Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Book review: Merchant of Alyss by Thomas Locke

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:

When I read Emissary, Book One of the Legends of the Realm series, I was happily surprised at how much I enjoyed that book, since fantasy is a genre I rarely read.  I wish that I had re-read Emissary before picking up Merchant of Alyss, because it took a little while for me to remember the characters and the history.  But Thomas Locke is a master storyteller and wordsmith, and I was caught up in this fantasy world.  It felt like I was there.  Locke’s descriptions are so vivid you can feel the heat of the fire and the thirst of the desert.  Locke also really put several characters through some intense situations, in which they deal with the deep longings of their hearts.  This made it easy to feel like I really knew the characters.

Lovers of fantasy will love this book, because it has it all:  Dragons, magic, wizards, and so many surprises!  Read Emissary first, then enjoy the continuation of Hyam’s story in Merchant of Alyss.  I rate the book four out of five stars.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review.

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Here's a link to a free PDF sampler of Merchant of Alyss.

About the author:

Thomas Locke is an award-winning novelist with total worldwide sales of seven million copies.

His work has been published in twenty languages, and critical acclaim includes four Christy Awards for excellence in fiction and his 2014 induction into the Christy Hall of Fame.

Thomas divides his time between Florida and England, where he serves as Writer In Residence at Regent’s Park College at The University of Oxford. Visit Thomas at

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