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Fortress of Mist (Merlin's Immortals #2)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  157 Ratings  ·  51 Reviews
Following Thomas' conquest of Magnus, the young ruler must now lead his people into a new era - one which is sure to reveal dark forces at work behind the evil undercurrent that controlled Thomas' kingdom for so long. Who will stand with Thomas to fight against the mysterious Druids? After being abandoned by Sir William, of his remaining "adopted family," who can he trust? ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published February 19th 2013 by WaterBrook
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This is my first review of a book from Waterbrook Multmonah, so thanks to them for giving me a free copy. See review and rating link here

To start with the positives Fortress of Mist did seem to be well-written and engaging. For a work of YA fiction the style did not seem amateurish or over-simplistic, and with some great use of description and language. The concept and storyline seemed original, and there were some well-drawn and interesting characters.
Feb 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In the second book of this series, we find Thomas of Magnus going about the daily routines of a typical king. However, this king feels a gnawing in his bones that something isn’t quite right. The air around him screams of him being watched and nowhere will see him safely alone and secluded to even his own thoughts. He is a troubled king who hopes for peace but knows that it will cost him dearly in the end.

He is haunted by the loss of Isabella who he started to have feelings for before she was ki
Age Appropriate For: 12 and up for mild violence, murder, and thematic elements

Best for Ages: 13 - 18

I was so excited to get my hands on the second book in the Merlin's Immortals series. I had loved book one and it left me hanging. I read Fortress of Mist in a day.

I have to say the cover drew me once again to this book. As with the first book, I don’t they could have made a more awesome cover. I can’t wait to see what they do for the cover of the next book.
The story had many unexpected twists, t
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Fortress of Mist is Medieval fiction at its best. The setting rang true as did the emotion and fear of the people. If you enjoy stories involving castles, lords, superstition, herbalists, treachery, battles between clans, druids, and legends, you will enjoy this book. There were real players in this story such as Robert the Bruce, king of the Scots and the Earl of York. Edward II is also mentioned in this novel. I love stories containing real legends and players from the time period.

There is dar
Georgie Wiebe
Feb 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book thanks to goodreads first reads giveaways and the author.

This book is one of secrets and of an unknown power that Thomas won’t join or give into, he is constantly searching for answers to these secrets but it is hard for him because he can trust so few people. He does however have secrets of his own, the library of books he keeps that fills him with knowledge that helps him through a battle, however these books do not always have all the answers he needs.

The author did a great j
Alexis Neal
After successfully (and bloodlessly) taking the city of Magnus in The Orphan King, young Thomas quickly learns that keeping a kingdom can be just as much of a challenge as acquiring one. Thomas finds himself up to his neck in political maneuvering, as the King demands his assistance in the ongoing war with the Scots, and treasonous spies try to incite the neighboring lords against him. Meanwhile, Thomas is plagued by seeming visions of the lovely (and supposedly dead) Isabelle. But it is Katheri ...more
Apr 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya
A fast paced first book, The Orphan King, saw Thomas coming of age, setting off to reclaim his fortress, Magnus, and successfully recapturing the legendary keep. I expected this second book to have less action and focus instead on the two conspiracies that still remain hidden in the shadows around Thomas. While these opposing forces certainly came into play, much of the story still revolved around battles and the question of Thomas’ right to the throne.

The first thing that really struck me about
ACS Book-finder
May 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Review (spoilers included): This book was full of mystery. It starts out with the main character Thomas being visited in his bedroom by a young lady that he thought was dead. Isabelle came to see if Thomas would be part of a mysterious alliance. Thomas had been curious about this group before Isabelle "died." He finds himself cautious now and not sure that he wants to be a part of this alliance. He is not sure that he can trust some one who was able to make him think she was dead. He suspects so ...more
Feb 01, 2013 rated it liked it
This book was a great sequel to book one in this series. It was just as intriguing, just as gripping, and just as clean as the first book had been.

