Hyam, a seemingly ordinary boy, sets off on a journey Bilbo Baggins would be proud of. His strong character shines through in an unobtrusive way. Initially, I found it a little difficult to get accustomed to, but I soon discovered I could appreciate his steady character. Hyam is the type of main character burdened with great promise and armed with a genuine sense of duty and honor.
With a mixture of magic, danger, and epic battles, Emissary is perfect for those who enjoy a creative, fantasy story world rich with magical details and a weighty quest. I found that it started off slightly slow for me, but I was soon drawn in. This is most definitely a recommendation from me and I know that I'm personally looking forward to Book 2!
Purchase: Emissary (Legends of the Realm Book #1)
(from Davis Bunn's website)
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.
_______________I received a free copy of this book for review purposes, but was under no obligation to read the book or post a review. I do so under my own motivation and the opinions I have expressed in this review are honest and entirely my own.