Sunday, January 31, 2016

Merchant of Alyss (Legends of the Realm #2) by Thomas Locke

Title: Merchant of Alyss (Legends of the Realm #2)
Author: Thomas Locke (pseudonym for David Bunn)
Pages: 384
Release Date: January 5, 2016
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Revell
Format: eBook (also available in paperback)
Note: I received a free eBook copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

About the book:

     Life for Hyam is bittersweet. Admired by the citizens of Falmouth for his heroic rescue mission, he cherishes these peaceful days with Joelle by his side. Yet grief over the loss of his magical skills during the great Battle of Emporis threatens to engulf him. Sometimes he even wishes he had never known magic at all.

     When Hyam comes into possession of an ancient Milantian scroll, he is thrilled to feel the surge of power that courses through him whenever he touches it. But what he discerns in the text could mean war. He embarks upon another journey to determine its true meaning and forestall any attack. But as Hyam is seeking answers, he is unaware that the merchant of Alyss is seeking him . . .

My review:

     Another fantastic good versus evil fantasy novel!

     This is part of a “true” series. You have to read book one before you start this novel or major parts of the story won’t make sense to you.

     Hyam and Joelle are back along with a number of their friends from the first book. There have been some changes in each of these characters and I enjoyed seeing how they have moved on. They again band together for this new quest. They also have new friends and allies join them as a new evil makes its presence felt.

     The story telling is wonderful and the fantasy land is described in great detail. I thoroughly enjoyed the development of the different races and their histories as they are gradually revealed.

     I certainly hope that this is not the last book about this incredible realm from the author’s imagination. As with the first book in this series I am giving this one a rating of 5 stars and highly recommending it.

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