I had troubles getting into the story, just as I had in book one. I'm not sure what it is with this writer but it took me a good twelve chapters to really be interested in the storyline. (his chapters are only a few pages long each so they were pretty short.) Granted, if I had been able to read this book directly after I finished the first one, I woul
Mar 11, 2013 rated it liked it
This is book two in the Merlin’s Immortals series and I honestly thought it was much better than the first book. I will say, if you haven’t read book one then don’t pick this one up as it would be really hard to follow if you didn’t know the back story. I thought there was a definite improvement in the excitement factor in this book. I’m not sure why but the first book seemed to drag at times for me. I can’t wait to see how the next book turns out!

Thomas has reclaimed the throne of Magnus but
Renn Shearin
Mar 14, 2013 rated it liked it
The throne is redeemed, but the battle is just beginning.
In the dark corners of an ancient land, evil lurks in the shadows. Powerful druids haunt the spaces of their lost territory. Double-minded noblemen fight for domain and influence. Invaders from the north threaten the kingdom of Magnus. This land of promise and redemption is mired in deceit and corruption.

The Orphan King, once victorious in conquest, appears to be losing his grip on his seat of power. Thomas rules Magnus, but does not kno
Meagan Myhren-bennett
Fortress of Mist
Merlin's Immortals Book 2
By Sigmund Brouwer

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
Nikole Hahn
Feb 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Becky B
Merlin's Immortals is a revised and updated version of Brouwer's The Winds of Light series. I haven't read the original, so I'm not exactly sure how much of this is added or revised material.

Thomas, Lord of Magnus, now that he has established his authority is turning more of his attention to the questions of who the forces are that wish to challenge him and who is trying to help him. But matters of state interrupt his research. The Earl of York calls on him to help battle the Scots who are threa
Jan 30, 2013 rated it liked it
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Thomas is the new young ruler of a strange, slightly autonomous island in northern England. He has managed to wrest control of Magnus away from his family's enemies. But it isn't long before new troubles come in the shape of someone who should be dead, secrets withheld, and war.

I had not read the first in the series, but I felt like I had a reasonable understanding of the important events that had passed. The author makes an effort to touc
Krys (Black & Write Reviews)
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We follow the new beginning of our young protagonist, Thomas of Magnus, who seems to meet a strange number of new, and realize the truths behind many of some old characters from the first book. When I originally read The Orphan King (the first of the series), I was bored to tears on how much length and how little I felt involved with the book, fortunately I cannot say the same for Fortress of Mist. I can definitely say I really enjoyed this “episode”, because not only w
Mar 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
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After reading the first book in the Merlin's Immortals series, I really was wondering if I'd like to read and review the next one. Finally Fortress of Mist by Sigmund Brouwer was available as an ARC and I couldn't say no.

This time I knew somehow what to expect considering my past review, I really didn't have high expectations on Fortress of Mist. To my surprise I gotta say I enjoyed this book a lot more than it's predecessor.

The story continues exactly after th
Mar 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Fortress of Mist is the second book in the Merlin's Immortals Series. The first is The Orphan King.

This book is geared toward young adults, I would say upper middle school through high school. These are books I would definitely be excited for my children to read. If your child enjoys Lord of the Rings, Narnia, even Harry Potter, I would be willing to guess they would enjoy this series.

Honestly, you might enjoy it as an adult. I did and these are not the types of books I would normally choose but
Jessica Allen
Plot: This book had much more to it than the first book in this series. There were several plot twists and unexpected turns throughout the story. It continues perfectly where the first book leaves off, and ends at a place where you want to immediately read the next book.

Characters: The character development wasn't as good as the first book. Since you are already familiar with most of the characters, there was not a lot to be mentioned about the characters themselves, only plot advancement. I don
Apr 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013-reads
My Rating: 3.5

Fortress of Mist… It is the second novel in Brouwer’s Merlin’s Immortals Series. This book was classified as YA, though I would recommend it with younger teens. I think it would be fun to read this if you like calm, mystery and a little romance.

Honestly, these are not the type of books I would usually enjoy for I am more of a YA dystopian and paranormal reader. I’m not used to very calm sound of this book, though I liked it for it was a breath of fresh air after reading consecutiv
The Literary Maidens
Mar 04, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: madi-s-read
// Madi's Review //

My first thought after finishing this book was "Well, I'm glad that's over."

It usually takes me about a day to read a book of this length, and it took me EIGHT. This book was a hot mess. Everything good about it was totally demolished in the end! And in all honestly it didn't have a lot going for it to begin with it.

