Saturday, January 30, 2016

Legends of the Realm

Cover ArtMerchant of Alyss
Beneath the hills of a primeval city, a vanquished enemy is gathering power. As this new threat arises, can Hyam summon his true heritage and overcome the forces of evil?

When Hyam reluctantly returned to the Long Hall, he never imagined how his life would change. Latent powers were honed, chance encounters brought new wisdom, and even love found a way into his heart. With his wife, Joelle, he now makes a home in Falmouth Port.

Hyam is slowly recovering from his battles when a mysterious shipment of Milantian scrolls arrives. Soon he is haunted by dreams of mythic beasts and coming conflicts. When Joelle falls under a sorcerer's spell, he must venture through the desolate lands to save her--and his community.

One particular scroll seems to hold the promise of new powers, but it also carries a hidden warning about an unfathomable threat. As Hyam sets out on another journey, he is keenly aware that he must rely on all his abilities--and his forbidden past--to succeed. His quest could bring deliverance . . . or devastation.
 The Map of The Realm 
My Thoughts:
I decided this year I would step out of my reading comfort zone so to speak.  I love reading historical, suspense and romance, but have never really given much thought to the other genres.  So here I step.....
The cover is beautiful and gives just a hint of the adventure within.  This is the second installment of Legends of the Realm.  Considering I had not read the first book I was afraid I might be lost, but the author weaves enough background on Hyam, Joelle and Darma that I felt I would understand the story.  The author's ability to weave words together and bring his characters and setting to life is amazing.  The characters and setting are detailed and perceptive.  
As the story opens we find Hyam and his wife, Joelle, at Falmouth Port where Hyam is dealing with the loss of his powers.  So much has changed in his life.  Suddenly his dreams are consumed with evil he knows a battle is not far off and a battle it will be.  He sets off not knowing if he will bring deliverance or destruction.  
I did enjoy this book and would recommend it to anyone who loves fantasy or would, like me, step out of their comfort zone of reading.  
*I received this book free from the publisher as part of their book bloggers review program.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. 
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Meet the Author:
Thomas Locke 
Thomas Locke is a pseudonym for Davis Bunn, the 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.  As Thomas Locke, Davis is also the author of Emissary.
Thomas divides his time between Florida and England, where he serves as Writer In Residence at Regent’s Park College, the University of Oxford. He holds a lifelong passion for epic fantasy, science fiction and techno-thriller stories.
Thomas’s screenplay adaption of Emissary is under development as a feature film with a British production company.

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