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Martyr’s Fire by Sigmund Brouwer reminded me of the second movie of the 1970s three-part Star Wars series; the second movie wasn’t my favorite because it felt unfinished, like a bridge between two major story lines. Martyr’s Fire is book three in Merlin’s Immortals and my least favorite—a bridge between books.
Part of this novel could have been added to Fortress of Mist and the other part to book four. Related to the short feel of this novel, but unrelated to the novel, my friend on Facebook posted a status that reflected my thoughts: “Authors shouldn’t publish novellas; just put the whole story in a regular sized book.” Perhaps this is a regular size book, but it felt short. It’s 216 pages. The writing continues to be high quality though the plot is tepid.
Thomas of Magnus has a new enemy—a group of monks posing as Priests of the Holy Grail. They manipulate the people’s superstitious nature and manage to conquer Magnus without obvious violence. Thomas slips out and journeys back to the caves where we first met him in The Orphan King. From there he plots how to win back Magnus as ideology, not weapons, must win over the people from the monks who are really Druids.
I can’t wait to read book four when it comes out. Even Martyr’s Fire couldn’t douse my love for this series. Every series, I’m sure, has it’s not-so-great moments. Sigmund Brouwer writes with depth and Martyr’s fire is saved from a two-star rating only because of the quality of the writing. I gave this novel three stars.
*Book given by publisher to review.
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