Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Emissary (Legends of the Realm #1) by Thomas Locke

Title: Emissary (Legends of the Realm #1)
Author: Thomas Locke (pseudonym for David Bunn)
Pages: 384
Year: 2014
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Revell
Format: eBook (also available in paperback)

About the book:

     With his twenty-first birthday, Hyam begins a journey that will lead him to his destiny – or his doom.

     Hyam has always shown a remarkable ability to master language, even those left unspoken for a thousand years. But now that shadow of suspicion that was cast upon him as a child prodigy at Long Hall is lengthening, and he must keep his identity hidden – or face annihilation.

     As Hyam’s mother slips toward death, she implores him to return to Long Hall before he settles down to farm his land. This journey born from duty becomes an impassioned quest for the truth. War is coming swiftly, and Hyam must rely upon his newfound powers and the friends he meets along the way in order to unravel the puzzling past and ensure that he – and the realm – will have a future.

My review:

     An incredible good versus evil fantasy novel!

     Joelle and Hyam are misfits. They don’t know where they fit in or who their ancestors are. As such they are very confused and struggling to figure out where they belong and what they should be doing with their lives. They are very well written and their confusion is almost palpable. As bits and pieces are revealed more questions arise with the new information.

     I was drawn into the story from very early on. I wanted to find out what Hyam’s destiny was as well as his heritage. I couldn’t put the book down until the very end.

     I admit that I usually don’t care for magic or wizardry in my books. This book is very clearly a story of good versus evil and that is the only way that these aspects are included. This became very evident very early on in the story and I needed to see how it turned out.

     I am highly recommending this story and giving it a 5 star rating.

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