are they for us or against us, they seem for us PSYCH they are against us over and over, I was pretty much done. One of my favorite books growing up It has it s shortcomings, but they are far outweighed by the intriguing story that demands your attention and won t let go until you find you re on the last page Highly recommended for young teen readers I can still think of very few books that have impacted me quite as much as this one and think that it should be read and shared by all. "/>
  • Paperback
  • 571 pages
  • Magnus
  • Sigmund Brouwer
  • English
  • 28 January 2019
  • 1564762963