I recently finished reading The Orphan King by Sigmund Brouwer. The Orphan King,a quick, fun read, is the the first book in a proposed three book series titled "Merlin's Immortals." This book and series is classified as fantasy due to the Merlin references, but will be enjoyed by fans of historical medieval fiction as well.
This story focuses on a young orphan man who was raised in a monastery. After escaping from the monastery, he rescues several individuals from death by hanging, and heads toward the Kingdom of Magnus. Along the way, there are numerous hair-raising scrapes and adventures. There is some element of mystery in the story as the reader is not sure who is on which side.
Other information about this book indicated it was suggested for ages 12+. I would feel more comfortable recommending this book for 14+. There is nothing inappropriate about it yet there are some veiled references to sexual attraction between two of the main characters. This book would be enjoyed by both teens of both genders, but also has enough meat to be enjoyed by adults as well. I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading the second book in this series which is slated to be released in February 2013. Disclaimer: I received this book free through the Blogging for Books program from Waterbrook Press in exchange for a honest review.