Basically Thomas is just trying to keep his castle. He makes friends and foes (mostly foes), and in the end, none of it matters. It was just a long and drawn out
Jennifer Clausen-greene
May 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Fortress of Mist is the second book in the Merlin's Immortals series . The first one was The Orphan King and it was amazing. Sigmound weaves beautiful story telling in with this epic adventure of mystery, romance, and courage and wisdom. Of course there are sword fights, blood, villains, wizardry and all the things that make up a great fantasy novel. The adventures move quickly and keep you intrigued along the way. The book is filled with cleaver and surprising twists and turns leaving you guess ...more
Apr 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The throne is redeemed, but the battle is just beginning.

Thomas has reclaimed the throne of Magnus but a threat rises against his new leadership--the druids. Further, a neighboring kingdom is insisting that Thomas help in England's fight against invaders from the north and he's obligated to help--though he fears that the Earl of York may be working with the secret sect of druids that seek his throne.

Thomas has fulfilled part of the destiny he was born too, but he is discovering that there is mu
Caitlyn Santi
Mar 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing

This is the second book of this authors that I have read, I loved the first book in this series The Orphan King when I read it last year. So I jumped at the chance to review Fortress Of Mist. 

I loved this book just as much as the first one, it has a great setting in Medieval England! It was awesome to see what had happened since the last book, I loved getting acquainted with the characters all over again, I especially loved that Katherine played a larger role in this book. As with the first book
Mar 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Symbols are but secrets within the confines of darkness.

Thomas through loyalty with the Earl of York longs to fulfill his destiny to conquer the well armed and manned Scottish Army but is plagued by many questions to the riddles placed before him. With time growing short by each rotation of the day, many lives and hopes depend on Thomas. Will he be able to successfully master his obstacles?

Travel back to the time of 1312, to lands of conquerors, kings and wizards through the imaginative journeys
Beth Strand
May 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
“Fortress of Mist” Continues the Series Without a Decrease in the Action
When I finished the first book in Sigmund Brower’s “Merlin’s Immortals” series, I was eager for book two to arrive and it has not disappointed. “Fortress of Mist” picks up the story from “The Orphan King” and continues to run at a wonderful pace through a world laced with fantasy, intrigue and mystery. Thomas has come into his kingdom but his troubles are far from over. Now he must negotiate the murky world of politics, neve
Jill Williamson
Mar 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Thomas of Magnus, the Orphan King, currently holds the fortress of Magnus. But there are many who would try and take it from him. And when the Earl of York comes to demand that Thomas and Magnus support England’s stand against the invaders from the north who are led by Robert the Bruce, Thomas has no choice but to obey and try and prove his loyalty to the crown. But who is truly loyal to Thomas? What are druids? Who is trying to kill him? And what ever became of Isabelle and Katherine, two myste ...more
May 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Kingdom of Magnus is once again under attack in this second book of Sigmund Brouwer's "Merlin's Immortal"series. How will Thomas fight in both his world and the supernatural? Where will he find strength? Who will stand with him?

The Druids want Magnus and Thomas stands in their way. They will use anything to displace and defeat Thomas. As Thomas prepares to defend his kingdom, too many things are out of place. There seem to be spies everywhere, even though no one has come in. Some of the dead
Jul 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is book 2 of Sigmund Brouwer's "Merlin's Immortals' series. Magnus is a kingdom under attack by the Druids and defended by men like Thomas. The problem is that the Druids don't want Thomas to live. They want to annihilate all opposition in order to have complete control over the kingdom and carry out their own plans. There are so many times when Thomas feels alone. There are also many times when he doesn't want to involve anyone else because it is simply too dangerous. To complicate things, ...more
Jun 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
The recently conquered kingdom of Magnus is desperately coveted by the Druids and the dark powers of the symbol and Thomas, the new king of Magnus knows they will not stop until the Kingdom of Magnus is under Druid control once again.
Able to withstand siege for 10 years, the walls of Magnus seem impenetrable from the outside but inside it is but a fortress of mist, nothing is as it seems. The very walls are spies and people once thought dead are now visiting the living. The people are demanding
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