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Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite
In the third book of the Merlin's Immortals series, Sigmund Brouwer gives the reader Martyr's Fire. Thomas is forced to escape Magnus and pose as a beggar as the city falls to the Priests of the Holy Grail. As Thomas wanders to find the truth of his own mission, Katherine and Hawkwood watch over him. Loyalties are questioned and Thomas struggles to understand the truth of his own immortal being. He is forced to come to terms with the power of the Druids and the Merlins while ancient secrets of evil threaten to destroy him and everything he believes in.
Not having read the first two books in the series, I struggled to find my place in the overall picture. Once in, the story was delightful and it should hold the interest of mid-grade children. There are many teasers throughout the book and young readers will probably switch theories and loyalties several time while reading. This is part of what makes the book fun. Martyr's Fire contains a lot of adventure and Sigmund Brouwer will delight readers with images of times past. Many readers will jump right into the book and imagine themselves as one of the characters. Hawkwood was a particularly delightful character for me as I was intrigued by his loyalty and his wisdom. There are lessons to be learned in the book and they are suitable for mid-grade readers. Although I am not particularly a fan of ending a book with the promise of solution to come, it is well done and most children will simply speculate on the outcome until the next book is available.