29 January 2015

Emissary by Thomas Locke, Book review

  • Series: Legends of the Realm (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (January 6, 2015)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800723859
Also available in KINDLE format


Hyam is a likeable lad who will make a fine farmer someday. But he carries a burden few can fathom. As his mother slips toward death, she implores him to return to Long Hall, where he spent five years as an apprentice. It was there that Hyam's extraordinary capacity for mastering languages came to light--and soon cast him into the shadows of suspicion. How could any human learn the forbidden tongues with such ease? When Hyam dares to seek out the Mistress of the Sorceries, her revelation tears his world asunder.

He has no choice but to set out on the foreboding path--which beckons him to either his destiny or his doom. An encounter with an enchanting stranger reminds him that he is part hero and part captive. As Hyam struggles to interpret the omens and symbols, he is swept up by a great current of possibilities--and dangers. 

With lyrical prose that unveils a richly imaginative world, Thomas Locke takes readers on a journey into the Realm. There he invites them to awaken their sense of wonder. This cracking adventure moves like a contemporary thriller but harkens back to the enduring genre of classic fantasy.

(Map source: Author's notes)

My thoughts:

In the world of fantasy it is easy to imagine realms such as the one Thomas Locke has created in EMISSARY, Legends of the Realm, Book 1. There is no doubt this author is skillful at genre transience as proven in his latest storytelling and that such tales are immensely popular with a wide variety of people. 

A page turner action packed with just the right amount of adventure, love incentive and even a few lessons about good and evil, EMISSARY offers a good plot, enticing characters and such fantastical descriptions any reader will feel the need to plunge into the narrative until all is revealed. It held my curiosity despite the fact I usually shy away from this particular genre.

Albeit at times predictable, it none the less earned 4 stars for style and imagination!

Meet the Author:

An award winning novelist with millions of worldwide sales, Thomas Locke divides his time betwixt England and Florida. His passions encompasses science fiction, techno thrillers and of course epic fantasies.
Fans of his will rejoice to know a screenplay adaption of Emissary is in the works! 

For more visit his website (HERE)

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book courtesy of BLOGGING BISTRO LLC as part of the series promotion. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC 16 CFR, Part 255 'Guides concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising. I was not asked to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are entirely my own. 

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